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# World Health Organisation

This month
May 2023
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.
# hse recruitment
HSE kept recruiting nurses from African countries added to WHO list of vulnerable workforces
The Vice President of Zimbabwe has called international recruitment of healthcare workers a crime against humanity.
Last month
April 2023
# Bird Flu
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.
# Coronavirus
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”.
This year
# World Health Organisation
Eight new cases of Marburg disease confirmed in Equatorial Guinea, WHO says
There are two known current outbreaks of Marburg on the African continent.
# H5N1
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.
# pandemic
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
# cancer free
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.
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.
# monkeypox
'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.
# alarm bell
WHO to decide whether monkeypox is global health emergency
Nearly 14,000 cases have been reported from more than 70 countries
# Public Health
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.
# supreme court ruling
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.
# Virus
More than 1,000 monkeypox cases reported globally, says WHO
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said it has been notified of seven confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ireland.
# monkeypox
780 monkeypox outbreak cases confirmed worldwide, says WHO
The 780 cases all come from countries where the virus is not endemic.
# risk assessment
Monkeypox: ECDC says risk to wider population is 'low' but that countries should prepare
As of Saturday, there were 92 confirmed cases of the disease in countries where monkeypox is not endemic.
# Health
Rare monkeypox outbreaks detected in Europe and North America
Britain has confirmed nine cases of the virus since 6 May, and the United States verified its first on Wednesday.
# Covid-19
Ireland among European countries that lifted Covid measures too 'brutally', WHO says
WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said a rise in cases of the virus in Europe is likely due to the more transmissible BA2 variant.
# Covid-19
Netherlands to ease Covid restrictions from today as WHO says Omicron risk remains 'very high'
Bars, restaurants and museums in the country will be allowed to reopen from today.
# Covid-19
WHO chief warns against talk of ‘endgame’ in pandemic
His comments come after Dr David Nabarro said the virus should not be likened to the flu.
All time
# Covid-19
Explainer: What we know about Omicron and how effective booster shots might be
A new study from Imperial College London found that boosters are key to mitigating the impact of the variant.
# European Medicines Agency
EU watchdog says Omicron 'mostly mild' as WHO warns on vaccine hoarding
The European Medicines Agency also said that early data suggested the new variant is more infectious than Delta.
# Covid-19 accord
Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics, says WHO chief
A virtual meeting of the UN’s health agency is seeking to devise a global action plan for tackling future pandemics.
# Covid-19
Covid-19 pandemic is 'far from finished', says WHO
Just 14 vaccine doses have been administered per 100 people in Africa.
# World Health Organisation
Africa detecting just one in seven Covid-19 cases, WHO study finds
The UN plans to increase rapid diagnostic testing in eight African countries.
Climate change the biggest single health threat facing humanity, warns WHO
Burning of fossil fuels is killing us, UN health body warns ahead of Cop26 summit.
# World Health Organisation
Covid pandemic is not over despite positive developments, Mike Ryan warns
Ryan said today that masks will remain a key part of life for a long time to come.
# World Health Organisation
China rejects need for further WHO coronavirus origins probe
Pressure is mounting on Beijing to consider a fresh investigation.
# World Health Organisation
WHO sees 'likely' link between Covid mRNA vaccines and rare heart condition
The inflammations were found to be “very rare”.
# David Nabarro
Decision on vaccine surplus 'up to Ireland', says WHO special envoy
However, he said the WHO’s view is that surplus vaccines should just be used “to prevent severe illness and death among people at risk”.
# Alcohol
WHO faces criticism over suggesting women of childbearing age should be advised against drinking
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has called on the WHO to review the report “as a matter of urgency”.
# Living With Covid
'Dates don't drive anything': WHO's Mike Ryan urges Irish public not to focus on when country could reopen
The WHO emergencies expert believes Ireland’s case numbers are too high.
# White House
Biden to join virtual G7 event with global leaders on Covid-19 efforts
The US President will address the G7 meeting on the pandemic and vaccination distribution.
# Covid-19
WHO's David Nabarro to TDs: 'This pandemic is nowhere near finished'
Nabarro said that Covid-19 is a “new virus” and that both the virus itself and society’s response will change.
# Coronavirus
Trust in vaccines vital to halting pandemic, warns WHO
A vaccine won’t be able to stop Covid-19 if people are reluctant to take it, a top WHO expert has said.
# David Nabarro
FactFind: Has the World Health Organisation changed its position on lockdowns?
No. It hasn’t.
# Coronavirus
'It's not an option': World Health Organisation warns against attempts to develop Covid-19 herd immunity
The concept has been frequently referenced since the beginning of the pandemic.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 pandemic causing major disruptions to critical mental health services, WHO finds
The HSE’s winter plan has been criticised for not allocating enough funding towards mental health.
# Michael Ryan
WHO warns virus death toll could surpass two million without collective action
The number of cases worldwide has soared past 32 million,