Latest World Health Organization News

Latest: Britain gives boosters over 50, with health issues

Sep. 16, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

LONDON — Britain is giving coronavirus booster shots to people over age 50 and those 16 to 49 with underlying medical conditions. The National Health Service says the first shots were administered Thursday to health care workers. That means more...

WHO, partners aim to get Africa 30% of needed doses by Feb

Sep. 14, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization and its partners said they hope to provide Africa with about 30% of the COVID-19 vaccines the continent needs by February, badly missing the 60% vaccination coverage goal that African leaders had once hoped for this year. At a...

WHO says Africa's already thin vaccine supply to drop by 25%

Sep. 09, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s already thin supply of COVID-19 vaccines has taken another significant hit, with the World Health Organization’s Africa director saying Thursday that for various reasons, including the rollout of booster shots, “we will get 25% less doses than we were...

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

Sep. 08, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines should refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year and make the doses available for poorer countries, the head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday, doubling down on an earlier appeal for...

World Health Organization chief calls for a ‘moratorium’ on using coronavirus booster shots for rest of the year

Sep. 08, 2021 10:57 AM EDT
GENEVA (AP) — World Health Organization chief calls for a ‘moratorium’ on using coronavirus booster shots for rest of the year.

UNAIDS chief says behavior of ex-staffer was 'unacceptable'

Sep. 06, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.N. AIDS agency acknowledged in an internal email last week that the behavior of a former top official toward women was “unacceptable” and was permitted by a culture which allowed misconduct. It was the latest development of a sexual harassment...

The Latest: Moderna, Japan partner recall 1.6 million doses

Sep. 02, 2021 00:23 AM EDT

TOKYO — Moderna Inc. and its Japanese partner are recalling more than 1 million doses of the U.S. drug maker’s coronavirus vaccine after confirming that contamination reported last week was tiny particles of stainless steel. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. is in charge of...

WHO launches hub in Berlin to help prevent future pandemics

Sep. 01, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization on Wednesday inaugurated a new “hub” in Berlin that aims to help prepare the globe better to prevent future pandemics. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and German Chancellor Angela Merkel cut the ribbon to...

WHO says new test shows Ivory Coast did not have Ebola case

Sep. 01, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — New tests show that Ivory Coast did not have its first case of Ebola in more than 25 years after all, the World Health Organization said, reversing course after the reported case last month prompted thousands of vaccines to be deployed. The...

The Latest: Kabul kids rush to school hours after US departs

Aug. 30, 2021 23:31 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even as the U.S. and its NATO allies left Afghanistan, some of the gains of the last 20 years were on display as boys and girls rushed to school early Tuesday. Masooda was hurrying to get to her fifth grade class at a private school. “I’m not...