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WHO vaccine drive bedevilled by familiar question: who pays if things go wrong?

BRUSSELS – Who foots the bill if people in poor countries fall sick with unexpected side-effects from coronavirus vaccines? It’s not clear and that’s a big problem in the battle to beat COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) has so far left the question of financial claims unresolved […]

Sign-up delays for global vaccine plan are procedural: WHO

GENEVA – More countries will sign up to a global vaccination plan and some of the delays were due to procedural issues rather than doubts about the scheme, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday. The Geneva-based body has said that 156 nations have joined the […]

Global recovery could be faster if COVID vaccine made available to all: WHO chief

GENEVA – Economic recovery around the world could come faster if any COVID-19 vaccine is made available to all as a public good, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday. He was speaking in an online panel discussion with members of the Aspen Security […]

There may never be a ‘silver bullet’ for COVID-19, WHO warns

GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19, and the road to normality would be long. More than 18.14 million people around the world are reported to have been infected with […]

WHO says COVID-19 pandemic is ‘one big wave’, not seasonal

GENEVA – The World Health Organization on Tuesday warned against complacency about new coronavirus transmission in the northern hemisphere summer, saying that this virus did not behave like influenza that tended to follow seasonal trends. “People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our […]

WHO says travel bans cannot be indefinite; countries must fight virus

GENEVA – Bans on international travel cannot stay in place indefinitely, and countries are going to have to do more to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within their borders, the World Health Organization said on Monday. A surge of infections has prompted countries to reimpose some […]

WHO scientist sees regulators cooperating to speed COVID-19 vaccine approval

Regulators that normally work within their own countries or regions will likely harmonize efforts on potential COVID-19 vaccines to speed up their approvals once they become available, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Friday. Swaminathan, answering questions on social media platforms, also said testing vaccines for safety […]

Coronavirus crisis may get ‘worse and worse and worse’, warns WHO

GENEVA – The raging coronavirus pandemic has the potential to get far worse if all nations do not adhere to basic healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. “Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public […]

WHO advance team on way to China to set up probe into virus origin

GENEVA – An advance team from the World Health Organization (WHO) has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus which sparked the global pandemic, a spokeswoman said on Friday. The virus is believed to have emerged in a wholesale market in […]

WHO reviewing report urging new guidance over airborne spread of coronavirus

GENEVA/CHICAGO – The World Health Organization (WHO) is reviewing a report urging it to update guidance on the novel coronavirus after more than 200 scientists, in a letter to the health agency, outlined evidence the virus can spread in tiny airborne particles. The WHO says SARS-CoV-2, the virus […]

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