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WHO: Leaders call COVID-19 vaccines a “global public good”

Geneva, 19 May (TWN) – Several world leaders, speaking at the opening of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) on Monday, referred to future COVID-19 vaccines as a “global public good”, but the resolution on the COVID-19 response that was adopted on Tuesday failed to reflect this vital concept. The 73rd WHA is taking place as a virtual meeting on ... Read More »

EU backs WHO after Trump pull-out threat

BRUSSELS – The European Union backed the World Health Organisation and multilateral efforts to fight the coronavirus on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump threatened to quit the global agency. “This is the time for solidarity, not the time for finger pointing or for undermining multilateral cooperation,” European foreign affairs spokeswoman Virginie Battu-Henriksson told reporters. The EU has sponsored a ... Read More »

WHO and China: A case of geo-political misdirection

By Hassanal Noor Rashid WHO IS AT FAULT? The Covid-19 pandemic has been a real roller-coaster ride as far as geopolitics is concerned. Through the chaos and the barrage of information and updates on the on-going pandemic, there are still those, especially among the political elite who have moved ahead of the pandemic management curve and have begun investing time ... Read More »

China to donate $30 million more to WHO

China has decided to give another US$ 30 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) in support of global efforts to fight COVID-19 and the construction of public health systems in developing countries, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said here Thursday. Spokesperson Geng Shuang told a news briefing that the WHO, led by Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had actively fulfilled its ... Read More »

WHO cautions against use of untested drugs for COVID-19

Geneva, 29 Mar (D. Ravi Kanth) — The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called on individuals and countries to refrain from using therapeutics that have not been tested and demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed thousands of lives around the world. Read More »

WHO declares virus crisis a pandemic

Geneva, AP/UNB, March 12 – Expressing alarm both about mounting infections and inadequate government responses, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic but added that it’s not too late for countries to act. Read More »

People who coined the phrase ‘Leave no one behind’

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The Workability International Asia will have its next annual general meeting on in Dhaka in November 2020, it was decided at a board meeting of the organisation held on 25-26 November at the Bangladesh Pratibandhi Kalyan Samity (BPKS) complex in the Dakhskin Khan area, on the Northeastern fringe of the metropolitan city of Dhaka. The programme was ... Read More »