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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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US Says Eritrean Forces Should Leave Tigray Immediately

NAIROBI – The United States says all soldiers from Eritrea should leave Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “immediately.” A State Department spokesperson in an email to The Associated Press late Tuesday cited “credible reports of looting, sexual violence, assaults in refugee camps and other…

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South African President Urges Wealthy Nations Not to Hoard COVID-19 Vaccines

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Tuesday wealthy countries should not hold onto excess stockpiles of COVID-19 vaccines, and that the world needs to work together to fight the pandemic. Ramaphosa told a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum that those who…

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Public Face of South Africa’s COVID-19 Fight Dies of Virus Complications

South Africa is mourning the sudden death of Jackson Mthembu, a cabinet minister and presidential adviser who was the public face of South Africa’s fight against COVID-19. President Cyril Ramaphosa offered condolences in a statement Thursday, saying he was shocked and saddened that…

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