WHO has discovered a new variant of Covid-19 and have named it "Lambda". The scientists have listed it as a 'variable of interest,' the WHO implies that more research is needed to understand the strength of this virus. The variant was first spotted in Peru and has mostly affected Latin American countries. According to WHO, If the infection rate of the new variant was high, it will be categorised as a "variant of concern".
The Drugs Controller General of India on June 2 waived the requirement of foreign companies to conduct ‘post-launch bridging trials’ of COVID vaccines. The announcement came for the vaccines approved by specific countries and the WHO. The drug regulatory body cited ‘huge vaccination requirements in India decision was taken because of. Notably, the bridging trials are conducted to generate data in India-specific context assessing efficacy on… read-more
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved China's COVID-19 vaccine 'Sinovac-CoronaVac' for emergency usage. To be given in two shots, the vaccine has been approved for those aged above 18 years. Reportedly, 51% of those administrated with the vaccine did not catch the disease, and 100% did not require hospitalisation or showed severe complications. "The world desperately needs multiple COVID-19 vaccines" stated WHO Assistant Director-… read-more
The North Korean state media has criticised other countries for stockpiling COVID-19 vaccines while other nations are facing a shortage. Addressing the 74th World Health Assembly, North Korea urged WHO to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines around the world. Furthermore, it asked WHO to make an effort for a complete examination in the ethical phase of health workers in order to preserve human lives and eliminate global inequalities.
Addressing the 74th World Health Assembly, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on May 31 said, "one day the COVID-19 pandemic will be behind us." Citing the post-COVID impact, Ghebreyesus said the psychological scars will remain for those who lost their loved ones. It was letting go of the small vulnerabilities that allowed a small outbreak to become a pandemic, he added. He further emphasised on joint action and pandemic treaty.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on May 31 said COVID-19 variants B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2 that first emerged in India will now be called 'Kappa' and 'Delta' respectively. The nomenclature was done by an expert group that named the variants on the basis of Greek alphabets and they will remain in use, said the WHO. This follows India's objection to labelling of the variants as "Indian variant" by various media sources.
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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on May 29 said that smokers are 50% highly prone to contracting severe disease or death by COVID-19. He suggested, "Quitting is the best thing they [smokers] can do to lower their risk from coronavirus". Under the 'Commit to quit tobacco' campaign, WHO aims to create tobacco-free environments. The campaign assists people with its quitting toolkits, which the global body provides free-of-cost.… read-more
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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has slammed former MP CM Kamal Nath for labelling the B.1.617 variant of coronavirus as "Indian variant". He also criticised the opposition for weakening the fight against COVID-19. Accusing Nath of "insulting the nation", Javadekar questioned Congress president Sonia Gandhi for not taking action against the former CM. The WHO had earlier directed that no country's name should be attributed to any variant of… read-more
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WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has advised the rich countries to stop vaccinating children; instead, donate the doses to countries facing shortage. He argued that low and middle income countries are unable to vaccinate even frontline workers, thus, resulting in more deaths and requirement of urgent medical care. Besides, he also warned of "the second year of the pandemic to be far more deadly than the first one."
The WHO's epidemiological report has cited unrestricted religious and political gatherings as the reason behind the spread of more contagious coronavirus variant in India. Besides, it attributed "underuse and reduced adherence to public health and social measures" like wearing masks for the same. The WHO said India's share for COVID cases and deaths in South-East Asia is 95% and 93% respectively, while at global level it is 50% and 30%.