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

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

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