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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.

WHO virus investigators head for China, but await visas

Geneva - Members of an international expert team set off for China to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, but Beijing has yet to grant them entry, the WHO chief said Tuesday.

WHO experts to wade into tricky territory in hunt for virus' origins

Bejing - A year after the outbreak started, WHO experts are due in China for a highly politicised visit to explore the origins of the coronavirus, in a trip trailed by accusations of cover-ups, conspiracy and fears of a whitewash.

WHO grants 'emergency validation' to Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Thursday granted emergency validation to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, paving the way for countries worldwide to quickly approve its import and distribution.

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

Geneva - The coronavirus crisis will not be the last pandemic, and attempts to improve human health are "doomed" without tackling climate change and animal welfare, the World Health Organization's chief said.

China hails its 'extraordinary' success curbing virus ahead of WHO probe

Beijing - China's ruling Communist Party leaders have congratulated themselves on their "extremely extraordinary" success in handling the Covid-19 outbreak domestically, ahead of a World Health Organization probe into the disease's origins.

Don't squander sacrifices of 2020: WHO chief

Geneva - The sacrifices made to protect people during the coronavirus pandemic must not be squandered over the festive period, the World Health Organization's chief said in a Christmas message.

WHO warns vaccines 'do not equal zero Covid'

Geneva - The roll-out of vaccines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic will not by itself eliminate the deadly coronavirus, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

WHO chief warns poor could be 'trampled' in vaccine push

New York - The head of the World Health Organization warned Friday that the poor risk being "trampled" as wealthy nations roll out Covid-19 vaccines, which he said should be a public good.

Pandemic or not, people must stay active: WHO

Geneva - The coronavirus pandemic is no excuse for not getting enough exercise, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, warning that even before the crisis many were getting too little physical activity.

Curtailed Christmas could be 'safest bet': WHO

Geneva - The WHO said Monday that avoiding family gatherings would be "the safest bet" over Christmas, insisting there is no zero-risk option for traditional holiday merry-making during the coronavirus pandemic.

Poorest must not be trampled in vaccines stampede: WHO

Geneva - With Covid-19 vaccines on the horizon, the planet's poorest must not be trampled as countries scramble to get their hands on them, the World Health Organization said Monday.

WHO advises against remdesivir for coronavirus treatment

Paris - The anti-viral drug remdesivir should not be used to treat Covid-19 patients no matter how severe their illness as it has "no important effect" on survival chances, the World Health Organization said Friday.

WHO chief denies Ethiopia's claims he backs dissident region

Addis Ababa - WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the world's highest-profile Tigrayan, on Thursday denied accusations by Ethiopia's army chief that he was lobbying for and seeking to arm leaders in the conflict-torn dissident region.

Virus wave must be fought without vaccines: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization's emergencies director warned Wednesday that vaccines would not arrive in time to defeat the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

WHO hails 'encouraging' virus vaccine news

Geneva - Reported breakthroughs in Covid-19 vaccine research are "encouraging", the World Health Organization's chief said on Monday, but voiced concern about surging cases and warned against complacency.

WHO hails 'encouraging' Covid vaccine news

Geneva - The World Health Organization chief hailed Monday "encouraging" news about Covid-19 vaccines but expressed concern about surging cases in many countries and insisted that complacency was not an option.

Trust in vaccines vital to halting pandemic: WHO

Geneva - As the world celebrates advances in vaccines against the novel coronavirus, a top WHO expert warned in an interview with AFP that public distrust risked rendering even the most effective treatments useless against the pandemic.

Fears for Covid impact on measles after 2019 spike

Geneva - The World Health Organization warned Thursday that Covid-19 restrictions had crippled measles vaccination efforts amid fears for the impact on cases and deaths following a spike last year.

Trolls get creative after WHO censors Taiwan

Taipei - Alleged censorship of Taiwan on the World Health Organization's Facebook page inspired some creative trolling Thursday, with special characters and foreign scripts used to bypass filters that also censored Winnie the Pooh, a character used to poke fun ...

World may be tired, but virus 'not tired of us': WHO chief

Geneva - The World Health Organization's chief called Monday on everyone to keep fighting Covid-19, warning that while we may be sick of battling the pandemic, the virus is "not tired of us".

Taiwan says not invited to WHO meeting after Chinese 'obstruction'

Taipei - Taiwan on Monday said Chinese "obstruction" had prevented it from attending a key World Health Organization meeting focused on the coronavirus, accusing the global body of prioritising politics over health.

WHO warns of 'explosion' of virus cases in Europe: AFP interview

Copenhagen - The World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe on Thursday said it was seeing an "explosion" of coronavirus cases in the region and warned of a "tough time" ahead as mortality rates rose."We do see an explosion....

WHO chief in quarantine after contact tests positive for Covid-19

Geneva - The World Health Organization chief said late Sunday that he was self-quarantining after someone he had been in contact with tested positive for Covid-19, but stressed he had no symptoms.

Russia seeks accelerated WHO registration for virus vaccine

Moscow - Russia has applied to the World Health Organization for accelerated registration and pre-qualification of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the country's sovereign wealth fund said Tuesday.

UN bodies including UNICEF, WHO probe DR Congo sex abuse reports

Geneva - UNICEF on Wednesday became the third UN agency to launch an internal inquiry into sexual abuse of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), promising "serious consequences" for any culprits.
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