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WHO declares Sri Lanka, Maldives measles-free

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:11 PM

The declarations come amid measles outbreaks in developed countries, including the United States

WHO. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2020, the logo of the World Health Organization is seen at its headquarters in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

WHO monitoring China bubonic plague situation

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:59 PM

'At the moment, we are not considering it high-risk but we're watching it, monitoring it carefully,' says WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris

DOH to stop giving patients lopinavir, ritonavir following experts' advice

Jul 05, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The decision follows the World Health Organization's announcement it was stopping solidarity trials for the antiretroviral drugs after it failed to reduce mortality in COVID-19 patients

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Over 160,000 coronavirus cases reported every day in past week – WHO

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:22 AM

(UPDATED) 'These countries face a long, hard road ahead,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stressing though that 'no matter what situation a country is in, it can be turned around'

PLASTIC. A man waits for a train in a subway station during the coronavirus outbreak on April 13, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Over $30 billion needed to develop COVID-19 tests, treatments, vaccines – WHO

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:31 PM

So far, $3.4 billion has been pledged, while an additional $27.9 billion is needed over the next 12 months

WHO. The logo of the World Health Organization is pictured on the facade of the WHO headquarters on October 24, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Economic carnage forecast as virus cases surge in Americas

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:07 AM

(UPDATED) The International Monetary Funds says that many countries will face a recession more than double that which they suffered during the global financial crisis in 2008-2009

FACES. In this file photo, commuters wearing face masks ride a metro train in Tokyo on February 8, 2020. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

German police identify 'murder' suspect in Madeleine McCann case

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Germany's federal criminal agency says the suspect, who was not named, is serving a 'long prison sentence' for an unrelated matter. He has previous convictions over child sexual abuse.

Candles light a photograph of Madeleine McCann inside the church of Praia da Luz, near Lagos, on May 3, 2017, during a mass ceremony marking the 10th anniversairy of her disappearance. Madeleine McCann (Maddie) disappeared in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007. Portuguese police closed the case in 2008 before reopening it five years later. STRINGER / POOL / AFP

WHO says it wants to keep working with U.S.

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:55 PM

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says US involvement with the organization has made a 'great difference' over the decades and 'it is WHO's wish for this collaboration to continue'

WORK WITH US. This handout image provided by the World Health Organization on May 16, 2020, shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attending a virtual press conference on May 16, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. AFP PHOTO/World Health Organization/Christopher Black

Trump cuts ties with WHO mid-pandemic, as Europe speeds reopening

May 30, 2020 - 10:46 AM

The US is the WHO's biggest financial contributor, having given $400 million to the UN agency in 2019

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Sanofi says ‘no favoritism’ when COVID-19 vaccines become available

May 29, 2020 - 7:29 PM

There are now 110 candidate vaccines for COVID-19, which the DOH is eyeing to be given primarily to 'vulnerable' sectors of the population

CLOSED. File photo of Mourenx site from Sanofi's official website

Do not cut health spending during downturn, WHO warns

May 28, 2020 - 10:42 PM

'We are concerned that countries will respond to this crisis in the same way they did to the recession 10 years ago...by cutting public spending on health,' says Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe

WHO probes possible coronavirus link to rare disease in children

May 16, 2020 - 12:31 AM

The WHO has developed a preliminary case definition for the disease, which it has dubbed 'Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children'

PROBE. In this file photo, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference on the situation regarding the COVID-19 at Geneva's WHO headquarters on February 24, 2020. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Burundi expels top WHO team in coronavirus crisis

May 14, 2020 - 9:36 PM

The foreign ministry, in a letter to WHO Africa headquarters, says the UN agency's representative in Burundi and his 3 colleagues 'are declared persona non grata and as such, must leave the territory of Burundi' by May 15

PROTECTION. Burundians wash their hands, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, on their arrival of their repatriation in Gatumba, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Burundi, on March 18, 2020. File photo by Onesphore Nibigira/AFP

WHO stresses need to find source of coronavirus

May 13, 2020 - 10:42 PM

Sylvie Briand, the WHO's director of infectious hazard management, says it is crucial to know the origin of the virus 'to understand how it has evolved'

FINDING THE SOURCE. Director of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases Department at the World Health Organization Frenchwoman Sylvie Briand answers to an interview with AFP outside the UN agency's headquarters on May 12, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

AIDS deaths could double in sub-Saharan Africa due to COVID-19 – U.N.

May 12, 2020 - 12:37 AM

A six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to more than 500,000 extra deaths in the region in 2020-2021, according to the WHO and UNAIDS

China supports WHO-led review of global pandemic response

May 08, 2020 - 8:39 PM

The comments from foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying come as China faces increasing global pressure to allow an international investigation into the origins of the pandemic

PROBE? Police officers (L) secure an area as people wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus walk on a street in Beijing on May 4, 2020. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

'World should have listened to WHO' on virus – director

Apr 28, 2020 - 1:41 AM

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insists that the UN health agency has provided sound advice from the beginning 'based on the best science and evidence'

WHO CHIEF. A TV grab taken from a video released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attending a virtual news briefing on COVID-19 from the WHO headquarters in Geneva on April 6, 2020. AFP file photo

WHO urges PH to start preparing coronavirus vaccine strategy

Apr 27, 2020 - 7:09 PM

WHO acting country representative Socorro Escalante says the country should use the waiting time to review regulations and manufacturing capacity

POSSIBLE CURE? A researcher works on virus replication in order to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus COVID-19, in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on March 26, 2020. Photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

WHO warns over virus immunity as global death toll tops 200,000

Apr 26, 2020 - 8:32 AM

The World Health Organization says 'there is currently no evidence' that people who have recovered from COVID-19 are protected from a second infection

PANDEMIC. A couple wear protective suits as they walk along Market Street in the near-deserted city centre in Manchester, north-west England on April 15, 2020, during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Anthony Devlin/AFP

'No evidence' people with coronavirus are immunized – WHO

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:29 PM

Available scientific data do not justify the granting of an 'immune passport' or a 'certificate of absence of risk,' warns the WHO

CORONAVIRUS. A member of the Yemeni Civil Defense sprays disinfectant on his colleague in the Yemeni capital Sanaa amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on April 12, 2020. - Photo by Mohammed Huwais / AFP


Australia calls for independent probe into global virus response

Apr 19, 2020 - 2:24 PM

Australia shares similar concerns to the United States, whose President Donald Trump has accused the WHO of 'mismanaging' the crisis and covering up the seriousness of China's outbreak before it spread

WHO BRIEFING. A TV grab from the World Health Organization (WHO) website shows (from left) WHO Health Emergencies Program Director Michael Ryan, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove attending a virtual news briefing on COVID-19 from the WHO headquarters, on April 17, 2020 in Geneva. Screenshot by AFP

WHO spurs Mideast to use its advantage in pandemic fight

Apr 17, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Middle East and North African governments must prepare 'for the possibility of things going wrong,' says Yvan Hutin, director of the communicable diseases department at WHO's Eastern Mediterranean office

SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY. Yvan Hutin, director of the communicable diseases department in the World Health Organization's Eastern Mediterranean office, speaks during an interview with AFP at his home in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 15, 2020. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

FALSE: WHO issues protocols for lockdown periods

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:57 PM

WHO did not release any protocol for lockdowns, and calls this claim 'baseless and fake'

EXPLAINER: What Donald Trump's funding cuts to WHO mean for the world

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:22 AM

If enacted, these funding cuts may cause the WHO to go bankrupt in the middle of a pandemic

2nd Ebola death in DR Congo ahead of hoped-for deadline

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Hopes have been high that the World Health Organization on Monday, April 13, would officially bring the curtain down on the country's 10th known outbreak of the notorious hemorrhagic fever

EBOLA IN DR CONGO. In this file photo taken on November 7, 2018, a health worker waits to handle a new unconfirmed Ebola patient at a newly build MSF (Doctors Without Borders) supported Ebola treatment center in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. File photo by John Wessels /AFP

Who is the Filipino? Jaton Zulueta on distance learning and keeping dreams alive

Apr 13, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Public schools may have shut down, but learning should not

Who is the Filipino? Miguel Odron talks about passion, music, and identity

Apr 12, 2020 - 1:05 PM

Learn just a little more about the songwriter and singer on this episode of 'Who is the Filipino!'

U.S. criticizes WHO for ignoring Taiwan virus warnings

Apr 10, 2020 - 9:58 AM

The World Health Organization is accused of failing to follow a lead from Taiwan which warned of human-to-human transmission for the coronavirus

HEALTH EMERGENCY. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference on the situation regarding the COVID-19 at Geneva's WHO headquarters. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Taiwan demands apology from WHO chief over virus 'slander'

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Tsai Ing-wen invites WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to visit Taiwan and learn from its handling of the epidemic, challenging him to 'resist pressure from China'

CORONAVIRUS. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on the new coronavirus dubbed COVID-19, at the WHO headquaters on March 2, 2020 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

WHO Philippines looking for consultants for COVID-19 info drive

Apr 07, 2020 - 10:59 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline of applications is on April 11, 2020

4 more PH laboratories to start coronavirus testing on March 19 – WHO

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:54 PM

(UPDATED) The World Health Organization also gives additional test kits to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, increasing the laboratory's daily testing capacity from 300 to 450 tests

COVID-19 TEST KIT. A sample of the UP-developed novel coronavirus detection kit as presented to media during a press briefing held at Philippine Gerome Center on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH, experts say PH coronavirus cases could reach 75,000 by June if not contained

Mar 18, 2020 - 12:56 PM

But DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says it's possible to spread out this estimate into 'many months' if stringent measures, like social distancing, are enforced

FIGHTING COVID-19. Passengers observing one-seat apart or social distancing policy, gets their temperature checked by a police officer at a checkpoint in Muntinlupa City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Novel coronavirus: What makes an outbreak a pandemic?

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:14 PM

The World Health Organization says they have never seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus

A Palestinian health team in protective gear disinfects bedrooms at Beit Jala Hospital, on March 11, 2020, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem which is under lockdown due to the novel coronavirus epidemic. (Photo by Musa Al SHAER / AFP)

Italy shuts all stores except pharmacies and food shops

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:18 AM

'As soon as the emergency has passed, we will organize a free carbonara day for doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers,' a closing note by a restaurant says

CLOSED. A man wearing a protective mask walks past a restaurant in Codogno, southeast of Milan, on March 11, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

DOH says still safe to visit hospitals if feeling unwell

Mar 09, 2020 - 7:54 PM

The World Health Organization also says people experiencing respiratory symptoms should just stay home so as not to infect the more vulnerable elderly

CORONAVIRUS WATCH. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media on February 4, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WHO praises Italy's 'genuine sacrifices' to slow novel coronavirus

Mar 08, 2020 - 7:41 PM

World Health Organization says Italy is taking 'bold, courageous steps'

Who is the Filipino? The Filipino story through documentaries

Mar 08, 2020 - 12:44 PM

In Part 2 of our podcast, we trace our long-rooted history in documentary filmmaking, how documentaries are a nation's "photo album," and the correlation between social media love and documentary consumption

'This is not a drill': WHO urges world to take virus more seriously

Mar 06, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The World Health Organization warns that a 'long list' of countries are not showing the political commitment needed to 'match the level of the threat we all face'

'NOT A DRILL.' World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on the new coronavirus dubbed COVID-19, at the WHO headquaters on March 2, 2020 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

3 foreigners from Taiwan, Japan, Australia catch coronavirus after travel from PH

Mar 06, 2020 - 2:28 PM

But the Department of Health and the World Health Organization say the travel history of 2 of the positive cases indicate they may have contracted the coronavirus outside the Philippines

OUTBREAK SCARE. People buy protective masks at a medical supplies store in Manila on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

A virus that's reshaping the world: This week's outlook

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:45 AM

The coronavirus outbreak is not only messing up everyone’s business and personal travel plans, but is also hitting economies hard and reshaping the global supply chain that the world has grown accustomed to

WHO: 9 countries, including PH, show coronavirus 'can be contained'

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:56 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Philippines draws inspiration from the WHO citation but will stay vigilant against the novel corinavirus

PROTECTION. Metro Manila commuters wear face masks as protection from the coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

WHO declares 'progress' in fight against novel coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:21 PM

'We are making tremendous progress in a short period of time...trends are very encouraging but we are not at a turning point yet,' a World Health Organization says

DISCHARGED. A recovered patient (C in wheelchair), 83, is discharged from Leishenshan Hospital, the newly-built makeshift hospital for novel coronavirus patients, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 18, 2020. AFP photo

New China virus cases drop for third day as toll passes 1,600

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:27 AM

(4th UPDATE) The World Health Organization chief warns, however, that it is 'impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take'

COVID-19 PREVENTION. A couple wears face masks as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, as they walk along the promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong on February 14, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

No major change in 'trajectory' of coronavirus outbreak – WHO

Feb 14, 2020 - 12:00 AM

'This increase that you've all seen in the last 24 hours is largely, in part, down to a change in how the cases are being reported,' says Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies program

NEW CASES. Medical personnel wearing protective suits stay near a block's entrance on the grounds of a residential estate in Hong Kong, early on February 11, 2020, after two people in the block were confirmed to have contracted the new coronavirus, according to local newspaper reports. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WHO names disease caused by novel coronavirus as ‘COVID-19’

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:22 PM

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says he sees a 'realistic chance' of stopping the outbreak

COVID-19. A woman walks past a banner blocking the entrance to a path, part of efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, in Heishanzhai village, north of Beijing on February 7, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

WHO warns of 'very grave' global virus threat

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:46 PM

About 400 scientists are taking part in the two-day international meeting in Geneva which will review how the virus is transmitted and possible vaccines against it

'GRAVE THREAT.' World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus leaves at the end of the press briefing on evolution of new coronavirus epidemic on January 29, 2020 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

No evidence of airborne coronavirus transmission – WHO official

Feb 11, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The World Health Organization says that based on current evidence, the 2019 novel coronavirus is transmitted either via droplets or close contact

WHO OFFICIAL. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and World Health Organization Rabindra Abeyasinghe confirm the first case of Novel Coronavirus in the country during press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Global shortage of anti-virus masks – WHO chief

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:50 PM

'The world is facing a chronic shortage of personal protective equipment,' Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells the WHO's executive board in Geneva

PROTECTION. Lab technicians register samples from potential victims of the novel coronavirus at the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases of Thailand at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on February 5, 2020. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

World currently 'not in a pandemic' of China virus – WHO

Feb 04, 2020 - 8:36 PM

The World Health Organization says while there is rapid spread of transmission in Hubei, the cases outside the province are mainly 'spillover cases' with sporadic clusters of transmission

NOT IN PANDEMIC. This photo taken on February 3, 2020, shows a medical staff member disinfecting at a quarantine zone converted from a hotel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak, in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

WHO reminder: Reserve face masks for coronavirus high-risk people, health workers

Feb 04, 2020 - 1:46 PM

World Health Organization country representative to the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe says face masks, when used by infected people, protect those who are not infected

PERPETUAL HELP. People wear face mask while attending a mass at National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or Baclaran Church in Paranaque City on February 02, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler