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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailDetect early, respond rapidly — the World Health Organization's advice on battling Covid-19 variantsMeasures like wearing face masks, practicing regular hand washing and observing social distancing as well as vaccine rollouts are some of the ways to handle the coronavirus as it evolves and mutates, says Babatunde Olowokure, emergency director of the Western Pacific region at WHO.
Persons: Covid, Babatunde Olowokure Organizations: Health, WHO
SINGAPORE — Beijing will welcome an international team of Covid-19 investigators due to travel to China in January, said the World Health Organization, which is leading the mission. China has strongly opposed calls for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, saying such calls are anti-China, but has been open to a WHO-led investigation. However, it was unclear whether the WHO investigators will travel to the city of Wuhan where the virus was first detected, with discussions on the itinerary ongoing. ​"Our understanding at this time is that China is welcoming the international team and their visit...This is anticipated, as far as we are aware, to happen in early January," he said. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019
Persons: Wang Wenbin, Olowokure Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, Reuters, NBC Locations: SINGAPORE, Beijing, China, Wuhan, United States, Europe
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Beijing will welcome an international team of COVID-19 investigators due to travel to China in January, said the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the mission. People wear face masks as they wait at a bus stop following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, December 10, 2020. However, it was unclear whether the WHO investigators will travel to the city of Wuhan where the virus was first detected, with discussions on the itinerary ongoing. “Our understanding at this time is that China is welcoming the international team and their visit...This is anticipated, as far as we are aware, to happen in early January,” he said. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
Persons: Thomas Peter China, ” Babatunde Olowokure, , Olowokure Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, Reuters Locations: SINGAPORE, Beijing, China, Wuhan, United States, Europe
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that countries in the Asia-Pacific region are not guaranteed to have early access to Covid-19 shots and urged them to adopt a long-term approach to the pandemic. "It's important to emphasize that most, if not all, the countries in the Western Pacific region are a part of the COVAX Facility," said Escalante. "Within the COVAX Facility we are expecting that the vaccines will be coming in on the second quarter of 2021." WHO representatives also urged that high-risk groups should be prioritized for vaccination as vaccines will only be available in limited quantities. The WHO Western Pacific Region is home to almost 1.9 billion people across 37 countries and territories.
Persons: Takeshi Kasai, Socorro Escalante, Escalante, COVAX, Babatunde, Olowokure Organizations: Pfizer, BioNTech, UCI Medical, World Health Organization, WHO Locations: Orange , California, U.S, Asia, Pacific, Jakarta
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