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Workers from the World Health Organization (WHO) inspect an Arktek ultra-cold vaccine storage cylinder containing Ebola vaccines in Mbandaka, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo in this undated photograph taken July, 2020. Picture taken July, 2020. T. Alhassan/WHOAFRO/Handout via REUTERS(via REUTERS)

WHO says more than 11,000 Ebola vaccines will go to Guinea

AP, Dakar, Senegal
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 07:38 PM IST
WHO regional director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said Thursday that 11,000 Ebola vaccines are being prepared in Geneva and are expected to arrive in Guinea over the weekend.
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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this week, "For the third week in a row, the number of new cases of Covid-19 reported globally fell last week."(AP | Representational image)
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this week, "For the third week in a row, the number of new cases of Covid-19 reported globally fell last week."(AP | Representational image)

Covid-19 world tracker: Five countries with maximum confirmed cases

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 11:29 PM IST
Here is the list of five countries that have reported the maximum number of confirmed Covid-19 cases.
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Brazil temporarily bans flights from South Africa, UK to prevent Covid-19 spread(Reuters)
Brazil temporarily bans flights from South Africa, UK to prevent Covid-19 spread(Reuters)

Brazil temporarily bans flights from South Africa, UK to prevent Covid-19 spread

ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:09 AM IST
International flights to Brazil, which depart from or pass through the United Kingdom and South Africa, have been temporarily banned to curb Covid-19 spread as new mutant strains of coronavirus have been detected in South Africa and earlier in UK
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The experts issued a series of recommendations, which WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accepted and sent to the U.N. agency's 194 member states, a statement said.
The experts issued a series of recommendations, which WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accepted and sent to the U.N. agency's 194 member states, a statement said.

WHO stops short of advising proof of Covid-19 shots for travel

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:20 AM IST
The WHO's Emergency Committee, composed of 19 independent experts, held its sixth meeting in a year as the global death toll from the pandemic reached two million among more than 90 million cases.
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The active cases tally on Thursday dropped to 4,168 from 4,481 the previous day.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
The active cases tally on Thursday dropped to 4,168 from 4,481 the previous day.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

486 fresh cases in capital, test positivity rate drops to 0.63%

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:39 AM IST
The new cases on Thursday resulted from the 77,522 tests conducted the previous day, including 43,347 RT-PCR tests and 34,175 rapid antigen tests, according to the bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.
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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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Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Wednesday that talks were continuing between the two sides over “the specific date and specific arrangement of the expert group’s visit”.(AP)
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Wednesday that talks were continuing between the two sides over “the specific date and specific arrangement of the expert group’s visit”.(AP)

Impasse over WHO virus mission ‘not just a visa issue’ says China

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 02:27 PM IST
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FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva, Switzerland. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva, Switzerland. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

UK coronavirus variant detected in 41 countries/territories: WHO

By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral | Geneva
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:10 PM IST
On December 14, 2020, the UK announced that a new coronavirus strain had been detected in the country, with the new variant being 70 per cent more transmissible.
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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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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said members of the international scientific team have begun to leave from their home countries to China.(AP)
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said members of the international scientific team have begun to leave from their home countries to China.(AP)

Covid-19: WHO chief ‘disappointed’ at delayed access for China investigation team

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Geneva
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:37 PM IST
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference that Chinese officials have not yet finalized the necessary permissions for the team’s arrival in China.
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China has dismissed criticism of its early handling of the coronavirus, first identified in the city of Wuhan at the end of 2019(AP)
China has dismissed criticism of its early handling of the coronavirus, first identified in the city of Wuhan at the end of 2019(AP)

China doubles down on Covid-19 narrative as WHO investigation looms

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Shanghai
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:38 PM IST
Amid simmering geopolitical tensions, experts said the investigators were unlikely to be allowed to scrutinise some of the more sensitive aspects of the outbreak, with Beijing desperate to avoid blame for a virus that has killed more than 1.8 million people worldwide.
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Tuberculosis affects an estimated 10 million people each year around the globe, killing 1.4 million. It is the leading infectious cause of death.(AFP)
Tuberculosis affects an estimated 10 million people each year around the globe, killing 1.4 million. It is the leading infectious cause of death.(AFP)

World could see 1 mn additional TB cases due to malnutrition post pandemic

By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:29 AM IST
TB notification dropped by 50 to 60% during the pandemic, which might result in higher cases in the future, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO senior scientist, said
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An airport staff member pushes trolleys at the entrance of Mumbai's airport in this file photo.(Reuters Photo)
An airport staff member pushes trolleys at the entrance of Mumbai's airport in this file photo.(Reuters Photo)

New diseases deadlier than Covid-19 could hit humans: Doctor who discovered Ebola warns

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 03:10 PM IST
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said “Disease X”, where “X” stands for unexpected, is hypothetical for now, an outbreak that scientists and public health experts fear could lead to serious disease around the world if and when it occurs.
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Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Serum Institute of India poses for a picture inside his office at the Serum Institute of India, in Pune.(REUTERS)
Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Serum Institute of India poses for a picture inside his office at the Serum Institute of India, in Pune.(REUTERS)

Covishield vaccine to be sold to govt at Rs 200/ dose, higher price for private buyers, says Adar Poonawalla

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:56 AM IST
With rich nations reserving most of the vaccines that will be made this year, Serum Institute — the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer — is likely to make most of the inoculations for developing countries.
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FILE PHOTO: A medic fills a syringe with COVAXIN, an Indian government-backed experimental COVID-19 vaccine, before administering it to a health worker during its trials, at the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society in Ahmedabad, India. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A medic fills a syringe with COVAXIN, an Indian government-backed experimental COVID-19 vaccine, before administering it to a health worker during its trials, at the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society in Ahmedabad, India. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo

Covid-19: India approves first 2 vaccines, UK to begin another immunisation drive

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:23 AM IST
Brazil might procure vaccines from India while Jordan announces deal for three million doses.
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ndia approval of a two-dose version of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, COVISHIELD, which has also been given the green light by Britain, Argentina and El Salvador, is a major win for a shot seen as crucial for mass immunisations.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
ndia approval of a two-dose version of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, COVISHIELD, which has also been given the green light by Britain, Argentina and El Salvador, is a major win for a shot seen as crucial for mass immunisations.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Where are we in the Covid-19 vaccine race?

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 02:52 PM IST
The World Health Organization on Thursday listed the vaccine for emergency use, in a move seeking to speed access to it in the developing world.
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Overall, Serum’s investment on Covishield is around $100 million.(AP)
Overall, Serum’s investment on Covishield is around $100 million.(AP)

WHO welcomes India’s decision giving emergency use approval to Covid-19 vaccines

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 01:40 PM IST
Drugs Controller General of India VG Somani has formally announced the approval for the emergency-use of two coronavirus vaccines, one developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and the other by local company Bharat Biotech.
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A nurse prepares a syringe with the Covid-19 vaccine, New York, US, December 23, 2020(REUTERS)
A nurse prepares a syringe with the Covid-19 vaccine, New York, US, December 23, 2020(REUTERS)

The vaccine clearance brings hope to 2021

PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 08:08 PM IST
The logistics of administering the vaccine are daunting, but the preparations are in place
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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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The second Covid-19 summit by the WHO decided the treatments based on the different stages of the disease and also discussed criteria to further proceed with various vaccine candidates. Representational image.(Twitter/@WHO)
The second Covid-19 summit by the WHO decided the treatments based on the different stages of the disease and also discussed criteria to further proceed with various vaccine candidates. Representational image.(Twitter/@WHO)

Covid-19 pandemic: Timeline of what WHO did from January 9

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 11:23 PM IST
With a new mutation of the coronavirus detected and more vaccine candidates emerging, here is a look back at some of the important scientific interventions by the WHO in a year that has been ravaged by the pandemic.
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A health worker gears up to take samples to test for COVID-19 inside a mobile testing van in New Delhi.(AP)
A health worker gears up to take samples to test for COVID-19 inside a mobile testing van in New Delhi.(AP)

Health group CEPI to help fund Indian drugmaker’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:13 PM IST
The Hyderabad-based company’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate is currently in early- to mid-stage trials, with plans to start late-stage trials in April.
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As the name suggests, the mobile app, with proof that the user has been tested negative for coronavirus, will be their passport to concert venues, stadiums, movie theaters, offices, or even countries.(Reuters image)
As the name suggests, the mobile app, with proof that the user has been tested negative for coronavirus, will be their passport to concert venues, stadiums, movie theaters, offices, or even countries.(Reuters image)

You may need vaccine passport for travel next year: All you need to know about it

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 10:52 AM IST
Along with masks and social distancing, another new normal that is likely to emerge is the vaccine passport application, according to a CNN report.
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Pollutants emitted by the incomplete combustion of solid fuels or kerosene for cooking, heating and lighting are associated with serious health risks(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Pollutants emitted by the incomplete combustion of solid fuels or kerosene for cooking, heating and lighting are associated with serious health risks(SHUTTERSTOCK)

Indoor air pollution: Don’t brush it aside

PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:43 PM IST
In the discussions on air pollution, IAP often loses out to outdoor pollution. But as the extent of the challenge shows, IAP is an equally big problem. Let’s not brush it under the carpet.
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FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends a session on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends a session on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland.(REUTERS)

Don’t squander sacrifices of 2020: WHO chief

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Arpan Rai | Geneva
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:17 AM IST
Millions were making “heart-wrenching sacrifices” by staying away from loved ones on Christmas Day, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a video clip posted to Twitter late Thursday, while others will have a missing face at the family table.
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Scientists, doctors, public health officials and pharmaceutical companies around the world have since embarked on a race against time, redirecting their collective focus and energies in a manner that has paralleled some of history’s greatest collaborative efforts such as the Manhattan Project or the Apollo programme.(Illustration by Jayachandran)
Scientists, doctors, public health officials and pharmaceutical companies around the world have since embarked on a race against time, redirecting their collective focus and energies in a manner that has paralleled some of history’s greatest collaborative efforts such as the Manhattan Project or the Apollo programme.(Illustration by Jayachandran)

Covid-19: Learning to beat a virus

By Binayak Dasgupta | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 11:40 PM IST
The world, scientifically and technologically, has never been better prepared to deal with a pandemic than it is right now and our efforts to tackle Sars-CoV-2 capitalise on decades of advances.
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Health officials are worried that a surge in infections from holiday gatherings could overwhelm hospitals, some of which are already at capacity after Thanksgiving celebrations.(REUTERS)
Health officials are worried that a surge in infections from holiday gatherings could overwhelm hospitals, some of which are already at capacity after Thanksgiving celebrations.(REUTERS)

US loses one life every 33 seconds to Covid-19 in deadliest week so far

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 08:41 AM IST
The disease claimed more than 18,000 lives in the seven days ended Dec. 20, up 6.7% from the prior week to hit another record high, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county reports.
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Lorries are seen parked on the M20 motorway, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, near Ashford.(Reuters)
Lorries are seen parked on the M20 motorway, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, near Ashford.(Reuters)

Covid-19: Pfizer, Moderna testing vaccines on new strain

By HT Correspondent | Geneva/ Berlin
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 05:56 AM IST
Both companies are performing tests to see if their vaccines work against the mutated variant.
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WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge said on Twitter that Limiting travel to contain spread is prudent until better info is available(AP)
WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge said on Twitter that Limiting travel to contain spread is prudent until better info is available(AP)

WHO calls meeting on new virus variant, European chief says

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Geneva
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:32 PM IST
The Geneva-based body has cautioned against major alarm over the variant, saying it was a normal part of a pandemic’s evolution and praising Britain for detecting it.
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World Health Organization's technical lead on the coronavirus pandemic, Maria van Kerkhove recommended people to strictly adhere to Covid-19 preventive measures amid the discovery of the new Covid-19 strain.(AFP)
World Health Organization's technical lead on the coronavirus pandemic, Maria van Kerkhove recommended people to strictly adhere to Covid-19 preventive measures amid the discovery of the new Covid-19 strain.(AFP)

New coronavirus variant can be stopped using same preventive measures: WHO

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:46 AM IST
The discovery of the new Covid-19 strain B117 has led to a Christmas lockdown in London and southern England.
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A man walks past a makeshift Covid-19 testing booth at a market area in New Delhi in this file photo.(AFP)
A man walks past a makeshift Covid-19 testing booth at a market area in New Delhi in this file photo.(AFP)

India reports lowest daily Covid-19 cases at 19,556 since July

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:04 AM IST
India’s Covid-19 tally now stands at 10,075,116 with 9,636,487 recoveries and 146,111 deaths so far, according to the health ministry’s coronavirus dashboard at 8am.
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