Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

  • COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by year-end - WHO's Tedros
    GENEVA, October 6 (Reuters): A vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, without elaborating. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for solidarity and political commitment by all leaders to ensure equal distribution of vaccines when they become available. "We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope," Tedros said i
  • WHO chief urges more countries to join COVAX as death toll exceeds 1 million
    GENEVA, September 30 (Reuters): One million people are confirmed to have lost their lives to COVID-19, but "the real number is certainly higher", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a high-level United Nations event on Wednesday. Tedros, addressing the New York event from Geneva, said that 167 countries have now joined the WHO-led COVAX global vaccines facility, representing 70% of the world's population, adding: "And the list
  • WHO says 120 million rapid COVID-19 tests to be provided to poorer countries
    Reuters Some 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 will be made available to low- and middle-income countries over a period of six months and will be priced at a maximum of $5 per unit, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The tests provide reliable results in just 15 minutes, the WHO's Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told a news conference in Geneva.  
  • 'Vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic': WHO's Tedros
    GENEVA, September 4 (Reuters): WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for countries around the world to join forces to tackle the coronavirus on Friday, saying that "vaccine nationalism" would only slow the response to the pandemic. The WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance are leading a global vaccine allocation plan known as COVAX aimed at helping buy and distribute vaccination shots fairly. But some countries that have secured their own supplies through
  • WHO panel to review international health regulations in pandemic - Tedros
    GENEVA, August 27 (Reuters): The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that his agency was setting up a review committee to evaluate the performance of its International Health Regulations (IHR) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the announcement to Geneva diplomats hours ahead of a press conference. "The Committee will make technical recommendations on the functioning of the IHR as well as regarding possible amendments,&qu
  • WHO blasts 'vaccine nationalism' in last-ditch push against hoarding
    GENEVA/MANILA, August 18 (Reuters): Nations that hoard possible COVID-19 vaccines while excluding others will deepen the pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday, issuing a last-ditch call for countries to join a global vaccine pact. The WHO has an Aug. 31 deadline for wealthier nations to join the "COVAX Global Vaccines Facility" for sharing vaccine hopefuls with developing countries. Tedros said he sent a letter to t
  • Huge shortfall in funds to fight coronavirus, WHO says
    GENEVA, August 10 (Reuters): There is a "vast global gap" between funds needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic and funds committed, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, and the WHO was only "10% of the way" there. More than 19.92 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 729,883​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries
  • WHO chief hopes US will reconsider withdrawal decision
    Geneva, August 7 (IANS): Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the COVID-19 pandemic can not be defeated in a divided world and hoped that the US will "reconsider its position" on its decision to withdraw from the world body. "Now it's time to work together, it's time to focus on fighting the virus. So I hope the US will reconsider its position," Xinhua news agency quoted Tedros as saying said at th
  • WHO urges mothers to breastfeed even if infected with COVID-19
    GENEVA, August 3 (Reuters): Mothers should breastfeed their babies even if they have contracted COVID-19, the World Health Organization's head said on Monday, as the benefits outweigh the risks of infection. "WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged the same as all other mothers to initiate or continue breastfeeding," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. As the world marks breastfeeding awareness week,
  • WHO sees 'intense transmission' of virus in relatively few countries
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters): The World Health Organization is seeing intense transmission of the coronavirus in relatively few countries, its chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Thursday. "We continue to see intense transmission in a relatively small group of countries," he told a virtual briefing in Geneva. "Two-thirds of all cases are from 10 countries. Almost half of all cases reported so far are from just three countries." He also said that
  • Indigenous people especially at risk from COVID-19, warns WHO
    GENEVA, July 20 (Reuters): Indigenous communities comprising half a million people around the world are especially vulnerable to the new coronavirus pandemic due to often poor living conditions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.   Director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that as of July 6, there were more than 70,000 cases reported among indigenous peoples in the Americas, with over 2,000 deaths.   He urged nations to take all nece
  • WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeks
    GENEVA/LONDON, July 3 (Reuters): The World Health Organization (WHO) should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.   "Nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries have so far been recruited into the Solidarity trial," he told a news briefing, referring to clinical studies the U.N. agency is conducting.   "We e
  • Pandemic 'is not even close to being over', WHO chief says
    GENEVA, June 29 (Reuters): The COVID-19 pandemic is not even close to being over, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing on Monday.   Tedros noted that, six months after China first alerted the WHO to a novel respiratory infection, the grim milestones of 10 million confirmed infections and 500,000 deaths had been reached.   "Most people remain susceptible, the virus still has a lot of room to move," he said. &n
  • WHO says Sunday's coronavirus cases the highest yet in a single day
    GENEVA, June 22 (Reuters): The world recorded more than 183,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the most in a single day since the outbreak started, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.   He said the next big challenge was to increase production and distribution of dexamethasone, the first drug shown to lower the risk of death in severely ill COVID-19 patients.   Global infections surpassed 9 million on Monday, as Brazil
  • Coronavirus pandemic accelerating, warns WHO head Tedros
    GENEVA, June 19 (Reuters): The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, with Thursday's 150,000 new cases the highest in a single day and nearly half of them in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.   "The world is in a new and dangerous phase," Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva. "The virus is still spreading fast, it is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible