vaccines

News in Brief 14 May 2020

  • UN leads call to protect most vulnerable, from COVID mental health crisis
  • Presidents and Prime Ministers lead call for ‘people’s vaccine’
  • Chemical industry must step up, to prevent more Bhopal-like disasters: UN expert
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News in Brief 1 May 2020

  • Vaccine bottlenecks from COVID lockdown leave children’s lives at stake
  • Refugee agency helpline overwhelmed as COVID-19 impacts hit
  • IOM helps migrants caught up in truck tragedy, return home
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Vaccine bottlenecks from COVID lockdown put children’s lives at stake: UNICEF

Help is needed urgently to distribute vaccines worldwide amid dramatic shortages because of COVID-19 restrictions, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. It has warned that youngsters’ lives “are at stake” owing to the dramatic decline in commercial flights and limited availability of charters.

PODCAST: Coronavirus vaccine race must not overshadow ‘routine immunizations’

Countries must not forget routine lifesaving immunizations for diseases like measles, while racing to find a vaccine that will save millions of lives and end the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s the message from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) vaccination programme director, Professor Kate O'Brien, who’s been talking in-depth to UN News for this latest Lid is On podcast, stressing also the importance of getting the facts, as misinformation rages online.

Music credit: Ketsa, ‘Live With No Fear’

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News in Brief 27 April 2020

  • ‘Toxic lockdown culture’ of repressive measures affects most vulnerable
  • Yemen needs cooperation between parties more than ever, says UN negotiator
  • Immunization week focuses on 20 million children who lack lifesaving vaccines
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Millions more children at risk with immunization services disrupted amid COVID-19 pandemic 

Last year, over 13 million children received no vaccines at all, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is calling on governments to step up, warning disrupting immunization services amid the COVID-19 pandemic could leave even more of the world’s most marginalized children without access to life-saving vaccines. 

News in Brief 5 September 2019

  • Facebook commits to stem misinformation on vaccines
  • ‘Digital divide’ means technological advances not shared by all
  • Better harvests, but higher food prices leave Syrians hungry
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UN health agency welcomes Facebook pledge to stop vaccine misinformation from going viral

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday welcomed Facebook’s pledge to ensure users can separate fact from fiction when it comes to vaccines, across its platforms from Facebook Search, to Groups, Pages and forums.

Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection

In today’s Daily Brief: achieving zero hunger an “immense challenge”, with numbers of hungry rising; 20 million children are missing out on potentially life-saving vaccines, the killing of health workers in DR Congo shows the need for a stronger Ebola response; a UN expert calls for an end to violations against children in Mali; and better training is needed to cut global youth unemployment.

News in Brief 15 July 2019

  • Over 820 million people suffering from hunger, new UN report reveals
  • ‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnation of global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs
  • We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding, warns UN emergency relief chief
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