World Health Organization

World Health Organization Grants North Korea Spot on Executive Board

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) concluded its annual meeting on Tuesday with the astonishing spectacle of electing North Korea – among the world’s deadliest regimes, a psychopathic nuclear-armed dictatorship that routinely murders dissidents and has deliberately starved a sizable portion of its population – to a seat on the ten-member W.H.O. executive board.

The World Health Organization's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus // Inset: North Korea's Kim Jong-un

Ex-China CDC Head Says Wuhan Lab Accident a Possibility

The former head of China’s Center for Disease Control (CDC), Gao Fu (or George Gao), told the BBC in a podcast published on Tuesday that scientists should not rule out the possibility that the Wuhan coronavirus began spreading as a result of a laboratory leak.

Inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan in 2017.BY

Rep. Chris Smith Plans Congressional Hearing on W.H.O. Pandemic Accord Talks

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) announced on Monday that he will chair a Congressional hearing in the near future on negotiations at the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) to adopt a “pandemic accord,” an international legal document that could bind American public health efforts beholden to the United Nations, potentially eroding sovereignty.

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 19: Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., prepares for a news conference at the House Triangle on the Belarus Democracy Act of 2011 which would sanction Belarusian leaders who participate in human rights abuses. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Mysterious Outbreak of Deadly Marburg Virus Spreads in Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) said on Thursday that eight new cases of the deadly Marburg disease have been reported in Equatorial Guinea, bringing the total of confirmed and probable cases to 20 since the mysterious outbreak began in February. Tanzania surprisingly reported five deaths this week in that country’s first known Marburg infections.

A child suffering from malaria lies on a bed at the hospital of Nyarugusu, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO/STEPHANIE AGLIETTI (Photo credit should read STEPHANIE AGLIETTI/AFP via Getty Images)

Joe Biden Admin ‘Committed’ to W.H.O. Pandemic Accord

President Joe Biden’s envoy to World Health Organization (W.H.O.) negotiations on the creation of an international agreement on pandemics, Pamela Hamamoto, assured the global body in remarks on Monday that, under Biden, America “is committed to the Pandemic Accord” and hopes it will government such emergencies “for generations to come.”

Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto at the Panel Discussion Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.

China Demands U.S. ‘Stop Rehashing’ Coronavirus Lab Leak Theory After Energy Dept. Report

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday dismissed a report from the Wall Street Journal this weekend claiming the U.S.  Department of Energy had concluded the Wuhan coronavirus had begun spreading as the result of a laboratory leak in China, insisting that entertaining the theory is akin to “smearing China” and demanding America “stop politicizing origins-tracing.”

An employee works in a research and development lab of Beijing Applied Biological Technologies, a firm which is developing COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test kits, during a government organized tour for journalists in Beijing, Thursday, May 14, 2020. China reported three new coronavirus cases Thursday while moving to reopen for business …

W.H.O. Gives Up on Coronavirus Origins Probe, Blames ‘the Politics’

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) on Tuesday announced it has suspended its investigations into the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus, ostensibly due to “data collection issues,” but W.H.O. epidemiologist Dr. Maria van Kerkhove admitted it was mostly a matter of the Chinese Communist Party defeating the probe.

A medical worker takes a swab sample to test for COVID-19 from a worker at the Foxconn factory in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. Foxconn, the company that assembles Apple Inc.’s iPhones, has announced it is easing COVID-19 restrictions at its largest factory, in Zhengzhou, …