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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ASEAN Excludes Myanmar Army General Min Aung Hlaing from Upcoming Leaders’ Summit

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced on Oct. 16 that it will exclude Myanmar’s military chief from an upcoming leaders’ summit. After an emergency ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting on Oct. 15, the 10-member bloc said that it agreed …

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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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Turkey Becomes Last G20 Country to Ratify UN Paris Climate Agreement

Turkey ratified the Paris Climate Agreement on Wednesday after its initial signing almost six years ago. Parliament members voted unanimously in its favor, just weeks before the world leader’s summit in Glasglow, Scotland. Its lawmakers announced that the deal would …

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