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

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

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