World virus deaths top 800,000 as nations ramp up measures

World Aug 23, 2020

World virus deaths top 800,000 as nations ramp up measures

The global death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 800,000, according to an AFP count on Saturday, with numerous countries ramping up restrictions in an effort to battle an eruption of new cases. Western Europe — particularly Spain, Italy Germany and France — has ...

WHO wants to review Russian vaccine safety data

World / Science & Health Aug 12, 2020

WHO wants to review Russian vaccine safety data

The World Health Organization said any stamp of approval on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate by the organization would require a rigorous safety data review, after Russia announced Tuesday it had approved a vaccine. President Vladimir Putin said Russia had become the first country to approve ...

WHO decries 'vast global gap' in funds needed to fight coronavirus

World Aug 10, 2020

WHO decries 'vast global gap' in funds needed to fight coronavirus

There is a "vast global gap" between funds needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic and funds committed, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, and the WHO was only "10 percent of the way" there. More than 19.92 million people have been ...

There may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19, WHO warns

World Aug 3, 2020

There may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19, WHO warns

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a "silver bullet" for COVID-19, and the road to normality would be long. More than 18.14 million people around the world are reported to have been infected ...

World will be feeling the effects of the virus for decades, WHO says

World Aug 1, 2020

World will be feeling the effects of the virus for decades, WHO says

The WHO said Friday that effects of the coronavirus pandemic would be felt for decades as its emergency committee assessed the situation six months after sounding its top alarm over the outbreak. The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 675,000 people and infected at least 17.3 ...