vaccines

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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‘Plausible’ link between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots, WHO committee says

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine could possibly cause rare blood clots in some people but further studies are required to confirm the link, experts with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. 

News in Brief 7 April 2021

  • COVID-19 cases rise globally for sixth consecutive week 
  • Greater action needed on refugee vaccination, urges UNHCR’s Grandi 
  • Hate speech still rising against Roma despite recognition gains 
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Clarity still needed on effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine passports, says UN health agency

Being vaccinated against COVID-19 may not prevent transmission and vaccination passports may not be an “effective strategy” for restarting travel, the World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned on Tuesday.

COVID-19 lays bare social inequality says UN chief, as COVAX doses top 36 million

The COVID crisis "has revealed how unequal our societies are” said the UN chief in his message for World Health Day released on Monday.

India donates 200,000 vaccines to protect UN blue helmets against COVID

India shipped out 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday to inoculate UN blue helmets serving in peacekeeping missions.

Global COVID-19 infections rise for fourth consecutive week, deaths level off

COVID-19 confirmed cases continued to rise around the world for a fourth consecutive week, with around 3.3 million new cases reported in the past seven-day period, the UN health agency said on Wednesday.

Inequity of COVID-19 vaccines grows ‘more grotesque every day’ – WHO chief

The growing gap between the number of vaccines being given in rich countries and those administered through COVAX is becoming “more grotesque every day”, the head of the UN health agency said on Monday.

News in Brief 17 March 2021

  • Janssen #COVID19 vaccine given green light by WHO expert advisory board
  • Blood clot fears over vaccines not evidence based
  • Arms embargo on Libya totally ineffective, warns UN sanctions panel
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