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Jun 02, 2009

Jun 02, 2009

WHO drawing closer to declaring a pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The global novel H1N1 influenza situation is drawing closer to the status of a true pandemic but is not there yet, the World Health Organization's (WHO's) lead spokesman on the issue said today.

"Globally we believe we're in phase 5 but are getting closer to phase 6," said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the WHO assistant director-general for health security and the environment, referring to the WHO's pandemic alert phases.

Jun 11, 2009

Jun 11, 2009

WHO declares pandemic of novel H1N1 virus

(CIDRAP News) – After delaying action for weeks as the novel H1N1 influenza virus took hold in far-flung parts of the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared a full-fledged pandemic, formally recognizing that the virus is becoming a global contagion.

Jun 12, 2009

Jun 12, 2009

Communication expert endorses WHO's delay on pandemic declaration

(CIDRAP News) – A well-known risk-communication expert said the World Health Organization (WHO) acted wisely in delaying its declaration of an influenza pandemic until yesterday, but he simultaneously expressed concern that the move may lead to complacency about the situation.

Jul 24, 2009

Jul 24, 2009

Novel H1N1 flu activity continues at unusual levels

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic H1N1 influenza activity decreased for the fourth consecutive week, though the percentage of deaths from pneumonia and influenza rose a bit above the epidemic threshold, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Mar 03, 2020

Mar 03, 2020
Respirators

WHO warns of COVID-19-related protective equipment shortage

Three main hot spots saw no slowdown in cases, and Argentina and Chile became the latest countries in the Americas to report their first cases.

Jun 23, 2020

Jun 23, 2020
Kaaba in mosque in Mecca

COVID-19 spells travel ban for hajj, maybe for Americans going to Europe

EU officials might exclude travelers from the US and other nations, such as Russia and Brazil, that are having difficulty containing COVID-19 cases.

Jun 30, 2020

Jun 30, 2020
Woman with mask and cell phone at train station

EU travel list excludes US, other COVID-19 hot spots

Also, the Recovery trial announces that a review showed no COVID benefit for a well-known HIV treatment.

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