Karabakh fighting helping spread virus in region: WHO
Fighting betweenAzerbaijan and Armenianforces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakhregion has helped spread thecoronavirusin the territory, the WHO said on Tuesday.More than two weeks of conflict between the Caucasus rivals has left almost 600 dead, according to partial tolls, as fighting breaches a Moscow-brokered ceasefire signed last week."As we have been repeatedly saying, Covid 19 does not respect borders or lines," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said at a press conference."The mobilisation of troops for conflict, the displacement of populations because of it all, adds to the ability of the v...
China Commissions Covid19 Vaccine
China has commissioned a locally-produced Coronavirus Vaccine.The vaccine is subject to assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO) before it can be made available for use around the world.Speaking at a virtual press conference,Socorro Escalate, the coordinator for essential medicines and health technologies in the Western Pacific region for WHO said China had held preliminary discussions with WHO to have its vaccines included in a list for emergency use.“The WHO’s emergency use listing procedure allows unlicensed vaccines and treatments to be assessed to expedite their availability in p...
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Turkey must follow its coronavirus reporting guides: WHO
The World Health Organization’s office inTurkeyhas reiterated its call for reportingcoronavirusdata in line withWHOguidances to "harmonize data collection and response measures".WHO’s statement comes days after Turkey’s health minister revealed that the daily COVID-19 figures published by the ministry since July 29 reflected only patients with symptoms, excluding asymptomatic positive cases.Critics have questioned the veracity of the case and death toll numbers Turkey has reported during the pandemic.The WHO statement commended Turkey on its increased testing capacity and contact tracing effor...
WHO investigating sexual abuse allegations amid Ebola fight in DR Congo
The World Health Organization said Tuesday it was investigating allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by people identifying themselves as the UN agency’s workers fighting Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The WHO said its leadership and staff were "outraged" by recent reports of sexual abuse by people saying they were working for the UN health agency in the Ebola fight in the DRC."The actions allegedly perpetrated by individuals identifying themselves as working for WHO are unacceptable and will be robustly investigated," it said in a statement."The betrayal of people in the com...
WHO says COVID-19 not transmitted though food
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday advised people not to worry about becoming infected with the novel coronavirus through food consumption.The organization’s advice comes after Chinese experts found traces of the virus on food and its packaging, according to AFP.The virus was detected on Tuesday in Shenzhen during a routine examination of samples of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil, according to the city authorities.The authorities said that they immediately took the initiative to examine people who had touched the contaminated products, as well as their relatives, and al...
Saudi Arabia praised by WHO for measures taken to protect Hajj pilgrims
RIYADH: The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Saudi Arabia’s successful efforts in organizing a safe Hajj this year during the coronavirus pandemic.WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the steps taken by the Kingdom to ensure the safety of pilgrims as much as possible during this year’s pilgrimage.The WHO official said the measures taken by Saudi Arabia during Hajj have set an example for countries who wish to return to normal life and adapt to conditions under the virus.Ghebreyesus also congratulated Muslims on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.Copyright: Arab News...
WHO pair head to China for virus origin scoping mission
Geneva (AFP) - An epidemiologist and an animal health specialist from the World Health Organization were flying to China on Friday to try and identify the animal source of the new coronavirus pandemic.The WHO said the advance team would be in Beijing for the weekend as they lay the ground for a wider mission aimed at identifying how the virus entered the human species."They're in the air right now," WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters in Geneva.Harris said there was no set timeframe for their mission.The novel coronavirus has killed at least 550,000 people and infected more than 12....
The Lancet doubts over hydroxychloroquine study see WHO restart trials
Paris (AFP) - The WHO announced Wednesday the resumption of its hydroxychloroquine trials after The Lancet cast doubt over a large-scale study it published last month that led to temporary suspension of testing of the drug.The medical journal has issued an "expression of concern" over a large-scale study of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine that led to the World Health Organization to pause clinical trials of the former as a potential treatment for COVID-19.The WHO said hydroxychloroquine trials would restart after a safety review found there was no reason to modify the trial.The Lancet ackn...
WHO launches foundation to put finances in better health
Geneva (AFP) - 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.The UN health agency launched the independently-run WHO Foundation, which the organisation hopes will give it greater control to direct philanthropic and public donations towards pressing problems such as the coronavirus crisis.Trump, accusing the WHO of mismanaging the pandemic, has frozen US funding and could pull out of the organisation next month if he does not see what he believes to be...
China said to ask the WHO to cover up the coronavirus
Allegations about a cover-upof the severity and origin of the coronavirus by China have expanded to the World Health Organization (WHO). A German magazine reports that China asked the WHO to delay the release of an important detail about the coronavirus.Q1 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreChina cover-up of coronavirus said to involve WHODer Spiegel reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping asked WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus not to reveal that COVID-19 could be transmitted from person to person. He also allegedly asked the WHO director to delay its declaration of ...