COVAX

News in Brief 24 June 2021

  • More countries need to vaccinate 82.4 million on the move: UNHCR
  • Africa's third-wave of COVID can be pushed back - WHO regional head
  • Torture rehabilitation must be a universal right, urges UN expert
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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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UN chief appeals to business leaders to help quell ‘a tsunami of suffering’ caused by COVID 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought “a tsunami of suffering”, taken over 3.4 million lives and 500 million jobs, while wiping trillions of dollars from global balance sheets, Secretary-General António Guterres told business leaders on Thursday, appealing for equitable vaccine distribution worldwide. 

Share excess COVID-19 vaccines now, UNICEF chief says ahead of G7 summit

The deadly increase in COVID-19 cases  in India could potentially occur elsewhere if vulnerable countries do not have access to vaccines, the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, warned on Monday in a bid to get richer nations to share their excess doses.

Early-warning ‘pandemic hub’ plan unveiled by WHO’s Tedros and Germany’s Merkel

An international hub for pandemic control is to open in Berlin to ensure better preparedness and transparency in the fight against likely future global health threats, the UN health agency announced on Wednesday.

Overcoming COVID myths and fears in Malawi

Healthcare workers in Malawi are concerned that misinformation about COVID-19 is preventing patients in dire need of medical attention not related to the virus, from seeking what could be live-saving treatment.

Iraq: UN representative calls for ‘stronger protection measures’ after fatal fire in COVID hospital

The UN Special Representative in Iraq expressed “shock and pain” on Sunday over a deadly accident that befell a COVID-19 hospital in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. 

Seeing health ‘opportunities’ in post-pandemic Papua New Guinea: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

The global COVID-19 pandemic could provide “opportunities” to improve health care in Papua New Guinea (PNG) after the crisis is over, according to the United Nations’ most senior official in the southwestern Pacific Ocean nation.

News in Brief 22 April 2021

  • ‘Rising hunger and desperation’ in Myanmar, warns WFP
  • COVID jabs from UN-partnered COVAX scheme arrive in Syria
  • Climate change disasters cause twice as much displacement as conflict, violence: UNHCR
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Vaccine equity the ‘challenge of our time’, WHO chief declares, as governments call for solidarity, sharing

With the number of new COVID-19 cases nearly doubling over the past two months, approaching the highest infection rate the world has seen during the pandemic, the unequal distribution of vaccines is not only a moral outrage, but economically and epidemiologically self-defeating, the head of the UN health agency told a special ministerial meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday.