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Poorer countries to get 120 million US$5 coronavirus tests, WHO says

GENEVA/LONDON, (REUTERS) – Some 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for coronavirus will be made available to low- and middle-income countries at a maximum of US$5 (S$6.87) per unit, the World Health Organization said on Monday (Sept 28). WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the manufacturers Abbott and SD Biosensor had agreed with the Bill […]

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Coronavirus pandemic now driven by younger adults: WHO

MANILA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it was concerned that the novel coronavirus spread was being driven by people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, many of whom were unaware they were infected, posing a danger to vulnerable groups. WHO officials said this month the proportion of younger people among […]

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Belarus: The three women who are attempting to bring down Europe’s last dictator

This is not the election that the long-time leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, had planned. The last five were not hard fought. No need when the entire apparatus of the state is busily engaged engineering a slam-dunk majority for the incumbent. This Sunday was set to be one more token polling day that would see […]

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Who will Biden pick as running mate?

During the final Democratic primary debate in March, Joe Biden pledged that if he were to win the party’s presidential nomination, he would choose a woman as his running mate. A lot has happened since then, not the least of which is Biden securing the required Democratic Convention delegates to become his party’s presumptive nominee. […]

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The war hero who could be Biden’s running mate

Who is Tammy Duckworth, the US senator from Illinois who is reportedly on the short list for the vice-presidential slot on the Democratic ticket? Born in Bangkok and wounded in the Iraq war, Tammy Duckworth has a Purple Heart and the instincts of a street fighter. Her name has come up frequently during high-level discussions […]

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WHO: Airborne virus transmission can’t be ruled out

The World Health Organization has acknowledged there is emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air. The airborne transmission could not be ruled out in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings, an official said. If the evidence is confirmed, it may affect guidelines for indoor spaces. An open […]

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WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeks

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. “Nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries have so far been recruited into the Solidarity trial,” he told a […]

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WHO chief promises review of coronavirus response, China defends its performance

GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday an independent evaluation of the global coronavirus response would be launched as soon as possible, and China backed such a review. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his promise during a virtual meeting of the WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, at […]

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Trump claims about WHO fact-checked

US President Donald Trump says the World Health Organization (WHO) has mismanaged and helped to cover up the spread of the coronavirus after it emerged in China. But the WHO has defended its handling of the early stages of the pandemic. We’ve been looking at some of the charges President Trump has levelled against the […]

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Coronavirus fury: WHO faces major pressure as China fights coronavirus inquiry

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. The WHO have been under fire throughput the outbreak for its supposed failures to hold China accountable and warn about the spread of the virus. The World Health Assembly meeting, to be […]