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News in Brief 18 January 2023

  • Ukraine war: no chance for serious peace negotiations yet, say UN chief
  • Middle East gripped by cycle of violence, Security Council hears
  • Small Island Developing States accelerate action to tackle preventable disease threat: WHO
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Good news from Syria: vaccination centres re-open

Parents in north-west Syria now have access to more than 35 re-opened vaccination centres where they can bring their children for life-saving protection, the UN said on Friday.

World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Christain Lindmeier explained that the move is hugely important for communities in Idlib and Hama left vulnerable to 10 preventable diseases, including whooping cough and tuberculosis.