Category: Health

Two billion COVID vaccine doses secured, WHO says end of pandemic is in sight

BioNTech The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the first vaccine to be made readily available in some parts of the world.    The end of the pandemic is in sight but we must not let our guard down, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as he welcomed the news that the global […]

COVID-19: Avoid ‘nationalistic footrace’ in choosing vaccines

PAHO/Karen González In Tienditas Health Care Center, the United Nations Population Fund prevents gender-based violence, identifies people at risk, and provides care to survivors.     As governments move to secure COVID-19 vaccines for their populations, choosing these treatments should not be viewed as “some kind of nationalistic footrace”, with some countries winning and others losing, a […]

Ahead of global health assembly, WHO stresses need for solidarity, preparation

University of Oxford/John Cairns Samples are tested by scientists at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute as the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus continues.     The COVID-19 pandemic can be defeated through science, solutions and solidarity, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, underlining one of its core messages throughout the crisis.  The reminder comes ahead of […]

‘If we invest in health systems, we can bring this virus under control’ – WHO chief

©WHO/Elena Longarini To wear properly, “pull down the mask’s bottom so it covers the mouth and chin”, the World Health Organization says.    Health systems and global preparedness are not only an investment in the future but “the foundation of our response” to today’s COVID-19 health crisis, the head of the UN’s health agency said on […]

Guterres urges more countries to step up and fund global COVID-19 vaccine effort

University of Oxford/John Cairns Samples are tested by scientists at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute as the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus continues.    The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday called for all nations to provide further urgently needed funds – the equivalent of the total spent on cigarettes worldwide every two weeks – on behalf […]

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Shortsighted and ‘stupid mistake’ not to support affordable COVID vaccine for all, says Guterres

UN News/Ben Dotsei Malor – UN News’ May Yaacoub interviews UN Secretary-General António Guterres.     The march of COVID-19 which has “put us on our knees”, should be a lesson in humility for world leaders, and a lack of solidarity on the part of some richer nations towards developing countries, means we will all pay a heavy […]