Up to 180,000 Healthcare Workers Killed by COVID-19, WHO Estimates

COVID-19 may have killed between 80,000 to 180,000 healthcare workers from January 2020 to May 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Oct. 21. In a 26-page working paper, WHO based the grim estimate from the 3.45 million reported …

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WHO Honors ‘Mother’ of Modern Medicine Henrietta Lacks

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Oct. 13 honored Henrietta Lacks whose cells, which were taken without her knowledge or consent, led to crucial medical research worldwide. “In honoring Henrietta Lacks, WHO acknowledges the importance of reckoning with past scientific …

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WHO Recommends COVID-19 Booster Shot for Immunocompromised People

The World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine advisory group has recommended  on Oct. 11 a COVID-19 booster shot for people with weakened immune systems. After a four-day meeting, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization said that an additional …

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WHO Sending COVID-19 Medical Supplies to North Korea

The World Health Organization (WHO) has started shipping much-needed COVID-19 medical supplies into North Korea, a country that has not declared any COVID-19 infections. Edwin Salvador, WHO’s representative to North Korea, said that supplies such as emergency health kits and …

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Thai Red Cross Administers COVID-19 Vaccines to Migrant Workers

The Thai Red Cross Society on Tuesday administered COVID-19 vaccines to about 300 migrant workers in Bangkok and Samut Prakan province.  The agency said it would vaccinate at least 5,000 migrant workers, including undocumented migrants and Afghan refugees.  “The problem …

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