What is being discussed is more like the World Health Organization’s “yellow card.” That document’s actual name is the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, a form that was created in the 1930s to indicate that travelers have received certain vaccines but that isn’t certified by individual governments.
Weekly reports from the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia office show that North Korean samples from PCR tests are being processed in 15 laboratories but all of these have come back negative.The newspaper reported a defector who had returned to the country from South Korea was “suspected” to have Covid-19.
It helped that back in December, while the coronavirus was just starting to spread inside the Chinese city of Wuhan and the World Health Organization was still months away from declaring a global pandemic, the Taiwanese government deployed its equivalent of the US Defense Production Act to produce masks for its citizens.
It’s also home to the World Health Organization, which has been a critical source of expertise and information throughout the Covid-19 crisis.That’s because the root of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t really a virus, it’s poor governance and under-investment in prevention, crisis-oriented capacity, and government institutions.
Last week, the World Health Organization decided against declaring the coronavirus outbreak an international health emergency in part because the disease seemed to only be spreading through people who had been to Wuhan, China.
The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global emergency Thursday after the number of cases spiked tenfold in a week, calling it an “extraordinary event” that endangers countries outside China and requires a coordinated international response.
Eight months after a rogue Chinese scientist revealed he had secretly created the world’s first gene-edited children , the World Health Organization is asking countries to put a stop to any experiments that would lead to the births of more gene-edited humans.
Pollution concern also lay in the shadows, says Landrigan, because “all the attention was on climate change.” But several recent efforts have raised pollution’s status on the global agenda, with not just the Lancet report but also the work of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the World Health Organization’s first global conference on air pollution last year.