An expert panel of advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that countries consider a second booster dose for older, at-risk and immunocompromised people, echoing guidance provided by European and U.S. regulators months earlier. WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization released its updated recommendations on Thursday, a week after it […] Continue reading ->
Ethiopia’s Tigray region suffers from “the worst catastrophe on Earth” due to a devastating mix of factors such as government neglect, drought, and racism, World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press briefing Wednesday. Tedros grew emotional at the end of the briefing as he described the humanitarian crisis facing […] Continue reading ->
More than 35,000 recently confirmed cases of monkeypox accompanied by 12 deaths have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from 92 nations and territories, including almost 7,500 from last week alone – making for the second consecutive week with a 20% increase, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday. Almost all of […] Continue reading ->
Some 1.7 million people in cities across the planet died from air pollution in 2019, according to the first-ever study of urban air pollution that covers virtually every city in the world over the size of 50,000 people, as per the UN definition. Conditions are the most severe in cities of South Asia, (WHO’s SouthEast […] Continue reading ->
HYDERABAD – Pratyush Nalam, a software professional in this south-central Indian city that has become a global tech outpost for Silicon Valley, moves around his house in his wheelchair. He has spinal muscular atrophy and cannot walk, so his family members help him.  Though the monsoon season in Hyderabad brings lots of precipitation from the […] Continue reading ->
While the process of renaming monkeypox is still underway, a group of global experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed that the virus’s variants will be renamed with Roman numerals. This follows a meeting convened by the WHO this week to enable virologists and public health experts to reach consensus on new […] Continue reading ->
Top executives at Bavarian Nordic, which makes the world’s only monkeypox vaccine, avoided news media in the face of a worldwide shortage of their product. But SIGA, the company behind the antiviral treatment Tecovirimat (TPOXX™), has not been so shy. In an exclusive interview, SIGA’s CEO, Phillip Gomez, says the small, speciality firm is  prepared […] Continue reading ->
Recent reforms to the World Health Organization “prequalification” program that certifies the safety and efficacy of health products procured in bulk by donors for low and middle-income countries have speeded up the process and thus accelerated access to lifesaving medicines and diagnostic tools in low- and middle-income countries. However, long lead times for product approvals, […] Continue reading ->