Pricey COVID-19 antibody treatment gets WHO approval

By Staff The Associated Press Posted September 24, 2021 8:58 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The World Health Organization is … Read More

Novavax seeks WHO approval for emergency listing of COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax Inc and its partner Serum Institute of India have applied to the World Health Organization for an emergency use listing of Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, potentially clearing the way for … Read More

WHO says new lower air pollution guidelines could save millions of lives

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday issued its first air quality guidelines since 2005 aimed at reducing deaths from key pollutants that cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. The United … Read More

New global COVID-19 infections continue to fall, WHO reports

The number of new COVID-19 cases continued to fall last week, with 3.6 million new cases reported globally, down from four million new infections the previous week, the World Health … Read More

WHO reports drop in new COVID-19 infections across the world

By Staff The Associated Press Posted September 15, 2021 7:57 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The World Health Organization said … Read More

WHO chief wants rich countries to halt booster shots for remainder of 2021

Rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines should refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year and make the doses available for poorer countries, the head … Read More

WHO says it’s watching Mu, a new COVID-19 variant of interest

The World Health Organization (WHO) has enough COVID-19 variants to worry about. Now it’s keeping an eye on Mu, too. The WHO says it’s monitoring a new coronavirus variant that … Read More

WHO’s EU head backs COVID-19 boosters — but only for the vulnerable

By The Staff The Associated Press Posted August 30, 2021 8:32 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The head of the … Read More

Poor countries still waiting for COVID-19 vaccines as COVAX donations trickle in

An international system to share coronavirus vaccines was supposed to guarantee that low and middle-income countries could get doses without being last in line and at the mercy of unreliable … Read More

Guinea reports first-ever case of rare and deadly Marburg virus

The extremely rare and deadly Marburg virus has been detected for the first time in the African nation of Guinea, according to health officials who warn that it could spread … Read More

Germany, France will give COVID-19 vaccine boosters despite WHO call for pause

Germany and France will go ahead with COVID-19 vaccine boosters from September, disregarding an appeal by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to hold off until more people are vaccinated across … Read More

Ontario asks feds to work with WHO on ensuring mixed COVID-19 vaccines recognized abroad

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted July 26, 2021 11:15 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Ontario has asked the federal … Read More

WHO asks China to be ‘transparent,’ provide raw data on COVID-19 origins

The head of the World Health Organisation said on Thursday that investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in China were being hampered by the lack of raw data … Read More

Easing COVID-19 restrictions amid low vaccination rates a ‘toxic mixture’, WHO warns

World Health Organization emergencies program head Michael Ryan said on Wednesday that countries with low COVID-19 vaccination rates, combined with the lifting of restrictions, was a “toxic mixture.” Read more: … Read More

World Health Organization ill-equipped to probe origins of COVID-19, experts argue

As the World Health Organization draws up plans for the next phase of its probe of how the coronavirus pandemic started, an increasing number of scientists say the U.N. agency … Read More

WHO asks Western countries to recognize China’s COVID-19 vaccines

The World Health Organization said Thursday that any COVID-19 vaccines it has authorized for emergency use should be recognized by countries as they open up their borders to inoculated travelers. … Read More

‘We need more’: WHO chief says COVID-19 vaccine needs outstrip G7 promises

By Staff The Associated Press Posted June 12, 2021 5:00 pm     Updated June 12, 2021 5:06 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article … Read More

G20 leaders snub COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver, watering down WHO funding commitments

Leaders of the world’s largest economies back “voluntary licensing” of COVID-19 vaccine patents, the draft conclusions of a summit show, watering down a U.S. push for waivers and earlier commitments … Read More

‘The lost month of February’: COVID-19 was preventable, report shows

The COVID-19 pandemic could have been prevented but due to a lack of world leadership, an outbreak turned into a global health catastrophe that has killed more than 3.3 million … Read More

Canadian medical students push for COVID-19 vaccine IP waiver

There are growing calls for Canada to support lifting patents for COVID-19 vaccines and other coronavirus-related medical products that could potentially boost global access to supplies amid the pandemic. In … Read More

‘Dawn is coming’ for Canada amid worst public health crisis in a century: WHO adviser

As Canada endures the third wave of COVID-19, a virus that has already claimed tens of thousands of lives within our borders, a World Health Organization adviser has a message … Read More

Global cases of COVID-19 have nearly doubled in 2 months: WHO

By Staff The Associated Press Posted April 16, 2021 7:32 am     Updated April 16, 2021 7:33 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article … Read More

WHO, 23 nations back creation of pandemic treaty to prepare for future health crises

Leaders of 23 countries and the World Health Organization on Tuesday backed an idea to create an international treaty that would help the world deal with future health emergencies like … Read More

Animals likely source of COVID-19, WHO investigation says

A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a … Read More

As COVID-19 variants spread, why are global coronavirus cases declining?

In an encouraging sign for the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of new coronavirus cases around the world and in Canada is continuing to fall this year. For the fifth consecutive … Read More

China hits back at allegations from U.S. of lack of transparency about coronavirus

China fired back at the U.S. on Sunday over allegations from the White House that Beijing withheld some information about the coronavirus outbreak from World Health Organization (WHO) investigators. In a … Read More

Here’s what the WHO’s coronavirus experts learned from their visit to Wuhan

A World Health Organization team is leaving China on Wednesday after gaining some new insights into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 2.3 million … Read More

A world upside down: Wuhan returns to normal while rest of the world reels

Bin Zhang recalls first hearing the rumours in early January 2020 about a dangerous, SARS-like virus that was spreading like wildfire. His wife’s relatives worked in a hospital in Wuhan, … Read More

China gave WHO experts full access to probe coronavirus origins in Wuhan: team member

A member of the World Health Organization expert team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan said the Chinese side granted full access to all sites and personnel they … Read More

Coronavirus: WHO team visits research lab in Wuhan, China

World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus. The … Read More

WHO team visits food market in Wuhan, China to search for coronavirus clues

A World Health Organization team looking into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday visited the food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan that was linked to many … Read More

Vaccine hoarding ‘keeps pandemic burning’, WHO chief warns rich countries

Rich countries squabbling over COVID-19 vaccine supplies must consider the situation in poorer parts of the world, the World Health Organization said on Friday, warning that hoarding of shots “keeps … Read More

Spain shuns coronavirus confinement as Europe kicks off 2021 with curfews

While most of Europe kicked off 2021 with earlier curfews or stay-at-home orders, authorities in Spain insist the new coronavirus variant causing havoc elsewhere is not to blame for a … Read More

WHO team arrives in Wuhan. Here’s what the probe into COVID-19’s origins involves

The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. The visit … Read More

WHO experts tasked with investigating coronavirus origins land in China

A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about … Read More

Second year of pandemic ‘could even be tougher’ as coronavirus surges, WHO says

The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic may be tougher than the first given how the new coronavirus is spreading, especially in the northern hemisphere as more infectious variants circulate, … Read More

Amid shortages, 2nd dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine can be delayed: WHO

World Health Organization experts on Friday issued recommendations that the interval between administration of two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus can be extended to up to six … Read More

China seeks to avoid blame for coronavirus pandemic as WHO probe looms

As a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, Beijing has stepped up efforts not only to prevent new outbreaks, … Read More

‘The big one’: WHO warns future pandemics could be worse than coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 1.7 million people, destroyed economies and pushed hospitals to the brink of collapse. But the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that despite the … Read More

‘Good news’: Coronavirus vaccine will still protect against new U.K. variant, WHO says

The novel coronavirus vaccine should still work against the new variant of the virus spreading quickly in the United Kingdom. That’s “good news,” the World Health Organization said on Monday. … Read More

WHO says China will welcome team to probe coronavirus origins in January

Beijing will welcome an international team of COVID-19 investigators due to travel to China in January, said the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the mission. China has strongly opposed calls for … Read More

Asia-Pacific countries won’t see coronavirus vaccinations until mid-2021, WHO says

The World Health Organization said Thursday that countries in the Asia-Pacific region are not guaranteed to have early access to COVID-19 shots and urged them to adopt a long-term approach … Read More

Remdesivir not recommended for hospitalized coronavirus patients, WHO says

Gilead’s drug remdesivir is not recommended for patients hospitalised with COVID-19, regardless of how ill they are, as there is no evidence it improves survival or reduces the need for ventilation, a … Read More

How long does coronavirus immunity last? Some studies suggest months

New research is now emerging that suggests a person can have immunity to the new coronavirus as many as eight months after getting infected with the COVID-19 disease. A study … Read More

Potential sepsis treatment could be ready in 5 years thanks to London, Ont., researcher

Lawson Health Research Institute says that currently, the best available approach to treat sepsis works about six per cent of the time, but preliminary results show a potential treatment in … Read More

Coronavirus mutation in minks: Experts keeping ‘close eye’ on human infections

As the new coronavirus continues to infect and kill humans around the world, there are now growing fears about the mutation of the deadly virus in animals. Authorities in Denmark … Read More

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