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Joint COVAX Statement on the Equal Recognition of Vaccines

COVAX urges all regional, national and local government authorities to recognise as fully vaccinated all people who have received COVID-19 vaccines that have been deemed safe and effective by the World Health Organization

COVAX was built on the principle of equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines to protect the health of people all across the globe. That means protecting their lives and livelihoods, including their ability to travel and conduct trade. As travel and other possibilities begin to open up in some parts of…

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UNESCO and WHO urge countries to make every school a health-promoting school

Global standards will be piloted in Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Paraguay

UNESCO and the World Health Organization today launched the Global Standards for Health-promoting Schools, a resource package for schools to improve the health and well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents.  The closure of many schools around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruptions to education. …

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The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator partnership welcomes commitment of 870 million vaccine doses and calls for more investment in all tools to end the pandemic

870 million vaccine doses for low and low-middle income countries over the next year

G7 leaders donate 870 million vaccine doses for low and low-middle income countries over the next year, vital for reducing virus transmission; G7 leaders emphasize the importance of all ACT-Accelerator tools to exit the pandemic; ACT-Accelerator’s funding gap remains significant with an urgent need for funding of tests, treatments and health…

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WHO supports people quitting tobacco to reduce their risk of severe COVID-19

Smokers face a 40 – 50% higher risk of developing severe disease and death from COVID-19

WHO Director-General Special Awards for World No Tobacco Day (https://bit.ly/3vtNHQd) announced: Minister of Health India and University of Bath for exceptional achievement in tobacco control; Smokers face a 40 – 50% higher risk of developing severe disease and death from COVID-19; WHO partners with  Viber (https://bit.ly/3bZNrR2), WhatsApp (https://bit.ly/3oYPcDn), FB Messenger, WeChat and AI company Soul Machines to…

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WHO Director General's opening remarks at the high-level emergency virtual meeting of African Ministers of Health on the COVID-19 situation in Africa

Africa is the only region to have developed a unified continental strategy on COVID-19

Please find the weblink and text of the WHO Director General's opening remarks at the high-level emergency virtual meeting of African Ministers of Health on the COVID-19 situation in Africa, held today 8 May, 2021 Link: https://bit.ly/3uw542e By WHO Director General Your Excellency President Tshisekedi, Your Excellency President Ramaphosa, Your Excellency…

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WHO and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF) sign Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen access to health in Francophone countries

Promoting COVID-19 vaccine equity, fighting malaria and advancing universal health coverage are key elements of the memorandum

The World Health Organization and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF) today signed a memorandum of understanding to scale up collaboration and boost access to health services in Francophone countries. The agreement, finalized at a ceremony held at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, focuses on advancing universal health coverage, fighting…

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Interim statement of the COVID-19 subcommittee of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, 7 April 2021

Events under assessment are very rare, with low numbers reported among the almost 200 million individuals who have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 subcommittee of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) has reviewed reports of rare cases of blood clots with low platelets following vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (including Covishield) since their onset a few weeks ago. At its most recent meeting on 7 April, 2021,…

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WHO urges countries to build a fairer, healthier world post-COVID-19

As countries move forward post-COVID-19, it will be vital to avoid cuts in public spending on health and other social sectors

COVID-19 has unfairly impacted some people more harshly than others, exacerbating existing inequities in health and welfare within and between countries. For World Health Day, 7 April 2021, WHO is therefore issuing five calls for urgent action to improve health for all people. Within countries, illness and death from COVID-19 have been…

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Tunisia receives first batch of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX Facility

The COVAX Initiative also provided the Ministry of Health with a set of 506,400 syringes and 1,100 safety boxes

Tunisia received today the first batch of 93,600 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility. This delivery is part of a first wave of arrivals that will continue during the year, with the goal of vaccinating 20% ​​of the population in Tunisia. “This shipment represents an important step…

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Coronavirus - Ghana: COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped by the COVAX Facility head to Ghana, marking beginning of global rollout

Ghana became the first country outside India to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped via the COVAX Facility

COVAX announces 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine licensed to Serum Institute of India have arrived in Accra, Ghana; further deliveries to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire are expected this week; Final first round of allocations for doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, to the majority of countries and economies participating in the COVAX Facility,…