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WHO urged to develop standardised system for naming new COVID-19 variants

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Committee (EC) on COVID-19 has urged the UN health body to develop a standardised system for naming new variants of the virus that avoids geographical markers. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images It is however noted that the WHO has ...

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Hundreds of thousands of people leave Britain due to pandemic

Boris Johnson

Hundreds of thousands of people have left Britain due to the effects of the pandemic on the economy, according to a study reported on Friday, January 15, 2021. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali There is an “unprecedented exodus” of workers born outside Britain, researchers at London’s Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence said. “It seems that ...

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WHO, Africa CDC to deliver 900m doses of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) through COVAX facility and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) are expected to deliver close to 900 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa by 2021. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, disclosed this at WHO first online press briefing for 2021 ...

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WHO team arrives in Wuhan in search of novel coronavirus origins

Wuhan City

An international team of experts tasked with studying the origin of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, officials confirmed on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Wuhan City in China Their arrival was delayed after a protracted tug-of-war about the trip. Upon arrival, the researchers were tested for the coronavirus and asked to go into ...

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Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 3.1m – Africa CDC

Dr. John Nkengasong

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent reached 3,107,979 as of Wednesday, January 13, 2021, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. Africa CDC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong According to the continental disease control and prevention agency’s Africa COVID-19 dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 74,444 as of Wednesday ...

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90m confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, says WHO

Coronavirus

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has surpassed 90 million, reaching 90,054,813 as of Wednesday, January 13, 2021, according to the latest numbers from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Coronavirus Globally, as of 9:47 am CET (0847 GMT) on Wednesday, there have been 90,054,813 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,945,610 deaths, reported to WHO. The U.S. has remained at the ...

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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions drop by 10% in 2020 as coronavirus slows economy

US road

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell 10.3% in 2020, the largest drop in emissions in the post-World War II era, as the coronavirus crippled the economy, according to a report released Tuesday, January 12, 2020 by the Rhodium Group. A deserted road in the US at the peak of the pandemic The economic fallout from the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 – ...

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Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 3m – Africa CDC

Dr. John Nkengasong

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent has reached 3,021,769 as of Sunday morning, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. Africa CDC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong According to the continental disease control and prevention agency’s Africa COVID-19 dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 72,121. A total of 2,450,492 ...

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U.S. reports over 4,000 daily coronavirus deaths for first time

Donald Trump

The United States (U.S.) reported more than 4,000 Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in one day for the first time on Thursday, January 7, 2021 as health systems struggle to cope with the number of sick and dying patients. President Donald Trump of the US A total of 4,033 people died in connection with the disease within 24 hours, according to the ...

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EU to purchase more 300m doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, research claims it might be effective against new strains

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission has renewed a contract with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech to purchase an additional 300 million doses of their vaccine against the coronavirus disease, President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday, January 8, 2021. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission “As you know, we have right now access to 300 million doses of ...

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