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Health 13-01-2021

EU gets vaccine boost as WHO dampens herd immunity hopes

The European Union started the approval process for its third vaccine on Tuesday (12 January) as WHO scientists warned that herd immunity from coronavirus is unlikely this year even with mass inoculation schemes.
Health 08-01-2021

Poorest countries can expect vaccines within weeks: WHO

The world's poorest countries can expect to start receiving their first Covid-19 vaccine doses between the end of January and mid-February, the World Health Organization said Thursday (7 January).
Coronavirus 05-01-2021

China doubles down on COVID narrative as WHO investigation looms

As a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, Beijing has stepped up efforts to shape the narrative about when and where the pandemic began.
China 17-12-2020

WHO says Beijing welcomes COVID-19 investigators trip to China

Beijing will welcome an international team of COVID-19 investigators due to travel to China in January, said the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the mission.
Global Europe 14-12-2020

Borrell dreams of ‘making multilateralism great again’

In a strategic article published on Monday, the EU chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, depicts the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on world affairs, warning of growing divergences between world players, backsliding in terms of global poverty and strengthening of the authoritarian regimes.
Coronavirus 04-12-2020

EU chief Michel seeks international treaty on pandemics

A European Union chief called Thursday (3 December) for an international treaty on pandemics, urging the world to learn from Covid-19 and be better prepared for the future.
Coronavirus 01-12-2020

WHO urges countries to ‘look very, very carefully’ at ski season plans

The World Health Organisation (WHO) urged nations on Monday (30 November) to carefully consider the coming ski season's risks, as Switzerland runs lifts and Austria mulls following suit while Germany, Italy and France shutter mountain operations to slow the pandemic.
Coronavirus 20-11-2020

WHO advises against remdesivir for coronavirus treatment

The anti-viral drug remdesivir should not be used to treat Covid-19 patients no matter how severe their illness as it has "no important effect" on survival chances, the World Health Organization said Friday (20 November).
Global Europe 11-11-2020

Von der Leyen: EU seeks ‘new transatlantic agenda’ with Biden

The United States and European Union need to forge a new transatlantic alliance in areas such as climate change and the digital economy under president-elect Joe Biden, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday (10 November).
Coronavirus 06-11-2020

UK removes Denmark from travel corridor after coronavirus mutation discovered in minks

The United Kingdom’s Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Friday (6 November) that people arriving in the country from Denmark will need to self-isolate for 14 days, starting on Saturday, as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. “I...
Coronavirus 19-10-2020

Global coronavirus cases surpass the 40 million milestone

Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday (19 October), according to a Reuters tally, as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere fuelled a resurgence in the spread of the disease. The Reuters tally is based on official...
Coronavirus 12-08-2020

Russia vaccine claim faces scepticism as nations renew virus battle

Russia claimed Tuesday (12 August) it has developed the world's first vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against the coronavirus, despite mounting scepticism about its effectiveness as fears grow over a second wave of infections across the globe.
Health 28-05-2020

Bulgaria pins hopes on BCG vaccine against coronavirus

In the worldwide battle against COVID-19, scientists are investigating whether a century-old tuberculosis vaccine might offer some additional protection against the novel coronavirus.
Global Europe 28-05-2020

EU must play global role in virus crisis, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (27 May) said the European Union should take more global responsibility in the coronavirus crisis, especially as ties with the United States were currently "difficult".
China 25-05-2020

China warns US pushing relations to ‘brink of new Cold War’

The United States is pushing relations with China to "the brink of a new Cold War", China's foreign minister said Sunday (24 May), rejecting US "lies" over the coronavirus while saying Beijing was open to an international effort to find its source.
Global Europe 21-05-2020

WHO reports record virus cases as Trump mulls in-person G7

The World Health Organization has reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases, as US President Donald Trump proposed hosting world leaders for the annual G7 summit as a sign of "normalization."
Global Europe 19-05-2020

WHO to review virus response as Trump renews attack

The World Health Organization said on Monday (18 May) it would launch an independent review of its response to the coronavirus pandemic as US President Donald Trump renewed his attack on the global body, branding it a "puppet of China".
Coronavirus 07-05-2020

EU wants WHO review of lessons learnt from coronavirus crisis

The European Union is backing calls for a timely review of the international response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the World Health Organization's performance, according to the draft of a resolution for ministers to debate at the WHO.
Global Europe 17-04-2020

G7 to coordinate economic reopening plans amid outbreak

G7 leaders on Thursday (16 April) pledged to work together to "safely" put people back to work as the coronavirus crisis drags on in a bid to revive the slumping global economy, the White House said.
Coronavirus 16-04-2020

Europe coronavirus cases reach almost 1 million, coming weeks ‘critical’: WHO

Europe is in eye of the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of cases nearing a million, and should move with extreme caution when considering easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization’s regional director said on Thursday (16 April).
Health 16-04-2020

Gates Foundation calls for global cooperation on vaccine for 7 billion people

The wealthy Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called Wednesday (15 April) for global cooperation to ready COVID-19 vaccines for seven billion people, while offering $150 million toward developing therapeutics and treatments for the virus.

Diabetes hitting EU workforce productivity

SPECIAL REPORT: Investing now in diabetes prevention will reduce the cost of tackling the disease later and maintain a productive European workforce, experts claim.
Brexit 25-08-2014

Ebola outbreak: First Briton with disease arrives in UK

A plane carrying a British healthcare worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has landed in the UK, the country's Ministry of Defence said Sunday. He was evacuated from the west Africa country on a Royal Air Force jet.
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Development Policy 18-04-2014

Supporting Cambodia’s immunisation programme

As five African countries prepare to celebrate World Immunization Week (24-30 April) with the impending introduction of new vaccines, the GAVI Alliance is finalising plans to build on its successes with a major drive to increase access to vaccines and the impact of immunisation programmes by 2020.
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