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WHO’s Chief Scientist sees long road ahead after pandemic: Q&A

World Health Organization Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan sees a long road ahead not only to determine the origins of the coronavirus outbreak, but also to educate people about public health and garner international support for the WHO.

 World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan.(REUTERS)
 World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan.(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 11, 2022 12:51 PM IST

‘Let’s listen to scientists & not panic’: WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan on B.1.1.529

She also urged nations to not panic and focus on the vaccination programmes and strengthen public health measures.

"Meanwhile, we need to focus on strengthening vaccination coverage and public health measures," said Soumya Swaminathan as the B.1.1.529 variant alarmed countries globally.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 03:36 AM IST

Covid in children mostly mild, but good to be prepared: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan

The effect of the coronavirus disease among children had been mostly mild and the severity much less than that in the adult population, said World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminthan, even as she stressed the importance of having a well-developed paediatric infrastructure.

“We should not panic about thousands of children crowding into ICUs
“We should not panic about thousands of children crowding into ICUs" said World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan(REUTERS / File Photo)
Published on Aug 25, 2021 02:33 PM IST

'Let's be careful for 6 months': WHO chief scientist on India Covid situation

Children are not at greater risk, Dr Swaminathan said, citing ICMR data which shows that children have been exposed to the virus in the previous waves.

The six month period is not for the virus to disappear, but for vaccine coverage to increase, Dr Soumya Swaminathan has explained.
The six month period is not for the virus to disappear, but for vaccine coverage to increase, Dr Soumya Swaminathan has explained.
Published on Aug 06, 2021 08:02 PM IST

Mixing and matching Covid-19 vaccines ‘dangerous trend’: WHO’s chief scientist

"It’s a little bit of a dangerous trend here. We are in a data-free, evidence-free zone as far as mix and match," WHO's chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan said.

"There is limited data on mix and match. There are studies going on, we need to wait for that," WHO's Dr Soumya Swaminathan said.(Reuters | Representational image)
Published on Jul 12, 2021 11:03 PM IST
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