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Scientists tackle vaccine safety, efficacy and access at global R&D forum

More than 2,800 scientists from 130 countries gathered on Friday (January 15) in a virtual forum hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to identify knowledge gaps and set research priorities for vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They discussed the safety and efficacy of existing vaccines and new candidates, ways to optimize limited supply, and the need for additi...

Emergency Committee on COVID-19 advises on variants, vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), according to the WHO Emergency Committee (EC) on COVID-19. The EC met virtually yesterday (14 January) at the request of WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to review the emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and to consider the potential use of vacci...

WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access

The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.

Mobilizing youth to End TB

Since the global youth movement, 1+1 youth Initiative was launched on World TB Day 2019, followed by the adoption of the Youth Declaration to End TB at the first-ever Global Youth Townhall on ending TB, there has been significant progress over the past year. The 1+1 Initiative has expanded to include thousands of youth across the world in countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Philip...

Behavioural considerations for acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines

The Behavioural Insights Unit of the WHO released a meeting report of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the special session on acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, held on 15 October 2020. The meeting report outlines the factors that drive people’s behaviour in relation to vaccine acceptance and uptake: an enabling environment, social influences and motivation. The image above is a vis...

Almost 2 billion people depend on health care facilities without basic water services – WHO, UNICEF

Lack of water puts health care workers and patients at higher risk of COVID-19 infection Around 1.8 billion people are at heightened risk of COVID-19 and other diseases because they use or work in health care facilities without basic water services, warn WHO and UNICEF. “Working in a health care facility without water, sanitation and hygiene is akin to sending nurses and doctors to work without p...

Chemical background documents for the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality

Revised background documents for asbestos and manganese are available for public review.

Medical Product Alert N°7/2020

Falsified HARVONI (Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) identified in the WHO regions of the Americas and Europe Alert Summary This WHO Medical Product Alert relates to one batch of confirmed falsified HARVONI (Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) identified in Brazil and Turkey. Falsified Harvoni was identified in Brazil in May 2020 and in Turkey in November 2020. WHO has received recent information that suggests these pro...

Global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines estimated to generate economic benefits of at least US$ 153 billion in 2020–21, and US$ 466 billion by 2025, in 10 major economies, according to new report by the Eurasia Group

As world leaders gather virtually at the Special Session of the General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, new data published today finds that leaving low- and lower-middle-income countries (LLMICs) without access to vaccines amid the COVID-19 pandemic will cause significant economic damage that puts decades of economic progress at risk – for both LLMICs and advanced economies alike. ...

WHO announces development of new guidance on Hepatitis C self-testing

WHO has released new details regarding membership of the Guidelines Development Group (GDG) for development of new guidance on Hepatitis C self-testing in 2021.

WHO Releases COVID-19 App for Trusted and Timely Updates

The WHO has published a new mobile app to centralize the most trusted updates about COVID-19, and to guide individuals safely through the pandemic. The WHO COVID -19 app is available for both iOS and Android devices, and is launching first in Nigeria. App functionality With trusted info from both the experts at the WHO and regional health partners, this app offers regular and real-time COVID-19 u...

Existing HIV and TB laboratory systems facilitating COVID-19 testing in Africa

Many countries in resource-limited settings have high HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and/or sexually transmitted infection (STI) burdens. ince the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, scaling up testing has been a critical component to identify, isolate, and trace suspected cases as efforts to reduce transmission and care for patients early. Through conducting over 10 million tests, countries ...