Tokyo 2020 Olympics kicks off in empty venues to minimise health risks as WHO chief says Games should go ahead to demonstrate to the world what can be achieved with the right plan and measures.
Established in late 2018 after a Chinese scientist said he edited the genes of twin babies, the committee has called for sharing of gene editing tools with poorer nations to benefit from the highly dynamic scientific field.
Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed joins a long list of Nobel Peace Prize recipients who have been accused of war crimes, abuse and genocide.
At least 115,000 health and care workers have died from Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, WHO chief Tedros says at World Health Assembly, calling for a massive effort to vaccinate 10 percent of every country’s population by September.
The WHO-commissioned report “Covid-19: Make it the Last Pandemic” argues the global alarm system needs overhauling to prevent a similar catastrophe.
Supporters of waiver say easing patent restrictions will spur production of low-cost generic vaccines but opponents argue it could erode pharmaceutical companies’ profit incentive to develop new treatments.
Experts from the WHO visit a hospital in Wuhan that treated the world's first coronavirus patients as part of its probe into the virus.
WHO says $4.3 billion is needed immediately to lay the groundwork for mass procurement and fair delivery of vaccines for its ACT-Accelerator programme.
There was no immediate comment from Ethiopia’s government, which has been fighting the Tigray regional forces since a November 4 attack on a military base there.
Wealthy countries are rushing to book upcoming coronavirus vaccines leaving poor countries in the cold.
Just $3 billion has been contributed so far for the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator programme which was launched in April and is aimed at pooling international resources to combat the pandemic. UN says $35 billion more needed.
The COVAX facility will not only pool risk for countries developing and buying vaccines, but also ensure prices are kept "as low as possible," WHO chief Tedros says.
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