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WHO urges halt to sale of live wild mammals in food markets

Geneva - The World Health Organization called on Tuesday for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent the emergence of new diseases such as Covid-19.

Brazil becoming global health threat as COVID-19 cases soar

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil’s coronavirus death toll hit devastating new heights, with more than 12,000 deaths in the last three days, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's indifference to the pandemic is being likened to a “genocidal” response by some.

No data yet on changing Covid vaccines between doses: WHO

Geneva - The WHO reiterated Friday there was "no adequate data" on switching Covid-19 vaccines between doses, after France said under-55s who received an AstraZeneca first jab should get their second from a different vaccine.

Millions mark Easter under virus curbs as Pope urges jabs for poor

Rome - Millions of Christians around the world celebrated a second Easter under coronavirus restrictions on Sunday with Pope Francis calling for vaccines to be shared among the poorest nations as Covid-19 surges.

Millions face Easter under virus curbs as US logs 100 mn shots

Rome - Millions of Christians around the world were on Saturday facing another Easter weekend under restrictions because of coronavirus surges, but the hard-hit United States made good news as it crossed the milestone of 100 million vaccinations.

Brazil Covid deaths hit new monthly record as France tightens restrictions

Rio De Janeiro - The Covid-19 death toll spiraled out of control in Brazil in March, more than doubling the country's previous monthly record, officials said Wednesday, as French President Emmanuel Macron announced a limited nationwide lockdown.

China deflects questions after WHO chief revives lab leak theory

Bejing - China deflected questions over an investigation into the origins of Covid-19 on Wednesday, after the WHO chief revived a theory it may have leaked from a Chinese lab and the United States led concerns over data access.

China slams Covid-19 probe critics as Europe reels from surges

Bejing - China on Wednesday slammed "unethical" critics as it faced mounting pressure over origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, after the World Health Organization chief revived the theory that the coronavirus may have leaked from a Chinese lab.

WHO report says 'very low' chance of frozen food Covid-19 origin

Bejing - The chances that Covid-19 emerged in Wuhan because of imported frozen food are "very low", international health experts said Monday, casting doubt on one of the main theories China has embraced for the cause of the first coronavirus outbreak in late 20...

WHO report says Covid likely jumped to humans from animals

Geneva - 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.

World awaits China Covid origins report

Geneva - The much-anticipated report from the international mission to Wuhan to investigate Covid-19's origins is set to be published this week, following intense US and Chinese pressure over its contents.

WHO's pandemic response: from criticism to Nobel?

Geneva - In the year since the World Health Organization first described the Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic, it has faced towering criticism, but has also been showered with praise.

New Covid-19 cases down 16 percent last week: WHO

Geneva - The number of new cases of Covid-19 reported worldwide fell by 16 percent last week to 2.7 million, the World Health Organization said.

'Deep concerns' raised over WHO report on origins of COVID-19

Investigators from the World Health Organization, looking into the origins of coronavirus in China discovered signs the outbreak was much wider in Wuhan in December 2019 than previously thought, and had possibly started earlier in another part of China.

Ebola rears its head in Guinea for first time since 2016

Conakry - Guinea declared a new Ebola outbreak on Sunday, as tests came back positive for the virus after at least three people died and four fell ill in the southeast. The Democratic Republic of Congo also confirmed a fourth Ebola case in North Kivu province.

WHO OKs AstraZeneca jabs for Covid variants, over-65s

Geneva - The AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine can be used for people aged over 65, and also where coronavirus variants of concern are circulating, WHO experts said Wednesday, soothing fears about the jab.

WHO mission member says 'don't rely' on US virus intelligence

Wuhan - US intelligence on the supposed origin of the coronavirus pandemic was not reliable, a member of the special WHO mission to China said Wednesday, after Washington cast doubt on the transparency of the probe.

Don't let Long Covid 'fall through the cracks', WHO warns

Geneva - The World Health Organization called Tuesday for greater research, recognition and rehabilitation for Long Covid sufferers as it brought experts together to share insights into the little-understood condition.

Virus talks with Chinese scientists 'very frank', WHO probe leader tells AFP

Bejing - World Health Organization inspectors had "very frank" discussions with Chinese scientists about the source of the pandemic, including theories it leaked from a laboratory, the head of the probe in Wuhan told AFP Thursday.

WHO expert calls for patience over sensitive Wuhan probe

Bejing - There will be no quick answers into the origins of the coronavirus, one of the World Health Organization experts on a mission to the Covid-19 ground zero in central China told AFP.

WHO team visits Chinese virus lab in Wuhan

Wuhan - World Health Organization inspectors on Wednesday visited a laboratory in China's Wuhan city at the heart of a controversial theory that it could have been the source of the coronavirus.

WHO expert says China mission going 'very well'

Wuhan - The World Health Organization mission probing the origins of Covid-19 in China was going "very well", one of its members said Tuesday, as the team visited an animal disease control centre in the city where the first cases were reported.

Time to team up and tackle Long Covid, says WHO expert

Geneva - It is time to start solving the mystery of Long Covid, an aspect of the pandemic blighting millions of lives, the World Health Organization's leader on post-Covid conditions told AFP.

WHO virus probe team visits China propaganda exhibit, hospital in Wuhan

Wuhan - A team of WHO experts investigating the origins of the coronavirus toured a propaganda exhibition celebrating China's recovery from the pandemic in Wuhan on Saturday, after a meeting at the hospital that treated the first confirmed Covid-19 cases over ...

China defends Covid-19 response after criticism by experts

Bejing - China defended its handling of the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday but said it would "strive to do better" after independent experts criticised the speed of its response to a virus that has now killed more than two million people worldwide.

WHO convenes emergency committee early over coronavirus variants

Geneva - The World Health Organization's emergency committee will meet two weeks early on Thursday to discuss the new coronavirus variants from South Africa and Britain that have rapidly spread to at least 50 countries and sparked widespread alarm.

Poorest countries can expect vaccines within weeks: WHO

Geneva - The world's poorest countries can expect to start receiving their first Covid-19 vaccine doses between the end of January and mid-February, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

WHO virus mission blunted as China refuses team entry

Bejing - An expert mission to China to probe the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic was in disarray Wednesday after Beijing denied entry to the World Health Organization team at the last minute despite months of painstaking negotiations.

Impasse over WHO virus mission 'not just a visa issue': China

Bejing - Delays to a long-planned mission by WHO experts to China to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic are "not just a visa issue", Beijing said Wednesday.

WHO virus mission to China in disarray as entry denied

Geneva - An expert mission to China to find the origins of the coronavirus pandemic stumbled before it even began, with the head of the World Health Organization complaining that Beijing was blocking the team from entering the country.
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