WHO labels a Covid strain in India as a ‘variant of concern’ — here’s what we know

India is grappling with a devastating second wave of coronavirus that’s far more fatal than the first — and scientists say the surge could be partially due to mutating strains. The World Health Organization just reclassified the B.1.617 strain, which was first identified in India, as a “variant of concern” — which indicates that the… Continue reading WHO labels a Covid strain in India as a ‘variant of concern’ — here’s what we know

WHO approves Covid vaccine made by China’s Sinopharm for emergency use

The World Health Organization said Friday it has approved for emergency use a coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical group Sinopharm. Beijing’s Covid vaccine is recommended for adults 18 years and up with a two-dose regimen, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing. The new addition to the list of usable… Continue reading WHO approves Covid vaccine made by China’s Sinopharm for emergency use

WHO is closely monitoring 10 Covid variants as virus mutates around the world

The World Health Organization is closely following 10 coronavirus variants “of interest” or “of concern” across the world, including two that were first detected in the U.S. and a triple-mutant variant that’s wreaking havoc in India, as potential global public health threats. New Covid-19 strains pop up every day as the virus continues to mutate,… Continue reading WHO is closely monitoring 10 Covid variants as virus mutates around the world

WHO says Covid pandemic is growing ‘exponentially’ at more than 4.4 million new cases a week

The World Health Organization said Monday the trajectory of the coronavirus pandemic is now “growing exponentially” at more than 4.4 million new Covid-19 cases a week over the last two months. Maria Van Kerkhove, the agency’s technical lead for Covid-19, said “we’re in a critical point of the pandemic,” as some countries ease restrictions even… Continue reading WHO says Covid pandemic is growing ‘exponentially’ at more than 4.4 million new cases a week

WHO Report: Wildlife Farms, Not Market, Likely Source Of Coronavirus Pandemic

The highly anticipated World Health Organization report on the origins of the coronavirus that sparked a global pandemic is due out Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with NPR, Peter Daszak, part of the investigative team that did two weeks of research in China, said they found evidence that wildlife farms may be a potential source… Continue reading WHO Report: Wildlife Farms, Not Market, Likely Source Of Coronavirus Pandemic

Third Covid wave hits Europe: Lockdowns imposed and vaccines remain a problem

hit by manufacturing issues and supply snags, to the extent that European Union leaders are meeting this week to discuss — once again — the introduction of possible vaccine export bans. It comes as a handful of countries re-introduce lockdowns to curb a third wave of infections, with France, Poland and Ukraine all implementing stricter… Continue reading Third Covid wave hits Europe: Lockdowns imposed and vaccines remain a problem

White House: China Must Release Data From The ‘Earliest Days Of The Outbreak’

Peter Ben Embarek, of the World Health Organization team, right, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Liang Wannian after a WHO-China Joint Study Press Conference held at the end of the WHO mission in Wuhan, China, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Initial findings this week by World Health Organization researchers into the origins of the coronavirus are raising concerns in the White House over the independence of their investigation as well as the level of transparency China is providing into the early days of the pandemic. A statement Saturday from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says… Continue reading White House: China Must Release Data From The ‘Earliest Days Of The Outbreak’

Second Victim Dies Of Ebola In Congo, Marking Virus’s Return

FILE - In this Sunday, July 14, 2019 file photo, an Ebola victim is put to rest at the Muslim cemetery in Beni, Congo. Eastern Congo on Thursday, June 25, 2020 has marked an official end to the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history that killed 2,280 people over nearly two years as armed groups and community mistrust undermined the promise of new vaccines. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

A second person has contracted the Ebola virus and died this week in the Democratic Republic of Congo, marking another outbreak just three months after the nation outlasted the virus’s second worst outbreak in history. The latest victim was from the North Kivu province, the World Health Organization and the DRC’s health ministry said in… Continue reading Second Victim Dies Of Ebola In Congo, Marking Virus’s Return

Up Against Mutants, WHO Says AstraZeneca Vaccine Is Still A Good Bet

The World Health Organization says countries should move forward with using the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine even in places with variant strains of the virus. WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, which is known as SAGE, today issued new interim recommendations for the AstraZeneca vaccine specifically to address concerns about its effectiveness in South… Continue reading Up Against Mutants, WHO Says AstraZeneca Vaccine Is Still A Good Bet

‘Everything Broke’: Global Health Leaders On What Went Wrong In The Pandemic

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on the new coronavirus dubbed COVID-19, at the WHO headquaters on March 2, 2020 in Geneva. - The World Health Organization said that the number of new coronavirus cases registered in the past day in China was far lower than in the rest of the world. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

How to make sure the world is never so devastated by another pandemic? Health officials from around the globe have been vigorously discussing that question over the past week at the annual meeting of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board. The members, whose nine-day-long, mostly virtual gathering concludes on Tuesday, have heard recommendations from four… Continue reading ‘Everything Broke’: Global Health Leaders On What Went Wrong In The Pandemic