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'Biggest challenge since WWII': World leaders call for pandemic treaty

30 Mar 2021

'Biggest challenge since WWII': World leaders call for pandemic treaty

Over a year into the coronavirus pandemic, 24 world leaders recognized it as the "greatest challenge" since World War II and called for an international treaty.

Coronavirus: WHO team spent merely four hours at Wuhan institute

30 Mar 2021

Coronavirus: WHO team spent merely four hours at Wuhan institute

A team of the World Health Organization (WHO), that visited China earlier this year to trace the origins of coronavirus, has ruled out the possibility of a lab leak.

WHO says COVID-19 likely emerged from animals; lab leak unlikely

29 Mar 2021

WHO says COVID-19 likely emerged from animals; lab leak unlikely

The coronavirus causing COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, likely originated from animals, a draft copy of a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the origin of the virus reportedly said.

WHO advises against using vaccine passports for international travel

09 Mar 2021

WHO advises against using vaccine passports for international travel

A senior World Health Organization official said that so-called vaccine passports for COVID-19 should not be used for international travel because of numerous concerns, including ethical considerations that vaccines are not easily available globally.

Adar Poonawalla, WHO scientist warn of delays in vaccine production

05 Mar 2021

Adar Poonawalla, WHO scientist warn of delays in vaccine production

Adar Poonawalla, the head of the world's biggest vaccine maker, and the World Health Organization's (WHO) chief scientist have said that the manufacturers of coronavirus vaccine doses are facing a global shortage of the raw materials required to produce the doses.

WHO lauds India for helping over 60 nations with vaccines

26 Feb 2021

WHO lauds India for helping over 60 nations with vaccines

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to supporting vaccine equity and sharing COVID-19 vaccines with over 60 countries across the world, hoping that the other nations will follow his example.

India to send first shipment under COVAX initiative this week

23 Feb 2021

India to send first shipment under COVAX initiative this week

The first shipment from India under COVAX, the global initiative to ensure rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries, is likely to roll out this week, World Health Organization Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Monday.

WHO authorizes AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

16 Feb 2021

WHO authorizes AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization has granted an emergency authorization to AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine, a move that should allow the UN agency's partners to ship millions of doses to countries as part of a UN-backed program to tame the pandemic.

WHO Chief warns of complacency as global virus cases drop

13 Feb 2021

WHO Chief warns of complacency as global virus cases drop

The head of the World Health Organization said on Friday that the drop in confirmed COVID-19 infections around the world was encouraging, but cautioned against relaxing restrictions that have helped curb its spread.

WHO team probing coronavirus origins identifies two 'most likely' scenarios

09 Feb 2021

WHO team probing coronavirus origins identifies two 'most likely' scenarios

A team of World Health Organization (WHO) experts investigating the origin of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in China has identified two "most likely" scenarios.

No indication of coronavirus in Wuhan before December 2019: WHO

09 Feb 2021

No indication of coronavirus in Wuhan before December 2019: WHO

A team of World Health Organization (WHO) probing the origins of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, said on Tuesday that it didn't find any indication of the virus at the epicenter before December 2019.

China granted WHO team full access in Wuhan

06 Feb 2021

China granted WHO team full access in Wuhan

A member of the World Health Organization expert team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan said that the Chinese side has granted full access to all sites and personnel the team had requested access to.

WHO team visits Wuhan research lab

03 Feb 2021

WHO team visits Wuhan research lab

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.

WHO team to begin face-to-face meetings with Chinese experts

29 Jan 2021

WHO team to begin face-to-face meetings with Chinese experts

World Health Organization experts will begin face-to-face meetings with their Chinese counterparts on Friday in the central city of Wuhan at the start of the team's long-awaited fact-finding mission into the origins of the coronavirus.

Diplomats, including from Pakistan and China, offered coronavirus vaccines

26 Jan 2021

Diplomats, including from Pakistan and China, offered coronavirus vaccines

After starting its vaccination drive on January 16, New Delhi has offered made-in-India vaccines to diplomatic corps, including to those from Pakistan and China.

Joe Biden signs 30 executive orders in three days

23 Jan 2021

Joe Biden signs 30 executive orders in three days

In just three days after taking the Oval Office, United States President Joe Biden signed a record 30 executive orders, at least 10 of which reversed the policies of his predecessor Donald Trump.

Dr. Anthony Fauci takes 'liberating' turn at center stage

22 Jan 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci takes 'liberating' turn at center stage

US' leading infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci is back.

UN chief welcomes the re-engagement of US with WHO

21 Jan 2021

UN chief welcomes the re-engagement of US with WHO

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the United States' re-engagement with the World Health Organization.

President Biden signs executive orders to undo Trump's legacy

21 Jan 2021

President Biden signs executive orders to undo Trump's legacy

Soon after he was sworn in, United States President Joe Biden signed a flurry of executive orders to reverse the policies of his predecessor Donald Trump.

Democracy has prevailed: Biden sworn in as 46th US President

20 Jan 2021

Democracy has prevailed: Biden sworn in as 46th US President

More than two months after he won the election, on the promise of healing a broken nation, Democrat Joe Biden was sworn-in as the 46th President of United States of America in Washington DC.

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

19 Jan 2021

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the UN health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner.

WHO raises concerns about Mideast vaccine inequity

19 Jan 2021

WHO raises concerns about Mideast vaccine inequity

The World Health Organization has raised concerns about the unequal distribution of coronavirus vaccines in Israel, which has given shots to more than 20 percent of its population but the occupied territories, where Palestinians reside are yet to receive any.

WHO team reaches China to investigate coronavirus origins

14 Jan 2021

WHO team reaches China to investigate coronavirus origins

A team of ten scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) landed in Wuhan on Thursday to understand how coronavirus jumped from animals to humans, triggering a pandemic that has killed nearly two million globally and battered economies.

WHO experts probing coronavirus origins to visit Wuhan: China

12 Jan 2021

WHO experts probing coronavirus origins to visit Wuhan: China

The experts from World Health Organization will visit Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected in late-2019, at the start of their investigation into the origins of the pandemic, China said on Tuesday.

WHO: COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines

12 Jan 2021

WHO: COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines

The World Health Organization's chief scientist warned that even as numerous countries have started rolling out vaccination programs to stop COVID-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year.

WHO team probing coronavirus origins to visit on Thursday: China

11 Jan 2021

WHO team probing coronavirus origins to visit on Thursday: China

A team of experts from the World Health Organization are due to reach China on January 14 to probe the origins of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, officials said on Monday.

China ready to receive WHO experts to probe COVID-19 origin

09 Jan 2021

China ready to receive WHO experts to probe COVID-19 origin

China is ready to receive a World Health Organization expert team to probe the COVID-19 origin, a senior Chinese official informed the media but gave no specific timeline for the visit.

WHO: Rich nations, vaccine makers should stop bilateral deals

09 Jan 2021

WHO: Rich nations, vaccine makers should stop bilateral deals

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, appealed on Friday to makers of COVID-19 vaccines and the wealthier countries buying them to stop making bilateral deals, saying they are hurting a UN-backed effort to widen access to the jabs.

China blocks investigation into coronavirus origins, WHO chief 'disappointed'

06 Jan 2021

China blocks investigation into coronavirus origins, WHO chief 'disappointed'

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed disappointment after China blocked an investigation into the origins of coronavirus.

'Disease X': Scientist who discovered Ebola warns about deadlier pandemics

06 Jan 2021

'Disease X': Scientist who discovered Ebola warns about deadlier pandemics

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, 86 million people have contracted the virus and over 1.8 million have died from it.

Global leaders hail India's scientific innovation to combat COVID-19

05 Jan 2021

Global leaders hail India's scientific innovation to combat COVID-19

Global leaders have lauded India's leadership in scientific innovation and decisive action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO approves Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

01 Jan 2021

WHO approves Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday granted "emergency validation" to the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, making it the first vaccine to be given such an approval by the United Nations body.

China grants conditional approval to its homegrown COVID-19 vaccine

31 Dec 2020

China grants conditional approval to its homegrown COVID-19 vaccine

China has granted conditional approval to the country's first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine developed by state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm, an official announcement said on Thursday.

Coronavirus pandemic 'not necessarily the big one,' warn WHO experts

29 Dec 2020

Coronavirus pandemic 'not necessarily the big one,' warn WHO experts

While the coronavirus pandemic is severe, it is "necessarily not the big one," experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) have warned as they urged the world for greater preparedness for future outbreaks.

Chinese citizen journalist jailed for four years over coronavirus reportage

28 Dec 2020

Chinese citizen journalist jailed for four years over coronavirus reportage

A 37-year-old citizen journalist was on Monday sentenced to four years in prison by a Chinese court over her coronavirus outbreak reporting, more than a year after the virus emerged in Wuhan.

Coronavirus pandemic will not be last, says WHO chief

27 Dec 2020

Coronavirus pandemic will not be last, says WHO chief

The coronavirus pandemic will not be the last one, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Sunday.

Dharavi logs zero coronavirus cases for first time since April

26 Dec 2020

Dharavi logs zero coronavirus cases for first time since April

Labeled as a coronavirus hotspot once, Dharavi, believed to be the largest slum in Asia, reported no new coronavirus cases on Friday since April 1 when the first infection came to light.

Families of Italian COVID-19 victims seek $122 million from government

24 Dec 2020

Families of Italian COVID-19 victims seek $122 million from government

The families of people who died of COVID-19 in Italy have sued the government, seeking €100 million ($122 million) in damages.

Government issues SOPs after new coronavirus strain emerges: Details here

22 Dec 2020

Government issues SOPs after new coronavirus strain emerges: Details here

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday issued standard operating protocols (SOPs) in response to the emergence of a new coronavirus strain.

Not out of control: WHO on new coronavirus strain

22 Dec 2020

Not out of control: WHO on new coronavirus strain

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said that the new coronavirus strain found in the United Kingdom is not yet out of control and that the existing measures are enough to fight against it.