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COVID-19: Current vaccines may need to be updated, experts warn

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Communities in Kohima, India, are being vaccinated against COVID-19.

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70 per cent vaccination target must be met to ward off Omicron: WHO

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to surge across the world, the UN health agency on Tuesday said that it was crucial that more is done to help all countries receive lifesaving coronavirus jabs as quickly as possible.

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WHO and St. Jude to dramatically increase global access to childhood cancer medicines

Biggest ever financial commitment to childhood cancer medicines in low- and middle-income countries

The World Health Organization and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on 13 Dec. 2021 announced plans to establish a platform that will dramatically increase access to childhood cancer medicines around the world.

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NIH-funded study could help improve deep brain stimulation therapy for OCD

Study sheds light on potential for long-term, at-home use of deep brain stimulation as a treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders.

In a small study, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health captured more than 1,000 hours of brain recordings from patients with OCD in the clinic and at home. These data are a key first step towards designing improved deep brain stimulation (DBS) treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders. DBS has shown great promise for improving the lives of people living with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, and is now gaining traction for treating psychiatric conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The study is funded through the NIH Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

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Experimental mRNA HIV vaccine safe, shows promise in animals

NIH scientists developed vaccine platform.

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Scanning electromicrograph of an HIV-infected H9 T cell. NIAID

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Investing $1 per person annually could save 7 million lives in low, lower-middle income nations

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A health worker checks a woman’s blood sugar level at a community health centre in Jayapura district, Indonesia.

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More than half a billion people pushed or pushed further into extreme poverty due to health care costs

COVID-19 pandemic disrupts health services worldwide

New evidence compiled by the World Health Organization and the World Bank shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress towards Universal Health Coverage. The organizations also reveal that more than half a billion people are being pushed into extreme poverty because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets.

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Two decades dedicated to capacity building for health emergency preparedness and response

Celebrating WHO Lyon Office’s contribution to global health security

The WHO Office in Lyon, France — a Centre of Excellence in strengthening public health laboratories — contributes to global health security and supports countries in building stronger health emergency capacities. Today, the Office is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General and His Excellency Olivier Véran, French Minister of Health, delivered video remarks at the high-level, 20th anniversary event.

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Vaccine hoarding will prolong COVID warns WHO, as agency mulls early Omicron data

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Communities in Kohima, India, are being vaccinated against COVID-19.

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World AIDS Day 2021 - Step up, be bold, end AIDS, end inequalities and end pandemics

With millions of lives on the line, UNAIDS and WHO World AIDS Day event saw global partners, including Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, urgently call for expanded access to health treatments and technologies and for human rights to be upheld.

On the occasion of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2021 , UNAIDS, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners came together at a special event in Geneva, Switzerland, to highlight the urgent need to end the economic, social, cultural and legal inequalities that drive the AIDS pandemic and other pandemics around the world.