COVAX

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.

COVID-19 equitable vaccine scheme reaches more than 100 countries and economies

More than 100 countries and economies have now received COVID-19 vaccines through the UN-partnered equitable coronavirus-busting scheme, COVAX.

News in Brief 8 April 2021

  • Thumbs up for COVAX as vaccine scheme delivers to over 100 countries and economies
  • COVID19 travel restrictions hit refugees and migrants hardest: IOM
  • Mali prosecution of journalist could amount to harassment - rights experts
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How can we vaccinate the world? Five challenges facing the UN-backed COVAX programme

The aim of the UN-backed COVAX scheme is to get two billion vaccine doses into the arms of around a quarter of the population of poorer countries by the end of 2021. What are the main challenges that need to be overcome, if this historic global effort is to be achieved?