Thailand trials coronavirus vaccine on monkeys | AFP

Thailand is conducting tests on macaque monkeys as it races to produce a cheaper, alternative coronavirus vaccine it hopes will be ready by 2021. More than 100 candidate vaccines are currently in various stages of development around the world, at least eight of which are in clinical trials with humans, according to the World Health Organisation.

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EU backs WHO after Trump pull-out threat | AFP

The European Union backs the World Health Organisation and multilateral efforts to fight the coronavirus after US President Donald Trump threatened to quit the global agency. SOUNDBITE

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WHO emergency committee to meet this week to evaluate pandemic | AFP

The World Health Organisation says its emergency committee will meet on Thursday April 30th to assess the coronavirus pandemic, three months after the UN body declared it an international emergency. SOUNDBITE

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Why has Trump frozen funding to the WHO? | AFP

In a widely-condemned move, Donald Trump has halted funding to the World Health Organisation. Washington is the biggest single contributor to the United Nations’ health agency, committing some 400 million dollars last year. The US president has been criticised for responding too slowly to the pandemic and for minimising the seriousness of COVID-19, but he is shifting the blame and penalising the WHO. What is the story behind the decision?

WHO chief and Trump at odds over ‘politicizing’ of coronavirus | AFP

US president Donald Trump and WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus disagree over alleged ‘politicizing’ of the COVID-19 pandemic: the World Health Organisation is pleading for global unity in the face of accusations from Trump that the UN health agency is ‘very China-centric’.

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Coronavirus: Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown, measures tighten in Europe — 8th April | AFP

After 76 days of lockdown people are finally leaving Wuhan. In the city where the coronavirus first emerged, thousands flocked to train stations, as a strict travel ban was lifted. But elsewhere, rules are tightening as Europe’s death toll continues to soar. Meanwhile, African countries are preparing for the weeks ahead, Donald Trump accuses the World Health Organisation of a bias towards China and around the world zoos struggle for survival under lockdown.

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Coronavirus: is chloroquine an effective COVID-19 remedy? — 26th March | AFP

Governments around the world are stepping up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has now left more than 20,000 people dead. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases worldwide has soared past 450,000. The World Health Organisation has called on richer nations to offer support to lower and middle income countries to fight the spread of the virus while Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has drawn criticism for downplaying the coronavirus pandemic.

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Novel coronavirus named ‘Covid-19’: UN health agency | AFP

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells reporters in Geneva that “Covid-19” will be the new official name for the deadly coronavirus that was first identified in China on December 31. SOUNDBITE

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New Delhi under “severe pollution” smog | AFP

India gate and other Delhi monuments are hidden by the smog as air in the Indian capital, a noxious cocktail of industrial and vehicle emissions and agricultural smoke from the surrounding regions, is rated as severe. Especially hazardous levels of particulates smaller than 2.5 microns, so tiny they can enter the bloodstream, were 19 times the World Health Organisation’s safe maximum, data from the US embassy website showed.

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Ebola outbreak in DRC remains emergency of “international concern” : WHO | AFP

The Ebola epidemic in DR Congo remains a “public health emergency of international concern” for three more months, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus says at a press conference in Geneva. IMAGES

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WHO asks for DRC population to be ‘committed’ in fight against Ebola | AFP

The World Health Organisation deputy director general Ibrahima Socé Fall calls for the population in Goma, to be ‘committed’ in the fight against the epidemic of Ebola in eastern DR Congo. He was speaking before the announcement of a death in a major city and the quarantining of 15 people in a province that had previously escaped the disease.

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On the frontline: Bullets fly as battle for Tripoli continues

Militias loosely affiliated with a weak UN-backed government were on Sunday defending Tripoli from the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter.
More than 120 people have been killed since the Libyan commander launched an assault on the capital 10 days ago, igniting clashes with rival militias, the UN health agency said Sunday.
The World Health Organisation said 121 people have been killed in the fighting and another 561 have been wounded.
It did not specify whether they were fighters or civilians.

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Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

According to the World Health Organisation, 79,000 cases of measles were recorded in Madagascar between September and February, 926 of which were deadly. Widespread malnutrition and low rates of immunisation on the Indian Ocean island have ramped up the killing power of the highly infectious virus.

Priyanka Chopra takes stand against gender discrimination

Indian actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra says more needs to be done to empower girls and women in India and across the world at panel discussion organised by India’s health ministry and the World Health Organisation.

Probably carcinogenic: Republicans threaten to cut WHO funding for research on Monsanto’s weedkiller

Republican lawmakers in the U.S. are threatening to cut funding to the World Health Organisation’s cancer research programme. That’s after the International agency for research on Cancer said America’s most widely used weedkiller, made by Monsanto, is probably carcinogenic.

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Cannabis: the WHO vs. the Pharmaceutical industry

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the forces trying to oppose the legalization of cannabis. But there is also a very positive signal in this matter. Welcome to Cannabis News Network! (www.cannabisnewsnetwork.com)

The acceptance of the use of cannabis is not desirable for the traditional pharmaceutical companies, and its anti-drugs groups. There is a lot of money at stake and there is a lot of pressure from political and private organizations to stop the rise of cannabis.

On the other hand a report just published by the World Health Organisation, an agency of the United Nations, makes a discreet but clear call to decriminalize drugs.

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Updates on regulating medicinal cannabis and more

In this episode you will find updates on regulating medicinal cannabis and much more. Welcome to Cannabis News Network (http://www.cannabisnewsnetwork.com)

How is the world going to regulate medicinal cannabis? In the Netherlands the office of medicinal cannabis, a government controlled system, audit, controls and supplies the medicinal cannabis through pharmacies. In the United states a third party, Patient Focused Certification, controls the medical cannabis industry.

A Dutch study from the Trimbos institute and the office medicinal cannabis, whereby patients inhale medicinal cannabis instead of using orally, shows that patients are very positive with the results.

The acceptance of the use of cannabis is not desirable for the traditional pharmaceutical companies and its anti-drugs groups. There is a lot of money at stake and there is a lot of pressure from political and private organizations to stop the rise of cannabis.

A report just published by the World Health Organisation, an agency of the United Nations, makes a discreet but clear call to decriminalise drugs.

The annual Cannabis Liberation Day was held for the 6th time.

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