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WHO declares global health emergency over monkeypox outbreak
The fast-spreading monkeypox outbreak represents a global health emergency, the World Health Organization’s highest alert level, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday. The WHO label – a “public health emergency of international concern (USPPI)” – is designed to trigger a coordinated international response and could unlock funds to collaborate on sharing vaccines and treatments.
WHO’s Tedros acted as tiebreaker to break disagreement over Monkeypox designation
World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday he must act as a tie-breaker to resolve a disagreement over whether to declare the Monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency. Nine members of the expert committee were against the designation and six in favor, Tedros told reporters after the WHO gave the virus the highest alert level.
China says COVID vaccines are safe as it reveals leaders have been injected
China’s COVID-19 vaccines are safe and have been administered to state and ruling Communist Party leaders, officials said on Saturday, as Beijing steps up efforts to allay public safety concerns that risk to obstruct his vaccination campaign.
“Chinese state and Party leaders have all been vaccinated against COVID-19 with locally made vaccines,” said Zeng Yixin, deputy head of the National Health Commission.
China says health insurance fund is in the dark, addressing concerns
China’s national medical insurance fund posted a small surplus last year, a health authority said on Saturday, a rare revelation following public concern that the fund was losing money due to testing outbreaks of COVID-19. The fund received 2.88 trillion yuan ($441 billion) in revenue in 2021 while spending 2.4 trillion yuan, the National Healthcare Security Administration said in a statement posted on its website.
Shanghai districts face series of mass COVID tests from July 26-28
Shanghai ordered residents of nine of the city’s districts and some smaller areas to take COVID-19 tests from July 26 to 28, the city government said Monday, as sporadic local cases continued to emerge. in the Chinese mall. Shanghai lifted a two-month lockdown in June but has seen double-digit daily cases in recent weeks.
Pakistan reports one polio case will take years to 13
Pakistan’s polio tally for the year rose to 13 with one case reported on Friday as the South Asian nation seeks to contain a disease largely eradicated elsewhere, officials said
The latest case was discovered in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and involved an 18-month-old boy who is believed to be malnourished, the health ministry said in a statement.
WHO experts divided on monkeypox emergency ahead of decision – sources
Members of a World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel are divided on whether the monkeypox outbreak represents a global health emergency, but the agency’s chief executive could still issue high alert on Saturday, two sources familiar with the decision told Reuters. The committee, which met on Thursday, provides advice to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is responsible for making the final decision on whether to declare a global health emergency.
US identifies first cases of monkeypox in children
Cases of the viral monkeypox illness in the United States have been identified for the first time in children – a toddler in California and an infant who does not reside in the United States, health authorities said Friday. The two cases are unrelated and likely the result of family transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement. The agency said the children are in good health and are being treated.
China reports 982 new COVID cases for July 23 from 817 a day earlier
Mainland China reported 982 new coronavirus cases for July 23, of which 129 were symptomatic and 853 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Sunday. That compares with 817 new cases a day earlier – 164 symptomatic and 653 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately.
(With agency contributions.)