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Covid-19 may have killed between 80k to 180k healthcare staff worldwide

Covid-19 has severely affected healthcare staff and may have killed between 80,000 and 180,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Healthcare workers must be prioritised for vaccines, WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, and he criticised unfairness in the distribution of jabs. The deaths occurred between January 2020 and May of this year. Earlier, another […]

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‘Our last chance to determine Covid-19 origins’: WHO forms new scientific committee

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be “our last chance” to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and urged China to provide data from early cases. The first human cases of COVID-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. […]

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Air pollution is more dangerous than previously thought, WHO warns

Air pollution is even more dangerous than previously thought, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. An estimated seven million people die prematurely each year from diseases linked to air pollution, the WHO says. Low- and middle-income countries suffer the most, because of their reliance on fossil fuels for economic development. The WHO puts air […]

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North Korea rejects three million Chinese-made Sinovac Covid-19 jabs

North Korea has asked that almost three million Covid-19 jabs offered to it be redirected elsewhere, the UN says. A spokesperson said the country had asked that the shots be relocated to harder hit nations in view of global vaccine shortages. Chinese-made Sinovac shots were offered under the Covax programme which aims to help poorer […]

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China rejects WHO plan to further investigate Covid-19 origin, assess Wuhan lab

China has rejected a fresh World Health Organization (WHO) plan to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO wants to audit laboratories in the area the virus was first identified. But Zeng Yixin, deputy health minister, said this showed “disrespect for common sense and arrogance toward science”. WHO experts said it was very […]

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‘By the time Olympic flame is extinguished 100,000 more people would’ve died,’ WHO chief

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, delayed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, finally kicked off on Wednesday. While the sport is a welcome distraction amid the global pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged us not to forget our reality. “By the time the Olympic flame is extinguished on […]

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Covid-19 Origin: WHO team hunt for mystery Italian woman believed to be ‘patient zero’

The World Health Organization (WHO) led team studying the origins of Covid-19 have turned their attention to the case of a mystery Italian woman. The 25-year-old visited a Milan hospital complaining of a sore throat and skin lesions in November 2019 – a month before Covid-19 would be identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan. […]

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WHO awards China malaria-free certificate as four years go by without any case

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared China malaria-free after a 70-year effort to wipe it out. China used to report 30 million cases a year during the 1940s. Since then, eradication efforts have driven down case numbers. The country used various methods to break the cycle of transmission of the parasite via mosquitos. The WHO […]

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WHO renames UK, South Africa, India and other variants with Greek letters

The World Health Organization announced a new naming system for variants of Covid-19. From now on the WHO will use Greek letters to refer to variants first detected in countries like the UK, South Africa and India. The UK variant for instance is labelled as Alpha, the South African Beta, and the Indian as Delta. […]

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WHO elevates India’s coronavirus mutation to ‘variant of concern’ status

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified India’s variant of the novel coronavirus as a “variant of global concern”. It said preliminary studies show the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants and requires further study. The variant has already spread to more than 30 countries, the WHO says. Three other variants from the […]

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China won’t grant WHO team access to raw data of early Covid-19 cases

Chinese authorities have refused grant raw data on early Covid-19 cases to the World Health Organization (WHO) team probing the origins of the pandemic. According to Dominic Dwyer, an Australian infectious disease expert, the WHO mission had requested raw patient data on 174 cases that China had identified from the early phase of the outbreak […]

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WHO team probing COVID in Wuhan complete mandatory 14-day quarantine

The World Health Organization (WHO) team came out of their mandatory quarantine to start an on ground investigation into the origins of coronavirus in the city of Wuhan. The scientists will investigate people from research institutes, hospitals and the seafood market linked to the initial outbreak. The group of 13 experts arrived in Wuhan on […]