US envoy chides China in talk with Taiwan leader

Washington’s envoy to the United Nations held a virtual talk with Taiwan’s president on Thursday after her visit to the island was scrapped in a diplomatic volte-face during the chaotic last days of the Trump administration. Ambassador Kelly Craft praised Taiwan’s success in fighting the coronavirus while criticising China for blocking the island from global […]

EU gets vaccine boost as WHO dampens hope of herd immunity

The European Union started the approval process for its third vaccine on Tuesday after WHO scientists warned that herd immunity from coronavirus was unlikely this year even with mass inoculation schemes. The 27-nation EU — under fire for lengthy approval processes and slow national rollouts of drugs — promised an “accelerated timeline” after confirming drug […]

‘A shameful moment’: Trump announces formal withdrawal from WHO as COVID-19 cases climb

“This won’t protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick and America alone.” Epidemiologists and public interest groups were among the critics condemning the White House’s announcement on Tuesday that the U.S. is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization, five weeks after threatening to do so. The move was announced to WHO on Monday and […]

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Virus cases top nine million as WHO says pandemic ‘accelerating’

Global coronavirus infections topped nine million on Monday shortly after the World Health Organization warned that the pandemic was accelerating, even as France took its biggest step yet back to normality by allowing millions of children to return to school. Despite Europe further easing lockdowns, case numbers around the world are still rising, especially in […]

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Brazil blows past one million COVID-19 cases, WHO warns of ‘dangerous phase’ of pandemic

The World Health Organization warned Friday of a “new and dangerous phase” of the coronavirus pandemic, as infections continued to surge in the Americas, with Brazil registering more than one million cases. Colombia and Mexico also passed bleak milestones, as their death tolls topped 2,000 and 20,000, respectively, showing how the virus continues ravaging the […]

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‘The pandemic is accelerating,’ says WHO chief, warning of ‘new and dangerous phase’ of coronavirus crisis

“More than 150,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported to WHO yesterday—the most in a single day so far.” The head of the World Health Organization warned Friday that humanity is facing “a new and dangerous phase” of the coronavirus crisis. “The pandemic is accelerating,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The remarks from came at a […]

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Bolsonaro threatens to quit WHO as Covid-19 kills ‘a Brazilian per minute’

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Friday to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization after the U.N. agency warned Latin American governments about the risk of lifting lockdowns before slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus throughout the region. A new Brazilian record for daily COVID-19 fatalities pushed the county’s death toll past that of Italy late on […]

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WHO to resume suspended hydroxychloroquine trials for COVID-19 treatment

The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine will resume as it searches for potential coronavirus treatments. On May 25, the WHO announced it had temporarily suspended the trials to conduct a safety review, which has now concluded there is “no reason” to change the way the trials are conducted. The UN […]

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WHO warns Latin American hospitals risk being overwhelmed by Covid-19 crisis

Healthcare systems across Latin America risk being overwhelmed by the coronavirus, the World Health Organization has said, as the death toll from the disease in hard-hit Brazil nears 30,000. The warning from the global health body came as a sister UN agency issued new guidelines for pandemic-hit airlines that reveal what flying might look like when passenger planes take to […]

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Pandemic antibiotics surge will cause more deaths: WHO

Increased antibiotics use in combating the COVID-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organization said Monday. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them. The UN […]

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Trump pulls US out of World Health Organization – claims China controls critical international group

President Donald Trump has just announced he is pulling the United States out of the World Health Organization in the middle of a global pandemic. To support his move Trump claimed China controls the WHO. Trump says China “broke their word to the world on ensuring the autonomy of Hong Kong.” Says “the Chinese government […]

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India backs hydroxychloroquine for virus prevention

India’s top biomedical research body on Tuesday backed the use of the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine as a preventive against coronavirus, after the WHO suspended clinical trials of the drug over safety concerns. The endorsement from the Indian Council of Medical Research came a week after US President Donald Trump said he was taking the drug as […]

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WHO halts study of ‘coronavirus’ drug touted by Trump

The World Health Organization said Monday it had temporarily suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 being carried out across a range of countries as a precautionary measure. The decision came after publication last week of a study in The Lancet which indicated that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their chances of […]

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‘Written for his base and to deflect blame’: Trump sends letter threatening permanent freeze of US funding to WHO

President Donald Trump on Monday sent a four-page letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, threatening to permanently freeze U.S. funding to the United Nations agency in the midst of a global pandemic that has made international cooperation as crucial as ever. Trump’s letter, which he posted to Twitter Monday night, repeats […]

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Republicans spent the weekend lobbying Trump to kill funding for World Health Organization during COVID-19 pandemic

President Donald Trump’s attempt to dodge responsibility for the impact of the coronavirus has prompted blame pointed at China and the World Health Organization. In the middle of a global pandemic, Trump is leaning toward canceling 100 percent of the WHO’s funding. On Friday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson obtained a “leaked document” he said […]

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Spraying disinfectants does not work — and can be ‘harmful’: World Health Organization

Spraying disinfectant on the streets, as practised in some countries, does not eliminate the new coronavirus and even poses a health risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Saturday. In a document on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as part of the response to the virus, the WHO says spraying can be ineffective. “Spraying or […]

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US demands WHO invite Taiwan to meeting

The United States on Wednesday urged the World Health Organization to defy Chinese pressure and invite Taiwan to its annual meeting, which will discuss the coronavirus pandemic. The United States itself has yet to confirm its participation in the May 18-19 talks of the World Health Assembly, which comes after President Donald Trump vowed to […]

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WHO says it has seen zero ‘data or specific evidence’ to support White House claim that COVID-19 came from Wuhan lab

The World Health Organization is pushing back against evidence-free claims by U.S. President Donald Trump and other top White House officials that the coronavirus emerged from a government research laboratory in Wuhan, China, the original epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. “From our perspective, this remains speculative,” Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO’s emergencies director told reporters in Geneva on […]

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WHO says virus ‘natural in origin’

The World Health Organization reiterated Friday that the new coronavirus was of natural origin after US President Donald Trump claimed he had seen evidence it originated in a Chinese lab. Scientists believe the killer virus jumped from animals to humans, emerging in China late last year, possibly from a market in Wuhan selling exotic animals […]

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Bolsonaro says WHO encourages kids to be gay, masturbate

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said the World Health Organization encourages homosexuality and masturbation among young children, his latest clash with an organization whose advice on social distancing and other anti-coronavirus measures he has repeatedly questioned. The far-right leader made the claim, without citing a source, in a Facebook post he later deleted. “This is the […]

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