Health

Still ‘not clear’ whether Omicron COVID variant is more transmissible or more severe than Delta: WHO

The World Health Organization published on Sunday an update on the science regarding the new coronavirus variant Omicron which is causing global concern and sparking increasing flight bans on Southern African countries.

WHO labels new COVID strain Omicron, designates it a ‘variant of concern’

The latest COVID-19 variant identified in South Africa has been given the Greek name 'Omicron', and labeled as a variant of concern by UN health agency experts due to its large number of mutations and possible faster rate of infection. 

 

Are you sure you want to share that? Sorting online fact from fiction

Since the creation of the World Wide Web, we have had access to more information than ever before. However, we are also bombarded with dangerous disinformation. The UN’s Verified campaign has launched an online course to help us decide which is which, and protect vulnerable people from potential harm.

Antimicrobial effectiveness leaning towards ‘tipping point’ resistance – FAO 

We may soon reach “a tipping point” when antimicrobial resistance (AMR) becomes the leading cause of death – surpassing heart disease and other so-called lifestyle illnesses, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday.  

COVID-19: European infection spike confirmed, vaccine advice for kids 

COVID-19 cases have increased in the last week with 3.6 million infections reported globally, as opposed to the 3.3 million over the previous seven days, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. 

WHO updates guidelines on COVID-related organ inflammation in children

Children who have developed organ inflammation linked to COVID-19 infection should be given steroid treatment in hospital, the World Health Organization, (WHO), said on Tuesday. 

Current system will not protect us from the next pandemic, ‘which could happen at any time’ 

Efforts to reform global pandemic preparedness and response are happening too slowly, the World Health Organization’s (WHOIndependent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response said on Monday. 

WHO and partners unite for Day of Action for Cervical Cancer Elimination

With more than 300,000 women dying from cervical cancer each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is joining advocates from across the globe on Wednesday to commemorate a Day of Action against the disease. 

UN backs plans to ensure regular, healthy school meals for every child in need by 2030

Following pandemic-driven school closures, five UN agencies threw their strong support behind an international coalition to improve the nutrition, health and education of school-age children around the world.

COVID-19: Licensing agreement for new candidate drug ‘an important first step’

Access to a new COVID-19 drug will be expanded in low- and middle-income countries following a voluntary licensing agreement between the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and a UN-backed global health initiative, announced in Geneva on Tuesday.