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UN: Pandemic Blocked Access to Birth Control in 115 Low- and Medium-Income Countries

The UNFPA reported that almost 12 million women in 115 low- and medium-income countries were unable to gain access to contraception services for an average of 3.6 months during the past year due to the pandemic, resulting in 1.4 million unintended preg…

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Uganda to Begin Nationwide COVID Vaccinations Wednesday

Uganda launches its national vaccination program on Wednesday, two days after receiving 100,000 additional doses of Covid-19 vaccine donated by the Indian government. So far, Uganda has received 964,000 doses of the vaccine through donations. Health mi…

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Covid-19: African nations still encouraged to use AstraZeneca vaccine

ADDIS ABABA,  African countries without the coronavirus variant dominant in South Africa should go ahead and use the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, while the World Health Organization suggested the vaccine even for countries with the variant circulating…

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ICRC Calls for Africa to Get Fair Share of COVID-19 vaccines

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling on the world community to make sure Africa gets a fair share of COVID-19 vaccines. Ahead of a visit to the Central African Republic, one year after the first confirmed case of COVID-19…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Producers Have Human Rights Responsibilities

Pharma Companies Should Adopt Rights-Based Approach to Help Bridge Vaccine Gap Over the last few weeks, the relief brought on by the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out has been marred by supply delays and growing concerns around inequitable access. Of the more than 131 million doses…

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WHO Recommends AstraZeneca Vaccine in African Countries Fighting Variant COVID-19 Strain

GENEVA – The World Health Organization says the Oxford – AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine can save lives and recommends using it even in African countries, where variant strains of COVID-19 are circulating.  The WHO reports 3.7 million coronavirus infections, including nearly 100,000 deaths. Since…

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Oxfam response to WHO approval of AstraZeneca vaccine

In response to the announcement from the World Health Organisation today, that its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts recommends the use of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, Oxfam’s Health Policy Manager, Anna Marriott, said: “It is great news that the World Health Organisation…

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COVID: Using AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘right thing to do’ for everyone, says WHO expert panel

A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel countered concerns over the efficacy of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine on Wednesday, insisting that “it’s the right thing to do” to use it – even in countries where variants had surfaced. “Even if you have the…

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How was a COVID-19 vaccine found so quickly?

As COVID-19 vaccination begins around the world, UNAIDS spoke to Peter Godfrey-Faussett, UNAIDS Senior Science Adviser and Professor of International Health and Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, about what is holding up an HIV vaccine. Many people…

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WHO Director-General’s introductory remarks – ACT Accelerator 4th Facilitation Council

ACT Accelerator Hub, European Commission directorate for Health and Safety Your Excellency Dr Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health of South Africa, Your Excellency Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development of Norway, Mr Pierre Delsaux of the European Commission Department of Health and Food…

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