Wednesday, 30 November, 2022
TopicWorld Health Organization (WHO)

Topic: World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO chief thanks PM Modi for helping set up Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Gujarat

The centre saw an investment of USD 250 million from India & aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine to improve the health of people and the planet, according to WHO.

WHO adds Pfizer’s 2-drug antiviral Paxlovid to Covid recommendations for high-risk patients

WHO Guideline Development Group recommends oral drug Paxlovid for patients with non-severe Covid-19 who are at high risk of hospitalisation.

Behind Modi & Dr Tedros’ smiles in Gujarat, India & WHO are at war over Covid deaths, Covaxin

WHO recently decided to suspend Covaxin procurement, and India has also been openly tussling with global health body over Covid mortality estimates.

Painful Guinea worm could soon be 1st disease eradicated without vaccine, just 14 cases in 2021

Cases of Guinea worm, a parasite that spreads in regions where people don’t have access to safe drinking water, were reported from just 4 countries in the past year.

Long road ahead to determine Covid origins, life after pandemic, says WHO chief scientist

In an interview with Bloomberg, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan says it would be 'foolish' to drop precautions as a variant can arise anywhere and we'd be back to square one.

Health ministry claims Covaxin has WHO approval for use in under-18s, but it doesn’t

The Union health ministry’s website claims that Covaxin has received Emergency Use Listing for 15-18-year-olds, but the WHO had noted in November that this was not the case.

Deaths from tuberculosis are on the rise for the first time in a decade, WHO survey shows

In 2020, two-thirds of new cases were in just eight countries: India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and South Africa.

WHO recommends antibody treatment for ‘high-risk’ Covid patients

According to WHO, combining casirivimab and imdevimab may reduce the risk of hospitalization and duration of symptoms in unvaccinated, older, or immunosuppressed patients.

New Mu variant of Covid could be more vaccine-resistant, WHO warns

According to WHO, Mu, also known as B.1.621, was first identified in Colombia in January 2021 & since then, several cases have been reported in South America & Europe.

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In Gujarat, voters want BJP’s alternative but not of Modi

After ruling Gujarat for 27 years, BJP knows how to shield election outcomes from ground realities such as people’s hardships, leaderless govt and corrupt bureaucracy.
File photo of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar | Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via Reuters

Modi govt asked by sanction-hit Russia for parts for key sectors, says report

Moscow has sent India a list of over 500 products including parts for cars, aircraft and trains for delivery as sanctions squeeze Russia's ability to keep vital industries running.

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Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.