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The World Health Organization (WHO) urged “immediate and coordinated action” on Monday to eradicate contaminated medicines linked to the deaths of hundreds of children in Africa and Asia. In 2022, more than 300 children died from contaminated cough syrup in the Gambia, Uzbekistan, and Indonesia. Many of the victims were children under the age of five. The incidents are thought to be caused by the contamination of Indian and Indonesian-made cough syrups with dangerously high levels of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. The WHO said, “These contaminants are toxic chemicals used as industrial solvents and antifreeze agents that can be…

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Wearing masks on long-haul flights should be recommended by WHO to passengers to counter the latest #Omicron sub-variant of COVID-19 considering its rapid spread in the United States, World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Tuesday. In Europe, the XBB.1.5 subvariant is being detected in small but growing numbers, WHO/Europe officials said at a press briefing. Passengers should be advised to wear masks in high-risk settings such as long-haul flights, said Catherine Smallwood, the WHO’s senior emergency officer for Europe, adding: “this should be a recommendation issued to passengers arriving from anywhere where there is widespread COVID-19 transmission”. Read more…

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