coronavirus

News in Brief 23 June 2021

  • UN chief urges action on Libya ceasefire, foreign fighters
  • 50 million girls at risk of genital cutting by 2030
  • Small businesses unprepared for pandemic-sized climate shocks
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Link between education and well-being never clearer, UN pushes for ‘health-promoting’ schools

With school closures triggered by COVID-19 disrupting both education and access to nutritious meals, two UN agencies on Tuesday launched new measures to help improve the well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents around the world. 

News in Brief 22 June 2021

  • 'Invisible' stateless people risk missing COVID jabs: UNHCR
  • Scale back on raw fish consumption in Southeast Asia, says FAO
  • Eritrea human rights: 'No tangible signs of progress'
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COVID-19: Vaccines donated next year, ‘too late for those who are dying today’

Millions more COVID vaccines need to be donated now to save lives and help the UN health agency reach the key global target of having 70 per cent of all national populations vaccinated, by the middle of 2022. 

News in Brief 17 June 2021

  • Debt suspension call for countries hit worst by COVID: Guterres
  • Drought on verge of becoming the 'next pandemic'
  • COVID-19 cases surge by more than 20 per cent week on week
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Animals in lockdown, Tigray and COVID vaccine alert for Africa

In this week’s UN Catch-Up, we’re getting in touch with the natural world – a photo contest showing what animals make of COVID lockdowns…Plus, the week’s top news stories from UN News, including likely famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray and alarming coronavirus vaccine shortfalls in nearly all African nations. I’m your host in Geneva, Daniel Johnson, and regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes is with us too for closing comments. Thanks for listening.

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News in Brief 10 June 2021

  • Tigray alert, with 350,000 at risk of famine
  • Nine in 10 African nations to miss COVID-19 vaccine targets
  • Europe COVID deaths continue downward trajectory
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Nine in 10 African nations set to miss urgent COVID vaccination goal 

Nine in 10 African nations look set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10 per cent of their populations against COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO), said on Thursday.  

News in Brief 9 June 2021

  • 'Mass deaths' alert across Myanmar: UN rights expert
  • 'Alarming' rise in antibiotic-resistant pathogens: WHO
  • G7 nations must promote more equitable COVID vaccine access
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UNICEF and celebrities appeal to G7 countries: Donate COVID vaccinations ‘now’  

From David Beckham to Whoopi Goldberg and Angelique Kidjo, Ambassadors for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other agencies, have signed an open letter to the upcoming G7 Summit of world leaders, underscoring the urgency of suppling vaccine donations now.