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Last week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
New round of Covid and flu vaccines to roll out at the start of October, minister says
The newest round of vaccines will come online on 2 October.
Last month
August 2023
Air pollution is the greatest global threat to human health, study finds
Residents of Bangladesh would gain 6.8 years of life expectancy if pollution was brought down to WHO guidelines.
This year
Soft drink sweetener aspartame ‘possibly carcinogenic', says WHO
The acceptable daily intake level remains unchanged.
'Exponential rise' in number of legal cases being taken against CervicalCheck, says WHO report
The report said that the programme could be rendered financially unsustainable due to the number of claims being taken against it.
Donnelly: Sugar tax will remain despite WHO saying artificial sweetener could cause cancer
Aspartame is commonly used in thousands of products including diet fizzy drinks, ice cream and chewing gum.
Ireland's Covid-19 vaccination programme will pause over the summer
This means no state Covid-19 vaccination programme will be active over the summer.
Debunked: Confusion over news article helps spread baseless claims about Pandemic Treaty
A letter sent by Conservative MPs has been used to allege a treaty will cede sovereignty to the WHO.
WHO to expand support for farmers to grow food instead of tobacco
Following a successful pilot scheme in Kenya, the UN wants to expand it to other countries and continents.
Mpox no longer a global health emergency says World Health Organisation
90% fewer cases of the virus have been reported in the last three months, according to the Director General.
Alcohol Action Ireland calls for clampdown on '0%' drink ads as WHO labels it 'grey area'
Alcohol Action Ireland believe that the adverts breach the Public Health Alcohol Act which bans certain types of alcohol advertising.
WHO declares an end to Covid-19 global health emergency
The coronavirus outbreak killed at least seven million people worldwide – and health chiefs stressed that the pandemic is not over.
The World Health Organisation has said Covid-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency.
The announcement marks a symbolic end to the devastating coronavirus pandemic that triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns.
The WHO said that even though the emergency phase is over, the pandemic has not come to an end.
Concern and Goal suspend aid activity in Sudan as NGOs struggle to cope with ongoing violence
“If it continues like this, I don’t know what the consequences will be. It will be terrible.”
Covid pandemic still volatile, WHO warns
More than 23,000 deaths and three million new cases have been reported to the WHO in the past 28 days.
China records first human death from H3N8 bird flu, WHO says
The woman who died was a 56-year-old from Guangdong province in southeast China.
China defends search for source of Covid-19 after 'offensive' WHO criticism
The director of the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said research is “always shared”.
Debunked: No, vaccinated people are not more likely to have heart problems from being jabbed
The risk of myocarditis from COVID-19 far outweighs the risk from vaccines
Eight new cases of Marburg disease confirmed in Equatorial Guinea, WHO says
There are two known current outbreaks of Marburg on the African continent.
WHO describes bird flu situation as 'worrying' after death of an infected girl in Cambodia
The girl’s father has also tested positive for the virus, prompting fears that the virus could have been transmitted between humans.
Three years on, WHO says Covid-19 is still a global emergency
The WHO first declared a so-called public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020.
WHO panel debates Covid's emergency status and whether pandemic merits highest level of alert
The outcome will be issued early next week.
Last year
Majority of countries to miss targets for decreasing cervical cancer
Ireland had a 3% increase in cervical cancer between 1988 and 2017, one of the highest in the world.
WHO to rename monkeypox to 'mpox' to reduce prejudice and stigma
The World Health Organisation will phase out its use of the term monkeypox over the next year.
G20 ministers launch billion-dollar pandemic fund
The fund is viewed as one of the early global outcomes of the G20 summit next week.
At least 15,000 people killed by hot weather in Europe in 2022, WHO says
The three months from June-August were the hottest in Europe since records began.
World Health Organisation warns Covid is still an international emergency
The WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead, agreed, warning that there were still millions of cases being reported each week
Irish head of emergencies at WHO reveals he received death threats during pandemic
The Sligo-born doctor said that he may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Uganda declares first Ebola death since 2019
Uganda has experienced several Ebola outbreaks in the past, most recently in 2019 when at least five died.
'Not the only transmission route': Calling monkeypox an STI may create false sense of security
Speaking to The Explainer podcast, Dr Cillian de Gascun said it should not be overlooked that household contacts and healthcare workers are also at risk.
Polio detected in NYC’s sewage, suggesting virus circulating
New York city is confronting polio as officials struggle to vaccinate vulnerable populations against monkeypox and adjusting to new Covid guidelines.
Spain reports second monkeypox-linked death
It is not confirmed if the deaths were actually caused by monkeypox, with autopsies still ongoing.
Monkeypox: Shame and stigma will prolong outbreak, campaigners say
An advocacy group for gay and bisexual men has urged the government to secure enough vaccines for those who are vulnerable.
Monkeypox vaccine supplies in Ireland 'low and limited', says HSE
An additional 16 cases of the virus were confirmed here in the past week.
A smallpox vaccine approved for use against monkeypox is to be rolled out to groups most at risk of infection
The HSE and other stakeholders will now decide how to identify those most at risk
The WHO has been asked to rename the virus due to concerns that stigma and shame will prevent people from seeking treatment
EU approves smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox
Imvanex has been approved in the EU since 2013 for the prevention of smallpox.
Monkeypox: how a global health emergency is decided
The WHO has declared the surge in monkeypox to be a PHEIC, but what is a PHEIC?
WHO to decide whether monkeypox is global health emergency
Nearly 14,000 cases have been reported from more than 70 countries
WHO to decide if monkeypox is a global emergency as Ireland records 10 more cases
The WHO decided in June against declaring such an emergency but will reconvene next week amid rising cases.
Recent decline in childhood vaccinations reaching crisis point, UN says
24.7 million children missed their first dose of the measles vaccine, while 3.5 million missed the first vaccine for HPV.
World Health Organization advises against use of two drugs for non-severe Covid-19
Fluvoxamine and colchicine received considerable interest during the pandemic.
WHO calls for 'urgent' action in Europe over monkeypox
Some 39 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Ireland.
WHO chief calls US abortion ruling a 'setback’ that will cost lives
The World Health Organisation’s director-general said safe abortion should be understood as healthcare.