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WHO commends South Africa, Botswana for speed and accuracy of sharing information on Omicron

Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has lauded South Africa and Botswana for identifying the new variant of coronavirus and "the speed and transparency"  with which they alerted and shared information with it.

WHO issues international travel guidelines, warns against blanket ban

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned countries on Tuesday against imposing a complete travel ban over the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, asserting that such measures “will not prevent the international spread, and they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods."

COVID-19: WHO’s Tedros criticizes ‘blunt’ Omicron measures

New York: The head of the UN health agency has criticized “blunt” and “blanket” measures taken by countries in the past few days to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.

EU welcomes WHO’s initiative on new agreement for strengthening pandemic prevention

Geneva/UNI/Sputnik: The European Union has welcomed the proposal of the World Health Organization (WHO) to create a new international treaty with member states in order to better respond to future pandemics, Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission said on Monday.

WHO representative says no need for panic over Omicron Coronavirus strain

Moscow/UNI/Sputnik: There are no reasons for panic regarding the new Omicron coronavirus strain, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Russia, Melita Vujnovic, said on Saturday.

Amid fears over new COVID variant, India registers 8,318 fresh cases

New Delhi/IBNS: India registered 8,318 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday amid concerns over a new variant called Omicron.

WHO classifies new COVID strain as 'variant of concern', names it 'Omicron'

Geneva/IBNS: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the recently-detected B.1.1.529 strain of COVID-19 as a variant of concern and named it as Omicron.

Tedros calls for new high-level working group to get 40% vaccinated by year’s end

New York: With just seven weeks to go before the end of the year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is asking Member States to immediately establish a high-level working group, to reach the target of vaccinating 40% of the world’s population against COVID19, by 31 December. 

Hong Kong approves persons vaccinated with Covaxin for inbound travel

New Delhi/UNI: Travellers who have received both doses of Covaxin are now eligible for inbound travel to Hong Kong as the country has included the India-made COVID-19 vaccine into its list of approved vaccines.

96 countries agree to mutually recognise India's COVID vaccination certificates: Health Minister

New Delhi/UNI: Paving the way for travel globally amid COVID-19, as many as 96 countries have agreed to mutual recognition of India's vaccination certificates, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday.

Many countries ‘unsupported and unprepared’ to address climate health risks: WHO

New York: Although governments are prioritizing public health measures to protect their people from climate impacts, many lack the funds to take effective action, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report issued on Monday.

Chinese vax took longer than COVAXIN to get approval, says WHO

New Delhi/IBNS: Covaxin did not take the longest to get the World Health Organization's (WHO) approval for Emergency Use Listing, according to Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan.

Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN gets WHO approval

New Delhi/IBNS: The World Health Organization (WHO) has given emergency use approval to Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, sources said Wednesday, clearing the way for the 'made-in-India' vaccine to get recognised by other nations and Indians inoculated with the shot would no longer need to self-quarantine or face restrictions when going abroad.

Covaxin: WHO seeks 'additional clarifications', no emergency use nod given so far

New Delhi/UNI: The process to include indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, in Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of World Health Organisation (WHO) is delayed by a week as the Technical Advisory Group of the UN body has sought "additional clarifications" from the vaccine manufacturer.

Step up, urges WHO as figures reveal 1 in 4 adults don’t exercise enough

New York: Up to five million premature deaths a year could be prevented if the global population was more active, but many people live in areas with little or no access to spaces where they can safely walk, run, cycle or engage in other physical activities.