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World Health Organization: Specialized agency of the United Nations
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency's governing structure and principles, states its main objective as "the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health." It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with six semi-autonomous regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.

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Ten pivotal moments of the U.S. election year [Video]

Ten pivotal moments of the U.S. election year

[NFA] From Trump’s ‘bleach’ moment to Biden’s early campaigning, here are ten top moments that have shaped a dizzying election year. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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WHO warns hospitals struggling as COVID-19 surge in Europe continues [Video]

WHO warns hospitals struggling as COVID-19 surge in Europe continues

The WHO has warned hospitals and intensive care units are running close to or above capacity in “too many countries”, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to surge across Europe.View on euronews

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New COVID-19 records across Europe as restrictions reimposed [Video]

New COVID-19 records across Europe as restrictions reimposed

European countries tighten COVID-19 curbs as WHO urges nations to enforce quarantine measures to contain new surges.

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Ireland, Wales to re-enter lockdown as COVID-19 surges in Europe [Video]

Ireland, Wales to re-enter lockdown as COVID-19 surges in Europe

European countries tighten COVID-19 curbs as WHO urges nations to enforce quarantine measures to contain new surges.

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John Oliver Calls Out Trump Over Plans to Cut Ties With World Health Organization | THR News [Video]

John Oliver Calls Out Trump Over Plans to Cut Ties With World Health Organization | THR News

John Oliver on Sunday's 'Last Week Tonight' took a deep dive into President Trump's issues with the World Health Organization or, as Oliver called it, "one of the president's favorite punching bags."

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Paris heads into curfew as Europe battles soaring COVID caseload [Video]

Paris heads into curfew as Europe battles soaring COVID caseload

World Health Organization says a 44 percent rise in European cases in a week is ‘very concerning’.

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COVID-19: Restrictions tighten further in Europe amid second wave of infections [Video]

COVID-19: Restrictions tighten further in Europe amid second wave of infections

The World Health Organization has warned that intensive care units in some European cities could reach maximum capacity in the coming weeks if infections keep rising.

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Remdesivir has little effect on COVID deaths: WHO [Video]

Remdesivir has little effect on COVID deaths: WHO

Anti-viral medication remdesivir was found to have little or no effect on COVID-19 patients' length of hospital stay or chances of survival, according to a clinical trial by the World Health..

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YouTube to remove videos with COVID-19 vaccine misinformation [Video]

YouTube to remove videos with COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Video sharing platform YouTube announced on Wednesday that it will remove videos containing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. According to The Verge, YouTube announced that the content about a vaccine..

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WHO Chief Slams ‘Unethical’ Use of Herd Immunity as COVID-19 Response [Video]

WHO Chief Slams ‘Unethical’ Use of Herd Immunity as COVID-19 Response

On Monday, the head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, spoke about COVID-19 during a virtual press briefing.

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‘No new answers’ says WHO as it reports record 350,000 daily coronavirus cases [Video]

‘No new answers’ says WHO as it reports record 350,000 daily coronavirus cases

The record daily coronavirus tally announced by the World Health Organization includes more than 109,000 cases from Europe.

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COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan chairs WHO Executive Board special session [Video]

COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan chairs WHO Executive Board special session

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan presided over World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board special session on COVID-19 response on October 05. Harsh Vardhan presided the meeting via a virtual..

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Therapeutic, vaccines for whole world is only way out of this pandemic: Harsh Vardhan [Video]

Therapeutic, vaccines for whole world is only way out of this pandemic: Harsh Vardhan

World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board Chairman and Union Health Minister of India, Dr Harsh Vardhan on October 05 attended 5th special session of WHO executive board via video conferencing...

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WHO Director-General wishes Trump a swift Covid-19 recovery [Video]

WHO Director-General wishes Trump a swift Covid-19 recovery

The World Health Organization's Director-General wished "a full and swift"recovery to U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania on Friday,after Trump announced on Twitter that he and the first..

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1 mln COVID-19 deaths "a very sad milestone"- WHO [Video]

1 mln COVID-19 deaths "a very sad milestone"- WHO

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that one million deaths from COVID-19 was "a very sad milestone", after many victims suffered "a terribly difficult and lonely death" and their families..

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Rapid COVID-19 tests that give results 'in minutes' to be rolled out in poorer countries [Video]

Rapid COVID-19 tests that give results 'in minutes' to be rolled out in poorer countries

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed the tests, which he said provide reliable results in approximately 15 to 30 minutes, as “good news” in the fight against COVID-19.

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Europe has 'a lot of work to do' to prevent COVID-19 transmission, WHO expert warns [Video]

Europe has 'a lot of work to do' to prevent COVID-19 transmission, WHO expert warns

Amid rapidly rising cases in Europe, the World Health Organization's Dr Mike Ryan said that Europe has a lot of work to do and said a national lockdown was only a "last resort".View on euronews

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WHO Warns of 'Alarming Rates' of Coronavirus Transmission in Europe [Video]

WHO Warns of 'Alarming Rates' of Coronavirus Transmission in Europe

Hans Kluge, the regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO), made the statement during a press conference on Thursday.

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An epidemiologist says Victoria risks being swamped by a 'third wave' if it lifts restrictions too soon

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Young people are not invincible to coronavirus, WHO warns

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Steroid should be kept for serious coronavirus cases, WHO says

A cheap steroid that can help save the lives of patients with severe COVID-19 should be reserved for serious cases in which it has been shown to provide benefits, the World Health Organization said on..
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Disagreement on WHO hindering U.N. Security Council conference: RIA

Russia said on Wednesday that differences between other nations over the role of the World Health Organization have delayed a video conference being organized between the permanent members of the U.N...
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WHO moves to update COVID-19 guidance after 'great news' in drug study

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was moving to update its guidelines on treating people stricken with COVID-19 to reflect results of a clinical trial that showed a cheap, common steroid can..
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WHO sees 'great news' in steroid's trial results in COVID-19

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Around 9% of Guinea-Bissau health workers have been infected with COVID-19

More than 170 of Guinea-Bissau's 2,000 health workers have contracted COVID-19, a World Health Organization expert said on Tuesday, warning that hospitals were close to being overwhelmed.
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WHO Americas director says coronavirus pandemic still accelerating in the region

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the Americas is fast approaching 4 million with almost 204,000 deaths, and the pandemic continues to accelerate, World Health Organization (WHO)..
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Amid U.S. standoff, WHO chief to address Chinese university graduates

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WHO chief to speak at top Chinese university graduation ceremony

The director-general of the World Health Organization is scheduled to give a commencement speech to students at the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing, amid accusations from the United States that he..
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China's new virus outbreak needs further testing after 'hypothesis' on cause: WHO

The origins of a new cluster of coronavirus infections in Beijing are uncertain, World Health Organization officials said on Monday, but the claim that it might have been caused by imports or packaging..
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WHO's Kluge warns against further lifting of lockdown in England: Guardian

The coronavirus induced lockdown in England should not be further lifted until the government's contact-tracing system proves to be "robust and effective", the World Health Organization's regional..
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Brazil's COVID-19 deaths surge past UK, WHO says hospital system coping

Brazil's COVID-19 death toll overtook Britain's on Friday to become the second highest in the world with 41,828 dead, but the World Health Organization said the nation's health system was standing up..
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Coronavirus hitting the Americas hardest says World Health Organization

The Americas are bearing the brunt of the global coronavirus pandemic at present, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, with North and South America currently having four of the 10 worst..
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Kremlin defends Russia's coronavirus death data after WHO query

The Kremlin denied on Thursday there was anything untoward with Russia's official coronavirus death data after the World Health Organisation said this week that Russia's low death rate was "difficult..
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Pandemic 'accelerating' in Africa, test kits needed, WHO says

The coronavirus pandemic is "accelerating" in Africa, spreading from capital cities where it arrived with travellers, but it does not appear that severe cases and deaths are being missed, the World..
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WHO hopes to work with U.S. on Ebola despite Trump criticism

The World Health Organization hopes to work "side by side" with the United States to contain an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, its chief said on Wednesday, despite their differences over the new..
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WHO recommends Pakistan reimpose intermittent lockdowns as COVID-19 cases rise sharply

The World Health Organization has recommended Pakistani authorities reimpose "intermittent lockdowns" of targeted areas to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, stating the country did not meet the..
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WHO says pandemic 'far from over' as daily cases hit record high

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WHO head urges world not to drop guard as pandemic still growing

The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries on Monday to press on with efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, noting the pandemic was worsening globally and had not peaked in central..
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WHO head urges world not to let up on COVID battle

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries on Monday to press on with efforts to contain the novel coronovirus, noting the global situation is worsening.
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Up to 12 infected in Congo's new Ebola outbreak: WHO

Up to 12 people have been found infected with Ebola in a new outbreak of the deadly disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
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Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

Some countries have seen COVID-19 cases rising as lockdowns ease, and populations must protect themselves from the coronavirus while authorities continue testing, the World Health Organization said on..
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Bolsonaro threatens WHO exit as COVID-19 kills 'a Brazilian per minute'

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Friday to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization after the U.N. agency warned governments about the risk of lifting lockdowns before slowing the spread..
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Bolsonaro calls WHO 'political,' threatens Brazil exit

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday unless it stops being a "partisan political organization."
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Wear masks in public says WHO, in update of COVID-19 advice

The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidance on Friday to recommend that governments ask everyone to wear fabric face masks in public areas where there is a risk of transmission of COVID-19..
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WHO denies its representative falsified Equatorial Guinea COVID-19 data

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WHO says its representative told to leave Equatorial Guinea

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Two more people infected with Ebola in new Congo outbreak, WHO says

The Ebola virus has infected two more people in Equateur province in western Democratic Republic of Congo and spread to a new area 150 km (93 miles) away from the original six cases, the World Heath..
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China rejects report that it delayed COVID-19 information sharing with WHO

China said on Wednesday a news report that said it delayed sharing COVID-19 information with the World Health Organization (WHO) is totally untrue.
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Venezuela government, opposition agree to seek funds to fight coronavirus

Venezuela's government has signed an agreement with the opposition-led National Assembly to work with the regional arm of the World Health Organization to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic,..
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WHO director for Americas urges U.S. help as coronavirus surges in region

The World Health Organization's regional director for the Americas urged the United States on Tuesday to keep helping countries in the region to fight the novel coronavirus even as the Trump..
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WHO director for Americas says region close to 3 million COVID-19 cases

The World Health Organization's regional director for the Americas Carissa Etienne said on Tuesday that the COVID-19 epidemiological curve is still rising sharply in the region, with close to 3 million..
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COVID cases rising in Russia, Eastern Europe, waning in Western Europe: WHO

New cases of COVID-19 reported daily are steadily declining in Western Europe, but not in hotspots in Russia and Eastern Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
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WHO and other experts say no evidence of coronavirus losing potency

World Health Organization experts and a range of other scientists said on Monday there was no evidence to support an assertion by a high-profile Italian doctor that the coronavirus causing the COVID-19..
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WHO pushes to keep ties with 'generous' U.S. despite Trump's exit move

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday praised the United States' "immense" and "generous" contribution to global health in a push to salvage relations after President Donald Trump..
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China said on Monday the United States was "addicted to quitting" following Washington's decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) and said the withdrawal reveals a pursuit of power..
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EU urges U.S. to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO

The European Union urged the United States on Saturday to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged fellow leaders to consider providing further support to multilateral institutions like the United Nations and the World Health Organisation to speed..
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WHO official: European deaths spike since March linked to COVID-19

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