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WHO calls for immediate release of hostages abducted by Hamas

WHO Director-General meets families of hostages, calls for the immediate release of the hostages along with urgent access to each of them.

WHO calls for immediate release of hostages abducted by Hamas

WHO, CDC monitoring new COVID variant detected in Israel

The new variant, BA.2.86, has been detected so far in Israel, Denmark and the United States.

WHO, CDC monitoring new COVID variant detected in Israel

Aspartame sweetener is possibly carcinogenic to humans

World Health Organization classifying aspartame as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" but acceptable daily intake level remains unchanged.

Aspartame sweetener is possibly carcinogenic to humans

WHO says COVID-19 no longer a global health emergency

At the same time, World Health Organization (WHO) chief also warns that the threat from the virus remains.

WHO says COVID-19 no longer a global health emergency

Death toll in Turkey-Syria earthquake could top 20,000, says WHO

More than 5,000 confirmed dead in devastating quake on Syrian-Turkish border, but officials say over 20,000 may have died.

Death toll in Turkey-Syria earthquake could top 20,000, says WHO

WHO renames monkeypox, cites concerns of racism

World Health Organization announces that monkeypox will now be known as mpox.

WHO renames monkeypox, cites concerns of racism

WHO and CDC: Measles imminent global threat

Global and American health agencies warn that measles could be a growing issue around the world.

WHO and CDC: Measles imminent global threat

Ebola outbreak reported in Uganda

Fifty cases and twenty-four deaths have been reported since the original outbreak.

Ebola outbreak reported in Uganda

'Time to end World Health Assembly's anti-Israel bias'

President Isaac Herzog opens the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe.

'Time to end World Health Assembly's anti-Israel bias'

WHO to rename monkeypox

World Health Organization holding open forum to rename monkeypox due to concerns the name could be considered discriminatory.

WHO to rename monkeypox

WHO declares monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency

WHO Dir. Gen: "Risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions, except in the European region, where we assess the risk as high"

WHO declares monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency

'COVID-19 pandemic is far from over'

World Health Organization chief says fresh waves of COVID-19 infections show the pandemic is nowhere near over.

'COVID-19 pandemic is far from over'

WHO: 'Sex is not limited to male and female'

World Health Organization updates manual based on "new scientific evidence."

WHO: 'Sex is not limited to male and female'

WHO: Monkeypox outbreak tops 1,000 cases

World Health Organization warns that the risk of monkeypox becoming established in non-endemic nations is real.

WHO: Monkeypox outbreak tops 1,000 cases

WHO believes COVID-19 crisis in North Korea is deepening

World Health Organization says it assumes COVID-19 crisis in North Korea is deepening despite claims otherwise.

WHO believes COVID-19 crisis in North Korea is deepening

'No need for mass vaccinations in monkeypox outbreak'

World Health Organization says monkeypox outbreak outside of Africa does not require mass vaccinations as of now.

'No need for mass vaccinations in monkeypox outbreak'

The week ahead - two conferences in Davos that will affect you

Both the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum are having their conferences from the 22-28th of May, in Switzerland. Op-ed.

The week ahead - two conferences in Davos that will affect you

'COVID-19 pandemic is most certainly not over'

World Health Organization director-general says pandemic isn't over despite decline in reported cases.

'COVID-19 pandemic is most certainly not over'

WHO calls emergency meeting over monkeypox outbreak

World Health Organization to discuss viral infection after more than 100 cases were confirmed or suspected in Europe.

WHO calls emergency meeting over monkeypox outbreak

Health Ministry following acute 'hepatitis' in 12 children

Twelve children hospitalized with unexplained acute liver infection, in two Israeli hospitals.

Health Ministry following acute 'hepatitis' in 12 children

'Europe is in a COVID-19 ceasefire'

WHO Europe director says Europe could soon a "long period of tranquility" from COVID.

'Europe is in a COVID-19 ceasefire'

WHO: No need to give booster shots to the under-18s

Despite clear evidence of waning vaccine immunity over time, children & adolescents don't need top-up doses, says WHO's chief scientist.

WHO: No need to give booster shots to the under-18s

WHO: Omicron wave on the decline

World Health Organization says data from several countries show Omicron wave starting to wane.

WHO: Omicron wave on the decline

WHO: Too soon to say if Omicron is more severe than Delta

WHO official says there is not yet enough data on the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

WHO: Too soon to say if Omicron is more severe than Delta

WHO: Data suggests Omicron is ‘less severe’

World Health Organization says severe cases of new COVID-19 variant remain low in South Africa.

WHO: Data suggests Omicron is ‘less severe’

WHO names new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron'

World Health Organization says newly identified COVID-19 variant in South Africa is a "variant of concern".

WHO names new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron'

WHO warns: Half a million deaths in Europe by February

The World Heath Organization releases dire warning about projected increase in COVID deaths in Europe.

WHO warns: Half a million deaths in Europe by February

Breathtaking performance of 'A Million Dreams' inspires million

Musicians with disabilities perform 'A Million Dreams' for World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee Conference.

Breathtaking performance of 'A Million Dreams' inspires million

WHO condemns wealthy nations' rush to hand out booster shots

World Health Organization again calls on countries to avoid giving out COVID-19 booster shots until the end of the year.

WHO condemns wealthy nations' rush to hand out booster shots

WHO calls for two-month moratorium on booster shots

Head of World Health Organization calls on countries to suspend booster shots as a means of reducing global vaccine inequality.

WHO calls for two-month moratorium on booster shots

WHO criticizes wealthy countries over booster shots

WHO condemns wealthy countries for providing booster shots while millions around the world have yet to receive one dose.

WHO criticizes wealthy countries over booster shots

Chinese state media slammed for anti-Semitic pic of SS Blinken

Caricature depicts Blinken with oversized Jewish nose, horns, US flag on his back and secret control of the World Health Organization.

Chinese state media slammed for anti-Semitic pic of SS Blinken

WHO urges end to 'disgraceful' vaccine inequity

World Health Organization urges world leaders to overturn the "disgraceful" global imbalance in access to COVID-19 vaccines.

WHO urges end to 'disgraceful' vaccine inequity

US rejects WHO appeal on booster shots

US rejects WHO's appeal for moratorium on COVID-19 booster shots and for rich countries to focus on supplying poorer nations.

US rejects WHO appeal on booster shots

WHO: Delta variant has led to 'surge' in outbreaks in MidEast

World Health Organization says Delta variant has triggered a fourth wave in the Middle East.

WHO: Delta variant has led to 'surge' in outbreaks in MidEast

China rejects WHO plan for a study of COVID-19 origin

China rejects World Health Organization's plan for a second phase of investigation into the origin of the coronavirus.

China rejects WHO plan for a study of COVID-19 origin

World Health Organization blasts plans for third dose of vaccine

WHO slams pharmaceutical companies over bid to push third dose of COVID vaccine. 'No indication 3rd dose is needed now.'

World Health Organization blasts plans for third dose of vaccine

WHO changes vax guidelines for kids after Facebook censorship

World Health Organization drops recommendation against vaccinating children after Facebook censors posts.

WHO changes vax guidelines for kids after Facebook censorship

WHO official admits COVID most likely originated in Wuhan

World Health Organization advisory committee member calls for a full investigation into origins of deadly virus, blasts China for secrecy.

WHO official admits COVID most likely originated in Wuhan

Europe COVID death toll crosses 1 million

World Health Organization reports Europe has seen over one third of global COVID-19 deaths, still sees high infection rate.

Europe COVID death toll crosses 1 million

New report: China still not certain where COVID-19 comes from

New report by Chinese, WHO, scientists says possibility COVID-19 escaped from lab is 'extremely unlikely.'

New report: China still not certain where COVID-19 comes from

WHO says countries can continue to use AstroZeneca vaccine

World Health Organization still looking into the vaccine safety after a slew of countries suspended its use over health fears.

WHO says countries can continue to use AstroZeneca vaccine

Shipment of vaccines for Palestinian Authority arrives in Israel

Shipment of 60,000 coronavirus vaccines is transferred from Ben Gurion Airport to the Palestinian Authority and Gaza.

Shipment of vaccines for Palestinian Authority arrives in Israel

WHO authorizes Johnson & Johnson vaccine for emergency use

Approval means the one-dose shot can now theoretically be used as part of the international COVAX effort to distribute vaccines globally.

WHO authorizes Johnson & Johnson vaccine for emergency use

WHO authorizes AstraZeneca vaccine

World Health Organization grants emergency authorization to AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine.

WHO authorizes AstraZeneca vaccine

WHO: Outbreak in Wuhan may have been wider than thought

Lead investigator for WHO mission to Wuhan says the mission found several signs of a more wide-ranging 2019 spread of COVID-19.

WHO: Outbreak in Wuhan may have been wider than thought

WHO recommends AstraZeneca vaccine

WHO panel releases interim decision saying Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine should be used even with questions over South African variant.

WHO recommends AstraZeneca vaccine

WHO: COVID came from bats, not lab

World Health Organization inspectors in China say coronavirus likely passed from bats to another animal before infecting humans.

WHO: COVID came from bats, not lab

WHO experts visit market where COVID-19 broke out

Team of experts from World Health Organization visit the seafood market in Wuhan, where the first infections emerged over a year ago.

WHO experts visit market where COVID-19 broke out

WHO: Pregnant women can receive coronavirus vaccine

WHO updates guidelines, removing recommendation against giving coronavirus vaccine to pregnant women.

WHO: Pregnant women can receive coronavirus vaccine

WHO grants emergency validation to Pfizer vaccine

World Health Organization says Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the first to receive its "emergency validation" since the pandemic began.

WHO grants emergency validation to Pfizer vaccine

PA to receive first COVID-19 vaccines within two weeks

The PA has been in touch with the World Health Organization to ensure that it receives coronavirus vaccines.

PA to receive first COVID-19 vaccines within two weeks

WHO Director: Lockdowns should only be a “last resort”

Regional Emergency Director at the World Health Organization warns against overuse of lockdowns, calling them a 'last resort'.

WHO Director: Lockdowns should only be a “last resort”

World Health Organization: Stop the lockdowns

Top WHO envoy urges world leaders to avoid using lockdowns. 'They make poor people a lot poorer.'

World Health Organization: Stop the lockdowns

WHO: COVID-19 vaccine may arrive by end of 2020

WHO Director-General Ghebreyesus says organization has "hope" there will be a vaccine for the coronavirus by year's end.

WHO: COVID-19 vaccine may arrive by end of 2020

WHO: 760 million people have been infected with COVID-19

World Health Organization estimates that one in ten people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus thus far.

WHO: 760 million people have been infected with COVID-19

WHO director-general to visit Israel

Israeli Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Meirav Elon Shahar meets World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

WHO director-general to visit Israel

WHO official: Global death toll could reach 2 million

World Health Organization official warns the global COVID-19 death toll could double to 2 million before successful vaccine is used.

WHO official: Global death toll could reach 2 million

WHO hopes pandemic will last less than two years

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expresses hope the COVID-19 pandemic will be shorter than the 1918 Spanish flu.

WHO hopes pandemic will last less than two years

Professor Yoram Lass to Arutz Sheva: 'Pandemic psychosis'

Former HM Director: 'Pandemic psychosis virus is new means of communication; social networks never existed in previous viral pandemics.'

Professor Yoram Lass to Arutz Sheva: 'Pandemic psychosis'