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WHO adds Janssen vaccine to list of safe and effective emergency tools against COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the COVID-19 vaccine Ad26.COV2.S, developed by Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), for emergency use in all countries and for COVAX roll-out. The decision comes on the back of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) authorization, which was announced yesterday.“Every new, safe and effective tool against COVID-19 is another step closer to controlling the pandemic,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “But the hope offered by these tools will not materialize...

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ACT-Accelerator releases prioritised strategy and budget for 2021 to change the course of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic

Launched in April 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO), European Commission, France and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACT Accelerator is a partnership of leading public health agencies with equity at its heart.In under a year, the ACT Accelerator has driven real progress to accelerate the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has accelerated the development of COVID-19 tests, treatments, vaccines and health systems and transformed the ability to tackle COVID-19 on a global scale, but...

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14 days to World TB Day 2021

14 days to World TB Day 2021600 days to reach 2022 global TB targetsEvery day counts to save more livesThe clock is ticking! In just fourteen days, millions around the globe will come together to commemorate World TB Day on 24 March. The theme of World TB Day 2021 - ‘The Clock is Ticking’ –conveys the sense that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders. This is especially critical...

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COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund marks first anniversary and appeals for continued support

The fund has raised more than US$ 242 million from more than 661 000 individuals, corporations, and other organizations to support WHO and partners’ global COVID-19 response.The fund helps WHO to deploy lifesaving supplies, information and research to countries across the globe.An additional US$ 1.96 billion is needed for WHO in 2021 to continue coordinating global pandemic response, more than 60% will go towards requirements for the Access to COVID-19 tools, including diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ One year ago WHO...

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WHO signs MoU with Women in Global Health on International Women’s Day

Women deliver health. Women comprise almost 70% of health and care workers globally. Yet, women are not equally represented in decision making positions. WHO has been working with partners to redress this gap and ensure that the women who are delivering health are included at all levels of decision making and leadership.  Today, March 8th, International Women’s Day with the theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, and,...

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No-fault compensation programme for COVID-19 vaccines is a world first

New programme makes compensation available to eligible individuals in 92 low- and middle-income countries without need to resort to law courtsThis is the first and only global vaccine injury compensation mechanismThe programme is funded by a small levy on each dose supported by the Gavi COVAX AMC   The World Health Organization (WHO) and Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB), through ESIS Inc., a Chubb company, signed an agreement on behalf of the COVAX Facility on 17 February 2021 for the administration of...

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Improving understanding of and response to infodemics during public health emergencies

Following the first global infodemiology conference held in July 2020, WHO and partners coordinated a joint call for papers  with 5 academic journals representing different scientific fields, all related to components of the science behind managing infodemics. This week the first of these academic journals published its special infodemic feature. The research findings contribute to filling the knowledge gap identified through the WHO public health research agenda for managing infodemics released earlier this month. In the issue published by Health Security, you’ll find original peer-reviewed articles that address practice- and research-based analysis of misinformation during...

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World Waking Up To Vaccine Equity

At the halfway point in the World Health Organization and Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ 100-day challenge, a movement of people and organizations is now uniting together under the banner of vaccine equity. WHO welcomes the new commitments made by France, Germany, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America to COVAX and equitable allocation of vaccines. Backed by 190 countries and economies, COVAX is the global mechanism best positioned...

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G7 leaders commit US$ 4.3 billion to finance global equitable access to tests, treatments and vaccines in 2021

The ACT Accelerator partnership welcomes over US$ 4.3 billion of new investments from the USA, Germany, the European Commission, Japan, and Canada to fund the development and equitable rollout of the tests, treatments and vaccines needed to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.Today’s commitments bring the amount committed to date to US$ 10.3 billion, leaving a funding gap of US$ 22.9 billion to fully fund the ACT Accelerator’s work in 2021. The UK’s commitment to share vaccine surplus...

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WHO Director-General’s statement on Tanzania and COVID-19

We extend our condolences to our Tanzanian sisters and brothers on the recent passing of a senior Tanzanian leader as well as the government’s Chief Secretary.In late January, I joined Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Director for the African Region, in urging Tanzania to scale public health measures against COVID-19 and to prepare for vaccination. I also encouraged the sharing of data in light of reports of COVID-19 cases among travellers.Since then I have spoken with several authorities in Tanzania...

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