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WHO recommends first malaria vaccine for kids as young as 5 months

WHO recommends first malaria vaccine for kids as young as 5 months

The World Health Organization has recommended the protein-based recombinant malaria vaccine RTS,S for use with kids who live in places with moderate and high transmission risk. The organization announced its recommendation today, stating that there should be "widespread use" of this vaccine with children following a smaller pilot program in select countries.

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WHO recommends antibodies for two specific groups of COVID patients

WHO recommends antibodies for two specific groups of COVID patients

The World Health Organization recommends that antibodies be used with two specific groups of COVID-19 patients to help ensure they survive the disease. There are two recommendations in the latest update on the topic, both based on evidence and data from a number of trials -- some of which haven't yet been peer-reviewed.

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WHO director blasts rich countries over failure to share vaccine doses

WHO director blasts rich countries over failure to share vaccine doses

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus heavily criticized wealthy nations in a recent statement about the pandemic and other health matters impacting the world. Among other things, the director-general said that wealthier nations are failing to uphold their promises to share vaccine doses with the world's poorest countries.

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WHO kicks off COVID-19 treatment trial with three candidate drugs

WHO kicks off COVID-19 treatment trial with three candidate drugs

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the latest evolution in its Solidarity trial: Solidarity PLUS. The new phase will test three drugs that have shown potential for treating COVID-19, potentially uncovering an effective way to reduce the risk of death in hospitalized individuals. Solidarity PLUS follows a previous trial involving four drugs that weren't found to be effective in treating COVID-19.

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WHO: COVID-19 Delta variant means the vaccinated should still wear masks

WHO: COVID-19 Delta variant means the vaccinated should still wear masks

Even fully-vaccinated people should continue to wear face masks, the World Health Organization has warned, in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Despite several countries, including the US, softening mask requirements in recent weeks, the WHO has cautioned that new, especially virulent versions of the coronavirus could still be an issue.

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World Health Organization launches free yoga app on Android and iOS

World Health Organization launches free yoga app on Android and iOS

The World Health Organization has launched a new app called mYoga that gives anyone who has an Android or iOS device free access to yoga workouts. The app was launched as a joint initiative with the International Telecommunications Union, according to the agency, which tapped BeHe@lthy BeMobile to develop the product.

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WHO says Ebola outbreak in Guinea is officially over

WHO says Ebola outbreak in Guinea is officially over

The Ebola outbreak that appeared in the West African nation Guinea back in February is officially over, according to the World Health Organization and the Republic of Guinea Ministry of Health. The outbreak occurred in the N’Zérékoré Prefecture where the previous 2014 to 2016 Ebola outbreak happened. A total of 16 cases resulted from this recent outbreak.

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Life may not return to normal globally until the end of 2022

Life may not return to normal globally until the end of 2022

Life is closer to 'normal' than it has been in months in some places, but it'll take a while before the entire world is back to business as usual, at least according to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. Assuming everything keeps going as expected, post-pandemic life may arrive in developed countries by the end of this year, but other nations will take several months longer.

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These are the WHO’s new COVID-19 variant names – and why they’re changing

These are the WHO’s new COVID-19 variant names – and why they’re changing

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a new system for naming COVID-19 variants, aiming to cut out the current practice of referring to them by the location they were first identified. The new labels will instead use the Greek alphabet, in a step to address what some have criticized as unnecessary stigmatization.

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WHO has a big warning for people who work 55 hours or more per week

WHO has a big warning for people who work 55 hours or more per week

If you work long hours every week, you may be increasing your risk of dying from a major cardiovascular event, according to the World Health Organization. The number of people who have died from stroke and heart disease linked to long working hours has increased substantially from 2000 to 2016, according to a newly published study from WHO and the International Labour Organization.

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WHO study finds no COVID-19 magic bullet in remdesivir or hydroxychloroquine

WHO study finds no COVID-19 magic bullet in remdesivir or hydroxychloroquine

A WHO study has shown that some of the most high-profile drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic - and in some cases touted by US President Trump - have little to no effect on coronavirus, casting doubt on co-called "miracle treatments" like hydroxychloroquine. The six month study coordinated by the World Health Organization examined the potential impact of treatments like remdesivir and interferon, which have been repurposed from their normal use in the hope of controlling COVID-19.

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WHO warns Ebola cases are growing rapidly in latest DRC outbreak

WHO warns Ebola cases are growing rapidly in latest DRC outbreak

Earlier this summer, public health officials warned that new cases of Ebola had appeared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, indicating that another outbreak was underway. Only around five weeks later, the number of cases nearly doubled to 100, marking the 11th outbreak in the DRC. Whereas the new outbreak was originally declared in the Equateur Province's capital city, it has since spread into 11 of 17 zones, claiming 43 lives.

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