Tedros re-elected as head of World Health Organization

GENEVA, May 24 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization’s (WHO) members re-elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director General by a strong majority for another five years, the president of the World Health Assembly said on Tuesday. The vote by secret ballot, announced by Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh from Djibouti at a major annual meeting, was seen… Continue reading Tedros re-elected as head of World Health Organization

COVID-19 pandemic is ‘most certainly not over,’ WHO’s chief says

BERLIN (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is “most certainly not over,” the head of the World Health Organization warned Sunday, despite a decline in reported cases since the peak of the omicron wave. He told governments that “we lower our guard at our peril.” The U.N. health agency’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told officials gathered… Continue reading COVID-19 pandemic is ‘most certainly not over,’ WHO’s chief says

WHO head Tedros faces a challenge all humanitarians know well

Manchester, Jan 29 (The Conversation): On 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) appointed Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as its director general. He’s the first African and the first person from the global south to occupy this high office. His election process was equally historic: a secret ballot that gave the equal voting opportunity to all… Continue reading WHO head Tedros faces a challenge all humanitarians know well

WHO warns against over-reaction to Omicron

GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern on Tuesday that some countries were introducing blanket measures against the Omicron coronavirus variant that may not be necessary and penalised African nations unfairly. “I well understand the concern of all countries to protect their citizens against a variant that we don’t… Continue reading WHO warns against over-reaction to Omicron

Netherlands, Australia find omicron variant as curbs spread

The Hague, Netherlands (AP): The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on Sunday and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travelers arriving from southern Africa. A raft of curbs being imposed by nations around the world as they… Continue reading Netherlands, Australia find omicron variant as curbs spread

COVID ‘Omicron’ variant: India to review decision on resumption of scheduled commercial international passengers services

New Delhi [India], November 28 (ANI): In wake of the emergence of the new COVID Variant of Concern ‘Omicron’, India will review its decision on the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passengers services. The decision was taken in urgent meeting chaired by Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla. The meeting followed the high-level… Continue reading COVID ‘Omicron’ variant: India to review decision on resumption of scheduled commercial international passengers services

Travel bans aren’t the answer to stopping new COVID variant Omicron

Sydney, November 28 (The Conversation): There is global concern and widespread alarm at the discovery of SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has called Omicron. The WHO has classified Omicron as a “variant of concern” because it has a wide range of mutations. This suggests vaccines and treatments could be less effective.… Continue reading Travel bans aren’t the answer to stopping new COVID variant Omicron

High alert: World scurries to contain new COVID variant

The Hague, Netherlands (AP): With each passing hour, new restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried Saturday to contain a new variant of the coronavirus that has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines. A host of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada… Continue reading High alert: World scurries to contain new COVID variant

WHO designates new Covid strain as Variant of Concern, names it ‘Omicron’

New Delhi, November 27 (PTI): The new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, first detected from South Africa this week, was on Friday designated as a “Variant of Concern” by the World Health Organisation, which named it “Omicron”. A “variant of concern” is the WHO’s top category of worrying Covid variants. The WHO said the Technical Advisory Group… Continue reading WHO designates new Covid strain as Variant of Concern, names it ‘Omicron’