WHO clears coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization says it has cleared the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, meaning poorer countries may soon get access to the shot already available in Europe and North America. Every country that has a drug regulatory agency will have to issue its own approval for any Covid-19 vaccine, but countries with weak systems usually rely on WHO to vet the shots. Continue Reading

WHO chief calls for more investments in public health

World Health Organisation Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sunday called on countries to make greater investment in their public health systems to make the world better prepared for future epidemics and pandemics. Continue Reading

Dharavi reports no new Covid cases, a first since April

The slum-dominated Dharavi area of Mumbai did not report a single coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, a civic official said on Friday evening. Continue Reading

WHO: Covid-19 vaccination in Asia-pacific expected mid or late 2021

The World Health Organization said Thursday that countries in the Asia-Pacific region are not guaranteed to have early access to Covid-19 shots and urged them to adopt a long-term approach to the pandemic. Continue Reading

Editorial: Malaria matters

World Health Organisation has said India made impressive gains in the global fight against malaria, recording the largest reduction in cases in South-East Asia from 20 million in 2000 to about 5.6 million last year. Continue Reading

Africa on alert for second Covid-19 wave

African countries are on high alert for a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic as the number of confirmed cases on the continent hit 2 million on Thursday. Continue Reading

WHO to set up traditional medicine centre in India

The World Health Organisation today said it will set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India. Continue Reading

WHO chief keen to working ‘closely’ with Biden

The World Health Organization chief welcomed efforts on Monday to strengthen the Geneva-based body through reform and said that it was looking forward to working closely with the administration of US President-elect Joe Biden. Continue Reading

Editorial: Time to fight

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has acknowledged that coronavirus can be defeated with science and comprehensive, evidence-based approach, and warned that the world must prepare for the next pandemic. Continue Reading