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WHO pleased to see China ease harsh zero COVID policies

Dec. 02, 2022 10:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. agency was “pleased” to see China loosening some of its coronavirus restrictions, saying “it's really important that governments listen to their people when the people are in pain.” At a press...

Polio is back in Indonesia, sparking vaccination campaign

Nov. 28, 2022 08:55 AM EST

PIDIE, Indonesia (AP) — Children in school uniforms and toddlers with their parents lined up Monday for polio vaccinations in the Sigli town square on the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, after four children were found infected with the highly contagious disease that was declared...

WHO renames monkeypox as mpox, citing racism concerns

Nov. 28, 2022 07:08 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has renamed monkeypox as mpox, citing concerns the original name of the decades-old animal disease could be construed as discriminatory and racist. The U.N. health agency said in a statement Monday that mpox was its new preferred name for...

WHO, CDC: A record 40 million kids miss measles vaccine dose

Nov. 23, 2022 13:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say measles immunization has dropped significantly since the coronavirus pandemic began, resulting in a record high of nearly 40 million children missing a vaccine dose last year. In...

WHO: 1st Ebola vaccines to arrive in Uganda next week

Nov. 16, 2022 10:48 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that he expects the first doses of Ebola vaccine targeting the strain behind an outbreak in Uganda to arrive in the country next week. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said an expert committee...

Haiti fears spike in cholera cases as fuel blockade lifts

Nov. 15, 2022 20:52 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Cholera cases are overwhelming Haiti as experts warn the situation could worsen now that the country is bustling once again after a paralyzing fuel blockade that lasted two months. Dr. Jeanty Fils, a spokesman for Haiti’s Ministry of Health, told The...

WHO reports 90% drop in world COVID-19 deaths since February

Nov. 09, 2022 11:58 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization chief on Wednesday said a nearly 90% drop in recent COVID-19 deaths globally compared to nine months ago provides “cause for optimism,” but still urged vigilance against the pandemic as variants continue to crop up. Director-General...

WHO: Tuberculosis cases rise for the first time in years

Oct. 27, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The number of people infected with tuberculosis, including the kind resistant to drugs, rose globally for the first time in years, according to a report Thursday by the World Health Organization. The U.N. health agency said more than 10 million people worldwide were...

Gambian lawmakers urge compensation for children's deaths

Oct. 26, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambian lawmakers on Wednesday urged compensation for the families of 70 children who authorities believe may have died after taking a contaminated cough syrup imported from India. The special legislative session was held several weeks after the World Health...

WHO head in Middle East 'disturbed' by abuse reported by AP

Oct. 24, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean region told staff in an email that he is “very disturbed” by allegations reported by The Associated Press that the U.N. health agency’s Syria director misspent millions, abused staff and violated the...