World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arrives at a press conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva on July 3, 2020.
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The WHO is a health agency, not a political one. Yet political leaders have often criticized it. Still, the move by the US to pull out from the organization is unprecedented.
The actions of one country cannot be allowed to undermine decades of multilateral efforts to improve the health and well-being of all peoples of the world.
239 scientists have penned an open letter to the WHO arguing COVID-19 likely spreads through the air. But what is airborne transmission, and how strong is the evidence COVID-19 spreads this way?
To contain and mitigate the virus of misinformation needs multi-levelled, socio-cultural approaches.
In Africa, people who report higher levels of exposure to disinformation also report lower levels of media trust.
Bruce Aylward, team lead of the WHO-China joint mission on COVID-19, speaks to the media about COVID-19 after returning from China, on Feb. 25, 2020.
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The World Health Organization’s handling of communication around COVID-19 included ambiguous messaging that created confusion.
Exposure to sunshine for a few minutes is enough to provide sufficient vitamin D.
Vitamin D has been shown to regulate the function of 229 genes in humans, suggesting that it plays many roles in maintaining health.
Today smallpox can only be found in deep freeze inside a few highly secured laboratories, like this one at the CDC in 1980.
The smallpox virus appears to have been with humanity for millennia before a global vaccination drive wiped it out. Current genome research suggests how smallpox spread and where it came from.
A mass grave in Manaus, Brazil. The country now has the second-most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world.
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While those of us from Australia and New Zealand might be starting to relax as restrictions ease, the pandemic is actually growing at an increasing rate worldwide.
In a Tuesday night speech titled “Australia and the world in the time of COVID-19”, Marise Payne has called for reform of multilateral institutions, including the World Health Organisation.
Dan Coats, left, then director of national intelligence, told Congress in 2019 about the potential danger of a pandemic.
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Warnings about major disease outbreaks are supposed to come from national and international medical intelligence and surveillance agencies that most Americans have never heard of.
A COVID-19-type pandemic had long been predicted, but our warnings weren't heeded. We need to start rethinking our approach to health now – even in countries like New Zealand.
A woman making masks in Alexandra, Johannesburg. The South African government hasn’t consulted with its citizens on COVID-19.
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Policy implementation is about the execution of political decisions, informed by evidence.
President Pierre Nkurunziza arrives to inaugurate Burundi’s Chinese-built state house on September 27, 2019.
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History will judge Nkurunziza as a man who brought unnecessary pain to a nation that had long suffered from political misrule.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and German chancellor Angela Merkel have shown good leadership in the fight against COVID-19.
It is no accident that those leaders who have responded worst to this crisis have also been the main sources of countless conspiracy theories and misinformation.
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The decision to authorise a WHO investigation into the origins of the coronavirus is only a partial vindication for nations keen to hold China to account. But it will help strengthen global health measures.
Michelle Grattan joins Professor Paddy Nixon to discuss the week in politics.
Wuhan: questions remain over China’s initial response to the coronavirus.
The WHO's legitimacy is at stake – it must answer tough questions on whether it kow-towed to China.
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China has only agreed to an investigation if it happens after the pandemic and is led by the WHO – two stipulations that likely won't sit well with western countries.
African Union Summit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 24, 2020. The Chairperson, African Union Commission, H.E. Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, said that the Commission will strengthen partnerships and coordination across Africa to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Despite the transnational dimension of the Covid-19 crisis, transnational responses are facing many obstacles. Yet, some regional organisations might be able to expand their mandate and resources.
Some countries are making it work – and the rest could learn from them.