Wednesday, 29 June, 2022
TopicWorld Health Organization (WHO)

Topic: World Health Organization (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.

WHO Covid database has many ‘dodgy journals’, 70 papers are by Indians

The 70 Indian research papers on Covid are among dozens from across the globe that were published in predatory or dodgy journals and are now being investigated by WHO. 

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File photo of Isha Ambani, daughter of billionaire Mukesh Ambani | Bloomberg

Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani to be named chair of Reliance retail

Isha Ambani, the current director of Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd., is expected to be announced as the chair as early as Wednesday.

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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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