COVID-19 pandemic brings global syringe shortage into sharp focus

Efforts to boost COVID-19 vaccine production should be matched by access to the syringes needed to inject them - and there could even be a global shortage of needles for regular immunization campaigns next year - the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

COVID-19: Europe and Central Asia, epicentre of new rise 

About 22 months since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, and almost a year since the first vaccines were approved, reported cases and deaths from the virus are increasing again. 

Indian COVID-19 vaccine receives WHO approval

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday approved an eighth vaccine against COVID-19, which follows a slight uptick in new cases globally. 


Step up vaccines against Group B strep, linked to baby deaths and disability

New vaccines are urgently needed against a common bacterium which is a major cause of preterm births, disability and babies’ deaths globally, according to a UN-backed report published on Wednesday. 

Billions more needed for UN-backed global collaboration to end pandemic

A new strategy announced on Thursday by the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for $23.4 billion to combat inequities in accessing COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments, as cases of the disease mount globally for the first time in two months. 

Taliban backs WHO polio vaccination campaign across Afghanistan next month

The decision by the Taliban leadership to support the resumption of house-to-house polio vaccination across Afghanistan has been welcomed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

WHO advisory group recommends extra COVID-19 vaccine dose for immunocompromised

People with weaker immune systems should receive an additional shot of approved COVID-19 vaccines, an advisory group to the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. 


‘We can end the pandemic’, UN chief says in new call for global vaccine plan

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday repeated his call for a global COVID-19 vaccination plan to boost production and reach millions over the coming months, in line with recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Africa faces 470 million COVID-19 vaccine shortfall this year 

Africa needs around 470 million doses to accomplish the global of fully vaccinating 40 per cent of its population by the end of the year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.  

Only 2% of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Africa 

More than 5.7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only 2% of them in Africa, said World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday.