vaccines

‘Real hope’ surrounding COVID vaccines ‘cannot be overstated’ – WHO chief

Along with other tried and tested public health measures, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Monday that “there is now real hope” that vaccines will play an essential part in helping end the COVID pandemic. 

Science, unity and solidarity, key to defeating COVID: UN chief

Better preparation, listening to the science and acting together in solidarity, are some of the main ways that countries across the world can overcome the on-going COVID-19 crisis, the UN chief told the World Health Summit on Sunday.

News in Brief 19 October 2020

  • COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes
  • Maintain coronavirus vigilance
  • Respect, ‘crucial’ says top UN official, following beheading in France
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COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes by year’s end

With countries and pharmaceutical companies around the world gearing up to distribute COVID-19 vaccines following trials, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF has begun laying the groundwork for the rapid, safe and efficient delivery by buying and pre-positioning syringes and other necessary equipment.

News in Brief 29 September 2020

  • Millionth COVID death is an ‘agonizing milestone’ says UN’s Guterres 
  • Flooding leaves South Sudan facing threat of ‘catastrophic’ levels of hunger 
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Updated influenza vaccine advice targets protection of elderly and health workers

Amid a potential global shortage in influenza vaccines and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health agency has advised countries to protect the elderly and health workers first.

WHO chief makes last push for countries to join multilateral COVID-19 vaccine effort

Countries which have not signed on to a global mechanism that has pledged to provide fair and timely access to a COVID-19 vaccine, are urged to do so before Friday, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a virtual meeting of Member States, held on the eve of the deadline. 

Leaders pledge ‘quantum leap’ towards fully funding COVID-19 vaccines and treatments

 

Global leaders, including more than 30 Heads of State and Ministers, have underlined their commitment towards fast-tracking the development and production of COVID-19 tests, medicines and vaccines, that will be available for anyone, anywhere, who needs them. 

News in Brief 10 September 2020

  • 'Halt deadly misinformation' in global vaccine race: UN chief
  • 58 countries pledge industrial transfats elimination: WHO
  • Southeast Asia commits to fight coronavirus 'as one'
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COVID-19 impact on treatment for chronic illness revealed

The COVID-19 health crisis has caused massive disruption worldwide in diagnosing and treating people with deadly but preventable diseases, including more than one in two cancer patients, UN health experts said on Friday.