How can we stop the next pandemic? Here’s what WHO panel recommends

Reuters 05/13/2021

GENEVA – A new global system should be set up to respond faster to disease outbreaks to help ensure no future virus causes a pandemic as devastating as COVID-19, an independent World Health Organization (WHO) review panel…

WHO says Indian COVID variant found in at least 17 countries

Agence France Presse 04/28/2021

GENEVA — The World Health Organization said Tuesday that a variant of COVID-19 feared to be contributing to a surge in coronavirus cases in India has been found in over a dozen countries. The UN health agency said…

Ventilation better than deep-cleaning

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 04/14/2021

People tend to think that science consists of absolute truths that will not change, forgetting that science is in fact self-correcting, using new facts and evidence coming out of research. This has certainly been the case with…

WHO advises countries to keep using AstraZeneca vaccine

Agence France Presse 03/17/2021

GENEVA — Countries should continue using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, after many governments halted rollouts due to blood clot fears. “We do not want people to panic and we would,…

Countries halting AstraZeneca vaccine

Agence France Presse 03/16/2021

PARIS — A dozen countries, including France, Italy and Germany, have suspended AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shots because of fears over blood clots and other possible side effects. The company insisted on Monday there is no risk, and the…

TIMELINE: One year of Covid-19 in the Philippines

Cristina Eloisa Baclig 03/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines—It has been a year since the Philippines recorded its first case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and yet the country still continues to grapple with SARS Cov2, the virus that causes it. INQUIRER.net looks back…

Procured 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine arriving March 21 — Galvez

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 03/07/2021

MANILA, Philippines — One million doses of COVID-19 vaccine procured by the government are set to arrive in the Philippines on March 21, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Sunday. Galvez reiterated that the Chinese government has…

Don’t waste the hope of vaccines, warns WHO

Agence France Presse 03/06/2021

GENEVA, Switzerland  – Covax will distribute 14.4 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to 31 more countries next week, the WHO said Friday as it warned people not to waste, through complacency, the hope that vaccines bring. The Covax…

WHO: Arrival of vaccines in PH ‘a powerful step’ towards economic recovery, normalcy

Neil Arwin Mercado 03/05/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines is “a powerful step” towards the country’s gradual return of day-to-day activities and economic revival, World Health Organization (WHO) representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe…

Hubris, ineptness, and the vaccine program

Solita Callas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 02/27/2021

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Eric Domingo showed a lot of balls when he gave Sinovac’s CoronaVac the green light for emergency use authorization (EUA), but with a recommendation that it not be used for…

PH completes Covax requirements

Maricar Cinco - Reporter / @maricarcincoINQ 02/18/2021

The Philippines has signed and submitted to the World Health Organization (WHO)-led Covax facility the required indemnity agreement that will pave the way for the delivery of vaccines against the novel coronavirus. Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr., who…

WHO alerts six African countries after Ebola outbreaks

02/17/2021

CONAKRY — The World Health Organization has asked six African countries to be alert for possible Ebola infections, as Guinea on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, reported new cases and Democratic Republic of Congo said its new infections…

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