World Health Organization Europe: New mobile friendly web tool with interactive dashboard gives individuals the information they need on monkeypox in advance of attending gatherings

World Health Organization: New mobile friendly web tool with interactive dashboard gives individuals the information they need on monkeypox in advance of attending gatherings. “WHO/Europe has launched a new tool that will offer convenient access to monkeypox information for people planning to attend large gatherings, events or parties. The tool provides an up-to-date assessment of the in-country situation, links to the websites of local health authorities, advice on available preventive measures, as well as links to WHO guidance. It is part of a comprehensive monkeypox resource toolkit with ready-to-use and customizable tools to support national authorities and event organizers in their planning and coordination of mass and large gathering events.”

World Health Organization: WHO launches new Mortality Database visualization portal

World Health Organization: WHO launches new Mortality Database visualization portal. “Since its founding in 1948, WHO has required all Member States to report mortality data and collected this information in the WHO Mortality Database. Today, this unique database is the oldest and largest of its kind, containing data from over 120 countries and areas by cause, year, sex, and age. The portal is a significant step towards ensuring mortality data is used to drive impact in countries. Among other features, users can now filter and compare information by disease category or age group. They can also use interactive visualizations to view the data by number of deaths, death rates per 100 000, or as a percentage of total deaths.”

Globe and Mail: Nearly 15 million died in first two years of COVID-19 pandemic, new WHO study finds

Globe and Mail: Nearly 15 million died in first two years of COVID-19 pandemic, new WHO study finds. “The first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has killed nearly 15 million people around the world, a new detailed estimate from the World Health Organization has found. The latest estimate, focusing on direct and indirect mortality caused by the pandemic, is nearly triple the official count of 5.4 million deaths in the same period. Global deaths since January were not included in the study.”

World Health Organization: New GLAAS data portal online

World Health Organization: New GLAAS data portal online. “The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) data portal is now online… The portal features GLAAS data from the past three GLAAS cycles (2013/2014, 2016/2017, 2018/2019) on governance, finance, monitoring and human resources. On the portal, users can explore and download data, analyze trends, and make country and regional comparisons.”

The World Health Organization’s Disease Outbreak News: a retrospective database (MedRxiv)

medRxiv: The World Health Organization’s Disease Outbreak News: a retrospective database. “The World Health Organization (WHO) notifies the global community about disease outbreaks through the Disease Outbreak News (DON). These online reports tell important stories about both outbreaks themselves and the high-level decision making that governs information sharing during public health emergencies. However, they have been used only minimally in global health scholarship to date. Here, we collate all 2,789 of these reports from their first use through the start of the Covid-19 pandemic (January 1996 to December 2019), and develop an annotated database of the subjective and often inconsistent information they contain.”

WHO Global Health Facilities Database: Ensuring access to primary healthcare and UHC (World Health Organization)

World Health Organization: WHO Global Health Facilities Database: Ensuring access to primary healthcare and UHC. “The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed urgent gaps in countries’ current ability to locate health facilities, impeding progress to provide equitable access to therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccinations through the ACT-Accelerator and other initiatives. As a standardized and open access repository of health facility information, the database will provide critical insights to deliver primary health care, especially during emergencies. It will also leverage the power of geospatial data to map health facilities in relation to communities and help bridge long-standing inequalities in access and use.”

Associated Press: WHO says COVID boosters needed, reversing previous call

Associated Press: WHO says COVID boosters needed, reversing previous call. “An expert group convened by the World Health Organization said Tuesday it ‘strongly supports urgent and broad access’ to booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine amid the global spread of omicron, capping a reversal of the U.N. agency’s repeated insistence last year that boosters weren’t necessary for healthy people and contributed to vaccine inequity.”

Nature: South African scientists copy Moderna’s COVID vaccine

Nature: South African scientists copy Moderna’s COVID vaccine. “The company, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, in Cape Town, has made only microlitres of the vaccine, based on data that Moderna used to make its shot. But the achievement is a milestone for a major initiative launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) — a technology transfer hub meant to build capacity for vaccine manufacturing in low- and middle-income countries.”

BMJ: WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19

BMJ: WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19. “The drug baricitinib (a type of drug known as a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis) is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical covid-19 in combination with corticosteroids, says a WHO Guideline Development Group of international experts in The BMJ today.”

Nature: WHO chief Tedros looks guaranteed for re-election amid COVID pandemic

Nature: WHO chief Tedros looks guaranteed for re-election amid COVID pandemic. “Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), is all but ensured to lead the organization for a second term, from 2022 to 2027, because he is the only candidate in the race. As a matter of procedure, on 25 January, the WHO’s executive board is expected to nominate him for re-election in May.”

Covid: Deadly Omicron should not be called mild, warns WHO (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Deadly Omicron should not be called mild, warns WHO. “Recent studies suggest that Omicron is less likely to make people seriously ill than previous Covid variants. But the record number of people catching it has left health systems under severe pressure, said WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. On Monday, the US recorded more than one million Covid cases in 24 hours.”