Delta variant, a warning the COVID-19 virus is getting ‘fitter and faster’

Cases and deaths resulting from COVID-19 continue to climb worldwide, mostly fuelled by the highly transmissible Delta variant, which has spread to 132 countries, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Child labour in Cambodia, Tokyo Games and COVID-19 latest in Africa

In today’s show, solutions to child labour in Cambodia where one teenager has a dream; over in Tokyo, UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wishes the Olympic Games well but reminds us COVID-19 is racing ahead, particularly in Africa; also in the news, the High Commissioner for Human Rights issues an alert about the apparently widespread use of spy software.

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COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and Myocarditis: benefits outweigh the risks, says WHO committee

After receiving reports of heart inflammation cases due to myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna shots, World Health Organization (WHO) experts on Friday said that the benefits of the vaccines still outweigh the risks in reducing hospitalizations and deaths due to infection.

COVID variants ‘winning the race against vaccines’ warns WHO chief

Variants like Delta are “currently winning the race against vaccines” said the World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday, pinning the blame squarely on a lack of equitable vaccine production and distribution.

Sustainable development report shows devastating impact of COVID, ahead of ‘critical’ new phase

The world was not on track to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before COVID-19 struck, and now the challenge has been magnified many times over, according to a new flagship UN report that indicates countries must take ‘critical’ steps on the road out of the pandemic, during the next 18 months.

COVID-19 Delta variant detected in 98 countries, continues to evolve and mutate, warns WHO

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged leaders to push back against daunting new COVID surges through increased vaccination efforts and public health measures, warning that with Delta quickly becoming the dominant strain in many countries ‘we are in a very dangerous period of the pandemic’.

News in Brief 1 July 2021

  • Internet shutdowns by repressive governments now ‘entrenched’
  • Malaria tops health threats facing world’s most vulnerable: UNHCR
  • Turkey urged not to withdraw from key convention on tackling violence against women
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Women’s leadership key to reach gender equality, recover progress lost to COVID: top WHO official

The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed progress towards gender equality and put women in a dire and vulnerable situation in many parts of the world, according to the World Health Organi

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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Drought in Bolivia, COVID in Africa, & why climate resilience matters to shopkeepers

In this week’s show: a chilling warning that climate change could cause a pandemic-scale economic shock to small businesses once a decade; we follow the fast-growing COVID-19 spike across Africa and hear welcome news about how some countries have included refugees in their pandemic vaccination programmes. We’ll also be learning about why drought “could be the next pandemic” from the UN’s top disaster risk reduction official, in this week’s interview.

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International Yoga Day: Connecting body and mind to boost immunity

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, yoga offers a “unique” way to destress and boost immunity, allowing the mind and body to connect in a state of “cellular quiet”.

That’s according to Doctor Krishna Raman, who’s taking part in a major International Day of Yoga event on Monday, organized by the Indian mission to the UN. He spoke to UN News’s Sachin Gaur, and explained his work on integrating Western medicine with yoga, and how the practice helps support wider social well-being.

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