Delaying second dose of coronavirus vaccines is ‘risky gamble’: experts

Amid shortages in coronavirus vaccine supplies, some Canadian provinces have decided to delay giving the second dose, which experts have called a “risky approach” and “a gamble.” Ontario’s government announced on … 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

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

How we got from a new pandemic to a COVID-19 vaccine in 2020

On Jan. 11, 2020, the headlines weren’t about the novel coronavirus. That day, the United States Congress was preparing articles of impeachment and Iran finally admitted that it shot down … 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

WHO recommends wearing masks indoors if ventilation is poor

By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters Posted December 2, 2020 7:56 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ People living in areas with where … Read More

Your guide to COVAX, the WHO’s coronavirus global vaccine plan

As world leaders race to sign contracts with pharmaceutical companies to pre-order potential novel coronavirus vaccines, experts warn that this may leave lower-income countries without enough doses to inoculate their … Read More

Mystery of the coronavirus origin: Experts still seeking answers

China or Italy? Bats or pangolins? More than 11 months since the first cluster of coronavirus cases were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, there are still questions about … 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

New Brunswick premier crows about province’s pandemic response in throne speech

By The Staff The Canadian Press Posted November 17, 2020 1:12 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Premier Blaine Higgs says … Read More

New Brunswick government crows about province’s pandemic response in throne speech

FREDERICTON – Premier Blaine Higgs’ government congratulated itself Tuesday for handling the COVID-19 pandemic better than most jurisdictions, saying in a throne speech that New Brunswick had received “positive reviews … 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

Remdesivir doesn’t help COVID-19 patients recover, WHO study says

GENEVA — A large study led by the World Health Organization suggests that the antiviral drug remdesivir did not help hospitalized COVID-19 patients, in contrast to an earlier study that … Read More

Herd immunity as coronavirus solution ‘simply unethical’: WHO

LONDON — The head of the World Health Organization warned against the idea that herd immunity might be a realistic strategy to stop the coronavirus pandemic, dismissing such proposals as … 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

A Toronto woman contracted coronavirus in March. She’s still exhibiting symptoms

When Susie Goulding was first diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in March, she said she experienced sinus infections, couldn’t swallow, and that her throat felt like “it was paralyzed.” After … 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

Moving ‘too quickly’ on coronavirus vaccine comes with risks: WHO

GENEVA — The emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccines requires a “great deal of seriousness and reflection,” the World Health Organization said on Monday after the United States announced it was … Read More

172 countries working with WHO on shared coronavirus vaccine plan

Some 172 countries are engaging with the COVAX facility designed to ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, the World Health Organization said on Monday, but more funding is needed and … 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

North Korea lifts lockdown in border town after coronavirus threat passes

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lifted a three week lockdown in the city of Kaesong and nearby areas, after a man who defected to the South returned to the … 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

Test results ‘inconclusive’ for North Korea’s 1st suspected coronavirus case: WHO

North Korea’s test results for a man suspected of being the country’s first coronavirus case were inconclusive, though authorities have quarantined more than 3,635 primary and secondary contacts, a World … Read More

Effects of coronavirus pandemic will be felt for decades: World Health Organization

GENEVA — The global coronavirus outbreak is the sort of disaster whose effects will last far into the future, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. … Read More

WHO head rejects U.S. criticism questioning his independence

GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization said on Thursday that reported comments by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo questioning his independence were untrue and would not … Read More

Indigenous people especially ‘vulnerable’ to coronavirus pandemic, WHO warns

Indigenous communities comprising half a million people around the world are especially vulnerable to the new coronavirus pandemic due to often poor living conditions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned … 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 says more research needed on possible airborne transmission of coronavirus

The World Health Organization on Thursday released new guidelines on the transmission of the novel coronavirus that acknowledge some reports of airborne transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, but … 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

WHO says ‘evidence emerging’ that coronavirus may be airborne

The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance … Read More

Scientists warn coronavirus could be airborne — What does this mean for Canadians?

Hundreds of scientists are sounding the alarm over the possibility that the novel coronavirus may spread through the air more than we once thought. On Saturday, the New York Times … Read More

World breaks daily record for new coronavirus cases: WHO

JOHANNESBURG — Pubs, hair salons and movie theatres across England reopened Saturday as part of Britain’s biggest step toward post-outbreak normal, while South Africa and other parts of the world … Read More

WHO discontinuing trials of hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs on COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 after … 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

WHO hoping for coronavirus vaccine this year

By Staff Reuters Posted June 19, 2020 10:01 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The World Health Organization hopes hundreds of … Read More

Experts question WHO comment that asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 ‘very rare’

Disease experts on Tuesday questioned a statement by the World Health Organization that transmission of COVID-19 by people with no symptoms is “very rare”, saying this guidance could pose problems … Read More

WHO walks back remarks, says asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus is occurring

World Health Organization officials are walking back some statements from Monday, now saying that they are “absolutely convinced” that asymptomatic transmission of the novel coronavirus is occurring. Disease experts on … Read More

Brazil president threatens to exit WHO as coronavirus death toll rises

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Friday to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization after the UN agency warned governments about the risk of lifting lockdowns before slowing the … Read More

WHO recommends wearing masks in public, in updated guidelines

By Kate Kelland Reuters Posted June 5, 2020 11:37 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The World Health Organization (WHO) updated … Read More

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