• WHO calls meeting on Friday over COVID strain found in South Africa, Botswana

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the potentially rapidly spreading COVID strain found in South Africa and Botswana, the Financial Times reported, citing sources.

  • WHO chief says COVID-19 vaccine disparity must stop: VOA

    World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that the "scandal" of global COVID-19 vaccine disparity must stop, according to a recent report by Voice of America (VOA).

  • WHO designates new COVID-19 strain 'Omicron' as 'variant of concern'

    The World Health Organisation on Friday alarmed the siren among countries after a new variant of COVID-19 has been classified in South Africa, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) said in a statement.

  • WHO expects increase in number of deaths, hospitalisations from COVID variant Omicron

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it expects an increase in the number of hospitalisations and fatalities related to the new Omicron coronavirus strain, reported Sputnik.

  • WHO has lifted barriers for Sputnik V approval: Russian Health Minister

    All obstacles preventing the certification of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus by the World Health Organization (WHO) have been removed, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said at a briefing in Geneva.

  • WHO identifies Mu COVID-19 variant as a variant of interest

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) on August 30 listed the Mu Covid-19 variant as a 'variant of interest'.

    The WHO on Aug 30 added the Mu variant-- known by scientists as B1621-- to the list of "variants of interest" because of preliminary evidence that it can evade antibodies, reported The Straits Times.

  • WHO mission member says "extremely unlikely" COVID-19 escaped from Wuhan lab

    It is "extremely unlikely" that SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, escaped from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, a member of a World Health Organization (WHO) expert team sent to China on a COVID-19 origin-tracing mission said on Monday.

    "The most politically sensitive option we looked at was the virus escaping from a laboratory," said Professor Dominic Dwyer from University of Sydney in an article on The Conversation, a publisher of research-based news and analysis. "We concluded this was extremely unlikely."

  • WHO panel recommends COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for people with weak immunity

    People with weaker immune systems should receive an additional shot of approved COVID-19 vaccines, an advisory group to the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.

  • WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19

    The World Health Organization (WHO) Guideline Development Group recommended the use of two arthritis drugs called baricitinib and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in combination with corticosteroids to treat patients with severe or critical COVID-19, on Friday.

  • WHO releases report on global tracing of COVID-19 origins

    - The findings showed that "some of the suspected positive samples were detected even earlier than the first case in Wuhan, suggesting the possibility of missed circulation in other countries," the report said.

    - The novel coronavirus origin tracing research in China is part of the global study of origins of the virus, and it is the first step, said Liang Wannian, a member of the WHO-China joint team.

  • WHO says rising pace of Covid-19 transmission in Europe of 'grave concern'

    World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge on Thursday raised "grave concern" about the rising pace of Covid transmission in Europe.

  • WHO set to vaccinate 40 pc population of every country against COVID-19 by end of year

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday announced an initiative to vaccinate 40 percent of the population of every country against COVID-19 by the end of 2021 and 70 percent by mid-2022, by prioritising vaccine delivery to low-income countries, particularly those in Africa.

  • WHO slams Europe's 'unacceptably slow' COVID vaccine rollout

    The rollout of vaccines in Europe is "unacceptably slow," the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, delivering a damning evaluation on the region's Covid response, amid a "worrying" surge in infections.

    According to a statement from the body, Last week saw increasing transmission of COVID-19 in the majority of countries in the WHO European Region, with 1.6 million new cases and close to 24 000 deaths.

  • WHO team visits Wuhan Institute of Virology on COVID-19 origins investigation mission

    The team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology on Wednesday, as part of their mission to investigate the origins of COVID-19, local media reported.

    The WHO team visited the P4 lab inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the state-owned Global Times reported.
    The team of WHO experts arrived in Wuhan on January 14 to investigate the origins of COVID-19, as the world's first cluster of infected patients were detected in the city in December 2019.

  • WHO tests three drugs for COVID-19

    The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday that it will soon test three drugs used for other diseases to find out if they can help patients with coronavirus.

    The UN Public Health Agency said in a statement today that the three drugs would be included in the next phase of the current global study of potential treatments for COVID-19.

  • WHO to revive probe into COVID-19 origins: Report

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking to revive an investigation into the origins of the COVID-19, a US media report said.

    The world health body is assembling a team of 20 scientists to hunt for new evidence, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.

  • WHO warns against vaccine black market

    The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday of the danger of buying overpriced vaccines from intermediaries, reminding those countries should buy vaccines certified by the WHO and make sure to identify the origin of the product.

    "We have received concerns regarding other vaccines...

  • WHO warns of 'early stages' of COVID-19 third wave amid Delta variant surge

    World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday warned the world about the 'early stages' of COVID-19 third wave amid Delta surge.

    "Unfortunately...we are now in the early stages of a third wave", he said.

  • Why are Chinese Internet giants racing to make smart electric vehicles?

    Many of China’s Internet giants, including Baidu and Xiaomi, have recently issued announcements indicating their decision to seek a share of the market for smart electric vehicles, a market which has already witnessed heightened competition among emerging automakers like Nio, XPeng, and Li Xiang, alongside the active efforts of traditional carmakers like SAIC Motor who are also pursuing a similar transformation.

    At the recent 2021 new product launch event for Xiaomi, Lei Jun, founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi Inc., said that the company will enter the smart electric car market and will aim to spend $10 billion on the new business in the coming 10 years.

  • Why Washington is a human rights double-dealer

    Treading on the very same values and norms it has repeatedly preached, Washington is turning the United States, the world's only superpower, into the world's super double-dealer of human rights.

    BEIJING, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The fine gloss that Washington has tried to put on its tainted human rights record was once again removed as the Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2020 was released here on Wednesday.