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WHO launches pandemic response probe

Geneva - The World Health Organization, which faced fierce US criticism over its handling of the coronavirus crisis, launched an independent panel on Thursday to review its response to the pandemic.

WHO says Mideast at 'critical threshold' in virus numbers

Apo - The World Health Organization warned Wednesday the Middle East was at a decisive moment in the fight against the novel coronavirus, with cases surging as countries ease lockdown measures.

Over 160,000 coronavirus cases reported every day in past week, a record: WHO

Geneva - The global coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, with the number of daily cases surging beyond 160,000 every day in the past week, a record.

Virus yet to peak in Americas: WHO

Geneva - The coronavirus pandemic has yet to peak in the Americas, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday, as it said global infections were likely to hit 10 million within a week.

WHO urges dexamethasone boom for worst virus cases

Geneva - The World Health Organization called on Monday for a rapid increase in production of dexamethasone, a cheap steroid which has been shown to reduce deaths in critically ill coronavirus patients.

WHO warns pandemic accelerating in Africa

Geneva - The speed the new coronavirus jumped from 100,000 to 200,000 confirmed cases in Africa shows just how quickly the pandemic is accelerating on the continent, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Wear masks in public, says WHO in new coronavirus advice

Geneva - The World Health Organization Friday changed its advice on face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying they should be worn in places where the virus is widespread and physical distancing is difficult.

Op-Ed: Pandemic getting worse globally and what it means

Sydney - For all the meaningless drivel about “reopening”, the net infection rate keeps climbing. According to Johns Hopkins, an all-time official high of 117.2K infections were recorded on 28 May.

Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO

Washington - President Donald Trump said Friday he was severing US ties with the World Health Organization, which he says failed to do enough to combat the initial spread of the novel coronavirus.

WHO launches foundation to put finances in better health

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Wednesday launched a new foundation for private donations, as US President Donald Trump threatens to pull the plug over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Algeria backs hydroxychloroquine despite WHO dropping trials

Alger - Algeria will continue to use the drug hydroxychloroquine against the novel coronavirus, a member of its scientific committee said, despite the World Health Organization suspending clinical trials of such treatments.

Brazil stands by hydroxychloroquine despite WHO

Bras - Brazil's health ministry said Monday it would not change its recommendation to treat coronavirus with hydroxychloroquine, despite the World Health Organization deciding to suspend trials of the drug over safety concerns.

South America 'a new epicentre' of COVID-19: WHO

Geneva - South America has become "a new epicentre" of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday, following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections."In a sense, South America has become a new epicentre for the disease.

WHO records highest daily number of COVID-19 cases

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Wednesday it had registered a new daily record number of COVID-19 cases as it quickly neared the "tragic milestone" of five million total infections.

WHO to review virus response as Trump renews attack

Geneva - The World Health Organization said it would launch an independent review of its response to the coronavirus pandemic but President Donald Trump renewed his attack on the global body, branding it a "puppet of China" and threatening a permanent freeze on...

Pompeo says Taiwan exclusion 'further damages' WHO credibility

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday condemned the exclusion of Taiwan from the World Health Organization's annual meeting, saying it proved US charges that the UN body was beholden to China.

WHO wins praise from many countries, criticism from the US

Geneva - The World Health Organization received praise from many countries but fierce criticism from the United States at its virtual assembly, as members sought to agree a joint response to COVID-19 -- and assurances that any vaccine would be available to all....

WHO chief Tedros in the eye of the storm

Geneva - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the first African to head the World Health Organization, faces the towering challenge of coordinating a global pandemic response increasingly complicated by US-China tensions.

WHO to kick off international meet amid US-China tensions

Geneva - The World Health Organization will on Monday kick off its first ever virtual assembly, but fears abound that US-China tensions could derail the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis.

US-China war of words clouds WHO meet focused on pandemic

Geneva - As the World Health Organization prepares to host its main annual meeting next week, fears abound that US-China tensions could hamper the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis.

Why is Taiwan excluded from the WHO?

Taipei - The coronavirus pandemic has shone a spotlight on Taiwan's exclusion from the World Health Organization and ignited a diplomatic row between China and some Western powers.

'Major' mental health crisis looming from pandemic: UN

Geneva - The coronavirus outbreak risks sparking a major global mental health crisis, the United Nations warned Thursday, calling for urgent action to address the psychological suffering brought on by the pandemic.

Coronavirus may never go away: WHO

Geneva - The new coronavirus may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday.

AIDS deaths could double in sub-Saharan Africa due to COVID-19: UN

Geneva - The number of deaths from AIDS-related illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa could double if the provision of healthcare to HIV sufferers is disrupted during the coronavirus crisis, the United Nations said Monday.

US objects to language in UN compromise resolution on COVID-19

After delays and much extra work on language changes a joint resolution by France and Tunisia at the UN Security Council was expected to pass soon.

China supports WHO-led review of global pandemic response

Bejing - China said Friday it supports a World Health Organization-led review into the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, but only "after the pandemic is over".

Pompeo sees WHO role in polio despite virus feud

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced openness Thursday to US participation in World Health Organization efforts on polio and other diseases, despite vows to freeze funds over its coronavirus response.

Invest now to fight next pandemic, says WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged countries to invest in getting their healthcare systems fit to fight the next pandemic rather than scrambling around in panic when it hits.

US demands WHO invite Taiwan to meeting

Washington - The United States on Wednesday urged the World Health Organization to defy Chinese pressure and invite Taiwan to its annual meeting, which will discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

WHO says has no proof from US on 'speculative' Wuhan lab claims

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Monday that Washington had provided no evidence to support "speculative" claims by the US president that the new coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab.
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