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Coronavirus: WHO chief warns vaccines do not mean time for complacency | FULL

World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday warned that while it was good news that another vaccine maker had announced a high rate of effectiveness in its product, it was not the time for complacency. He urged countries to continue their effort to combat the virus and not to adopt a […]

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Coronavirus: Herd immunity “not an option,” WHO says as COVID-19 cases resurge globally | FULL

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressed on Monday the recent discussions on herd immunity response to the pandemic as cases resurge globally. Tedros said that adapting the herd immunity response would be “scientifically ethically problematic” as most of the world’s population is still susceptible to the virus. He added that the long-term […]

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Coronavirus: World Health Organization looking at middle 2021 as likely roll-out of vaccine | FULL

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that 184 countries are now part of the COVAX Facility, the global initiative that brings together governments and manufacturers to ensure eventual COVID-19 vaccines reach those in greatest need. WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan provided an update on the search for a vaccine saying […]

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Coronavirus: WHO discusses COVID-19 vaccine results, fair distribution once developed | FULL

The World Health Organization (WHO) officials provided an update on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, after a trial of a U.K.-developed coronavirus vaccine has found that it is safe and induces an immune reaction, according to preliminary results. WHO emergencies programme executive director Michael Ryan called it “good news” while stating […]

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Coronavirus: World Health Organization wants to avoid “punishing” lockdowns amid pandemic | FULL

During a World Health Organization (WHO) press conference on Friday, Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergencies programme, said authorities should try to avoid “punishing” lockdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as many countries see a sharp rise in the number of infections. “What we want to try to avoid – and sometimes it’s unavoidable […]

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Coronavirus: WHO offers well wishes to U.S. President Trump, First Lady after positive test | FULL

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, alongside other WHO officials offered their well wishes to U.S. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump Friday after the announcement of their positive COVID-19 test late Thursday evening. Ghebreyesus announced on Friday that WHO has finalized approval for a second antigen-based rapid diagnostic test to be […]

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Coronavirus: World Health Organization urges countries to join COVAX facility | FULL

With many parts of the world facing closures again amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, WHO said they’re aiming for 2 billion doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of next year through their COVAX facility. During Friday’s briefing, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries that have not yet joined the COVAX facility to […]

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Coronavirus: WHO officials stress COVID-19 “not going away” as global cases top 30 million | FULL

World Health Organization emergencies programme director Dr. Michael Ryan on Friday spoke about case numbers and how they may differ in parts of the world, stressing that COVID-19 was “not burning” out and is not going away, especially for those countries entering their winter season. Technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said case numbers is only […]

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Coronavirus outbreak: WHO says €7.4 billion pledged for COVID-19 vaccine, treatments | FULL

World Health Organization (WHO) officials provided an update on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, on Monday said that earlier in the day, €7.4 billion was pledged by 40 countries in an effort to raise funds for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, diagnostics […]

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Coronavirus outbreak: World Health Organization resumes hydroxychloroquine trial | FULL

World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that the WHO decided to resume its trial on hydroxychloroquine after the Data Safety and Monitoring Committee reviewed the trial data and recommended that there are no reasons to modify the trial protocol. The U.N. agency last month paused the part of its large study of treatments against […]

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