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7 May
"Wednesday’s announcement by the #UnitedStates🇺🇸 that it will support a temporary waiver of intellectual property protections for #COVID19 vaccines is a significant statement of solidarity and support for #VaccinEquity."-@DrTedros
"I know that this is not a politically easy thing to do, so I very much appreciate the leadership of the #UnitedStates🇺🇸, and we urge other countries to follow their example."-@DrTedros #COVID19
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7 May
🆕 Joint Statement by International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) & WHO calls on the pharmaceutical industry to provide wide access to clinical data for all new medicines and vaccines.

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#COVID19 shows that information & data are 🔑 to support:
🔸academics, researchers & industry in dev. vaccines & therapeutics
🔸regulators & health authorities' decision-making
🔸healthcare professionals' treatment decisions
🔸public confidence in deployed vaccines & therapeutics Image
To ensure public health interest, clinical trial reports should be published without redaction of confidential information. Both positive & negative clinically relevant data should be made available, while only personal data & individual patient data should be redacted. Image
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6 May
Most people consume 2x the WHO-recommended 5g of daily #salt intake, putting themselves at greater risk of the heart diseases & strokes that kill an estimated 3 million people each year.

🆕 WHO benchmarks help countries reduce salt intake & save lives👉
The WHO Global Sodium Benchmarks aim to guide for countries and industry to reduce the sodium content in processed foods.

Consumption of processed food is a rapidly increasing source of sodium
The Global Sodium Benchmarks target several categories of high-sodium 🧂 food products:

🥯 Processed and packaged bread
🥫 Savory snacks
🥩 Meat products
🧀 Cheese products.

Reducing daily sodium intake can lower the risk of future high blood pressure and heart ♥️ disease
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5 May
Live event on new WHO Global Hub for Pandemic & Epidemic Intelligence…
"#Germany🇩🇪 has been a steadfast partner to WHO for many years, but especially during the past year.
And I have personally appreciated the strong leadership of Her Excellency Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany."-@DrTedros
"In my first week as Director-General in 2017, I had the honour of attending the #G20 Summit in Hamburg, where under Chancellor Merkel’s leadership, #Germany🇩🇪 put a very strong emphasis on health and emergency preparedness, years before #COVID19."-@DrTedros
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5 May
It's #WorldAsthmaDay.

#Asthma is a common lung 🫁 condition that causes intermittent breathing difficulties. It often starts in childhood, although it can also develop in adults, and affects people of all ages.
Common symptoms of #asthma include

✅ Coughing
✅ Wheezing
✅ Chest tightness

During an asthma attack, these symptoms become much worse. Asthma attacks can be fatal but are largely preventable and manageable.
#Asthma cannot be cured, but good management with inhaled medications can control the disease and enable people with asthma to enjoy a normal, active life.

For more info 👉
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5 May
It's the International Day of the #Midwife!

Midwives are fundamental to ending preventable maternal & newborn deaths. But the world still needs 9⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ more midwives to save lives of moms 🤰 and babies 👶.

👉 #MidwivesDay #IDM2021
The latest data from the State of World’s Midwifery report shows the shortage of #midwives is most critical in 8⃣8⃣ low- & middle- income countries where 9⃣5⃣% of 🌐 maternal/newborn deaths & stillbirths occur.

👉 #MidwivesDay #IDM2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, governments must ensure #midwives are protected with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) & prioritized for #COVID19 vaccines.

👉 #MidwivesDay #VaccinEquity
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4 May
It's #HandHygiene Day!

Nurses, midwives, doctors & other #HealthWorkers hands 🙌 make all the difference for safe patient care & ensure #InfectionPrevention.

#CleanYourHands at the point-of-care when needed using the appropriate technique:
It's #HandHygiene day!

#CleanYourHands to save lives:
EVERYONE has a role to play to ensure #InfectionPrevention and help stop the spread of #COVID19.

YES, this includes your 🙌 too!

Dear patients and families,
#CleanYourHands to help save lives!

Good #HandHygiene 🙌 is a critical part of #InfectionPrevention. Do your part to keep others safe!

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3 May
"Earlier today, the government of the #DRC🇨🇩 announced the end of the most recent #Ebola outbreak, three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu.
I congratulate the govt, health workers, communities & all WHO staff who were involved in the response."-@DrTedros
“This has only been possible thanks to a concerted, comprehensive and consistent approach, using vaccines and therapeutics alongside proven public health measures, with empowered and engaged communities.”-@DrTedros

#Ebola #DRC🇨🇩
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3 May
🆕 WHO/@UNICEF report sets out monitoring recommendations to help billions of people around the 🌍🌎🌏 get access to affordable water supply, sanitation & hygiene (#WASH) services.

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When people struggle to access water supply, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) services, they incur health, time & social costs.

🆕 WHO/@UNICEF report explains how countries can achieve affordable WASH services for all 👉 Image
The report provides insights into water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) affordability including:

🔎 percentage of income spent on WASH
🔎 spending preferences
🔎 poverty status
🔎 existing measures

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2 May
Everyone, everywhere can support the vaccines initiative #COVAX to help:
✅ vaccinate the world 🌎🌍🌏
✅ achieve #VaccinEquity ⚖️
✅ end the #COVID19 pandemic 🔚

Find out how YOU can contribute:
#COVAX is the vaccines ‘pillar’ of the @ACTAccelerator. It is driving #VaccinEquity by working to deliver at least 2 billion doses in 2021, with a special mechanism to provide access to vaccines for lower income countries.


The first international delivery of #COVID19 vaccines from #COVAX arrived in #Ghana 🇬🇭 in February 2021, with essential workers & other at-risk groups prioritized in the roll-out. Worldwide, over 49 million doses have been distributed so far.

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2 May
Lower your risk from #COVID19 by combining these 5⃣ precautions:
1⃣ Wear a mask 😷
2⃣ Clean your hands👐
3⃣ Keep physical distance 📏
4⃣ Cough/sneeze away into your elbow 💪
5⃣ Open windows as much as possible 🪟

We are #InThisTogether to beat #COVID19
Check out this animation and see how location, proximity and time can help you make safer choices when you're in an area of widespread #COVID19 transmission.

We are #InThisTogether to beat #COVID19

Here are 5⃣ tips that help you stay safe to protect yourself and others:
🙌 clean hands
😷 wear a mask
📏 stay distant
🤧 cough, sneeze safely
🪟 open windows


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1 May
There are several things you can do to prepare in case someone in your household falls sick 🤒 from #COVID19.

Know your risk. Lower your risk. Image
How can you stay safe if someone from your household falls sick from #COVID19? 🤒

Know your risk. Lower your risk. Image
If you would like to pay a visit to family members in a care facility, here’s how you can lower your risk of catching or spreading #COVID19. 😷

Know your risk. Lower your risk. Image
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30 Apr
"In the last couple of weeks, much of the 🌍’s attention has focused on #India, and although that country remains in the grip of a severe crisis, we’re encouraged by the demonstration of international support for India"-@DrTedros #COVID19
"At the same time, we must remember that many other countries all over the world are still experiencing intense transmission. As you know, #Brazil is one of the countries that has been hit hardest by the #COVID19 pandemic"-@DrTedros
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27 Apr
Persons with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by #COVID19
Especially when vaccine supply is limited, countries should ensure that eligible persons with disabilities have equal access to vaccination like others.
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To stop the spread of #COVID19, all prevention measures should be inclusive of persons with disabilities, including vaccination.

No one is safe until everyone is safe! #VaccinEquity Image
During #COVID19, women with disabilities may face
🚨 domestic violence
🚨 economic stress
🚨 health shocks
🚨 prolonged period of isolation
🚨 reduced access to health services
👉 #HealthEquity Image
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26 Apr
"Globally, the #COVID19 pandemic continues to intensify. Cases have now increased for the 9th straight week, & deaths have increased for the 6th straight week. To put it in perspective, there were almost as many cases 🌍 last week as in the 1st 5 months of the pandemic"-@DrTedros
"It’s pleasing to see small declines in cases and deaths in several regions, but many countries are still experiencing intense #COVID19 transmission, and the situation in #India is beyond heartbreaking"-@DrTedros #InThisTogether
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26 Apr
While immunization services begin slow recovery from #COVID19, millions of children around the 🌍🌏🌎 remain vulnerable to deadly diseases.

More info 👉
According to WHO data, 6⃣0⃣ mass immunization campaigns are currently postponed in 5⃣0⃣ countries, putting around 2⃣2⃣8⃣ million people - mostly children - at risk for diseases such as #measles, #YellowFever and #polio.

More info 👉
To support the recovery from #COVID19 and to fight future pandemics, we must ensure access to lifesaving vaccines and routine vaccination services are protected in every country in the 🌎🌏🌍.

More info 👉
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24 Apr
It's #WorldMalariaDay

Over the last 2 decades 11 countries have been certified #Malaria free:
🇩🇿 Algeria
🇦🇷 Argentina
🇦🇲 Armenia
🇸🇻 El Salvador
🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan
🇲🇦 Morocco
🇵🇾 Paraguay
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka
🇹🇲 Turkmenistan
🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates
🇺🇿 Uzbekistan

Together we can #EndMalaria!
Today is #WorldMalariaDay

#Malaria still kills 1⃣ child every 2⃣ minutes.
No children should die because they cannot access life-saving services to prevent, detect & treat the disease.

Reaching 0⃣ malaria is possible – Together we can #EndMalaria

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Today is #WorldMalariaDay

In 2019, there were an est. 229 million cases of #malaria & 400 000 malaria-related deaths in 87 countries. Children under 5 years continued to account for approximately 2/3 of deaths from malaria 🌐

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24 Apr
Today is #WorldMeningitisDay!

Meningitis can affect anyone at any age. It can be fatal within a few hours and cause lifelong disability.


More information:
It's #WorldMeningitisDay!

Meningitis epidemics can strike fast with serious health, economic and social consequences.

The highest burden is in the ‘meningitis belt’ of sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east.

Let's #DefeatMeningitis!
It's #WorldMeningitisDay!

Meningitis is a medical emergency that must always be treated quickly.


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23 Apr
It’s #WorldImmunizationWeek!

Vaccines will help us end the #COVID19 pandemic so we can finally be closer to each other again.

#VaccinesWork to bring us closer.
Vaccines protects people of all ages against preventable diseases and is one of the best ways to provide children with a healthy start in life.

#VaccinesWork to bring us closer.
It’s #WorldImmunizationWeek!

By vaccinating today, you’re bringing the world closer tomorrow. Vaccines bring us closer to a world where we can travel ✈️, protected together from the threat of preventable diseases.

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23 Apr
Tomorrow, we are kicking off #WorldImmunizationWeek and the first WHO @TwitterSpaces chats 🎙!

Check the lineup and join us to learn more about how #VaccinesWork to bring us closer.

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#AskWHO on @TwitterSpaces:

#1 Session: Vaccines bring us closer - How?
🎙 @Kate_L_OBrien
🕙 10:00 AM CEST

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#AskWHO on @TwitterSpaces:

#2 Session: How new vaccines are developed?
🎙 @doctorsoumya
🕙 10:00 AM CEST

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23 Apr
The @ACTAccelerator, an unprecedented global alliance to develop & deliver the tests, treatments & vaccines the 🌐 needs to fight #COVID19, marks its first anniversary today with a special report on its progress & aims for 2021:

The @ACTAccelerator's vaccines pillar, #COVAX has successfully:
✅ Secured access to over 2 billion #COVID19 vaccine doses
✅ Shipped more than 40 million doses to 119 economies

To help all countries detect #COVID19, the @ACTAccelerator's diagnostics pillar has: 
✅ Supported the development & use of antigen rapid diagnostic tests
✅ Procured 65+ million tests for lower income countries

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