First steps in reforming global health emergency rules agreed at WHO meeting

GENEVA, May 27 (Reuters) – Countries have agreed to an initial US-led push to reform of the rules around disease outbreaks, known as the International Health Regulations, after early opposition from Africa and others was overcome this week, sources told Reuters on Friday. The amendments, once confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) assembly, are … Read more

EU in talks for common purchase of vaccine, antiviral against monkeypox

STOCKHOLM, May 27 (Reuters) – The European Union is working on a common purchasing agreement for vaccines and antiviralsagainst monkeypox, as cases of the viral disease usually endemic to Africa gather steam in Europe and beyond. A broad consensus was reached in principle with member states for the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) … Read more

Explainer: What vaccines, treatments do we have to combat monkeypox?

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, is seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC/Handout via REUTERS. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – With cases of … Read more

Africa objects to US push to reform health rules at WHO assembly

Dr TedrosÊAdhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks following his re-election during the 75th World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2022. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register GENEVA, May 24 (Reuters) – African countries raised an objection on Tuesday to a … Read more

Davos booster for $18 billion fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

DAVOS, Switzerland, May 24 (Reuters) – A global health fund has raised a third of the $18 billion it says is needed to reverse setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic and combat AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced its first pledge from the private sector on the … Read more

Germany’s vaccine panel says one COVID shot enough for children

Eleven-year-old Chiara receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a vaccination event for children at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, December 18, 2021. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register FRANKFURT, May 24 (Reuters) – Germany’s vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday said … Read more

US FDA sets June meeting dates for Moderna, Pfizer small children COVID-19 vaccines

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) – The US Food and Drug Administration set June 14-15 as the new meeting date to review Moderna Inc’s emergency … Read more

World in no better place to fight pandemics than before COVID – review

The World Health Organization logo is pictured at the entrance of the WHO building, in Geneva, Switzerland, December 20, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – The world is not better prepared for a new pandemic than it was when coronavirus emerged in 2019 and … Read more

Coronavirus may be linked to cases of severe hepatitis in children

A firefighter from the Marins-Pompiers of Marseille (Marseille Naval Fire Battalion) administers a nasal swab to a child at a testing site for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Marseille, France, September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 16 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent … Read more

Blood marker identified for babies at risk of SIDS hailed as ‘breakthrough’

A newborn baby holds on a nurse’s finger at the maternity ward of the children hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan October 24, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/ Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, May 13 (Reuters) – A team of Australian researchers have identified a biochemical marker in the blood that could help … Read more