National Newswatch

WHO considers declaring monkeypox a global health emergency

Jun 23 2022 — Maria Cheng, The Associated Press — LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization convenes its emergency committee Thursday to consider if the spiraling outbreak of monkeypox warrants being declared a global emergency. But some experts say the WHO’s decision to act only after the disease spilled into the West could entrench the grotesque inequities that arose between rich and poor countries […]

Experts on WHO team say search for COVID origins has stalled

Aug 25 2021 — Maria Cheng, The Associated Press — LONDON (AP) — The international scientists dispatched to China by the World Health Organization to find out where the coronavirus came from said Wednesday the search has stalled and warned that the window of opportunity for solving the mystery is “closing fast.” Meanwhile, a U.S. intelligence review ordered up by President Joe Biden proved inconclusive […]

Immunized but banned: EU says not all COVID vaccines equal

Jul 13 2021 — Maria Cheng, The Associated Press — LONDON (AP) — After Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor and his wife received two doses of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria, they assumed they would be free to travel this summer to a European destination of their choice. They were wrong. The couple — and millions of other people vaccinated through a U.N.-backed effort — could find […]

WHO chief concedes ‘slow’ response to Congo sex abuse claims

May 28 2021 — Maria Cheng, The Associated Press — LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged the U.N. health agency's response to sexual abuse allegations involving employees who worked in Congo during an Ebola outbreak was “slow,” following an Associated Press investigation that found senior WHO management knew of multiple cases of misconduct. As the WHO’s highest decision-making body meets […]

EXPLAINER: How worrying is the variant first seen in India?

May 18 2021 — Maria Cheng, The Associated Press — LONDON (AP) — For the first time in months, people across England are meeting indoors at pubs, restaurants, cinemas, gyms and elsewhere as coronavirus rules were relaxed this week. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Britons to be cautious and some of the scientists advising him say restrictions might need to be reimposed quickly because […]

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