World Health Organization

  • Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations – NYT
    Geneva, July 6 (Reuters): Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that the novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.   The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks.  
  • Six months after 'viral pneumonia', Wuhan returning to normal, with masks
    WUHAN, China/BEIJING, June 30 (Reuters): Six months after the World Health Organization learned of "viral pneumonia" cases that would become the COVID-19 pandemic, life in Wuhan, the city where it emerged, is returning to normal, although masks remain ubiquitous and emotional scars linger.   A city of 11 million, Wuhan was locked down for two months starting in late January in a draconian measure that helped stamp out the virus at its initial epicentre. Hubei
  • 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-led coalition says $31.3 billion needed for tools to fight COVID-19
    LONDON/GENEVA, June 26 (Reuters): A World Health Organization-led coalition fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is asking government and private sector donors to help raise $31.3 billion in the next 12 months to develop and deliver tests, treatments and vaccines for the disease.   Renewing its call on Friday for global collaboration against the pandemic, it said $3.4 billion had been contributed for the coalition to date, leaving a funding gap of $27.9 billion. Of that, $13.
  • 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
  • Lack of global leadership is 'greatest threat' in fighting pandemic, says WHO
    DUBAI, June 22 (Reuters): The lack of global leadership and unity to fight the coronavirus is a bigger threat that the outbreak itself, the head of the World Health Organization said on Monday, adding that politicisation of the pandemic had made it worse.   He did not elaborate but the WHO has been criticised by some members states, especially the United States which says it was too weak, too slow and too "China-centric" in tackling the disease.  
  • WHO says looking at interim trial data on HIV drugs to treat COVID-19
    LONDON/GENEVA, June 18 (Reuters): Large multi-country trials of the combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir to treat COVID-19 have recruited thousands of patients and the World Health Organization is now looking at interim data, the UN agency's chief scientist said on Thursday.   Soumya Swaminathan said several thousand patients had been enrolled in the lopinavir/ritonavir arm of the WHO-led Solidarity Trial and in a separate UK-led COVID-19 trial of the drug combi
  • Disagreement on WHO hindering U.N. Security Council conference - RIA
    MOSCOW, June 17 (Reuters): Russia said on Wednesday that differences between other nations over the role of the World Health Organization have delayed a video conference being organised between the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, the RIA news agency reported.   The conference aims to discuss the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, but members disagree on how to assess the role of the WHO in their conference communique, Russian Foreign Minister S
  • China's new virus outbreak needs further testing after 'hypothesis' on cause - WHO
    GENEVA, June 16 (Reuters): The origins of a new cluster of coronavirus infections in Beijing are uncertain, World Health Organization officials said on Monday, but the claim that it might have been caused by imports or packaging of salmon was not the "primary hypothesis".   Several districts of the Chinese capital put up security checkpoints, closed schools and ordered people to be tested for the coronavirus on Monday after an unexpected rise in cases linked t
  • Japan PM Abe: 'Very regrettable' that Taiwan was not observer at WHO assembly
    TOKYO, June 11 (Reuters): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that it was "very regrettable" that Taiwan was not accepted to take part as an observer at the World Health Organization assembly last month.   "Japan has consistently argued to prevent a geographical blank in the international response to public health. WHO should eliminate such a political element," Abe told parliament.   "It is important to share informat
  • Experts question WHO comment on 'rare' asymptomatic COVID-19 spread
    LONDON, June 9 (Reuters): Disease experts on Tuesday questioned a statement by the World Health Organization that transmission of COVID-19 by people with no symptoms is "very rare", saying this guidance could pose problems for governments as they seek to lift lockdowns.   Maria van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist and the WHO's technical lead on the coronavirus pandemic, said on Monday that many countries undertaking contact tracing had identified asymptomatic
  • COVID-19:  WHO official name for Coronavirus
    FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. (Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo)   Morung Express News imapur | February 12 The World Health Organi