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World Health Organization: Specialized agency of the United Nations
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency's governing structure and principles, states its main objective as "the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health." It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with six semi-autonomous regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.

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Pneumonia in Kazakhstan 'on our radar': WHO [Video]

Pneumonia in Kazakhstan 'on our radar': WHO

Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization's emergencies program, said on Friday that an outbreak of pneumonia in Kazakhstan, reported to be highly lethal, was "certainly on our radar."

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WHO to set up probe into virus origin [Video]

WHO to set up probe into virus origin

An advance team from the World Health Organization (WHO) has left for China to organize an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus which sparked the global pandemic. Francis Maguire..

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WHO virus investigation: Agency to trace COVID-19 origin in China [Video]

WHO virus investigation: Agency to trace COVID-19 origin in China

China’s leaders deny any cover-up and are unlikely to take responsibility for the spread of the pandemic.

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WHO Chief Says Lack of Unity Is a Bigger Threat Than COVID-19 [Video]

WHO Chief Says Lack of Unity Is a Bigger Threat Than COVID-19

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave a passionate speech at a COVID-19 briefing in Geneva on Thursday.

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Robots At Work: Call the 'germbusters' [Video]

Robots At Work: Call the 'germbusters'

Disinfecting robots may become a common sight. According to the WHO, traditional cleaning methods are only 60% effective. Rosanna Philpott reports.

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WHO calls for more evidence on airborne transmission [Video]

WHO calls for more evidence on airborne transmission

The World Health Organization on Thursday released new guidelines on the transmission of the novel coronavirus that acknowledge some reports of airborne transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19,..

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"It's going to happen again," says former NZ PM Clark [Video]

"It's going to happen again," says former NZ PM Clark

New Zealand's former prime minister Helen Clark warned on Friday (July 10) if the world remained "flat-footed" in its response to pandemics it faces future economic, social and political crisis, after..

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Bolsonaro threatens WHO exit as Brazil's coronavirus toll soars [Video]

Bolsonaro threatens WHO exit as Brazil's coronavirus toll soars

Accusing WHO of 'ideological bias', Bolsonaro says he may follow US president's footsteps and leave the UN health body.

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WHO: Emerging evidence that Covid-19 could be airborne [Video]

WHO: Emerging evidence that Covid-19 could be airborne

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has acknowledged there is "emerging evidence" that Covid-19 could be spread through particles in the air.

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Trump Admin Gives Formal Notice of US Withdrawal From WHO [Video]

Trump Admin Gives Formal Notice of US Withdrawal From WHO

The administration sent a letter to the United Nations on Tuesday giving its notice of withdrawal.

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Trump takes steps to withdraw US from World Health Organization [Video]

Trump takes steps to withdraw US from World Health Organization

Trump takes steps to withdraw US from World Health Organization

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World Health Organisation calls on governments to unite amid coronavirus pandemic [Video]

World Health Organisation calls on governments to unite amid coronavirus pandemic

World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls on governments to unite admid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Scientists Demand The WHO Answer A Question There's No Real Answer To Yet [Video]

Scientists Demand The WHO Answer A Question There's No Real Answer To Yet

Hundreds of scientists across the world have a burning question for the World Health Organization. According to Gizmodo, they just petitioned the WHO via an open letter with one demand. The demand is..

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WHO halts malaria drug in COVID-19 trials [Video]

WHO halts malaria drug in COVID-19 trials

The World Health Organization said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalized patients with..

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WHO: Covid-19 crisis has brought out the best and worst in humanity [Video]

WHO: Covid-19 crisis has brought out the best and worst in humanity

Credit: World Health OrganisationWith more than 500,000 people dead and over 10 million confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said this is "a moment..

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Apple Watch to Prompt Users to Wash Hands for 20 Seconds [Video]

Apple Watch to Prompt Users to Wash Hands for 20 Seconds

The World Health Organization states that washing your hands for 20 seconds is vital in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

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Coronavirus: The 11 countries where WHO Europe says COVID-19 is on the rise [Video]

Coronavirus: The 11 countries where WHO Europe says COVID-19 is on the rise

Which 11 countries in WHO's European region have seen their COVID-19 outbreaks accelerate in recent weeks?View on euronews

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WHO expects to see worldwide Covid-19 cases reach 10 million within next week [Video]

WHO expects to see worldwide Covid-19 cases reach 10 million within next week

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that it expects to see the number of cases of Covid-19 reach 10 million within the next week.Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, told a press..

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The origins of a new cluster of coronavirus infections in Beijing are uncertain, World Health Organization officials said on Monday, but the claim that it might have been caused by imports or packaging..
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