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World Health Organization: Specialized agency of the United Nations
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency's governing structure and principles, states its main objective as "the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health." It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with six semi-autonomous regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.

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WHO Europe: Very important for leaders to build trust with people as lockdown eased [Video]

WHO Europe: Very important for leaders to build trust with people as lockdown eased

Trust in politicians and senior advisers will be crucial for government messaging to hit home as lockdown measures are eased, the regional director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Europe has..

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Gru And His Minions Urge Everyone To Wash Hands And Keep A Safe Distance Apart [Video]

Gru And His Minions Urge Everyone To Wash Hands And Keep A Safe Distance Apart

Gru and his yellow Minions from the “Despicable Me” movie franchise are urging people to keep their distance. The beloved animated characters are reminding people to keep safe and help fight the..

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COVID-19: CSIR DG supports ICMR over WHO's decision on HCQ clinical trials [Video]

COVID-19: CSIR DG supports ICMR over WHO's decision on HCQ clinical trials

While commenting on World Health Organisation's decision to temporarily suspend clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine, Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Shekhar..

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WHO Expects Hydroxychloroquine Safety Findings In June [Video]

WHO Expects Hydroxychloroquine Safety Findings In June

The World Health Organization on Tuesday promised a swift review of data on hydroxychloroquine. This review should be available probably by mid-June, reports Reuters. Safety concerns prompted the group..

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WHO Warns World Could See A Pandemic Second Wave If Countries Re-Open Too Soon [Video]

WHO Warns World Could See A Pandemic Second Wave If Countries Re-Open Too Soon

The World Health Organization issued a warning on Monday to countries that are flattening their COVID-19 curve. It said countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an..

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WHO says South America new coronavirus 'epicentre' [Video]

WHO says South America new coronavirus 'epicentre'

Brazil, whose president has resisted restrictions, is the hardest-hit country in the region with over 330,890 cases.

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World Health Organisation: A Covid-19 vaccine is an important public good [Video]

World Health Organisation: A Covid-19 vaccine is an important public good

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that a vaccine is an important public good because it protects those who can't be immunised.

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'When India decides, it performs': Dr Harsh Vardhan at WHO's Executive Board session [Video]

'When India decides, it performs': Dr Harsh Vardhan at WHO's Executive Board session

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan took charge as the Chairman of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board. "When India decides, it performs. We eradicated polio and small pox in our..

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Harsh Vardhan takes charge as Chairman of WHO Executive Board [Video]

Harsh Vardhan takes charge as Chairman of WHO Executive Board

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan took charge as the chairman of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board. The 147th Executive Board meeting of the WHO held on May 22. Executive Board..

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WHO Reports Most Worldwide COVID-19 Cases in a Single Day [Video]

WHO Reports Most Worldwide COVID-19 Cases in a Single Day

On May 20, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that there had been 106,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours.

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WHO warns against use of hydroxycholoroqine to treat Covid-19 [Video]

WHO warns against use of hydroxycholoroqine to treat Covid-19

A World Health Organisation official has warned against the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19, following President Donald Trump's claim on May 19 that he was taking the..

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More European adolescents reporting mental health issues: WHO [Video]

More European adolescents reporting mental health issues: WHO

The World Health Organisation stressed that the response by the authorities to this growing problem "will echo for generations".View on euronews

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Coronavirus: Trumps accuses WHO of favouring China and makes funding threat [Video]

Coronavirus: Trumps accuses WHO of favouring China and makes funding threat

US President Donald Trump says he is prepared to permanently withdraw funds to the World Health Organization in 30 daysView on euronews

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Trump threatens permanent freeze of WHO funding [Video]

Trump threatens permanent freeze of WHO funding

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider the..

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Trump Rejects Invitation To Speak At Virtual WHO Gathering [Video]

Trump Rejects Invitation To Speak At Virtual WHO Gathering

The World Health Organization invited President Donald Trump to address a virtual gathering but he denied. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar echoed Trump’s past statements of WHO as the..

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WHO promises transparency in pandemic review [Video]

WHO promises transparency in pandemic review

The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday that an independent evaluation of the global coronavirus response would be launched as soon as possible, and China backed such a review. Emer..

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WHO chief to review its pandemic handling, vows transparency [Video]

WHO chief to review its pandemic handling, vows transparency

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his promise during a virtual meeting of the WHO's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, at which Chinese President Xi Jinping defended his..

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China backs independent review of WHO [Video]

China backs independent review of WHO

Chinese President Xi Jinping is backing calls for an independent review of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic under the World Health Organization, but only after the virus is under..

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Merkel calls for world to act together to solve pandemic [Video]

Merkel calls for world to act together to solve pandemic

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic would be overcome more quickly if the world works together to tackle it, adding that it was necessary to look at whether the..

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WHO Calls On Medical Pros To Report On Scary New Coronavirus-Related Illness Affecting Children [Video]

WHO Calls On Medical Pros To Report On Scary New Coronavirus-Related Illness Affecting Children

The World Health Organization is asking medical workers to report cases of a newly-identified inflammation condition affecting children and teens. According to Business Insider, the condition appears..

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'We will take all the necessary decisions at the right time' - IOC President Bach [Video]

'We will take all the necessary decisions at the right time' - IOC President Bach

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said the IOC would "take all the necessary decisions at the right time" about the staging of the delayed Tokyo Olympic Games in July 2021. Lauren..

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The World Health Organization Warns 'This Virus May Never Go Away' [Video]

The World Health Organization Warns 'This Virus May Never Go Away'

The WHO announced on Wednesday that the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 could become endemic. Endemic viruses are regularly found among particular people or in a certain area. The WHO went on to..

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WHO official: European deaths spike since March linked to COVID-19

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WHO says the Americas are new COVID-19 epicenter as deaths surge in Latin America

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Exclusive: Indonesia, major advocate of hydroxychloroquine, told by WHO to stop using it

The World Health Organization has urged Indonesia, one of the world's biggest advocates of two malaria drugs to treat the coronavirus, to suspend such treatment over safety concerns, a source familiar..
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WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where COVID-19 declining

Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
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WHO pauses trial of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns

The World Health Organization has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.
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WHO fears 'silent' virus epidemic unless Africa prioritizes testing

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China says WHO chief has done a good job

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South America a new COVID epicenter, Africa reaches 100,000 cases

South America has become a new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a relatively low death toll, the World..
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7 states/UTs to remain shut if WHO advisory is followed

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80 million children at risk of measles, polio as vaccines disrupted - WHO, UNICEF

Some 80 million children worldwide could be at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases like diphtheria, measles and polio due to disruption of routine immunisation during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.N...
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U.S. demands review of WHO's handling of pandemic starts now, seeks reforms

The United States called on the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday to begin work immediately on investigating the source of the novel coronavirus, as well as its handling of the response to the..
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Harsh Vardhan takes charge as WHO Executive Board chairman

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WHO has worked 'day and night' on pandemic, funding lags: Tedros tells board

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WHO reports most coronavirus cases in a day as cases approach five million

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WHO chief for the Americas voices hope for continued U.S. support as virus surges

The World Health Organization's director for the Americas warned on Tuesday of a coronavirus surge across the region and voiced hope for continuing U.S. help to tackle the outbreak, despite President..
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WHO chief says he will keep leading virus response after Trump threat

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Trump: WHO must clean up its act or U.S. will no longer be involved

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the World Health Organization had to improve how it treated the United States and other countries or Washington would pull out.
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The Chinese envoy to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday denounced the support shown by the United States and others to Taiwan during its annual ministerial assembly and said that was..
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The World Health Organization will continue to lead the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic which "threatens to tear at the fabric of international cooperation", its chief said on Tuesday.
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The United States rejected language about reproductive healthcare and intellectual property rights in a World Health Organization resolution on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, hours after..
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Italy's PM says entering next pandemic phase with 'cautious optimism'

Italy's prime minister told the World Health Organization on Tuesday that he was cautiously optimistic about the next phase of the pandemic as the country eases coronavirus measures.
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EU resolution on pandemic adopted at WHO assembly: official

A resolution on the need to investigate the global response to the coronavirus pandemic won endorsement at the World Health Organisation's annual ministerial meeting on Tuesday.
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Trump threatens to halt WHO funding, review U.S. membership

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