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WHO Wants to Trace Pandemic to Its Beginning

Standing group also will make plans to deal with other outbreaks

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has tried before to discover the origins of the coronavirus but found no clear answer, at least partly because of a lack of cooperation from China. But the organization launched a second attempt Wednesday by naming a more formal, standing panel of scientists to what it'...

Biden to Back Ambitious Global Vaccination Goal

Administration to commit to donate 1.1B doses through 2022

(Newser) - President Biden is set to announce that the US is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year, per the AP . The stepped-up commitment is...

Toddlers in Cuba Are Now Getting Homegrown Vaccines

Cuba is administering Soberana 2, not recognized by WHO, to kids as young as 2

(Newser) - With kids still out of school since March 2020, and one of the highest coronavirus rates worldwide, Cuba announced a bold new undertaking Monday: It has begun to administer a COVID vaccine to children, even toddlers, reports Voice of America . Kids ages 2-18 are receiving Soberana 2 and the booster...

New Variant Surfaces in South Africa

Researchers can't tell much yet, but WHO labels this version 'of concern'

(Newser) - Another coronavirus variant has been detected, say researchers who caution against becoming too concerned but suspect it's better at getting around immunity protection than delta. The researchers spotted the C.1.2 variant in May in South Africa, Reuters reports, and published their work this month. It has not...

FDA Authorizes 3rd COVID Vaccine Dose for 3% of Adults

CDC to issue recommendation on the boosters for certain immunocompromised people

(Newser) - A third COVID-19 vaccine dose has been authorized for certain immunocompromised Americans. The FDA on Thursday amended the emergency use authorizations for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to allow a third dose for "solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have...

WHO Chief Calls for Global Pause of Booster Shots

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls for moratorium so people in developing world can get a first shot

(Newser) - The head of the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help ensure that doses are available in countries where few people have received their first shots. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the appeal mostly to wealthier...

World Hits COVID Milestone It Probably Already Passed

Reported deaths stand at 4 million, though that's likely a 'significant undercount'

(Newser) - As many people have died from COVID-19 as live in Los Angeles. The known coronavirus death toll across the world passed 4 million on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, though the actual number of dead is likely far higher. The World...

Cases in Africa Doubling Every 3 Weeks

Delta variant is driving the COVID surge, particularly in South Africa

(Newser) - Driven by the delta variant, a new wave of coronavirus is sweeping across the African continent, where new cases, hospital admissions, and deaths are increasing. Case numbers are doubling every three weeks in Africa, according to the World Health Organization. South Africa is leading the surge, with more than 20,...

China Officially Wipes Out Malaria
China Officially
Wipes Out
Malaria

China Officially Wipes Out Malaria

WHO declares the eradication, after a national campaign lasting decades

(Newser) - A long national effort to eradicate malaria in China has paid off: The World Health Organization decreed Wednesday that the country is free of the disease. The success "was hard-earned and came only after decades of targeted and sustained action," said the agency's director general, the New ...

WHO Says Delta COVID Variant Is Spreading Rapidly

It's now in 80 countries

(Newser) - The World Health Organization is out with new numbers on the delta COVID variant, and they're moving in the wrong direction. The variant, which was first identified in India, is now in more than 80 countries around the globe, reports CNBC by way of the WHO, and it's...

Biden Steps Up Effort to Trace COVID's Origin

Criticism of WHO's dismissal of lab theory increases

(Newser) - Saying Wednesday that the investigations so far have been inconclusive, President Biden gave intelligence agencies 90 days to find the origins of the coronavirus. Biden said he wants the agencies' "most up-to-date analysis of the origins of COVID-19, including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal...

Working More Than 55 Hours a Week Is a Major Health Hazard
Working Too Many Hours
Is Killing 745K a Year
NEW STUDY

Working Too Many Hours Is Killing 745K a Year

'Working 55 hours or more per week is a serious health hazard,' researchers say

(Newser) - Working too many hours in a week is a massive health hazard that kills an estimated 745,000 people worldwide—and the problem is getting worse, according to a new World Health Organization study. The WHO says that compared to a standard working week of 35 to 40 hours, working...

7 Things to Know About a Major New COVID Report

It was commissioned by the WHO

(Newser) - It's definitely not a reassuring conclusion: An independent panel commissioned by the World Health Organization to review the pandemic and glean learnings from it has determined the COVID pandemic was a preventable disaster. The panel was chaired by former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (who told reporters "the...

Bird Flu Strain Jumped to Humans for First Time: Russia

7 workers at plant feel fine, officials say, and work on a vaccine is beginning

(Newser) - Russia has reported the first instances of a strain of bird flu jumping from poultry to humans to the World Health Organization. The outbreak happened at a plant in southern Russia, officials said. "All seven people... are now feeling well," said Anna Popova, chief of the nation's...

WHO Grants Emergency Authorization to Vaccine

Hundreds of millions of AstraZeneca doses will be shipped to countries in COVAX program

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has granted an emergency authorization to AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine, a move that should allow the UN agency's partners to ship millions of doses to countries worldwide as part of a UN-backed program to tame the pandemic. In a statement Monday, the WHO said it...

WHO Team Visits Wuhan Virus Lab
WHO Team Visits
Wuhan Virus Lab

WHO Team Visits Wuhan Virus Lab

Institute has been at the center of speculation

(Newser) - World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus, with one member saying they'd intended to meet key staff and press them on critical issues. The WHO team's...

WHO Team Out of Quarantine, Starts Digging on COVID Mystery

Experts are on fact-finding mission in China on the origins of the coronavirus

(Newser) - A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers, who were required to isolate for 14 days after arriving in China, left...

WHO: China Blocked Our Team From Wuhan

But Beijing rep says arrangements are still being made

(Newser) - A team tasked with tracing the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan has been denied entry into China, according to the World Health Organization. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday he was "very disappointed" that visa clearances had not been issued as "two members had already begun...

Fauci, WHO Issue 2 Bleak Warnings
Fauci, WHO
Issue 2
Bleak
Warnings

Fauci, WHO Issue 2 Bleak Warnings

Fauci fears January will be worse than December; WHO says COVID may not be 'the big one'

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci delivered some not-so-comforting words Tuesday on the state of COVID in the US, telling CNN that the current surge "has just gotten ... out of control in many respects." While December has been record-setting in terms of deaths, Fauci said he feared January will be worse, in...

Fauci Moves Goal Posts on Herd Immunity

No one knows what's needed, but the original targets might have been too low

(Newser) - The nation is just beginning its coronavirus vaccination campaign, and already it sounds like herd immunity is getting harder to reach. The World Health Organization puts the population share that needs to have achieved resistance through having the virus or receiving a vaccination at 60% to 70%. Early on, Dr....

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