The answer to overcoming COVID-19 is in our hands - not a vaccine – top WHO official

Amid rising numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed on Friday that the solution to beating the pandemic lies in having clean hands, more than hopes for a speedy vaccine.

That’s not so easy in countries with poor access to clean water, as WHO’s Dr. Margaret Harris tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson, before providing an update on the human drug and crucial vaccine trials, now under way. 

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Call for Global Ceasefire to Fight COVID-19

UN chief António Guterres called for “an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world” appealing to warring parties to “end the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.”

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News in Brief 24 March 2020

  • UN Syria envoy appeals for nationwide ceasefire to halt COVID-19  
  • Countries must keep cross-border transport of food, medicines going, during pandemic 
  • UN Geneva Director-General urges greater international cooperation in face of coronavirus  
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COVID-19 Crisis: Press Remarks

Facing a global health crisis “unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations,” Secretary-General António Guterres today (19 Mar) called for a “coordin

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

“We Must Declare War on this Virus”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his comments on the global response to the spread of the

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UN co-hosts pandemic response exercise in South-East Asia

The United Nations opened a four-day pandemic preparedness exercise today in South-East Asia with the aim of boosting the region’s capacity to handle such an event.

New UN study urges sustained momentum to tackle human, animal influenza threats

While there has been substantial global progress towards pandemic preparedness in recent years, it is vital to maintain that momentum to respond effectively to existing and possible future threats, according to a new study by the United Nations and the World Bank.

Not enough countries have tested their ‘bird flu’ response plans, UN warns

Most countries that have strategies in place to deal with a possible avian influenza pandemic have not properly tested those plans, leaving them extremely vulnerable if a major outbreak were to occur, the head of United Nations efforts to prepare such an eventuality said today.

Efforts to control bird flu in animals seriously under-funded, UN agency warns

The global strategy to control bird flu in animals, which in a worst-case scenario could mutate into a worldwide human pandemic killing tens of millions of people, remains largely under-funded, with only a fifth of the $100 million sought so far pledged, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.