World Health Organization (WHO)

  1. Dr Soumya Swaminathan - Chief Scientist, World Health Organisation

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    Video caption: Is vaccine inequity undermining the fight against Covid-19?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to chief scientist at the World Health Organisation Dr Soumya Swaminathan. Is vaccine inequity undermining the fight against Covid-19?

  2. Henrietta Lacks: The woman whose cells changed modern medicine

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    Video caption: The World Health Organization is honouring Henrietta Lacks's life and legacy

    The World Health Organization is honouring Henrietta Lacks's life and legacy.

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    Video caption: WHO recommends use of first proven malaria vaccine

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the vaccine could save tens of thousands of lives each year.

  4. Vaccine equity: WHO chief says Africa is 'left behind'

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Africa has been "left behind by the rest of the world" regarding coronavirus vaccines.

    Speaking at a press conference Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said only two countries in Africa had reached the WHO target to vaccinate 40% of their population by the end of 2021.

    He said that is the lowest of any region.

    Dr Tedros said more than 5.7 billion doses of coronavirus jabs had been administered globally but only 2% of those were given in Africa, and warned that if vaccines are not shared fairly the virus will have more chance to mutate.

    WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference
    Image caption: Dr Tedros said the virus will keep circulating if vaccine inequity persists
  5. WHO head urges rich nations to prioritise vaccine distribution

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    Image caption: Tedros Adhanom Ghrebreyesus says it's 'hugely uneven'

    The head of the World Health Organization has urged wealthy nations to focus on providing coronavirus vaccines to poorer countries, rather than booster shots for their own populations.

    Tedros Adhanom Ghrebreyesus said the distribution of vaccines was still "hugely uneven", at a time when the Delta variant was threatening to cause health systems to collapse.

    Dr Mike Ryan, WHO director of health emergencies, complained that rich countries were behaving selfishly - wanting to "have our cake and eat it, then make some more cake and eat that as well".

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    Video caption: WHO calls for better Covid monitoring of Euro 2020 fans

    The World Health Organization warns that Covid-19 is being spread by fans mixing away from stadiums.

  7. WHO calls for better monitoring of Euro 2020 fans

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    Video caption: WHO calls for better Covid monitoring of Euro 2020 fans

    The World Health Organization warns that Covid-19 is being spread by fans mixing away from stadiums.

  8. Ten-week Covid decline over in Europe, warns WHO

    Covid infections are rising in Europe and a decline in cases over the past 10 weeks has come to an end, the World Health Organization says.

    WHO Europe head Hans Kluge has warned of a "new wave in the WHO European region unless we remain disciplined", citing the spread of the Delta variant and an increase in mixing, travel and easing of restrictions.

    Portugal recorded its highest number of daily infections since February yesterday and Spain has seen a steep rise in its incidence rate among people in their twenties.

    Russia is struggling to cope with record numbers of Covid deaths: today it reported 672 deaths in the past 24 hours, with infections surging partly because of a poor take-up of Russian vaccines.

    A majority of the latest infections in Finland have been blamed on supporters returning home from St Petersburg, where cases of the Delta variant are surging.

    But infection rates in Germany are still very low: another 892 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, and the incidence rate in the past week is down to 5.1 cases per 100,000 people.

    In the UK on Wednesday, 26,068 new cases were reported - the highest figure since 29 January.