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# world health organization

This year
# Earthquake
Death toll from Turkey-Syria quake rises above 35,000 as Ireland gives extra €8 million in aid
Turkish media have reported a handful of people were still being pulled from the rubble.
# pandemic
Three years on, WHO says Covid-19 is still a global emergency
The WHO first declared a so-called public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020.
Last year
# monkeypox
'Not the only transmission route': Calling monkeypox an STI may create false sense of security
Speaking to The Explainer podcast, Dr Cillian de Gascun said it should not be overlooked that household contacts and healthcare workers are also at risk.
# monkeypox
Monkeypox declared global health emergency by World Health Organization
69 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Ireland so far.
# Meeting
WHO to reconvene monkeypox emergency committee
There have been 39 monkeypox cases confirmed in Ireland so far.
# excess mortality
WHO says Covid pandemic caused deaths of nearly 15 million people around world
The figure includes deaths directly associated with Covid as well as those due to the pandemic’s impact on the health system and society.
# pandemic
WHO warns of obesity 'epidemic' in Europe, links problem to Covid lockdowns
Obesity rates in the region have ballooned by 138% in the past five decades.
# dr tedros
What will Covid-19 bring next? The World Health Organization outlines three scenarios
Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, said the virus still has “a lot of energy left”.
# Afghanistan
WHO meets Taliban to discuss 'dire' health and humanitarian crisis
A Taliban delegation is in Geneva, Switzerland for a week of talks.
# Coronavirus
Europe is heading for Covid-19 'ceasefire' that could lead to 'enduring peace', WHO says
This comes as a growing number of European nations lift almost all Covid-19 restrictions.
# Coronavirus
WHO says pandemic 'nowhere near over' as France and Germany report record cases
Germany’s cases soared past 100,000 and France reported nearly half a million cases yesterday.
All time
# vaccine equity
Irish NGOs worried booster roll-outs will lead to further vaccine inequality globally
Without intellectual property rights waivers to allow developing countries to produce their own jabs, demand will continue to outstrip supply, they said.
# omicron
WHO warns Omicron spreading at unprecedented rate, 'probably' in most countries
Elsewhere, drugmaker Pfizer said its coronavirus pill was effective against the variant.
# Colombia
WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named 'Mu'
‘Mu’ was first identified in Colombia in January.
# Covid-19
Joe Biden says China still withholding 'critical' info on Covid-19 origins
The US intelligence community has concluded it did not believe the virus was a bio-weapon.
# Disease
Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the Ebola-like Marburg virus
Guinea has recorded its first known case of the disease.
Covid-19 variants to be given Greek alphabet names
Experts working with the World Health Organization developed the new names.
# world health organization
Excess deaths up to three times higher than reported Covid toll - WHO
More than 3.4 million deaths have officially been attributed to Covid-19, but the number of extra deaths this during that time is 2-3 times higher.
# b.1.617
WHO labels Covid-19 variant spreading in India 'of concern at the global level'
The World Health Organization also said there was evidence to suggest increased transmissibility of this variant.
# Coronavirus
Animals were likely source of Covid-19, joint WHO-China report indicates
The study says transmission from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario.
# Coronavirus
WHO team visits virus lab in Wuhan as part of Covid-19 probe
The lab is at the heart of a controversial and unproven theory that it could have been the source of the first coronavirus outbreak.
# China
WHO team visits animal disease centre in Wuhan
The team members were wearing full protective gear during the visit.
# China
WHO team visits second Wuhan hospital that had early Covid-19 patients
Scientists plan to visit hospitals and markets like the Huanan Seafood Market that was linked to many of the first cases.
# Investigation
WHO team visits Wuhan hospital as it begins fieldwork into origins of pandemic
The World Health Organization team met with Chinese officials after exiting quarantine yesterday.
# China
WHO team to start Covid-19 probe in Wuhan as world watches
Washington has called for a “robust and clear” investigation.
# covax
WHO agrees deal to supply initial 40 million Covid vaccine doses to poorer countries
“We still have a lot of work to do, but the light at the end of the tunnel continues to grow brighter,” the WHO chief said today.
# Coronavirus
UK strain of Covid-19 now in at least 60 countries, WHO confirms
Incoming US President Joe Biden focused on healing at a memorial for victims on the eve of his inauguration.
# covid19
WHO chief says 'me-first' attitude to vaccines among high income countries will prolong pandemic
39 million doses have been administered in 49 higher income countries, while just 25 doses have been given in one low income country.
# Coronavirus
Independent expert panel finds WHO and China could've acted faster during early stages of pandemic
“A largely hidden epidemic contributed to the global spread,” the expert panel found.
# China
WHO team investigating coronavirus origins denied entry into China
Ten WHO experts were due to arrive in China this week.
# restrictions
WHO urges stronger action to contain new virus strain
Nine cases of the new strain have been reported in Denmark, as well as one case in the Netherlands and another in Australia.
# Visiting
WHO warns people against gathering at Christmas as it is ‘not worth the risk’
The Taoiseach said yesterday that people in Ireland should expect new restrictions “before the new year”.
# world health organization
WHO urges families to wear face masks during Christmas gatherings
It also said that it expects a resurgence of Covid-19 in early 2021.
# vaccine news
WHO warns against complacency, saying 'vaccines do not equal zero Covid'
The Taoiseach Micheál Martin said earlier today that vaccine prospects will “motivate” people to continue following Covid-19 rules.
# Covid-19
Mike Ryan says there's a 'genuine desire to offer people the hope of Christmas' but risks remain
Dr Ryan said he doesn’t “envy” the Irish government and there are “no easy answers”.
# christmas 2020
No 'zero-risk' options to celebrate Christmas this year, WHO says
“There’s lower risk or higher risk – but there is a risk,” Maria Van Kerkhove said.
# nine months
Global Covid-19 death toll passes one million - but the true figure is likely higher
The US has so far recorded the most deaths from the virus.
Rapid Covid-19 tests to be rolled out worldwide in low and middle-income countries
The WHO said the tests “will enable expansion of testing, particularly in countries that do not have extensive laboratory facilities or trained health workers.”
# Coronavirus
WHO warns Europe could see rise in daily Covid-19 deaths next month as global cases near 29 million
Israel has reimposed a national lockdown as countries battle new surges.
# pandemic
WHO urges 'dialogue' and engagement with virus protesters
Emergencies chief Mike Ryan said: “It is really important that governments don’t overreact to people protesting against measures.”