vaccination

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.

COVID-19: Greta Thunberg contributes 100,000 Euros to vaccine equity initiative

The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has donated 100,000 Euros to boost global efforts to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to anyone, anywhere, who needs them, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday. 

News in Brief 1 March 2021

  • Time running out to help 16 million Yemenis avoid disaster: Guterres 
  • Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana begin COVID-19 vaccinations for key healthcare workers 
  • Fate still unclear of ‘tens of thousands’ of civilian detainees in Syria 
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News in Brief 4 February 2021

  • Warlord found guilty of crimes against humanity in northern Uganda - ICC 
  • IFRC launches plan to help vaccinate 500 million against COVID-19 
  • Iran: rights experts alarmed over execution of Baloch minority prisoners 
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UN health agency clears COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use  

To speed up access to COVID-19 vaccinations in the developing world, on the eve of the new year, the UN health agency approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use. 

Measles cases hit 23-year high last year, killing 200,000 as vaccination stalls, WHO says

Measles killed an estimated 207,500 people last year after a decade-long failure to reach optimal vaccination coverage, resulting in the highest number of cases for 23 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a joint report on Thursday.  

‘Emergency action’ needed to prevent major polio, measles epidemics

Globally, millions of children are at a heightened risk of polio and measles – dangerous but preventable diseases – amid disruptions to vital immunization programmes due to the coronavirus pandemic, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have said.

Polio vaccination campaigns restart in Afghanistan and Pakistan after COVID-19 hiatus

Polio vaccination campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, months after having been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. 

Pandemic putting immunization gains at risk, UN agencies warn

Disruptions in the delivery of immunization services resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to unravel global gains in reaching more children and young people with a wider range of vaccines, two UN agencies warned on Wednesday

‘Global solidarity’ needed, to find affordable, accessible COVID-19 vaccine

In the race to end the coronavirus pandemic, the UN chief reminded a virtual medical conference on Thursday that “a vaccine, by itself, is not enough”.