Vaccination

4 billion anti-COVID shots injected worldwide

Although more than four billion doses of anti-COVID vaccines have been administered around the world, poorer countries are still struggling to secure precious shots despite recent donations.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

HIV 'significant' risk factor for severe COVID: WHO

HIV is a "significant" risk factor for severe COVID-19, the World Health Organization said in research published on Thursday that showed a major increase in deaths among patients who have the virus that causes AIDS and are ...

Vaccination

EU likely to decide on Moderna COVID shot for kids next week

A top official at the European Medicines Agency said a decision on whether to recommend that Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine be authorized for children is expected late next week. If approved, it would be the first such license ...

Genetics

UN calls for global database of human gene editing research

The World Health Organization issued new recommendations Monday on human genome editing, calling for a global registry to track "any form of genetic manipulation" and proposing a whistle-blowing mechanism to raise concerns ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO: Delta variant is 'most transmissible' identified so far

The head of the World Health Organization said the COVID-19 delta variant, first seen in India, is "the most transmissible of the variants identified so far," and warned it is now spreading in at least 85 countries.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO: High vaccination rates can help reduce risk of variants

A top World Health Organization official estimated Monday that COVID-19 vaccination coverage of at least 80% is needed to significantly lower the risk that "imported" coronavirus cases like those linked to new variants could ...

Vaccination

WHO: Vaccinating kids 'not a high priority' amid shortage

The World Health Organization's top vaccines expert said Thursday that immunizing children against COVID-19 is not a high priority from a WHO perspective, given the extremely limited global supply of doses.

Vaccination

European regulator recommends Pfizer shot for children 12-15

The European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended that the use of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech be expanded to children ages 12 to 15, a decision that offers younger and less at-risk populations across ...

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