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WHO teams arrive in Mbandaka as DRC battles fresh ebola outbreak

Mbandaka, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Nearly 50 staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have arrived in Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to tackle yet another outbreak of Ebola in the country.   The responders carried 3,500 doses of Ebola vaccine and 2,000 cartridges …

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WHO to resume hydroxychloroquine coronavirus trials

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine will resume as it searches for potential coronavirus treatments. On May 25, the WHO announced it had temporarily suspended the trials to conduct a safety review, which has now concluded there is “no reason” to change the …

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Hydroxychloroquine: a drug dividing the world

Paris, France | AFP | Banned in some countries, promoted in others — the drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the new coronavirus is dividing opinion worldwide. Scientists looking to find licenced medicines that could be repurposed as a treatment for COVID-19 had started tests of hydroxychloroquine, normally used to …

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WHO urging countries to revamp awareness on dangers of tobacco consumption

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The World Health Organization (WHO) lists flavours appealing to young people in smokeless tobacco, Shisha and e-cigrattes among the latest tobacco and related industry tactics to attract younger generations.  They also list advertising and product placement on movies and social media platforms with paid influencers …

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Backlash to Trump cutting WHO ties as virus grips Latin America

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | US President Donald Trump faced a broad backlash Saturday over his decision to sever ties with the UN’s health agency during a pandemic, as the coronavirus surged in Latin America and Europe further reopened from lockdown. The EU called on Washington to reconsider its decision to …

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Scientists raise concern over hydroxychloroquine study

Paris, France | AFP | Dozens of scientists have raised concerns over a large-scale study of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine published in the Lancet that led to the World Health Organization suspending clinical trials of the anti-viral drugs as a potential treatment for COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine, normally used to treat arthritis, has become …

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Burundi First Lady hospitalised in Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi’s first lady was in hospital in Nairobi on Friday, after being flown in on a late-night medical flight, according to sources at the airport and in the presidency. First lady Denise Bucumi was flown out of Burundi on a Pilatus plane by the AMREF air ambulance service, according to …

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