WHO releases interim results from Solidarity Trial

News: The World Health Organization(WHO) has made available interim results from the Solidarity Therapeutics Trial.   Facts: What is Solidarity Trial: It was initiated by WHO and its partners in order to help find an effective treatment for Covid-19. Drugs Covered: It covers four repurposed drugs or drug combinations — remde sivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir and… Continue reading WHO releases interim results from Solidarity Trial

GAVI vaccine alliance says 75 countries keen to join ‘COVAX’

News: India has expressed its keen interest in joining the COVAX alliance. Facts: COVAX Alliance: It is a facility that aims to guarantee rapid, fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for every country in the world. Bodies Involved: It is co-led by Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations(GAVI), Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations(CEPI) and… Continue reading GAVI vaccine alliance says 75 countries keen to join ‘COVAX’

WHO launches Covid-19 law lab for implementing legal frameworks to manage pandemic

News: The World Health Organization(WHO) has launched COVID-19 Law Lab initiative. Facts: COVID-19 Law Lab: It is a database of laws that countries have implemented in response to the pandemic.It includes state of emergency declarations, quarantine measures, disease surveillance, legal measures relating to mask-wearing, social distancing and access to medication and vaccines.  Purpose: This database… Continue reading WHO launches Covid-19 law lab for implementing legal frameworks to manage pandemic

Maldives, Sri Lanka eliminate measles and rubella, ahead of 2023 target

News: Maldives and Sri Lanka have become the first two countries in the World Health Organisation’s South-East Asian Region (WHO SEAR) to have eliminated both measles and rubella ahead of the 2023 deadline. Facts: Criteria: A country is verified as having eliminated measles and rubella when there is no evidence of endemic transmission of the… Continue reading Maldives, Sri Lanka eliminate measles and rubella, ahead of 2023 target

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

Facts: The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund was established by the World Health Organization(WHO) with the help of the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. Aim: To raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the World Health Organization(WHO) and partners to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.… Continue reading COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

WHO, 37 nations launch alliance to share tools to tackle Covid-19 pandemic

News: World Health Organization(WHO), 37 countries and multiple international partners and institutions have launched COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) initiative. Facts: Aim: To make vaccines, tests, treatments and other health technologies to fight COVID-19 accessible to all. Under this, WHO and partner countries have issued a Solidarity Call to Action to the global community to… Continue reading WHO, 37 nations launch alliance to share tools to tackle Covid-19 pandemic

Dr Harsh Vardhan to take charge as WHO Executive Board chairman: what this means for India

News:Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan is set to take charge as the chairman of the WHO Executive Board at its 147th session. Facts: The World Health Organization(WHO) is governed by two decision making bodies — the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board. Composition: The Executive Board is composed of 34 members technically qualified… Continue reading Dr Harsh Vardhan to take charge as WHO Executive Board chairman: what this means for India

Explained: When does a disease become endemic?

News: The World Health Organisation(WHO) has said that novel coronavirus could become endemic to the world. Facts: Endemic: It refers to the constant presence and/or usual prevalence of a disease or infectious agent in a population within a geographic area. Example:Malaria and Chickenpox are endemic diseases where there are a predictable number of cases every… Continue reading Explained: When does a disease become endemic?

UN agencies commemorate 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication with a stamp

News:The World Health Organisation(WHO) and the UN’’s postal agency have released a commemorative postage stamp on the 40th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox. Facts: Smallpox is an acute contagious disease caused by the variola virus, a member of the orthopoxvirus family.  The last known natural case was in Somalia in 1977.It was declared eradicated… Continue reading UN agencies commemorate 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication with a stamp