SARS-CoV-2 variants could be named after star constellations if Greek letters run out: WHO

London, Aug 8 (UNI/Sputnik) Future variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, could be named after star constellations when Greek letters run out, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) technical chief for COVID-19, told The Telegraph.

More transparency needed in investigating coronavirus origins: WHO Director-General

London, Jun 13 (UNI) Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called on China to cooperate on the ongoing investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus. 
"As you know we will need cooperation from the Chines

WHO labels COVID variants with Greek letters

Geneva, June 1 (UNI) COVID-19 variants previously labeled with their scientific names will now be renamed with Greek letters, the World Health Organization said. 
The scientific names of the COVID-19 variants are often difficult to say, hard to remember and can create

Deaths related to long working hours rising : WHO

Geneva,  (UNI) Long working hours led to 7,45,000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016, a 29 per cent increase since 2000, according to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization published in Environment I

WHO recommends Moderna COVID vaccine for emergency use

Geneva, May 1(UNI) The World Health Organization (WHO) said it had listed the COVID-19 vaccine of US pharmaceutical company Moderna as recommended for emergency use.
"Today, WHO listed the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA 1273) for emergency use, making it the fifth vac

Apply all tools, take urgent action to prevent further COVID-19 infections: WHO

New Delhi, Apr 16 (UNI) With COVID-19 cases rising steeply, WHO on Friday urged countries in South-East Asia Region to apply all tools to prevent further infections and save lives.
“Cases are rising for the past several weeks. These are worrying trends as we continue

WHO may safety assessment of AstraZeneca vaccine in two days: Official

Geneva,(UNI) The World Health Organization (WHO) may update its safety assessment on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine within the next two days, informed an official on Tuesday.
The director of the Regulation and Prequalification Department at the WHO Regerio Gaspar said at

WHO says China,s Sinopharm, Sinovac vaccines meet efficacy standards

Geneva, Apr 1 (UNI) Clinical trial data on Chinese Coronavirus vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac meets efficacy standards set by the World Health Organization, the UN agency's lead expert on immunization said. 
The vaccine makers shared their data with the WHO's

Global COVID-19 cases on rise after long decline: WHO

Geneva, Mar 3 (UNI) The number of new global cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has risen over the past week after a long decline, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement.

"Over 2.6 million new cases were reported last week, a 7

WHO experts say benefits of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine outweigh risks

Geneva, (UNI) The World Health Organization's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) said on Wednesday that the benefits of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University Coronavirus vaccine outweigh the potential risks. 
"The data reviewed by WHO support the con