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August 4, 2020 | Via NBC News

There may Never be a ‘Silver Bullet’ for COVID-19, WHO Warns

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19, and the road to normality would be long. More than 18.14 million people around the world are reported to have been infected with the disease and 688,080​ have died, according to a Reuters tally, with some nations that thought they were over the worst experiencing a resurgence.

July 14, 2020 | Via NBC News

‘Too Many Countries are Headed in the Wrong Direction,’ WHO Warns

The new coronavirus pandemic raging around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to strict healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization warned on Monday. “There will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future … There is a lot to be concerned about,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from the U.N. agency’s headquarters in Geneva.

July 8, 2020 | Via NPR

Trump Sets Date to End WHO Membership

The U.S. has sent a letter officially notifying the United Nations that it is leaving the World Health Organization, starting the formal process of withdrawal that President Trump first threatened in April when he halted funding to WHO. To leave the organization, the U.S. is supposed to give a one-year notice and pay outstanding dues, according to language that the U.S. added to the WHO constitution when it joined the treaty in 1948.

June 8, 2020 | Via Reuters

Wear Masks in Public Says WHO

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 to help reduce the spread of the pandemic disease. The WHO stressed that face masks were only one of a range of tools that can reduce the risk of viral transmission.

May 26, 2020 | Via The Guardian

WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial

The World Health Organization has said it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the malaria drug Donald Trump said he is taking as a precaution — from its global study into experimental coronavirus treatments after safety concerns. Hydroxychloroquine has been licensed for use in the US since the mid-1950s and is listed by the WHO as an essential medicine.

May 19, 2020 | Via NBC News

Trump Threatens to Make WHO Funding Freeze Permanent

President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to make the freeze on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization permanent. He also laid out allegations of “missteps” in the way the agency responded to the coronavirus in a letter he said he sent to the WHO’s leader. It accuses the organization of an “alarming lack of independence from the People’s Republic of China.”

April 15, 2020 | Via Reuters

Trump’s Move to cut WHO Funding Prompts World Condemnation

U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to halt funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic prompted condemnation on Wednesday from world leaders who appealed for cooperation and unity. The WHO, which is based in Geneva, had promoted China’s “disinformation” about the virus that likely led to a wider outbreak than otherwise would have occurred, Trump said.

April 8, 2020 | Via Sky News

Trump Threatens to Cut off US Funding to WHO

Donald Trump has threatened to cut off US funding to the World Health Organisation – accusing it of “missing the call” on the coronavirus pandemic. The US president claimed the UN health agency has made errors of judgment in its handling of COVID-19. He also described the WHO as “very China-centric” – appearing to suggest the organization went along with Beijing’s efforts to minimize the severity of the crisis.

October 23, 2017 | Via BBC

Robert Mugabe No Longer Goodwill Ambassador

The appointment of Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador has been revoked by the World Health Organization. In a statement, the WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he has listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns. The appointment attracted criticism from various parties regarding the poor state of Zimbabwean health system.

May 17, 2017 | Via NY Times

Anti-Abortion Gag Rule Expanded

Africa may be the most affected continent in Trump’s new order expanding funds to the abortion ‘gag’ rule. Trump’s version of the abortion ‘gag’ rule will impact $8.8 billion for programs including those related to AIDS and malaria. Defense department grants related to global health security will also be heavily impacted. This so-called rule will prevent American aid overseas from providing or discussing abortion and family planning.

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