Coronavirus global health emergency

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Joint Statement on Data Protection and Privacy in the COVID-19 Response

A Joint Statement on Data Protection and Privacy in the COVID-19 response was issued after endorsement by the undersigned UN System Organizations. Developed by the UN Privacy Policy Group, an inter-agency group on data privacy and data protection, the statement supports the privacy protective use of data and technology by the UN in fighting the current pandemic. The joint statement is based on the UN Personal Data Protection and Privacy Principles as well as the recommendations in the Secretary-General’s Data Strategy on data protection, privacy, and human rights.


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COVID-19: an unprecedented news story for journalists

For journalists across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented news story. The relentless news cycle, an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation, let alone the personal challenges of a pandemic which affects each and every one of us, have made this one of the most unique stories reporters will likely ever tell.

Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa at his home in Sao Paulo (SP). Photo courtesy Mauricio de Sousa

Monica and Friends cartoonist shares trusted information on COVID-19

It is essential to share reliable and easy to read information so that people can protect themselves against COVID-19 in the right way. "This is why Turma da Mônica (Monica and Friends) is collaborating with the United Nations," said Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa in an interview with the United Nations Information Centre for Brazil (Unic Rio).

Join #PledgetoPause to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation Online

Misinformation is damaging our efforts across issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate action and racial justice. The simple act of pausing before you share information online interrupts the emotional response and triggers a moment of critical thinking. As part of the United Nations Secretary General’s global push to stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation online and the Verified campaign, we are asking you to join our movement. Visit and

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WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak. 

WHO’s response in countries

Find out how the WHO is working across its 149 country offices to assist communities all over the world.

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Find out more about this novel coronavirus (nCoV) that has not been previously identified in humans.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19? How can I protect myself? Should I worry about COVID-19? Get the answers.


Verified is a United Nations initiative to encourage us all to check the advice we share.

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Information from the UN System

Everyone is talking about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Be sure to get your facts from reliable sources. The UN offices, field missions, agencies, funds and programmes are providing new information as it becomes available. Here are some of their resource pages.

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Information for UN personnel

The United Nations is closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak. This page features important advisories, guidelines, resources, and materials on the COVID-19 outbreak for all UN duty stations, offices, personnel and their families, visitors, and UN healthcare workers, as well as advice on maintaining wellness. It is updated with the latest available information.



Get information on UN meetings that are being held virtually due to COVID-19.

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Communication Materials

Social media posters, advice for patients and health workers and key scenarios for printing

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23 November 2020 - Along with other tried and tested public health measures, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Monday that “there is now real hope” that vaccines will play an essential part in helping end the COVID pandemic. 


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23 November 2020 - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with more than 350 partners, including major airlines, shipping lines and logistics associations from around the world, to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to over 92 countries, as soon as doses become available, the agency said on Monday. 


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19 November 2020 - An advisory body of the UN health agency is not recommending the use of the high-profile antiviral drug Remdesivir for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, saying on Thursday there is insufficient evidence that it improves survival outcomes or cuts down on the need for patients to be put onto ventilators. 


Why are experts concerned about COVID-19 and antibiotics? And what can you do about it? Learn about antibiotics and COVID-19 from WHO’s Dr Hanan Balkhy in Science in 5.

Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading faster than the disease. To save lives and stop the pandemic, UNICEF calls to protect the truth about vaccines. #VaccinesWork #TakeCareBeforeYouShare


Martin Griffiths visits a locally displaced Yemeni woman

"Days go by. And you know that every single day is a day of somebody losing their lives, or their livelihoods. And so you say to them, no more time!" Martin Griffiths is the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen, a country that has been devastated by civil war, and which is experiencing one of the world's worst humanitarian crises with famine, very little medical care, and now the coronavirus pandemic. Listen to this latest episode of Awake at Night with Melissa Fleming.