‘We sink or we swim together’: 5 things you need to know about COVAX
COVAX has been trending in stories about the COVID-19 pandemic in recent days, particularly in relation to the shipment of vaccines to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, the first to arrive in Africa. Here’s a UN News recap of what COVAX is, and why it is so important. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN ’s nuclear watchdog agency will not be ‘bargaining chip’ in Iran nuclear deal
The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog agency told journalists on Monday that inspections in Iran should not be used as a “bargaining chip” to revive a troubled nuclear deal.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 cases rise for first time in seven weeks: WHO
After six consecutive weeks of decline, COVID-19 cases worldwide increased last week for the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ghana and C ôte d’Ivoire begin history-making COVAX vaccination drives
As the first recipients of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine doses through the UN-partnered COVAX initiative, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana began their vaccine rollouts on Monday, prioritizing frontline workers and vulnerable groups, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN chief returns to the Bronx for second coronavirus shot
UN Secretary-General António Guterres  received his second COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies in the Bronx,  New York, on Friday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN Security Council demands COVID-19 vaccine ceasefires; WHO pushes for more action to speed up inoculations
The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously passed a resolution calling on all Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts, in order to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations. Briefing journalists afterwards, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus argued that more could be done.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

C ôte d'Ivoire takes delivery of latest COVAX vaccine shipment, in further boost for Africa
Côte d'Ivoire received 504,000 doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine on Friday making it the second African nation in a week to benefit from the first shipments of shots from the UN-backed global COVAX initiative, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO-backed policy brief calls for action to address ‘long COVID’
With one in 10 people still feeling ill 12 weeks after having COVID-19, authorities must do more to support them, a UN-backed policy brief issued on Thursday argues.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Sudan: UN agencies support nationwide polio vaccination campaign
The second round of a vaccination campaign to protect more than 2.8 million children from polio is underway in South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

West Africa steps up efforts to tackle latest Ebola threat
As a new Ebola outbreak threatens Guinea, six neighboring countries are urgently scaling up preparation and response efforts to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Syria: Economic decline, rising hunger and surging humanitarian needs
Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility
Six hundred thousand doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative have arrived in Ghana: a historic first for the international partnership to provide equitable innoculations for all. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 imperils ‘historic advances’ in children’s access to school meals: UN report
Hard-won gains in efforts to provide millions of the world’s most vulnerable children with nutritious food, through free daily meals at school, are at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) report said on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First wave of COVID-19 vaccine syringes start journey to Maldives
The critical task of ensuring that all countries have enough medical equipment to vaccinate people safely against COVID-19 gathered pace on Tuesday, with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announcing that 100,000 syringes have been sent to the Maldives, ahead of an inoculation drive there. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prioritize vaccine contracts with UN-led COVAX initiative, urges health chief Tedros
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on manufacturers to prioritize contracts with the UN-led equitable vaccines initiative, COVAX, declaring that it’s “not a matter of charity, it’s a matter of epidemiology”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘No place’ for coups in today’s world, UN chief tells Myanmar military 
On the opening day of a new UN Human Rights Council session on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his “full support to the people of Myanmar”, three weeks after the military takeover that has brought thousands out onto the streets in protest.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lifeline for vulnerable Cambodians as poverty doubles during COVID-19 pandemic
In Cambodia, the shrinking economy, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, has affected all population groups, but particularly the most vulnerable. A first-of-its-kind government scheme, managed with digital tools supplied by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is ensuring that the poorest receive a level of social protection. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN chief to security meeting: ‘2021 must be the year to get back on track’
By exposing deep fissures and fragilities, “COVID-19 has x-rayed the world”, the UN chief told the Munich Security Conference on Friday, while acknowledging that today’s vulnerabilities go “well beyond” pandemics and public health.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO seeks $1.96 billion for 2021 Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Response
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking nearly $2 million to fund its 2021 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) for COVID-19 response which was launched on Thursday in Geneva.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: ‘The world is in your hands and begins at your door’.
British celebrity gardener Monty Don, a UN advocate for plant health, is raising awareness of the links between human health, plant health and the well-being of the planet. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Strengthen ‘One Health approach’ to prevent future pandemics – WHO chief
The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates “intimate” linkages between the health of humans, animals and ecosystems, as zoonotic diseases spread between animals and people, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief said on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination ‘wildly uneven and unfair’: UN Secretary-General
International partners working to achieve equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines appealed on Wednesday for the UN Security Council to ensure people caught in conflict have access to these lifesaving treatments.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Triple threat’ adds to long-standing crises menacing food security in Somalia – FAO
Poor rainfall, flooding and desert locusts are contributing to extreme food insecurity in Somalia, threating 2.6 million people, the UN agriculture agency said in a new analysis released on Wednesday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID infections drop 16% worldwide in one week: WHO
In its latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that although the number of global infections have fallen by 16 per cent in a week – 500,000 fewer cases – regions, including Europe, are still in the grip of the virus whose variants are spreading.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Major airlines join forces  with UNICEF to support ‘monumental’ COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan 
The world’s leading airlines are backing a landmark UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) initiative to prioritize delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, essential medicines and other critical supplies across the globe.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Downward COVID-19 trend shows ‘simple public health measures work’ – UN health chief 
The number of reported cases of COVID-19 globally has declined for the fifth consecutive week, the head of the UN health agency said on Monday, underscoring that “simple public health measures work, even in the presence of variants”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Two die as new Ebola outbreak declared in southern Guinea
Guinean health authorities have declared an outbreak of Ebola in a rural community in the south of the country, with at least seven people infected, two of whom died, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Sunday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Three die as new Ebola outbreak declared in southern Guinea
Guinean health authorities have declared an outbreak of Ebola in a rural community in the south of the country, with at least seven people infected, three of whom died, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Sunday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Constellation’ of post-COVID symptoms will impact global healthcare, says WHO 
Far more research is needed into the “constellation” of sometimes debilitating symptoms among people who’ve recovered from COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, adding that it “will impact” global health systems.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Three major threats’ to inoculating the world – UN health agency
Amidst some positive news from the World Health Organization (WHO) that both COVID-19 deaths and new cases have recently been on the wane, there are “three major threats” to the UN-led international equitable vaccine initiative, COVAX, that require urgent attention.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID:  Using AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘right thing to do’ for everyone, says WHO expert panel 
A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel countered concerns over the efficacy of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine on Wednesday, insisting that “it’s the right thing to do” to use it – even in countries where variants had surfaced.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 ‘extremely unlikely’ to have come from a lab, experts say
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably jumped from animals to humans and is “extremely unlikely” to have come from a laboratory, the head of an international team investigating the origins of the disease said on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New COVID-19 variants raise questions around vaccines, WHO says
The emergence of new coronavirus variants has raised major questions around whether currently available vaccines will be effective against them, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Unless COVID is suppressed everywhere, we ’ll be ‘back at square one’, Tedros warns
The number of people who have received a COVID-19 vaccination now exceeds those reportedly infected, the head of the UN’s health agency said on Friday, while warning that after inoculating their own health workers and older people, countries must share doses with others, to eradicate the deadly coronavirus. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dispatch of millions of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa expected to start in February: WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday the joint UN-led COVAX initiative aims to start shipping about 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa in February, in what will be the continent’s largest ever mass vaccination campaign.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Key workers in 145 countries to receive COVID vaccines under UN-backed initiative
Key workers and other vulnerable people in 145 countries should receive COVID-19 vaccines in the first half of this year, under the joint UN-led COVAX initiative for fair access to coronavirus-beating jabs, it’s been confirmed. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 on cancer care has been  ‘profound’, warns UN health agency 
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a “profound” impact on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer around the world, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, before highlighting that breast cancer has become the most common type of the disease.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Consecutive drop in new COVID-19 cases ‘encouraging news’: WHO
The number of new COVID-19 cases globally has fallen for the third week in a row, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Monday, though urging countries not to let up efforts to defeat the disease.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hopes of fresh momentum in fight against leprosy, but stigmatization persists
Progress is being made in the fight against leprosy, but millions are still affected by the disease, and many sufferers have to contend with social exclusion. On World Leprosy Day, marked annually on 31 January, experts are calling for an end to ongoing discrimination and stigmatization. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO urges effective and fair use of COVID vaccines
With COVID-19 vaccines currently in scarce supply, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday pressed governments to prioritize inoculation of health workers and older persons, and to share excess doses with other nations.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Follow the science: UN plans for a stronger pandemic recovery
Funders responsible for more than $100 million of annual global research investments joined the deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed on Friday to discuss how to unify research efforts, and use science to recover effectively from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN chief receives COVID-19 vaccine in New York
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in The Bronx, a few miles uptown from UN Headquarters in New York. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘End the scourge of neglected tropical diseases’: UN health chief
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) vowed on Wednesday to “end the scourge of neglected tropical diseases”, which affect more than a billion mainly poor people, and thrive where there is little access to quality health services, clean water, and sanitation. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN health agency panel issues key guidance on second COVID vaccine doses
A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel issued its first guidance on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, saying that it should ideally be given to people in two separate doses, 28 days apart. In exceptional circumstances this period could be extended to 42 days, said WHO’s advisory group of experts on immunization, SAGE, amid supply shortages affecting many countries. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amidst surging COVID numbers, WHO chief urges: ‘take heart and take action’
The sheer scale of the numbers involved in the COVID-19 pandemic can “make us numb to what they represent”, the UN health agency chief said on Monday, reminding journalists in his latest briefing, that each one stands for “a person, a story”. As of late Monday, confirmed cases were nearing 99 million, and yet another grim milestone as 100 million cases looms.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sri Lanka: ‘Forced’ cremation of COVID victims’ bodies must stop - UN rights experts
The Sri Lankan Government should end its policy of compulsorily cremating victims of COVID-19, independent UN human rights experts said on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Healthier world means  ‘safer America’ Tedros stresses, as UN-led vaccine initiative announces deal for 40 million doses 
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday announced the signing of an advance purchase agreement securing up to 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine, under the UN-led COVAX equitable vaccine supply programme.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic will not end for anyone, ‘until it ends for everyone’ 
The COVID-19 pandemic “will not end for anyone, until it ends for everyone”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, advocating for an equitable and globally-coordinated vaccine distribution programme.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID ‘vaccine hoarding’ putting Africa at risk: WHO
Africa is in danger of being left behind in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines as countries in other regions strike bilateral deals, thus driving up prices, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fauci announces US intention to resume major role in global health
The United States’ top medical official said on Thursday that the US will now join the World Health Organization’s global initiative to help poorer nations overcome COVID-19, in addition to a raft of new measures in support of access to universal healthcare, such as abortion services.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news