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COVID-19 Video: COVID-19 Vaccines PSA: Pregnancy – Dr. Castillo 30 second


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The CDC recommends that people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future, should get vaccinated against COVID-19. Evidence suggests that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy outweighs any known or potential risks. Vaccination is the best way for pregnant people to protect themselves and their pregnancy and prevent COVID-19 disease and its serious health complications. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talk with your doctor. While such a conversation might be helpful, it is not required before vaccination. Transcript: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/vaccines/pregnancy-psa/COVID-19-Video_Audio_Transcript_Dr-Castillo_Pregnancy30.pdf This video can also be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/vaccines/pregnancy-psa/katia-30-pregnancy-lowres.mp4

Published: 28th May 2021 05:47:51   By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 Video: What Clinicians Need to Know About Antibiotic Prescribing and COVID-19


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published several studies characterizing antibiotic prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic in outpatient, nursing home, and hospital settings. Findings from these studies and others inform opportunities to improve antibiotic use. During this COCA Call, clinicians, pharmacists, and public health partners will learn about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on antibiotic prescribing and strategies for optimizing antibiotic prescribing. This video can also be viewed at https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/wmv/2021/111821_video.mp4

Published: 23rd Nov 2021 04:31:23   By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 Video: COVID-19 Vaccines PSA: Pregnancy – Dr. Walters 30 second


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The CDC recommends that people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future, should get vaccinated against COVID-19. Evidence suggests that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy outweighs any known or potential risks. Vaccination is the best way for pregnant people to protect themselves and their pregnancy and prevent COVID-19 disease and its serious health complications. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talk with your doctor. While such a conversation might be helpful, it is not required before vaccination. Transcript: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/vaccines/pregnancy-psa/COVID-19-Video_Audio_Transcript_Dr-Walters_Pregnancy30.pdf This video can also be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/vaccines/pregnancy-psa/katia-30-pregnancy-lowres.mp4

Published: 28th May 2021 05:47:43   By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 Video: Slow the spread of COVID-19 at school


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Parents & caregivers: Get kids 5+ vaccinated against COVID-19. Talk to your children about masking, distancing, & frequent handwashing so they can make choices that keep them safer at school. This video can also be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/slow-spread-school/Averbach_COVID-19_K12_Animation_fall_1920x1080_nov19.mp4

Published: 19th Nov 2021 10:04:13   By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 Video: Module 3.3 - Real-time phylogenetics with UShER


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This module provides an introduction to UShER and an easy to use web portal for fast phylogenetic tree calculation. This video can also be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/wcms/video/low-res/amd/2021/18161816Module-3.3-v2-2021.mp4

Published: 5th Mar 2021 08:05:06   By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

UN COVID-19 Video: Omicron - WHO has designated B.1.1.529 as a Variant of Concern (VOC) | COVID-19 | United Nations


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Based on evidence indicative of a detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology, the Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) has advised the World Health Organization (WHO) that this variant should be designated as a VOC, and the WHO has designated B.1.1.529 as a Variant of Concern (VOC) named Omicron. The TAG-VE is an independent group of experts that periodically monitors and evaluates the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and assesses if specific mutations and combinations of mutations alter the behaviour of the virus. WHO's COVID-19 Technical lead Dr Maria Van Kerkhove today (26 Nov) said, “based upon the information that we have, particularly from South Africa, they have advised WHO that this variant should be classified as a variant of concern. So, today we are announcing Van Kerkhove said, “Omicron, B.1.1.529, is named as a variant of concern because it has some concerning properties. This variant has a large number of mutations and some of these mutations have some worrying characteristics. Right now, there are many studies that are underway. There's a lot of work that is ongoing in South Africa and in other countries to better characterize the variant itself in terms of transmissibility, in terms of severity and any impact on our countermeasures, like the use of diagnostics, therapeutics or vaccines. So far, there's little information, but those studies are underway, so we need researchers to have the time to carry those out. And WHO will inform the public and our partners and our member states as soon as we have more information." She noted that “once a variant is classified as a variant of concern, it's really important that we have good SARS-CoV-2 surveillance around the world, including better genomic sequencing, because we want to be able to detect this variant where it is circulating. It's also really important that studies are undertaken in the field to look at any clusters and also the studies that are needed in the lab to look to see if there's any changes in severity, any changes in our impact on diagnostics, therapeutics or vaccines." The WHO scientist informed that the TAG-VE will be meeting regularly about Omicron. She said, “it will take days to weeks for some of these studies to be undertaken. It's really important that these studies are done, and they're done comprehensively. As soon as we have more information, we will make that information public. But it's important to know that there's a lot that you could do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe." There are a number of studies underway and the TAG-VE will continue to evaluate this variant. WHO will communicate new findings with Member States and to the public as needed. Van Kerkhove said, “we understand that people are concerned. The good thing is that we have monitoring systems around the world to detect these variants very quickly. This variant was detected a few weeks ago, and already scientists are sharing research with us, information with us so that we can take action. What's really important as an individual is to lower your exposure. The measures, these proven public health measures, have never been more important: Distancing, wearing of a mask, making sure that it's over your nose and mouth with clean hands, making sure you avoid crowded spaces, be in rooms where there's good ventilation and when it's your turn, get vaccinated." The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021. The epidemiological situation in South Africa has been characterised by three distinct peaks in reported cases, the latest of which was predominantly the Delta variant. In recent weeks, infections have increased steeply, coinciding with the detection of B.1.1.529 variant. The first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on 9 November 2021.

Published: 27th Nov 2021 05:04:30   By: United Nations

UN COVID-19 Video: COVID-19 & Fragile States - UN Chief


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Opening remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on COVID-19 and Fragile States: Promoting Resilient Recovery for the Most Vulnerable Communities. Our world continues to face very serious challenges, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the climate crisis and growing inequality and divisions. The pandemic has forced more than one hundred million people into poverty.More than four billion people have little or no social support; no healthcare; no income protection when they so urgently need it. The Sustainable Development Goals are at a real risk of failure. Solidarity is missing in action and a sense of injustice is spreading – creating a breeding ground for violence and conflict. People living in fragile and conflict-affected states are suffering most of all. We must fulfil the commitments we have made to change course. I welcome the International Monetary Fund’s Strategy for Fragile and Conflict Affected States. This is a critical step to applying a crisis prevention lens to the complex and multidimensional risks arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery, particularly for countries emerging from crisis and conflict. Fragility and conflict can only be addressed by macroeconomic policies that promote inclusive growth and resilience, centred on a transition to stability and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We need financing instruments that are tailored to the unique policy space of fragile states. The right macroeconomic policies can ensure that countries generate enough fiscal space to maintain and eventually expand social spending, and to invest in prevention and peacebuilding. Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Vaccine inequality is a moral outrage that is condemning the world to millions more deaths, and prolonging an economic slowdown that could cost trillions of dollars, hitting the poorest countries hardest of all. We need a bold collective push to end the pandemic, and deliver a sustainable and inclusive global recovery. I have long been pushing for a global vaccination plan to reach everyone, everywhere. I was pleased to join the World Health Organization last week to launch their Global COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy. This costed, coordinated and credible plan is designed to get vaccines into the arms of 40 percent of people in all countries by the end of this year, and 70 percent by the middle of 2022. I urge all countries to marshal behind it. In countries affected by crisis and conflict, vaccination will require targeted investment in local delivery mechanisms and capacities. This will not only guarantee that vaccines are delivered quickly and fairly; it will strengthen local and national health systems and help prevent future pandemics. [Exceprt - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations] Full remarks [as delivered]: https://www.un.org/sg/en/node/260030

Published: 12th Oct 2021 03:00:07   By: United Nations

UN COVID-19 Video: COVID-19 Children Vaccination - COVID-19 Update - WHO (10 May 2021)


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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today (10 May) said COVID-19 cases and deaths have recently declined in most regions, “but it’s an unacceptably high plateau, with more than 5.4 million reported cases and almost 90 thousand deaths last week.” Briefing journalists from Geneva, Tedros said, “any decline is welcome, but we have been here before. Over the past year, many countries have experienced a declining trend in cases and deaths, have relaxed public health and social measures too quickly, and individuals have let down their guard, only for those hard-won gains to be lost." The WHO official said, “vaccines are reducing severe disease and death in countries that are fortunate enough to have them in sufficient quantities, and early results suggest that vaccines might also drive down transmission. But the shocking global disparity in access to vaccines remains one of the biggest risks to ending the pandemic." He said, “there will come a time when we can all take off our masks, when we no longer have to keep our distance from each other, when we can once again go safely to concerts, sporting events, rallies and restaurants – as people in some countries are able to do now because they have no transmission. But for most of the world’s population who are not yet vaccinated, we’re not there yet." Tedros announced the launch of the “Together for India” appeal to raise funds to support WHO’s work in India, “including the purchase of oxygen, personal protective equipment and medicines." The WHO’s COVID-19 Technical lead, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove said, “in consultation with our virus evolution working group and our EPI teams and our lab teams internally, there is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility of B.1.617. There is a preprint that is out. So, this is a paper that has not undergone peer review, and it's on a limited number of patients suggesting that there is some reduced neutralisation. And as such, we are classifying this as a variant of concern at the global level." For her part, WHO’s Chief Scientist, Dr Soumya Swaminathan said, “what we know now is that the vaccines work, the diagnostics work, the same treatments that are used for the regular virus work, so there's really no need to change any of those. And in fact, people should go ahead and get whatever vaccine is available to them and that they're eligible for."

Published: 11th May 2021 03:00:30   By: United Nations

UN COVID-19 Video: USA to Support Vaccine Intellectual Property Waiver - COVID-19 Update - WHO (07 May 2021)


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The US announcement to support a temporary waiver of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines is “a significant statement of solidarity and support for vaccine equity,” WHO chief Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said on Friday (7 May), urging other countries “to follow their example." "We are in an unprecedented crisis that requires unprecedented action,” Dr Tedros said. “Cases are at a record high, almost 100,000 people are dying globally each week, and we have a chronic vaccine crisis.” Insisting that the World Trade Organization provisions for Intellectual Property waivers were designed “precisely for a situation like this,” Dr Tedros asked, “if we don’t use them now, then when?” He also reminded that intellectual property waivers will need to be accompanied by transfer of technology and know-how for these difficult-to-make vaccines. Announcing the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing to Sinopharm Beijing’s COVID-19 vaccine, making it the sixth vaccine to receive WHO validation for safety, efficacy and quality, Dr Tedros said “the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, or SAGE, has also reviewed the available data, and recommends the vaccine for adults 18 years and older, with a two-dose schedule.” “Vaccines remain a vital tool,” Dr Tedros said. “But right now, the volume and distribution of vaccines is insufficient to end the pandemic, without the sustained and tailored application of public health measures that we know work."

Published: 7th May 2021 10:24:11   By: United Nations

UN COVID-19 Video: India: UNICEF supports fight against massive COVID-19 spikes


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The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is on the ground bolstering India’s response to a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The South Asian country has been reporting more than 300,000 new cases daily in the last two weeks.

Published: 8th May 2021 03:00:12   By: United Nations

WHO Video: LIVE: Closing of the #WHASpecial


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Published: 1st Dec 2021 10:15:58   By: World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Video: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy


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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy has become a major issue in some parts of the world. It's more difficult to make an informed health decision when your choice is being interfered with by misinformation, and that can be deadly - Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme.

Published: 1st Dec 2021 06:36:41   By: World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Video: End inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics.


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On World AIDS 2021, the World Health Organization calls on global leaders and citizens to confront inequalities and to overcome the growing disparities in access to essential HIV services. For more information on WHO’s World AIDS Day campagin, visit: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-aids-day/world-aids-day-2021 Please, submit before 30th of January each year your short film about HIV-AIDS in WHO's Health for All Film Festival: www.who.int/film-festival

Published: 30th Nov 2021 01:12:45   By: World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Video: WHA Special Session - President of Kazakhstan, H.E Kassym-Jomart Tokayev - Opening Speech


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The World Health Assembly (WHA) will gather for a special session 29 November to 1 December. The WHA normally meets each May. This special session (the second in the history of the WHO) was called for in a decision adopted by the Member States at the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly: Decision WHA74(16). During the session, the Member States will consider the following single substantive agenda item: Consideration of the benefits of developing a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response with a view towards the establishment of an intergovernmental process to draft and negotiate such a convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response, taking into account the report of the Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies. The Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies, established at the WHA74, has met on five occasions and considered findings from several bodies in preparing its report. Watch the full opening here: https://youtu.be/78fE2McAVik

Published: 29th Nov 2021 07:47:16   By: World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Video: WHA Special Session - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General - Opening speech


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The World Health Assembly (WHA) will gather for a special session 29 November to 1 December. The WHA normally meets each May. This special session (the second in the history of the WHO) was called for in a decision adopted by the Member States at the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly: Decision WHA74(16). During the session, the Member States will consider the following single substantive agenda item: Consideration of the benefits of developing a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response with a view towards the establishment of an intergovernmental process to draft and negotiate such a convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response, taking into account the report of the Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies. The Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies, established at the WHA74, has met on five occasions and considered findings from several bodies in preparing its report. Watch the full opening here: https://youtu.be/78fE2McAVik

Published: 29th Nov 2021 07:46:35   By: World Health Organization (WHO)