coronavirus

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. 

Dispelling misinformation, countering vaccine hesitancy vital to beat COVID-19, countries affirm

Addressing misinformation and countering vaccine hesitancy features prominently in a political declaration launched at the United Nations General Assembly, as countries pledged to “work together as one” to defeat the pandemic, and help people and the planet to recover better. 

COVID-19: AstraZeneca vaccine benefits still ‘largely positive’

The benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are still “largely positive” and outweigh risk of rare but serious blood clots, according to an official with the World Health Organization (WHO), speaking on Tuesday during the agency’s regular press briefing from Geneva. 

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.

COVID-19 lays bare social inequality says UN chief, as COVAX doses top 36 million

The COVID crisis "has revealed how unequal our societies are” said the UN chief in his message for World Health Day released on Monday.

First Person: A diabetes fighter in Eswatini pours all her efforts into beating COVID-19

Dumsile Mavuso, the founder and head of Eswatini’s first national association for people with diabetes, is now bringing her knowledge and experience to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with the Government and the UN.

Use COVID-19 recovery to make inclusion ‘a reality’, UN chief says on World Day

Building a more inclusive and accessible world that recognizes the contributions of all people, including persons with disabilities must be a “key goal” as countries work to recover from COVID-19 pandemic, United Nations Secretary-General said on Friday, commemorating World Autism Awareness Day. 

Vaccine equity: ‘Race is on’ to inoculate health workers and those most at risk globally 

As the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines continues to be a major concern, the UN health chief said on Thursday that with just over a week remaining until the deadline for vaccinating health workers and those at-risk in all countries is reached, it still remained “in our grasp”. 

COVID-19 vaccine rollout ‘unacceptably slow’ in Europe, WHO warns

Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Europe is “unacceptably slow” as new cases increase among practically all age groups there, according to the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO), which covers 53 countries and territories. 

Many countries spending more on debt than education, health and social protection combined

Around one in eight nations spends more on debt than on social services, according to a new report from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched on Thursday, calling for debt service relief and restructuring to enable countries to bounce back from the pandemic.