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News in Brief 12 May 2021

  • Independent COVID probe urges overhaul of pandemic prevention
  • UN call for Middle East calm to avoid 'full scale war'
  • Businesses should stand up against Myanmar junta, experts urge
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News in Brief 11 May 2021

  • 100 days into Myanmar coup, 'brutal' repression tactics continue
  • Killing of Yazidis was genocide says UN investigation team head
  • OHCHR call for new peace efforts in occupied Palestinian territory, Israel
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News in Brief 10 May 2021

  • 'Maximum restraint' needed over East Jerusalem violence: UN chief
  • Condemnation for Kabul school attack atrocity
  • Spotlight on lack of investment in farming across Sahel region: FAO
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News in Brief 7 May 2021

  • COVID-19 spreading like 'wildfire' in India: UNICEF
  • Probe into Rio favella police operation that left 25 dead
  • Attacks force thousands to flee in Burkina Faso
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Madagascar crisis, Africa COVID alert, US lifts vaccine protections, South Sudan schools reopen

In this week’s UN Catch-Up: a veteran aid worker’s take on the distressing scale of the humanitarian crisis in Southern Madagascar – it’s on the “periphery of famine”, he tells us, and not for the first time.

There’s an alert too from WHO on Africa where a “third wave “of coronavirus infections is feared, along with some good news – and some not so good - from South Sudan, where schools have reopened after lockdown, and positive news from the United States, which has decided to lift patent restrictions on COVID vaccines. 

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News in Brief 6 May 2021

  • COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver in US, hailed by UN chief
  • Maximize vaccines to avoid deadly 3rd wave in Africa - WHO
  • Latin America rights groups face growing threats, attacks: Bachelet
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News in Brief 5 May 2021

  • COVID-19 pandemic preparedness hub to open in Berlin to promote transparency, early warning capability
  • 155 million faced acute food insecurity last year, with conflict the main driver
  • South Asia at breaking point as COVID infections spike: UNICEF
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‘Social vaccination’ still critical amid India COVID-19 crisis, UNICEF says

As India confronts a devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections, with some 300,000 cases a day, securing essential oxygen equipment is “the need of the hour”. 

That’s the message from Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in the country, who spoke to our colleague Anshu Sharma in Delhi.

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News in Brief 4 May 2021

  • El Salvador top court dismissals: human rights chief
  • UNHCR urges Europeans to show more solidarity with Mediterranean migrants
  • ‘Joy’ in South Sudan as schools reopen across country after 14 months - UNICEF
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UN has ‘all hands on deck’ across India to help save lives amid deadly COVID surge

The United Nations has deployed all the personnel and resources at its disposal to help Indians deal with the deadly surge in COVID-19 that has seen more than 300,000 reported new cases per day, for almost two weeks now, and left many hospitals overwhelmed.

That’s according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) India Representative, Dr. Roderico Ofrin, speaking exclusively to UN News, who told Anshu Sharma that tried and trust methods of bringing down the numbers would surely work, if India can get “ahead of the game”.

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