CNBC: WHO pauses trial of hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment amid safety concerns

CNBC: WHO pauses trial of hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment amid safety concerns. “The World Health Organization on Monday temporarily suspended its trial of hydroxycholoroquine, the drug backed by President Donald Trump to combat the deadly coronavirus, over safety concerns.”

World Health Organization: WHO launches new search feature for questions on COVID-19

World Health Organization: WHO launches new search feature for questions on COVID-19. “WHO’s COVID-19 webpage now features an enhanced natural language processing search bar, which understands questions posed in everyday language and more accurately delivers answers to those queries. Unlike traditional index-based search that delivers links, when someone enters a question about COVID-19 into the search bar on WHO’s COVID-19 page, the new search finds the most accurate information related to that question from WHO’s website. Yext, the technology company that developed this search function, provides WHO’s web team with regular feedback on the questions that visitors are asking so that WHO can adapt information on the web to meet the demand.”

Coronavirus: Trump gives WHO ultimatum over Covid-19 handling (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Trump gives WHO ultimatum over Covid-19 handling. “US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) threatening to pull US funding permanently over Covid-19. The letter outlines a 30-day deadline for the body to commit to ‘substantive improvements’ or risk losing millions and US membership altogether.”

World Health Organization: Launch of the WHO Academy and the WHO Info mobile applications

World Health Organization: Launch of the WHO Academy and the WHO Info mobile applications. “Today, the WHO Academy, World Health Organization’s lifelong learning centre, launched a mobile app designed to enable health workers to expand their life-saving skills to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. The app provides health workers with mobile access to a wealth of COVID-19 knowledge resources, developed by WHO, that include up-to-the-minute guidance, tools, training, and virtual workshops that will help them care for COVID-19 patients and protect themselves.”

Washington Post: Nearly 25,000 email addresses and passwords allegedly from NIH, WHO, Gates Foundation and others are dumped online

Washington Post: Nearly 25,000 email addresses and passwords allegedly from NIH, WHO, Gates Foundation and others are dumped online. “Unknown activists have posted nearly 25,000 email addresses and passwords allegedly belonging to the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation and other groups working to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online extremism and terrorist groups. While SITE was unable to verify whether the email addresses and passwords were authentic, the group said the information was released Sunday and Monday and almost immediately used to foment attempts at hacking and harassment by far-right extremists. An Australian cybersecurity expert, Robert Potter, said he was able to verify that the WHO email addresses and passwords were real.”

Neowin: WhatsApp works with WHO to launch a new sticker pack

Neowin: WhatsApp works with WHO to launch a new sticker pack. “WhatsApp has announced that it has collaborated with the World Health Organization to develop a new sticker pack called ‘Together at Home’. The new stickers are designed to be funny and educational. The stickers were also called universal by WhatsApp because they’re available in ten languages and break through other barriers such as the age barrier. The two entities hope the stickers will encourage people to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Coronavirus very likely of animal origin, no sign of lab manipulation: WHO (Reuters)

Reuters: Coronavirus very likely of animal origin, no sign of lab manipulation: WHO. “The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that all available evidence suggests the novel coronavirus originated in animals in China late last year and was not manipulated or produced in a laboratory.”