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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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Ten pivotal moments of the U.S. election year [Video]

Ten pivotal moments of the U.S. election year

[NFA] From Trump’s ‘bleach’ moment to Biden’s early campaigning, here are ten top moments that have shaped a dizzying election year. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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WHO warns hospitals struggling as COVID-19 surge in Europe continues [Video]

WHO warns hospitals struggling as COVID-19 surge in Europe continues

The WHO has warned hospitals and intensive care units are running close to or above capacity in “too many countries”, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to surge across Europe.View on euronews

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New COVID-19 records across Europe as restrictions reimposed [Video]

New COVID-19 records across Europe as restrictions reimposed

European countries tighten COVID-19 curbs as WHO urges nations to enforce quarantine measures to contain new surges.

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Ireland, Wales to re-enter lockdown as COVID-19 surges in Europe [Video]

Ireland, Wales to re-enter lockdown as COVID-19 surges in Europe

European countries tighten COVID-19 curbs as WHO urges nations to enforce quarantine measures to contain new surges.

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John Oliver Calls Out Trump Over Plans to Cut Ties With World Health Organization | THR News [Video]

John Oliver Calls Out Trump Over Plans to Cut Ties With World Health Organization | THR News

John Oliver on Sunday's 'Last Week Tonight' took a deep dive into President Trump's issues with the World Health Organization or, as Oliver called it, "one of the president's favorite punching bags."

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Paris heads into curfew as Europe battles soaring COVID caseload [Video]

Paris heads into curfew as Europe battles soaring COVID caseload

World Health Organization says a 44 percent rise in European cases in a week is ‘very concerning’.

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COVID-19: Restrictions tighten further in Europe amid second wave of infections [Video]

COVID-19: Restrictions tighten further in Europe amid second wave of infections

The World Health Organization has warned that intensive care units in some European cities could reach maximum capacity in the coming weeks if infections keep rising.

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Remdesivir has little effect on COVID deaths: WHO [Video]

Remdesivir has little effect on COVID deaths: WHO

Anti-viral medication remdesivir was found to have little or no effect on COVID-19 patients' length of hospital stay or chances of survival, according to a clinical trial by the World Health..

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YouTube to remove videos with COVID-19 vaccine misinformation [Video]

YouTube to remove videos with COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Video sharing platform YouTube announced on Wednesday that it will remove videos containing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. According to The Verge, YouTube announced that the content about a vaccine..

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WHO Chief Slams ‘Unethical’ Use of Herd Immunity as COVID-19 Response [Video]

WHO Chief Slams ‘Unethical’ Use of Herd Immunity as COVID-19 Response

On Monday, the head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, spoke about COVID-19 during a virtual press briefing.

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‘No new answers’ says WHO as it reports record 350,000 daily coronavirus cases [Video]

‘No new answers’ says WHO as it reports record 350,000 daily coronavirus cases

The record daily coronavirus tally announced by the World Health Organization includes more than 109,000 cases from Europe.

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COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan chairs WHO Executive Board special session [Video]

COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan chairs WHO Executive Board special session

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan presided over World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board special session on COVID-19 response on October 05. Harsh Vardhan presided the meeting via a virtual..

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Therapeutic, vaccines for whole world is only way out of this pandemic: Harsh Vardhan [Video]

Therapeutic, vaccines for whole world is only way out of this pandemic: Harsh Vardhan

World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board Chairman and Union Health Minister of India, Dr Harsh Vardhan on October 05 attended 5th special session of WHO executive board via video conferencing...

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WHO Director-General wishes Trump a swift Covid-19 recovery [Video]

WHO Director-General wishes Trump a swift Covid-19 recovery

The World Health Organization's Director-General wished "a full and swift"recovery to U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania on Friday,after Trump announced on Twitter that he and the first..

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1 mln COVID-19 deaths "a very sad milestone"- WHO [Video]

1 mln COVID-19 deaths "a very sad milestone"- WHO

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that one million deaths from COVID-19 was "a very sad milestone", after many victims suffered "a terribly difficult and lonely death" and their families..

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Rapid COVID-19 tests that give results 'in minutes' to be rolled out in poorer countries [Video]

Rapid COVID-19 tests that give results 'in minutes' to be rolled out in poorer countries

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed the tests, which he said provide reliable results in approximately 15 to 30 minutes, as “good news” in the fight against COVID-19.

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Europe has 'a lot of work to do' to prevent COVID-19 transmission, WHO expert warns [Video]

Europe has 'a lot of work to do' to prevent COVID-19 transmission, WHO expert warns

Amid rapidly rising cases in Europe, the World Health Organization's Dr Mike Ryan said that Europe has a lot of work to do and said a national lockdown was only a "last resort".View on euronews

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WHO Warns of 'Alarming Rates' of Coronavirus Transmission in Europe [Video]

WHO Warns of 'Alarming Rates' of Coronavirus Transmission in Europe

Hans Kluge, the regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO), made the statement during a press conference on Thursday.

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WHO praises India's Aarogya Setu app, says it helped in identifying COVID-19 clusters

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WHO invites Covid vaccine manufacturers in late stage trials for emergency use listing

The World Health Organisation has made the first call inviting manufacturers of Covid-19 vaccine candidates in late phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials to seek from it prequalification and/or emergency..
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WHO chief hails PM Modi's assurance of India's vaccine production prowess to help nations fight Covid

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance that India will use its vaccine production capacity in helping nations fight..
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Sanjay Raut questions Arjun Ram Meghwal's endorsement of 'Bhabhiji Papad'

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut attacked 'some Rajya Sabha MPs' for raising questions over Maharashtra government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said that even the World Health Organisation..
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WHO says India in talks to join 'COVAX' vaccine scheme

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Fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccine a big challenge: WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan


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'Compounders know better than doctors': Sanjay Raut in soup over remarks, IMA writes to RS Chairman

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WHO chief scientist honoured with Tamil Nadu CM's special award

Chief Scientist of World Health Organisation, Soumya Swaminathan was on Saturday conferred with the Tamil Nadu chief minister's special award, in recognition of her advisory role in combating the..
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WHO chief scientist bats for focus on contact tracing, testing in fight against Covid-19

Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Thursday said that the chief scientist of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Soumya Swaminathan, has told her that the battle against Covid-19 was long drawn and..
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Priority is when & how to reopen schools, says WHO chief scientist


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Covid-19: India's testing rate lower than other nations, says WHO Chief Scientist


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WHO suggests Ahmedabd Covid-19 measures as case study: Gujarat government

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appreciated the management of Covid-19 in Gujarat's Ahmedabad and suggested to take up various measures being implemented in the city as a case study for rest of..
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China cannot threaten countries and bully them in the Himalayas: Pompeo

“You can't go make claims for maritime regions that you have no lawful claim to. You can't threaten countries and bully them in the Himalayas. You can't engage in cover-ups and co-opt international..
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Airborne spread is a possibility, use masks, says CSIR chief

Amid recent acknowledgement from the World Health Organisation (WHO) over emerging evidence of airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, the head of India’s premier R&D body has said that airborne..
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22 Indian states meet WHO norm of testing: Health min

Around 22 states in India are conducting at least 140 Covid-19 tests per day per million population, meeting the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria of “comprehensive” testing, the health..
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WHO lauds Dharavi’s model in Covid-19 fight

Mumbai’s Dharavi area on Friday received a mention by World Health Organisation (WHO) for being successful in breaking the chain of the Covid-19 virus. Dharavi has consistently reported a slowing..
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WHO lauds Dharavi model's success in breaking COVID-19 transmission chain

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke of Dharavi in Mumbai during a media briefing on Friday.
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WHO launds Dharavi model's success, says it shows COVID-19 can still be brought back under control

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WHO says airborne Covid transmission a concern but droplets appear dominant

Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the Covid-19 pandemic at the WHO, said on Friday that airborne transmission of the new coronavirus had always been a concern but that droplets appeared to be the..
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Masks should be compulsory for all: CSIR DG after WHO confirms 'emerging evidence' of airborne Covid-19 spread

As the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirms "emerging evidence" of airborne transmission of Covid-19, CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) Director-General Dr Shekhar Mande on..
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WHO lauds India's efforts in Covid-19 fight, says focus should be on data management

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has lauded India's efforts in tackling Covid-19 but said that the country should also focus on data management originating from the pandemic.According to WHO,..
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WHO asks South-East Asia region countries to pay attention to mental health, suicide prevention

With the coronavirus pandemic still accelerating, impacting lives and livelihoods and causing fear and anxiety among people, the World Health Organization on Thursday called upon countries in the..
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Amidst focus on WHO, India appoints new envoy to UN bodies in Geneva

Indra Mani Pandey will have an important task at hand, given the calls are growing for reforms at the WHO due to its failure to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic
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WHO urges rapid dexamethasone production for coronavirus patients

The World Health Organization called Monday for a rapid increase in production of the steroid dexamethasone, after British clinical trials found it has life-saving potential for critically-ill..
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Steroid should be kept for serious coronavirus cases, WHO says

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Disagreement on WHO hindering U.N. Security Council conference: RIA

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WHO moves to update COVID-19 guidance after 'great news' in drug study

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WHO sees 'great news' in steroid's trial results in COVID-19

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Around 9% of Guinea-Bissau health workers have been infected with COVID-19

More than 170 of Guinea-Bissau's 2,000 health workers have contracted COVID-19, a World Health Organization expert said on Tuesday, warning that hospitals were close to being overwhelmed.
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WHO Americas director says coronavirus pandemic still accelerating in the region

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the Americas is fast approaching 4 million with almost 204,000 deaths, and the pandemic continues to accelerate, World Health Organization (WHO)..
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Amid U.S. standoff, WHO chief to address Chinese university graduates

The head of the WHO is due to give a speech to Beijing university students this week, as the U.N. body seeks to manage a resurgence of the coronavirus in China amid hostility from its biggest donor,..
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WHO chief to speak at top Chinese university graduation ceremony

The director-general of the World Health Organization is scheduled to give a commencement speech to students at the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing, amid accusations from the United States that he..
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China's new virus outbreak needs further testing after 'hypothesis' on cause: WHO

The origins of a new cluster of coronavirus infections in Beijing are uncertain, World Health Organization officials said on Monday, but the claim that it might have been caused by imports or packaging..
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WHO says 'hypothesis' about cause of China's new virus outbreak needs further testing

The origins of a new cluster of coronavirus infections in Beijing are uncertain, World Health Organization officials said on Monday, describing the claim that it might have been caused by imports or..
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WHO's Kluge warns against further lifting of lockdown in England: Guardian

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Coronavirus hitting the Americas hardest says World Health Organization

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Brazil's COVID-19 deaths surge past UK, WHO says hospital system coping

Brazil's COVID-19 death toll overtook Britain's on Friday to become the second highest in the world with 41,828 dead, but the World Health Organization said the nation's health system was standing up..
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