Latest World Health Organization News

Moscow closing schools, many businesses as virus deaths soar

Oct. 21, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Restaurants, movie theaters and many retail stores in Moscow will be closed for 11 days starting Oct. 28, along with other new restrictions, officials said Thursday, as Russia recorded the highest numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths since the pandemic began. ...

WHO: Europe the only region with rise in COVID-19 last week

Oct. 20, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said there was a 7% rise in new coronavirus cases across Europe last week, the only region in the world where cases increased, and said uneven vaccine uptake posed a threat to the continent. In its weekly assessment of the...

Taliban agree to new polio vaccination across Afghanistan

Oct. 19, 2021 23:38 PM EDT

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — U.N. agencies are gearing up to vaccinate all of Afghanistan’s children under 5 against polio for the first time since 2018, after the Taliban agreed to the campaign, the World Health Organization says. For the past three years, the Taliban...

FIFA, Qatar team up with WHO for World Cup health promotion

Oct. 18, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA and Qatari organizers of next year's World Cup teamed up with the World Health Organization on Monday to use soccer’s marquee event for promoting public health. The move follows years of scrutiny on Qatar and criticism of conditions for hundreds of...

The Latest: Australia's capital: 99% with at least 1 dose

Oct. 14, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

CANBERRA — Australia’s capital Canberra has come out of lockdown with authorities reporting more than 99% of the population aged 12 and older having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Sydney came out of lockdown on Monday with only the 73.5% of the population...

Africa detecting just 1 in 7 COVID-19 cases, says WHO study

Oct. 14, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Only one in seven COVID-19 infections in Africa are being detected, meaning the continent's estimated infection level may be 59 million people, according to a new study by the World Health Organization. “With limited testing, we’re...

Tuberculosis deaths rise for 1st time in years, due to COVID

Oct. 14, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of people killed by tuberculosis has risen for the first time in more than a decade, largely because fewer people got tested and treated as resources were diverted to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said. In its...

China warns against 'manipulation' of WHO virus probe

Oct. 14, 2021 06:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned against what it called possible “political manipulation” of a renewed probe by the World Health Organization into the origins of the coronavirus, while saying it would support the international body's efforts. ...

The Latest: Vaccine mandate for Calif. prison guards blocked

Oct. 13, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California judge has partially blocked an order taking effect this week that requires state prison employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. A Kern County judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the...

Russia, WHO differ on when approval will come for Sputnik V

Oct. 13, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is ready to provide up to 300 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine to the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, a top Russian official promoting the shot says, even though the World Health Organization hasn’t yet signed off on it and production issues have fanned customers'...