Latest World Health Organization News

Swedish teen Thunberg joins fight against vaccine inequity

Apr. 19, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has urged governments, vaccine developers and the world to “step up their game” to fight vaccine inequity after the richest countries snatched up most COVID-19 vaccine doses and those in poorer nations have gone lacking. ...

Italy health chief distances himself from spiked WHO report

Apr. 16, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The head of Italy’s national health institute distanced himself Friday from a scandal over a spiked World Health Organization report into Italy’s coronavirus response, saying he had no means to interfere with the U.N. agency and had never censored even inconvenient...

WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Apr. 15, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19 and the situation remains “serious,” with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region. The comments by Dr. Hans Kluge on...

World Health Organization: Europe's 53-country region has surpassed 1 million deaths linked to COVID-19

Apr. 15, 2021 06:46 AM EDT
GENEVA (AP) — World Health Organization: Europe's 53-country region has surpassed 1 million deaths linked to COVID-19.

India to approve coronavirus shots green-lit by WHO, others

Apr. 13, 2021 06:48 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Tuesday that it will approve the use of all coronavirus vaccines that have been given an emergency nod by the World Health Organization or regulators in the United States, Europe, Britain or Japan. India’s Health Ministry said the decision...

WHO urges pause in market sale of captured live wild animals

Apr. 13, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' health agency on Tuesday urged countries to suspend the sale of live animals captured from the wild in food markets as an emergency measure, saying wild animals are a leading source of emerging infectious diseases like the coronavirus. ...

Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

Apr. 10, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As many as 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help them are blocked until as late as June. COVAX,...

The Latest: Navajo Nation issues weekend stay-at-home order

Apr. 09, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation has issued a stay-at-home order for the weekend after reporting 26 more confirmed COVID-19 cases. The latest figures bring the total number of cases on the tribe’s reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ New Georgia...

No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Apr. 09, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hospitals in Turkey and Poland are filling up. Pakistan is restricting domestic travel. The U.S. government will send more help to the state with the country's worst infection increase. The worldwide surge in coronavirus cases and deaths includes...