World failed to achieve 2020 mental health target: WHO

The world missed most of the 2020 mental health targets, and has failed to provide people with the mental health services they need, at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is highlighting a growing need for mental health support, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report released on Friday. Continue Reading

WHO to vaccinate 40% population of every nation soon

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

Air pollution kills 7 mn a year, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday issued its first air quality guidelines since 2005 aimed at reducing deaths from key pollutants that cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Continue Reading

Japan to provide booster shots to elderly in 2022

Japan will begin to inoculate the elderly with the third dose of a Covid-19 jab early next year, as the country seeks to better deal with the spread of more infectious variants, Vaccination Minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday. Continue Reading

‘Indonesia in talks with WHO to become global vaccine hub’

Indonesia is in talks with the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as six drug companies to become a global hub for manufacturing vaccines, its Health Minister told Reuters. Continue Reading

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots

The head of the World Health Organization is calling on rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year, expanding a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears. Continue Reading

Is New variant Mu more dangerous?

World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it was monitoring the spread of another variant of interest — Mu. It was first identified in Colombia in January and has since infected people in South America and Europe. Mu’s possible resistance to vaccines is what makes it risky for the global population. Now, the WHO has said that more research was needed to better understand its behaviour. Continue Reading

Vaccinate all teachers, students, says WHO

As millions of children return to school for the new academic session, vaccinating teachers and other school staff against Covid-19 disease can help make schools a safe place against the infectious disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef said. Continue Reading