Expert report finds COVID likely jumped to humans from bats through ‘missing link’

An international expert mission to Wuhan concluded in a report seen Monday that Covid-19 likely first passed to humans from a bat through an intermediary animal, with investigators all but ruling out a laboratory leak. The intermediate host hypothesis was deemed “likely to very likely”, while the theory that the virus escaped from a lab […]

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WHO chief blasts ‘grotesque’ vaccine inequality as rich nations block speedy end of global pandemic

As rich nations like the United States and pharmaceutical companies face sustained calls to share Covid-19 vaccine knowledge, the head of the World Health Organization on Monday decried the “grotesque” global inequality of vaccine distribution. “In January, I said that the world was on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure unless urgent steps were […]

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Lethal pollution high in 2020 despite lockdowns

Deadly small particle pollution in four of five nations exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations last year despite Covid lockdowns, according to a report released Tuesday. The partial or complete shutdown of transport and industry for months at a time in 2020 reduced average levels of so-called PM2.5 pollution across the world, including in major […]

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Wuhan marks a year since lockdown as Biden warns of 600,000 dead

The Chinese city of Wuhan marked one year since the start of its traumatic 76-day coronavirus lockdown Saturday while the pandemic continued to rage elsewhere, with US President Joe Biden warning America’s death toll could pass 600,000. Traffic hummed, sidewalks bustled, and citizens packed parks and public transport in Wuhan, underscoring the scale of the […]

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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