1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected with coronavirus: WHO

The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Monday its “best estimates” indicate that roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus — … Read More

COMMENTARY: How Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine strategy could impact the world

When the throne speech was delivered on Sept. 23, Canada had already committed over $1 billion in advance purchase agreements with five drug companies for a minimum of 154 million … Read More

China says WHO supported early use of coronavirus vaccine candidate outside of trials

The World Health Organization supported China’s campaign to vaccinate certain people against coronavirus in July while clinical trials were still under way, a Chinese health official said on Friday, although … Read More

Obesity may up risks of COVID-19 complications, but doctors still searching for why

In the early days of the pandemic, doctors noticed something about the people severely ill from COVID-19: many were obese. The link became more apparent as coronavirus swept across the … Read More

No coronavirus vaccine will get endorsement unless proven safe, WHO says

LONDON — The head of the World Health Organization said the U.N. health agency will not recommend any COVID-19 vaccine before it is proved safe and effective, even as Russia … Read More

White House pushes back on WHO criticism that U.S. coronavirus vaccine moving too quickly

The White House pushed back on concerns expressed by the World Health Organization (WHO) after a U.S. health official said a coronavirus vaccine might be authorized for use without completing … Read More

WHO in talks with Russia as its coronavirus vaccine raises eyebrows

LONDON — The World Health Organization’s Europe office said it has begun discussions with Russia to try to obtain more information about the experimental COVID-19 vaccine the country recently approved. … Read More

Young people fuelling coronavirus surges around the world, WHO warns

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it was concerned that the novel coronavirus spread was being driven by people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, many of which were … Read More

Avoid routine dental visits amid coronavirus uncertainty, WHO says

GENEVA — Dental patients and staff need to be protected from any potential infection by aerosol-generating procedures, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, as dentists return to work … Read More

World economy will recover faster if everyone can get coronavirus vaccine: WHO

The world’s economy will return to normal faster if everyone in the world has access to an eventual coronavirus vaccine, said World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on … Read More

Global coronavirus cases see record daily increase for 2nd day in a row: WHO

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, with the total rising by 259,848 in 24 hours. The biggest … Read More

Teenager dies of bubonic plague after eating marmot in Mongolia

A 15-year-old boy has died of the bubonic plague after eating a marmot, Mongolian officials say. The death occurred inside a quarantined part of Gobi-Altai province in western Mongolia, health … Read More

Coronavirus: WHO slams ‘mixed messages’ from world leaders on COVID-19

The World Health Organization’s chief on Monday slammed some government leaders for eroding public trust by sending mixed messages on the coronavirus and warned that their failures to stop their … Read More

WHO sets up independent probe on how it’s handled coronavirus outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday that it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments. Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President … Read More

U.S. allies, China criticize Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from WHO

Top U.S. allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally … Read More

Coronavirus cases surpass 11 million worldwide

Global novel coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a … Read More

Coronavirus mutations don’t seem to be ‘dangerous,’ but other threats remain: experts

The novel coronavirus does not appear to be mutating in a dangerous way, according to experts studying the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. In a press briefing on … Read More

China frustrated WHO by delaying coronavirus info, despite public praise: sources

Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic … Read More

George Floyd protests across U.S. elevate coronavirus fears, officials say

The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a handcuffed black man in Minnesota have elevated fears of a new surge in cases of the coronavirus. … Read More

Coronavirus: European Union urges Trump to re-think decision to cut WHO funding

The European Union on Saturday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to cut American funding for the World Health Organization amid global criticism of the move, as … Read More

Coronavirus: Trump’s WHO funding cut draws criticism as COVID-19 spreads

U.S. President Donald Trump‘s announcement he was cutting U.S. funding for the World Health Organization prompted criticism Saturday, as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere served as a reminder … Read More

WHO warns 1st wave of coronavirus pandemic not over as countries begin to reopen

The risks of reigniting coronavirus outbreaks are complicating efforts to fend off further misery for the many millions who have lost jobs, with a top health expert warning that the … Read More

Coronavirus: U.S. calls for immediate start to review of WHO’s handling of pandemic

GENEVA ⁠— The United States called on the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday to begin work immediately on investigating the source of the novel coronavirus, as well as its … Read More

U.S.-China tensions could make WHO coronavirus review ‘incredibly difficult:’ expert

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will need to be “improvements” made to the World Health Organization in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as questions about China‘s … Read More

Trump tells WHO he’ll make funding freeze permanent unless ‘improvements’ are made

U.S. President Donald Trump told the World Health Organization’s leader that he plans to make his temporary funding freeze to the WHO permanent unless “substantive improvements” are made, widening the … Read More

Coronavirus: WHO agrees to independent probe of how it handled pandemic

The World Health Organization bowed to calls Monday from most of its member states to launch an independent evaluation of how it managed the international response to the coronavirus, which … Read More

China supports ‘inclusive review’ of coronavirus response while pointing finger at U.S.

The Chinese government would be open to some sort of review of the coronavirus pandemic, according to its ambassador to Canada. But Cong Peiwu says that would need to be … Read More

‘China is a victim’ of coronavirus disinformation, Chinese ambassador to Canada says

China‘s ambassador to Canada is insisting his country is being victimized by a campaign of disinformation about its role in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The claim, however, comes … Read More

‘China is a victim’ of coronavirus disinformation, its ambassador insists

China‘s ambassador to Canada is insisting his country is being victimized by a campaign of disinformation about its role in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The claim, however, comes … Read More

O’Toole vows to put ‘caveats’ on One China policy, urges ‘reckoning’ over coronavirus

Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole says while he would not walk away from longstanding policies acknowledging Chinese claims over Hong Kong and Taiwan, he would modify them. In an interview … Read More

Live animal markets shouldn’t be closed despite COVID-19, says WHO

LONDON — The World Health Organization said Friday that although a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan selling live animals likely played a significant role in the emergence of … Read More

Coronavirus: Champagne dodges naming Taiwan when pressed to thank nation for mask donation

When China donated medical supplies to help Canada in battling the coronavirus pandemic, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne turned to Twitter to thank the country directly. But after the small … Read More

EU members to push for formal probe into coronavirus origins, Canadian position unclear

European Union member states plan later this month to push for a formal international probe into how the coronavirus pandemic began and what lessons can be learned to prevent a … Read More

Inflammatory symptoms in children might be linked to coronavirus, doctors warn

Doctors in Britain, Italy and Spain have been warned to look out for a rare inflammatory condition in children that is possibly linked to the new coronavirus. Earlier this week, … Read More

U.S. to assess WHO’s management after halting funds over COVID-19 response

The United States will assess if the World Health Organization is being run properly following President Donald Trump’s pause in U.S. funding to the global body, the acting head of … Read More

Why the coronavirus fight can only succeed with worldwide cooperation

As countries across the globe continue to battle the novel coronavirus pandemic, the diplomatic spat between the U.S. and Canada over the export of 3M respirator masks has been just one … Read More

New Ebola case in Congo days before officials intended to declare end of outbreak

BENI, Congo — A new case of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in eastern Congo, just three days before the country expected to declare an end to the outbreak, … Read More

Without global action against coronavirus pandemic, 40 million could have died: report

If the world hadn’t taken action against the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the world would have become infected and 40 million lives could been lost, says a new report. “We … Read More

‘Collateral damage’: Wait times, cancellations hit health care outside of COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak in Canada has led to an all-hands-on-deck scenario in health care, leaving some doctors worried about those who need other kinds of care. The World Health Organization … Read More

The world ‘squandered’ its first opportunity to stop coronavirus: WHO

The time to act to fight the novel coronavirus was one or two months ago, and countries “squandered” the opportunity, according to the director-general of the World Health Organization. Speaking … Read More

Coronavirus: WHO sees rise in cyberattack attempts by hackers, official says

Elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier this month, sources told Reuters, part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase … Read More

WHO message to young people about coronavirus: ‘You’re not invincible’

World Health Organization officials warned young people Friday that although they’re less likely to die from the novel coronavirus, they are still at risk of severe illness. “You’re not invincible,” … Read More

Can ebola, HIV or malaria drugs stop coronavirus? WHO starts testing to find out

The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching global clinical trials to test possible new coronavirus therapies that will span across 10 participating countries. The treatments to be tested are drugs already … Read More

TikTok joins forces with WHO to promote coronavirus facts amid pandemic

TikTok, the app that’s quickly becoming Generation Z’s favourite social media platform, says it’s working to communicate informational content to users amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The video platform with an … Read More

WHO says countries not testing enough for coronavirus cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that while social-distancing measures are important, countries also need to ramp up testing in order to fight COVID-19. “We have seen a rapid escalation … Read More

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