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India has asked WHO chief Tedros to remove the maps that incorrectly depict Indian territories of the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh (Reuters)

‘Deep displeasure’: India sends a stinker to WHO’s Tedros over incorrect map

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:50 AM IST
  • The 8 January letter is the third communication to the World Health Organisation in a month, reminding Tedros and his office to fix the maps
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Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Air pollution raises risk of pregnancy loss in India, south Asia: Lancet study

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:05 AM IST
An estimated 349,681 pregnancy losses per year in south Asia were associated with exposure to PM2.5 concentrations, accounting for 7% of annual pregnancy loss in the region from 2000-2016
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The coronavirus disease was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 and has since spread around the world.(AP)
The coronavirus disease was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 and has since spread around the world.(AP)

China plays down concern after WHO’s rare rebuke

By Agencies | Beijing, Beijing/geneva
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:02 AM IST
Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, told a regular news briefing in Beijing that the problem was “not just about visas” for the team.
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Throughout January 2020, the WHO publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the novel coronavirus.(AP)
Throughout January 2020, the WHO publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the novel coronavirus.(AP)

Covid-19: Timeline of events that led to China blocking WHO’s team

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:34 PM IST
After the WHO chief publicly expressed disappointment in a rare rebuke to Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said that “there’s no need to read too much into it.”
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the global health body is eager to get the mission underway “as soon as possible”.(Reuters File Photo)
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the global health body is eager to get the mission underway “as soon as possible”.(Reuters File Photo)

WHO disappointed China hasn’t granted entry to coronavirus experts

By Asian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Geneva (Switzerland)
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:54 AM IST
Beijing had previously said it would give the WHO’s expert team full access to investigate the Covid-19 origin.
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Currently, there are 45 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation and 156 candidate vaccines in pre-clinical evaluation, the WHO scientists said(REUTERS)
Currently, there are 45 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation and 156 candidate vaccines in pre-clinical evaluation, the WHO scientists said(REUTERS)

Speedy distribution of Covid-19 vaccine a major challenge for global govts: WHO experts

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:13 PM IST
his daunting challenge is not only for India but also for all the governments across the globe as they start inoculating their populations to tackle the pandemic, noted Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of WHO, and Dr Hamsadvani Kuganantham, Consultant, WHO.
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Respiratory allergies are not to be taken lightly, as negligence can lead to asthma, bronchial allergies and other pulmonary disorders.(Shutterstock)
Respiratory allergies are not to be taken lightly, as negligence can lead to asthma, bronchial allergies and other pulmonary disorders.(Shutterstock)

All about respiratory allergies: 5 facts that you should know of

PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 12:28 PM IST
Did you know that pet dander can trigger an allergic reaction? Did you also know that allergies can interfere with your memory or concentration levels? Read on to know all about respiratory allergies.
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Balafia nursing home worker Sogues Sole, 51, receives an injection with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak continues, in Lleida, Spain, December 27, 2020. REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Balafia nursing home worker Sogues Sole, 51, receives an injection with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak continues, in Lleida, Spain, December 27, 2020. REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)

WHO grants ‘emergency validation’ to Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Geneva
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:13 AM IST
Britain launched its inoculation drive with the US-German vaccine on December 8, with the United States, Canada and EU countries following suit.
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, appealed for $4 billion to buy Covid-19 vaccines for distribution in lower and middle-income countries through the COVAX vaccine facility.(REUTERS)
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, appealed for $4 billion to buy Covid-19 vaccines for distribution in lower and middle-income countries through the COVAX vaccine facility.(REUTERS)

WHO, marking year since Covid-19 began, urges fair vaccine distribution to all

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Geneva
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 09:09 AM IST
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general said,“Vaccines offer great hope to turn the tide of the pandemic. But to protect the world, we must ensure that all people at risk everywhere - not just in countries who can afford vaccines - are immunised,”.
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Relatives touch each other's hand through a plastic film screen and a glass to avoid contracting Covid-19 at the San Raffaele center in Rome.(AP)
Relatives touch each other's hand through a plastic film screen and a glass to avoid contracting Covid-19 at the San Raffaele center in Rome.(AP)

‘Covid-19 wake-up call’: WHO warns future pandemics to be far deadlier

By Agencies | Hindustan Times, Johannesburg/Moscow
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 02:43 AM IST
Japan and Australia on Tuesday reported their first cases of a mutant of the virus originally found in South Africa, while Pakistan joined countries detecting the strain from Britain.
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The app works with devices running on iOS 9.0 and up and on Android 4.4 devices, most phones released from 2011 onwards fall under either two categories.(AP)
The app works with devices running on iOS 9.0 and up and on Android 4.4 devices, most phones released from 2011 onwards fall under either two categories.(AP)

WHO launches Covid-19 app to counter pandemic misinformation

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 06:32 PM IST
WHO has said that through this app users can learn about the symptoms of coronavirus disease and how to protect themselves and their community from the virus. Users can also register for real-time notifications from their locations to get regular updates from WHO and its partners.
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World is observing the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness today(ANI)
World is observing the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness today(ANI)

World celebrates 1st International Day of Epidemic Preparedness

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:47 AM IST
The UNGA called on nations to observe the day “in accordance with national contexts and priorities” through education and awareness-raising activities.
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The WHO director-general said it was time to learn the lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic.(Reuters)
The WHO director-general said it was time to learn the lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic.(Reuters)

Covid-19 pandemic will not be the last: WHO chief

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Geneva
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:45 AM IST
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusalso condemned the “dangerously short-sighted” cycle of throwing cash at outbreaks but doing nothing to prepare for the next one, in a video message marking Sunday’s first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness.
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China has largely curbed the spread of the virus, and was one of the only major economies to report growth this year.(Reuters)
China has largely curbed the spread of the virus, and was one of the only major economies to report growth this year.(Reuters)

China hails its ‘extraordinary’ success curbing coronavirus ahead of WHO probe

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 03:43 PM IST
China faced a barrage of criticism at home and abroad over its initial handling of the virus, which emerged in the central city of Wuhan last December.
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Coronavirus disease has claimed over 1.75 million lives worldwide.(AFP photo)
Coronavirus disease has claimed over 1.75 million lives worldwide.(AFP photo)

WHO releases list of 10 global health issues to track in 2021

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 12:02 PM IST
The pandemic could set back the global health progress achieved in the past 20 years and in 2021, the world would have to work hard to repair and reinforce their health systems if they want to effectively deliver vaccines, the WHO said.
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The United States, which continues to be the worst-hit nation from the pandemic has ordered that passengers arriving from the UK will be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test amid concerns of the new variant.(Bloomberg Photo)
The United States, which continues to be the worst-hit nation from the pandemic has ordered that passengers arriving from the UK will be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test amid concerns of the new variant.(Bloomberg Photo)

Covid-19 variant updates: France reports first case of the new variant, Norway extends flight ban

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 09:39 AM IST
Reported first by the authorities in the UK in mid-December, the new variant (B-117) is found to be more 70 per cent transmissible with the World Health Organization (WHO) adding that it is spreading among the young population.
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The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, emerged as a new strain in the large family of coronaviruses (CoV) which was previously not identified in humans.(via REUTERS)
The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, emerged as a new strain in the large family of coronaviruses (CoV) which was previously not identified in humans.(via REUTERS)

Covid-19: Timeline of a pandemic that disrupted lives across the world

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 07:17 PM IST
Several biotech firms have now developed their vaccine candidates to provide immunity against Covid-19, and some countries, including the US and Britain, have started their immunisation drive.
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The Indian government has repeatedly raised the need to reform WHO at multilateral forums such as the G20 and BRICS this year.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
The Indian government has repeatedly raised the need to reform WHO at multilateral forums such as the G20 and BRICS this year.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

India submits 9-point plan for WHO reforms

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 07:20 PM IST
The proposals, which have been formally conveyed to UN and WHO authorities, also include changes and improvements in the body’s funding and governance, transparency in use of funds, and a greater role for the body in ensuring fair, affordable and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced strict lockdown measures even during the Christmas period in London and parts of southern England.(Bloomberg)
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced strict lockdown measures even during the Christmas period in London and parts of southern England.(Bloomberg)

What we know about the new Covid-19 strain so far

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Nilavro Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 12:59 PM IST
As per World Health Organization (WHO) epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove, the reproduction rate, also known as an infected person’s ability to spread the virus, of the new Covid-19 variant has increased from 1.1 to 1.5.
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Medical workers wash their hands in a nursing home of Kaysesberg, eastern France.(AP)
Medical workers wash their hands in a nursing home of Kaysesberg, eastern France.(AP)

WHO says new Covid-19 strain not yet ‘out of control’

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Geneva
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 09:42 AM IST
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock had earlier claimed the new variant was “out of control”, with British officials saying it was 70 percent more transmissible than the main strain.
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The drop in cases and deaths and consistently low positivity rate come even as the state government has continued to test around or over 80,000 Covid-19 tests.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
The drop in cases and deaths and consistently low positivity rate come even as the state government has continued to test around or over 80,000 Covid-19 tests.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

1,091 new Covid-19 cases in Delhi- lowest since August 24

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 01:33 AM IST
The city also saw 26 deaths of the infection — the lowest since October 16, when the state government’s daily health bulletin added 22 deaths. Delhi has now added a daily average of 38 deaths over the past seven days, down significantly from a high of 116 on November 24.
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Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England and Patrick Vallance, UK government chief scientific adviser arrive to attend a news conference with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in response to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street, London ,Britain.(Reuters)
Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England and Patrick Vallance, UK government chief scientific adviser arrive to attend a news conference with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in response to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street, London ,Britain.(Reuters)

WHO says in close contact with UK officials on new Covid-19 virus variant

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | London
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 02:12 PM IST
A new strain of coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom is up to 70% more infectious but it is not thought to be more deadly and vaccines should still be effective, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and scientists said on Saturday.
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The report was posted May 13 after it had received necessary approvals within the UN system.(AP)
The report was posted May 13 after it had received necessary approvals within the UN system.(AP)

Covid-19: WHO was warned lives were at risk over yanked report on Italy

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Rome
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 09:13 PM IST
The comprehensive report examined how the Italian government and health system reacted after the country became the epicenter of the European outbreak in late February.
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WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference that “light at the end of the tunnel has grown a little bit brighter”.(REUTERS)
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference that “light at the end of the tunnel has grown a little bit brighter”.(REUTERS)

Poorer nations to get virus vaccine early next year: WHO

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Geneva
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 08:14 AM IST
Almost two billion doses of candidate vaccines have been secured for the Covax facility, run by the WHO along with the Gavi vaccine alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
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A person rides a bicycle from a bike-sharing service on a street, almost a year after the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on December 17, 2020.(REUTERS)
A person rides a bicycle from a bike-sharing service on a street, almost a year after the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on December 17, 2020.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: China assures cooperation with visiting WHO team

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:23 PM IST
A team of 10 experts led by the WHO is expected to visit Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged in December last year
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Residents of Wuhan are saying they want the WHO team to come to the central city, hoping they could prove the virus did not originate there(AP)
Residents of Wuhan are saying they want the WHO team to come to the central city, hoping they could prove the virus did not originate there(AP)

Wuhan residents say coronavirus came from elsewhere, hope WHO team finds its origins

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Wuhan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 02:59 PM IST
An international team of investigators is expected to travel to China in January, the WHO said on Thursday, more than a year after the first identified cluster of Covid-19 infections was linked to the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan.
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Last rites being performed during the cremation of a Covid-19 victim at Nigambodh Ghat Crematorium, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT photo)
Last rites being performed during the cremation of a Covid-19 victim at Nigambodh Ghat Crematorium, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT photo)

Non-invasive oxygen therapy, steroids prevent Covid deaths, agree experts

By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 11:47 AM IST
Doctors of AIIMS and the University College of London Hospital also did not dismiss Remdesivir or plasma therapy completely, despite the WHO’s Solidarity trial showing no impact on mortality, duration of hospitalisation, or need for mechanical ventilation
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People wearing protective masks walk at a street market almost a year after the start of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.(REUTERS)
People wearing protective masks walk at a street market almost a year after the start of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.(REUTERS)

WHO’s team to go to China in January for Covid-19 origin probe

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 05:36 PM IST
The coronavirus first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December, 2019, before spreading across China, and triggering a global pandemic.
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According to worldometers.info figures, nearly 73 million people have been infected across the globe till now out of which over 1.64 million have died.(AP Photo)
According to worldometers.info figures, nearly 73 million people have been infected across the globe till now out of which over 1.64 million have died.(AP Photo)

WHO warns of ‘high risk’ of Covid resurgence in Europe in early 2021

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Copenhagen
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 04:43 PM IST
“There is a high risk of further resurgence in the first weeks and months of 2021, and we will need to work together if we are to succeed in preventing it,” the organisation said in a statement.
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The search for the source of the new coronavirus has sparked claims of cover-ups and fuelled political tensions.(Unsplash/Representative Image)
The search for the source of the new coronavirus has sparked claims of cover-ups and fuelled political tensions.(Unsplash/Representative Image)

WHO to sift Chinese samples, data in hunt for coronavirus origins

By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Falkensee (Germany)
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 12:02 AM IST
One of the difficulties is that those who contract Covid-19 can display a wide range of symptoms similar to flu or other diseases, or even no symptoms at all. This makes tracking the chain of infection much harder than with Ebola, which has clear and dramatic symptoms that people remember.
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