vaccine

‘No silver bullet’ to combat COVID-19, says UN health agency head

There is “no silver bullet” to combat COVID-19, the head of the UN health agency told journalists on Monday, adding, “and there might never be”.

 

News in Brief 18 June 2020

  • UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million forcibly displaced
  • DR Congo insecurity has worsened considerably, warns UN rights chief
  • UN health agency calls for global agreement on first COVID-19 vaccine recipient
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News in Brief 12 June 2020

  • UNICEF: funding shortfall affecting critical water, sanitation services in Yemen
  • Child labour gains since 2000 ‘could be wiped out by COVID’, UN warns
  • UNAIDS chief adds voice to call for COVID-19 vaccine to be a ‘global public good’
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Meet the man who’s helping to make mosquito-borne diseases a thing of the past

Around 15 countries are preparing to test a technique that sterilizes male mosquitoes using radiation as part of a global health effort to control diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika.

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News in Brief 12 November 2019

  • Australia wildfires: ‘Get out’ if you can, warn UN weather experts  
  • UN health agency welcomes Ebola vaccine approval  
  • Economies must remain open, to succeed: IP chief 
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UN health agency highlights importance of measles vaccine amid Europe outbreak

Hundreds of measles cases have been reported in Europe – where the disease was believed to be nearing elimination – leading the United Nations health agency to urge families to vaccinate their children and for national authorities to take urgent measures to stop transmission at the borders.

News in Brief 15 February 2016 (AM)

WFP to continue assisting thousands in eastern Ukraine

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Tough action on pneumonia and diarrhoea can save more than one million lives annually – UNICEF

According to the latest statistics from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), pneumonia and diarrhoea kill some 1.4 million children each year, mostly in middle and low-income countries, despite the fact that these illnesses are largely preventable through straightforward and cost-effective solutions.

Millions more children will have access to ‘5-in-1’ vaccine through UNICEF supply agreement

With a price drop to below $1 a dose, UNICEF has successfully secured a five-in-one vaccine for children at half the price the agency currently pays, which will allow it to buy 450 million doses for 80 countries over the next three years.

Hepatitis, a curable disease, claims more lives than AIDS

Hepatitis claims approximately 1.5 million lives each year more than the number of people who die from AIDS, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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