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  • Photo of Update from the Caribbean Public Health Agency on COVID-19 Vaccines and Variants

    Update from the Caribbean Public Health Agency on COVID-19 Vaccines and Variants

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency is aware that some countries in the European Union have suspended their AstraZeneca vaccination campaign, as a result of reports of rare blood coagulation disorders in people who had received the vaccine.   This was done as a precautionary measure while a full investigation is conducted into the reports.  At present, it cannot be determined whether…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Chairman Calls For Equitable Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccine

    CARICOM Chairman Calls For Equitable Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccine

    OPM, Port of Spain – Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Chairman of CARICOM, Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley has called for the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine resources for the benefit of all nations. Dr Rowley made the call while addressing the World Health Organization’s Media briefing on COVID-19 today (Thursday 18th February, 2021). Prime Minister Rowley said…

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  • Photo of CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’ Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccine
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    CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’ Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

    The Caribbean Public health Agency (CARPHA), with funding from the European Union (EU), has entered into an agreement with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to support Member States’ participation in the COVAX Facility. This will be done through assistance with the required down payment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which is the administrator of the COVAX Facility. The Facility…

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  • Photo of WHO launches global initiative to create equitable access to COVID-19 drugs and vaccines
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    WHO launches global initiative to create equitable access to COVID-19 drugs and vaccines

    ( DPI, Guyana, ) The World Health Organisation (WHO) today, launched a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. A group of healthcare actors, private sector partners and other stakeholders have joined forces to launch the ‘Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator’. During his media briefing today, WHO Director-General Dr.…

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  • Cannabidiol is ‘not likely to be abused,’ WHO says

    (CNN)Two separate substances, two separate approaches: The World Health Organization endorsed a gentle view of cannabidiol this week while issuing its sternest warning yet against synthetic opioid carfentanil. Cannabidiol, a naturally occurring chemical found in marijuana plants, is “not likely to be abused or create dependence,” an initial review by the WHO's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence found. The organization decided that international prohibitions…

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  • Photo of Caribbean to benefit from new WHO programme

    Caribbean to benefit from new WHO programme

    GENEVA Switzerland (CMC) – Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries are to benefit from a new plan approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for new health emergency programmes, globally. Caribbean health ministers were among delegates at the WHO meeting here and according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the programme adds operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies that are…

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  • Photo of Possible human trials of Zika vaccine by September

    Possible human trials of Zika vaccine by September

    TEXAS, United States, Thursday May 19, 2016 – Scientists have for the first time cloned the Zika virus, an important development towards fast-tracking a vaccine against the disease. The genetically engineered copy is a replica of the strain that is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean, bringing an increase in microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with…

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  • Photo of Jamaica lab approved as WHO Zika testing facility

    Jamaica lab approved as WHO Zika testing facility

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday April 4, 2016 – Jamaica is equipped to conduct Zika virus testing on behalf of other countries, if so assigned by the World Health Organization (WHO). Acting Director of the National Virology Reference Laboratory at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Professor Monica Smikle, has disclosed that the facility is a valid WHO testing agency.…

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  • Photo of WHO declares Zika an International Public Health Emergency

    WHO declares Zika an International Public Health Emergency

    The World Health Organization declared the spread of Zika and an associated birth defect an international public health emergency Monday, freeing funds to combat the disease. “This is an extraordinary event,” said WHO Director General Margaret Chan at a press conference Monday. “It poses a public health threat to other parts of the world and a coordinated international response is…

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  • Photo of PAHO/WHO rep makes case for regional specialized health facilities

    PAHO/WHO rep makes case for regional specialized health facilities

    A representative of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) said there is no need for the country and other small island nations to consider having their own specialists to handle medical cases. Dr Godfrey Xuereb The Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean representative for PAHO/WHO, Dr Godfrey Xuereb said although Antigua & Barbuda could not handle…

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