As the United States has begun to formally withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO), opponents of the plan are urging Congress to block the move, citing concerns that the move will weaken global health security.

The United States will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump said, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China.

United Nations leaders called for a global effort to develop and distribute to all at affordable prices vaccines, treatments and testing kits against COVID-19.

Despite infecting more than 3 million people around the world, there are 34 countries and territories that have not reported a single case of the novel coronavirus.

The World Health Organization said on Saturday that there was currently “no evidence” that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second coronavirus infection.

A rubbery sea creature with a habit of clinging to ships and invading beaches could help measure plastic pollution, as sea squirts can filter tiny particles from the ocean and store them in their soft tissue.

More than 130,000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV last year in Eastern Europe – the highest rate ever for the region – while the number of new cases in Western Europe declined, global public health experts said.

Chicago-based AbbVie announced new data for Mavyret (glecaprevir/pibrentasvir), a pan-genotypic treatment for chronic HCV in treatment-naive patients with compensated cirrhosis.

McCann Health, with the recent establishment of the healthcare communications network’s Global Scientific Council, joined the Private Sector Roundtable (PSRT) supporting the UN Global Health Security Agenda.

An estimated 6.3 million children died before their 15th birthdays in 2017 – or one every five seconds – mostly due to a lack of water, sanitation, nutrition and basic healthcare, according to report by United Nations agencies.