Health

Geneva Palais briefing note on the impact of the deadly COVID-19 surge on children in India, and increasingly in the region

“India is in the grip of a ferocious second wave of COVID-19. In the last 24 hours, India bore the burden of 414,188 new daily cases, which is highest daily case count ever recorded by any country in the history of COVID-19 pandemic – higher than even...

WHO Approves Chinese COVID Vaccine for Emergency Use Worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a COVID-19 vaccine developed in China for emergency use worldwide.

The vaccine, from China's state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm, is the first vaccine manufactured by a non-Western country to be...

Japan Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency to May 31

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced Friday the government will extend COVID-19 state of emergency measures for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures by three weeks, to May 31, because infection rates remain high.

Peru Begins Requiring Double Masks

Peru is now mandating that people wear two face masks in places where crowding is possible like commercial buildings.

The regulation, aimed at slowing a deadly second wave of the virus, began Monday, and was first reported in Peru's national...

US$ 1.4 trillion lost every year to tobacco use - New tobacco tax manual shows ways to save lives, money and build back better after COVID-19

WHO’s new technical manual on tobacco tax policy and administration shows countries ways to cut down on over US$1.4 trillion in health expenditures and lost productivity due to tobacco use worldwide.

Alisson Becker and WHO Foundation launch campaign to raise resources and support treatment for COVID-19 patients starting in the Americas

Champion goalkeeper Alisson Becker, World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill ambassador for health promotion, is kickstarting a new global fundraising campaign, titled “Give a Breath for Health,” driven by the WHO Foundation and WHO. The initiative...

Interim statement of the COVID-19 subcommittee of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 subcommittee of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) has reviewed reports of rare cases of blood clots with low platelets following vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (including Covishield) since...

NIH experts call for accelerated research to address concurrent HIV and COVID-19 pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people with or at risk for HIV both indirectly, by interfering with HIV treatment and prevention services, and directly, by threatening individual health. An effective response to these dual pandemics requires...

NIH-funded research team develops language test for people with Down syndrome

A research team funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a test to evaluate the expressive language skills of people with Down syndrome, a condition resulting from an extra copy or piece of chromosome 21. Expressive language is the...

Nearly 80 percent of teachers, school staff, and childcare workers receive at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine

Nearly 80 percent of Pre-K-12 teachers, school staff, and childcare workers received at least their first shot of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March, according to the CDC’s latest estimates and survey data.