Coronavirus global health emergency: Coverage from UN News
The outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019

This page brings together information and guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates. WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Deal to end plastic waste, COVID vaccines in Africa, sustainable food call

In this week’s show, a global deal to help get rid of plastic waste that’s been signed by 180 countries; a call for a “COVID ceasefire” in Myanmar, how more efficient food production could help solve a global hunger crisis and positive coronavirus vaccine developments in Africa.

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News in Brief 29 July 2021

  • More action against human trafficking needed urgently: UN chief Guterres
  • Beirut: One year after blast, UNESCO echoes solidarity call
  • COVID-19 vaccine shipments boost for Africa, WHO announces
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Countries urged to develop pandemic preparedness and response treaty

A senior official with the World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the need for a global treaty on pandemic preparedness and response, urging countries to “seize the moment” and support its development.