July 25, 2021

Updated travel guidance and advice by WHO

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MEDIA ADVISORY WHO issued updated guidance today on ‘Considerations for implementing a risk-based approach to international travel in the context of COVID-19’ alongside a document that summarizes the policy considerations for national authorities, and updated the Q&A on travel advice for the general public (date of new update noted at bottom of web page). WHO has updated its travel guidance to take into account […]

UNESCO and WHO urge countries to make every school a health−promoting school4

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June 22, 2021. Geneva, Switzerland – UNESCO and the World Health Organization today launched the Global Standards for Health-promoting Schools, a resource package for schools to improve the health and well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents.  The closure of many schools around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruptions to education. […]

WHO supporting South African consortium to establish first COVID mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub

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Geneva/Johannesburg/Paris – 21 June 2021 : The World Health Organization (WHO) and its COVAX partners are working with a South African consortium comprising Biovac, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish its first COVID mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub. The move follows WHO’s global call for […]

WHO steps up action to improve food safety and protect people from disease

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New handbook helps countries assess causes, magnitude and distribution of foodborne diseases Monday, 7 June 2021, Geneva, Switzerland – Every year 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses are reported.  In 2010, 420 000 people died due to such diseases as salmonella and E.coli infection, a third of them children under five years of age. It […]

WHO validates Sinovac COVID−19 vaccine for emergency use and issues interim policy recommendations

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WHO today validated the Sinovac-CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving countries, funders, procuring agencies and communities the assurance that it meets international standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing. The vaccine is produced by the Beijing-based pharmaceutical company Sinovac. “The world desperately needs multiple COVID-19 vaccines to address the huge access inequity across the globe,” said […]

WHO announces simple, easy−to−say labels for SARS−CoV−2 Variants of Interest and Concern

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31 May 2021, Geneva | WHO has assigned simple, easy to say and remember labels for key variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, using letters of the Greek alphabet. These labels were chosen after wide consultation and a review of many potential naming systems. WHO convened an expert group of partners from around the […]

WHO supports people quitting tobacco to reduce their risk of severe COVID−19

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WHO Director-General Special Awards forWorld No Tobacco Day announced: Minister of Health India and University of Bath for exceptional achievement in tobacco control. Smokers face a 40 – 50% higher risk of developing severe disease and death from COVID-19. WHO partners with  Viber, WhatsApp, FB Messenger, WeChat and AI company Soul Machines to reach billions with free digital quitting […]

WHO, Germany launch new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence

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The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence will be a global platform for pandemic and epidemic intelligence, creating shared and networked access to vital multi-sectoral data, driving innovations in data analytics and building the communities of practice needed to  predict, prevent, detect, prepare for and respond to worldwide health threats The WHO Hub will […]

World Malaria Day: WHO launches effort to stamp out malaria in 25 more countries by 2025

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Ahead of World Malaria Day, marked annually on 25 April, WHO congratulates the growing number of countries that are approaching, and achieving, zero cases of malaria. A new initiative launched today aims to halt transmission of the disease in 25 more countries by 2025.  Of the 87 countries with malaria, 46 reported fewer than 10 […]

WHO urges countries to build a fairer, healthier world post−COVID−19

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World Health Day 2021 GENEVA—COVID-19 has unfairly impacted some people more harshly than others, exacerbating existing inequities in health and welfare within and between countries.  For World Health Day, 7 April 2021, the World Health Organization is therefore issuing five calls for urgent action to improve health for all people. Within countries, illness and death from […]