World Health Organisation: WHO seeks $2.5 bn for health emergency responses in 2023, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Geneva: The World Health Organization on Monday appealed for $2.54 billion for its work in 2023 to help millions of people facing health emergencies around the world. The UN health agency said that it was currently responding to an unprecedented number of intersecting health emergencies. It pointed to the brutal war in Ukraine and the health impacts of conflicts in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Ethiopia, as well as climate change-related disasters like the monster floods that hit Pakistan last year and swelling food insecurity across the Sahel and the Horn…

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Cholera vaccine shortage forces move to one-dose strategy: WHO – ET HealthWorld

Geneva: A shortage of cholera vaccines has forced a temporary shift to a one-dose strategy from the usual two in campaigns to fight a swelling number of outbreaks, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The UN health agency said the “strained global supply of cholera vaccines” had pushed the International Coordinating Group (ICG), which manages emergency supplies of vaccines, to suspend the two-dose regimen. “The pivot in strategy will allow for the doses to be used in more countries, at a time of the unprecedented rise in cholera outbreaks worldwide,”…

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Studies to see if mutations behind monkeypox spread: WHO – ET HealthWorld

Geneva: Studies are under way to see whether genetic changes in the monkeypox virus are driving the rapid spread of the disease, the World Health Organization told AFP on Wednesday. The two distinct clades, or variants, of the virus were called the Congo Basin (Central African) and West African clades, after the two regions where they are each endemic. On Friday, the WHO renamed the groupings as Clade I and Clade II respectively, to avert the risk of geographic stigmatisation. It also announced that Clade II had two sub-clades, IIa…

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WHO reconvenes emergency committee meeting as Monkeypox cases exceed 14,000 – ET HealthWorld

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has reconvened the Monkeypox Emergency Committee to assess the public health implications of the evolving multi-country outbreak. This comes as global cases passed 14,000, with six countries reporting their first cases last week. The committee first met last month but decided against declaring it a public health emergency of international concern. On Thursday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus acknowledged his “acute” awareness that any decision regarding the possible determination involves “the consideration of many factors, with the ultimate goal of protecting public health”. The…

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2 Chinese vaccines may soon get WHO approval for use – ET HealthWorld

The World Health Organisation is set to decide this week whether to approve two Chinese vaccines for emergency use against Covid-19, a top WHO official says. Such an approval would mark the first time that a Chinese vaccine had ever been granted a so-called emergency use listing from the UN health agency, and would trigger a broader rollout of Chinese vaccines that are already being used in some countries other than China. Mariangela Simao, assistant director-general for access to medicines, vaccines and pharmaceuticals, says some “final arrangements” remain to be…

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