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WHO gives global green light for AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot
by Robin Millard - February 16, 2021 - 7:39am
The AstraZeneca-Oxford jab forms the bulk of batches being lined up through Covax, the global programme aimed at procuring and shipping out vaccines equitably around the world, regardless of wealth.
New COVID-19 cases down 16% last week: WHO
by Robin Millard - February 15, 2021 - 7:39am
WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that the number of new cases had declined for a fifth consecutive week, dropping by almost half, from more than five million cases in the week of January...
Pfizer offers 40 million COVID-19 shots to poorer countries at cost
by Robin Millard - January 23, 2021 - 1:18pm
Pfizer announced Friday that it will provide up to 40 million of its COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries on a non-profit basis, through the globally-pooled Covax facility.
Swiss authorise Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
by Robin Millard - December 20, 2020 - 9:26am
Switzerland on Saturday approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, with immunisation set to start just after Christmas as the country battles rising coronavirus cases.
WHO warns Christmas celebrations could turn to tears
by Robin Millard - December 12, 2020 - 10:14am
The World Health Organization warned Friday that Christmas celebrations could turn to tears if people fail to keep up their guard against COVID-19 during the festive season.
WHO against mandatory COVID-19 vaccines
by Robin Millard - December 8, 2020 - 9:35am
The World Health Organization said Monday that persuading people on the merits of a COVID-19 vaccine would be far more effective than trying to make the jabs mandatory.
WHO wants 120 million rapid virus tests for poorer states
by Robin Millard - September 29, 2020 - 9:00am
The WHO said the $600 million scheme would enable low- and middle-income countries to close the dramatic gap in testing for the new coronavirus, which has now killed more than a million people since first being recorded...
Two million COVID-19 deaths 'likely' without collective action — WHO
by Robin Millard - September 26, 2020 - 11:45am
COVID-19 is highly likely to kill more than two million people without relentless global action to combat the disease, the World Health Organization warned Friday.
UN seeks 'quantum leap' in funding for virus fight
by Robin Millard - September 11, 2020 - 8:01am
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries to find $15 billion over the next three months to fund the ACT-Accelerator programme, a global collaboration to hunt for a vaccine and treatments led by the UN's...
WHO urges countries to gamble on shared vaccine search
by Robin Millard - August 14, 2020 - 7:46am
The UN agency's chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pleaded for investment into the WHO-led ACT-Accelerator programme, which aims to share global research and development, manufacturing and procurement in a bid to beat...
WHO wants to review Russian vaccine safety data
by Robin Millard - August 12, 2020 - 7:58am
"We are in close contact with the Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO pre-qualification of the vaccine," said the United Nations health agency's spokesman Tarik J...
WHO sees hope despite looming 750,000 virus death toll
by Robin Millard - August 11, 2020 - 8:01am
The World Health Organization insisted Monday there was still hope of conquering the coronavirus pandemic despite the  suffering behind the looming landmarks of 750,000 deaths and 20 million cases.
WHO says 'vaccine nationalism' cannot beat virus
by Robin Millard - August 7, 2020 - 7:37am
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it would be in wealthier nations' interests to ensure that any vaccines eventually produced to protect against the new coronavirus were shared globally.
Latin American virus cases top 5 million
by Robin Millard - August 4, 2020 - 8:05am
Global infections passed 18 million, with Brazil driving the regional surge. South America's largest country has recorded 2.75 million cases, and close to half the region's 202,000 deaths.
WHO says countries taking 'wrong direction' on COVID-19
by Robin Millard - July 14, 2020 - 10:15am
The World Health Organization warned Monday that too many countries were bungling their response to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning there could be no return to normality any time soon.
WHO reviewing new evidence on airborne coronavirus range
by Robin Millard - July 8, 2020 - 11:23am
"The outbreak is accelerating and we've clearly not reached the peak of the pandemic," Tedros said.
WHO says pandemic 'not even close' to over as toll passes 500,000
by Robin Millard - June 30, 2020 - 7:39am
In another grim milestone, the number of infections recorded worldwide rose to more than 10 million, according to an AFP tally, while some authorities reimposed lockdown measures that have crippled the global e...
WHO warns world in 'new and dangerous phase' of pandemic
by Robin Millard - June 20, 2020 - 10:19am
The World Health Organization warned Friday of a "new and dangerous phase" of the coronavirus pandemic with people tiring of lockdowns despite the disease's accelerating spread.
WHO eyes hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses before 2021
by Robin Millard - June 19, 2020 - 3:35pm
The World Health Organization said Thursday that a few hundred million COVID-19 vaccine doses could be produced by the end of the year -- and be targeted at those most vulnerable to the virus.
Wear masks in public, says WHO in new COVID-19 advice
by Robin Millard - June 6, 2020 - 10:08am
The World Health Organization Friday changed its advice on face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying they should be worn in places where the virus is widespread and physical distancing is difficult.
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