vaccine

Surviving a deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in a Lesotho convent

A 77-year old nun from the southern African country of Lesotho has been telling the UN how she survived a deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in her convent and why it’s important to embrace the vaccine.

News in Brief 6 April 2021

  • Clarity still needed on effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine passports: WHO 
  • Scale of acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ‘staggering’ 
  • Refugee agency supports health care for 120,000 refugees in Iran  
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News in Brief 2 March 2021

  • We must end ‘deadly addiction’ to coal for planet’s sake, urges Guterres 
  • Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners 
  • One in four people projected to have hearing problems by 2050 
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‘Constellation’ of post-COVID symptoms will impact global healthcare, says WHO 

Far more research is needed into the “constellation” of sometimes debilitating symptoms among people who’ve recovered from COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, adding that it “will impact” global health systems. 

News in Brief 11 February 2021

  • COVID: Using AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘right thing to do’ for everyone: WHO 
  • COVID numbers are still too high in Europe, warns WHO regional director 
  • Remove activists from ‘terrorist list’, urge UN-appointed independent experts 
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COVID: Using AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘right thing to do’ for everyone, says WHO expert panel 

A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel countered concerns over the efficacy of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine on Wednesday, insisting that “it’s the right thing to do” to use it – even in countries where variants had surfaced. 

News in Brief 10 February 2021

  • Myanmar crisis: following orders is no defence for brutality, says rights expert  
  • East Asian countries led economic recovery in last quarter of 2020 
  • WHO and UNICEF chiefs urge vaccine solidarity to end COVID 
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News in Brief 27 November 2020

  • Africa ‘not ready’ for huge vaccine drive against COVID: WHO 
  • First of four UN humanitarian airlifts for Ethiopia refugees lands in Khartoum 
  • Food emergency forces Malagasy to forage for food 
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Independent UN experts decry COVID vaccine hoarding: ‘No one is secure until all of us are’  

The only way to fight the COVID-19 crisis is to make affordable vaccines available to everyone, independent UN human rights experts said on Monday, underscoring that in an interconnected and interdependent world, “no one is secure until all of us are secure”. 

News in Brief 25 September 2020

  • Give influenza vaccine to elderly and health workers first: WHO
  • Rights chief Bachelet warns over threat to protesters in Venezuela 
  • UN chief and UK premier announce December climate summit 
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