#World Health Organization

.Delhi, India
China, on Tuesday, reported the first human infection case of the H10N3 strain of the bird flu virus. (Photo Credit: File/PTI)

  • Bird Flu or Avian Influenza is caused by Influenza Type A virus that cause acute respiratory illness in birds
  • The first case of Bird Flu was recorded in China in 1996 when geese were infected
  • The infection spreads through the droppings of aquatic migratory birds

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
More than 217 million vaccine Pfizer doses have been administered globally. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • 1.2 million people were involved in the real-world study
  • Ghana became the first country to receive shots under the global Covax scheme
  • Health experts have warned that unless the whole world has access to vaccines

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Authorities in southwest France began a culled thousands of ducks to contain an outbreak of a virulent strain of bird flu. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • H5N8 is a subtype of Avian influenza among poultry and wild birds
  • The H5N8 virus was first detected in a bird in a pet shop on the Mediterranean Island of Corsica in November
  • Russia on Saturday said that it had detected the first case of transmission of H5N8 strain of avian flu to humans

.Wuhan, Hubei, China
A summary of the WHO's findings related to origin of novel coronavirus would likely be released in next week. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • Such raw data is called as 'line listings,' said expert Dominic Dwyer
  • He emphasised that gaining access to the raw data was vital
  • Issue of access to raw material would be mentioned in their final report, he added

Rashmi Samant is a Masters student at Linacre College, Oxford University. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • Rashmi Samant got more than the combined votes of three other candidates
  • Her manifesto tackled issues like climate change, mental health and inclusivity at campus
  • An alumna of Manipal Instiute of Technology, Samant was always known for her leadership skills

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The United States is actively vaccinating its population. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • Robert F Kennedy Jr is nephew of former US President John F Kennedy
  • He is lobbying against vaccines and urging the Congress to pardon parents from getting their children vaccinated
  • Kennedy Jr's own family members have publicly denounced his anti-vaccine campaign

.Genève, Switzerland
A medic prepares the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine ahead of being administered to patients at the Elland Road mass vaccination centre in Leeds, England. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine is in the final stages of review, said the WHO
  •  "We hope this will be followed by the emergency-use listing," said WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan
  • Data from a large US clinical trial of the vaccine is awaited and is not expected until March

.London, UK
A special WHO mission expert criticised US intelligence on coronavirus. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • The special WHO mission to the ground zero city Wuhan concluded on Tuesday
  • The first case of coronavirus was reported in Wuhan in 2019
  • 'Don't rely too much on US intel', WHO team member Peter Daszak tweeted

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announces the desires of the United States from the WHO investigation (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Psaki highlighted the "misinformation from some sources in China"
  • The WHO investigation for the origin of the virus started in January 2021
  • US plans to increase its representation in China

.Berlin, Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel invited US President Joe Biden to visit Germany. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI Photo)

  • Chancellor Merkel and President Biden agreed the pandemic can only be tackled through closer cooperation 
  • Angela Merkel welcomed Biden's decision of rejoining the WHO 
  • Both leaders also spoke about foreign policy issues, particularly those relating to Afghanistan and Iran