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WHO warns of fresh Indonesia surge fed by virus variants

Jun. 17, 2021 07:10 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president ordered authorities to speed up the country's vaccination campaign as the World Health Organization warned Thursday of the need to increase social restrictions in the country amid a fresh surge of coronavirus infections caused by worrisome...

The Latest: WHO chief says vaccine need outstrips G7 pledges

Jun. 12, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

The Latest on the Group of Seven nations meeting being held in England: FALMOUTH, England — The head of the World Health Organization has welcomed the vaccine-sharing announcements coming out of the Group of Seven summit but says “we need more, and we need them...

WHO, UNICEF declare end of polio outbreak in the Philippines

Jun. 11, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A polio outbreak in the Philippines has ended, according to the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, which praised government efforts to fight the disease despite the coronavirus pandemic. The U.N. agencies said...

The Latest: Hawaii's eviction moratorium extended 60 days

Jun. 07, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor is extending for two more months an eviction moratorium that he implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, but says he doesn’t expect to keep it longer than that. The existing emergency order instituting a pause on evictions was due...

WHO: High vaccination rates can help reduce risk of variants

Jun. 07, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top World Health Organization official estimated Monday that COVID-19 vaccination coverage of at least 80% is needed to significantly lower the risk that “imported” coronavirus cases like those linked to new variants could spawn a cluster or a wider outbreak. ...

WHO: Vaccinating kids 'not a high priority' amid shortage

Jun. 03, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization’s top vaccines expert said Thursday that immunizing children against COVID-19 is not a high priority from a WHO perspective, given the extremely limited global supply of doses. During a social media session, Dr. Kate...

Alarm in Africa: Virus surges, vaccines grind to 'near halt'

Jun. 03, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — COVID-19 vaccine shipments have ground to “a near halt” in Africa while virus cases have spiked 20% over the last two weeks, the World Health Organization said Thursday, a bleak scenario for the continent on both those critical fronts. ...

Taiwan says China exploiting vaccines for political gain

Jun. 03, 2021 06:30 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s foreign minister on Thursday said China is seeking political gains abroad in return for providing vaccines and other pandemic assistance, partly to increase pressure on Taiwan, which it claims as its own territory. Beijing’s Communist...

The Latest: Melbourne pandemic lockdown extended to 2nd week

Jun. 01, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A pandemic lockdown in Australia’s second largest city will be extended for a second week due to concerns over a growing cluster of coronavirus infections. Victoria state acting Premier James Merlino on Wednesday confirmed that Melbourne will...

WHO grants emergency approval to 2nd Chinese COVID vaccine

Jun. 01, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has issued an emergency use listing for the COVID-19 vaccine made by Sinovac for adults 18 and over, the second such authorization it has granted to a Chinese company. In a statement Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said data...