UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Refugee vaccination, tackling systemic racism and Tigray

In this week’s show, if you’re a refugee, how do you get a COVID vaccine? We hear about the challenges and what’s being done to overcome them. Also, the UN rights chief leads a call for an end to systemic racism at the Human Rights Council...These stories and more, in this week’s UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva podcast, with Daniel Johnson, and Solange Behoteguy Cortes.

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News in Brief 13 July 2021

  • Tigray aid convoy access call @WFP @WHO
  • WHO chief Tedros in new COVID-19 vaccination appeal
  • 270,000 Afghans newly displaced since January 2021: UNHCR
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COVID-19 booster strategy as Delta multiplies, highlights ‘disappointing inequality’: WHO

The COVID-19 Delta variant is travelling around the world at a “scorching pace” driving a new spike in cases and deaths, but it’s exposing a ‘hugely uneven and inequitable’ global gap in vaccine supply, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and Myocarditis: benefits outweigh the risks, says WHO committee

After receiving reports of heart inflammation cases due to myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna shots, World Health Organization (WHO) experts on Friday said that the benefits of the vaccines still outweigh the risks in reducing hospitalizations and deaths due to infection.

News in Brief 8 July 2021

  • Time is running out for countries at the front line of the climate crisis
  • UNICEF to deliver 220 million vaccines doses to African Union countries by 2022
  • New UN report reveals impact of COVID on human trafficking
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News in Brief 7 July 2021

  • COVID variants ‘winning the race against vaccines’: WHO chief
  • UN Myanmar expert calls for ‘emergency coalition’ to end junta rights abuses
  • Pathway to jobs in education for refugee graduates: UNHCR
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Drought in Bolivia, COVID in Africa, & why climate resilience matters to shopkeepers

In this week’s show: a chilling warning that climate change could cause a pandemic-scale economic shock to small businesses once a decade; we follow the fast-growing COVID-19 spike across Africa and hear welcome news about how some countries have included refugees in their pandemic vaccination programmes. We’ll also be learning about why drought “could be the next pandemic” from the UN’s top disaster risk reduction official, in this week’s interview.

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News in Brief 24 June 2021

  • More countries need to vaccinate 82.4 million on the move: UNHCR
  • Africa's third-wave of COVID can be pushed back - WHO regional head
  • Torture rehabilitation must be a universal right, urges UN expert
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News in Brief 17 June 2021

  • Debt suspension call for countries hit worst by COVID: Guterres
  • Drought on verge of becoming the 'next pandemic'
  • COVID-19 cases surge by more than 20 per cent week on week
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Animals in lockdown, Tigray and COVID vaccine alert for Africa

In this week’s UN Catch-Up, we’re getting in touch with the natural world – a photo contest showing what animals make of COVID lockdowns…Plus, the week’s top news stories from UN News, including likely famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray and alarming coronavirus vaccine shortfalls in nearly all African nations. I’m your host in Geneva, Daniel Johnson, and regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes is with us too for closing comments. Thanks for listening.

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