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About 42 days ago

Rich Countries Prolong Pandemic by Hoarding COVID Vaccines: WHO

Developed countries' hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and other tools are prolonging the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. “It is the hoarding of these materials, we saw at the beginning of the pandemic with PPE. But this is not just unfair, it is not just immoral, it is prolonging the pandemic and it is resulting in people dying,' said Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical lead for COVID-19, ...
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Al Manar
About 50 days ago

UN Chief Says Keen on Cooperation with New Iranian Administration

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres congratulated Ebrahim Raisi on becoming Iran’s 13th president, expressing willingness to work with the Islamic Republic’s new administration for promotion of world peace and security, among other things. In a message to Raisi, the UN chief congratulated him on assuming the post of president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. “Your presidency coincides with a critical juncture for your country, region and the world as we are ...
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Al Manar
About 56 days ago

World Bank Pauses Financial Aid to Afghanistan: Spokesperson

The World Bank is halting all financial assistance for projects to Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Taliban assuming power in the country, a World Bank spokesperson said on 25 August. 'We have paused disbursements in our operations in Afghanistan and we are closely monitoring and assessing the situation in line with our internal policies and procedures. As we do so, we will continue to consult closely with the international community ...
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Al Manar
About 76 days ago

WHO Urges Nations to Share Vaccines, Not to Triple-Jab

The World Health Organization called for a halt to COVID-19 booster shots until at least the end of September. Noting that while some countries are moving to give their citizens a third dose of vaccine to interrupt the spread of the so-called Delta variant, many poorer nations’ supply is so dire that health workers are not being inoculated. “We cannot and we should not accept countries that have ...
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About 98 days ago

UN Chief: 11 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Needed to End Pandemic

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said that 11 billion doses are needed to vaccinate 70 per cent of the world to end the pandemic. Pledges of doses and funds are welcome, but they are not enough, Guterres told the opening of the ministerial segment of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which is the top platform for reviewing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ...
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About 99 days ago

WHO Warns against Mixing and Matching COVID Vaccines

The World Health Organization's chief scientist on Monday advised against people mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers, calling it a 'dangerous trend' since there was little data available about the health impact. 'It's a little bit of a dangerous trend here. We are in a data-free, evidence-free zone as far as mix and match,' Soumya Swaminathan told an online briefing. 'It will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens ...
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About 102 days ago

Israeli Settlements Amount to War Crime: U.N. Rights Expert

Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank amount to a war crime, a U.N. human rights investigator said on Friday, calling on countries to inflict a cost on 'Israel' for its illegal occupation. Michael Lynk, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, was addressing a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, boycotted by 'Israel'. 'Inmy report, I conclude that the Israeli settlements do amount ...
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About 128 days ago

NATO Chief: Ties with Russia at 'Lowest Point' Since Cold War

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance’s ties with Russia are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War. 'This is due to Russia's aggressive actions. I am confident that the NATO leaders will confirm our dual-track approach to Russia, strong defence combined with dialogue”, Stoltenberg told reporters ahead of the Alliance's summit in Brussels. At the same time, Stoltenberg noted that NATO strives for dialogue with Moscow, a ...
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About 134 days ago

WHO Warns of ‘Two-Track Pandemic’ As Cases Decline but Vaccine Inequity Persists

The World Health Organization [WHO] Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus said high-income countries have administered almost 44 percent of the world’s COVID-19 vaccine doses, while Low-income countries have administered just 0.4 percent and stressed that “inequitable vaccination is a threat to all nations, not just those with the fewest vaccines.' Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, Tedros said the has been encouraging signs in the trajectory of the pandemic globally, with the ...
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