Health

COVID-19 equitable vaccine scheme reaches more than 100 countries and economies

More than 100 countries and economies have now received COVID-19 vaccines through the UN-partnered equitable coronavirus-busting scheme, COVAX.

COVID-19: WHO chief outlines five ‘vital changes’ to address inequities

Investing in equitable production and access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments, is among five “vital changes” the world needs to make this year to address the inequalities the pandemic has exacerbated, the UN’s top health official said, marking World Health Day on Wednesday. 

Clarity still needed on effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine passports, says UN health agency

Being vaccinated against COVID-19 may not prevent transmission and vaccination passports may not be an “effective strategy” for restarting travel, the World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned on Tuesday.

Guterres calls on US to lead global vaccination plan effort, climate action, welcoming Blinken to Headquarters

The Secretary-General welcomed a recommitted and re-engaged United States administration to United Nations Headquarters on Monday, albeit virtually, calling on it to play a leadership role in drawing up a global vaccination plan to beat COVID-19, and make the upcoming COP26 a watershed moment for climate action.

International equitable vaccine effort ships 32 million shots to 61 countries 

“COVAX works” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, informing journalists that the UN-backed vaccine initiative has distributed more than 32 million vaccines to 61 countries in just one month.  

Inequity of COVID-19 vaccines grows ‘more grotesque every day’ – WHO chief

The growing gap between the number of vaccines being given in rich countries and those administered through COVAX is becoming “more grotesque every day”, the head of the UN health agency said on Monday.

COVID-19: Virus variants, vaccine inequity, contribute to rising caseload

COVID-19 cases globally are on track to rise for a fourth consecutive week, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday. 

Do not use weather as a basis to relax COVID-19 control measures, UN agency urges

The UN weather agency on Thursday cautioned that the current onset of warmer temperatures in the northern hemisphere should not be used as a trigger to relax measures to halt the spread of coronavirus. 

1,600 vaccinated in Guinea Ebola virus outbreak but more jabs needed: WHO

More than 1,600 people have received Ebola virus vaccinations in Guinea where four have died in a new outbreak, but more lifesaving jabs will be needed to contain the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

‘We sink or we swim together’: 5 things you need to know about COVAX

COVAX has been trending in stories about the COVID-19 pandemic in recent days, particularly in relation to the shipment of vaccines to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, the first to arrive in Africa. Here’s a UN News recap of what COVAX is, and why it is so important.