UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Africa’s COVID tracing gap, TB alert, Afghanistan and ‘The Walk’

In this week’s show, just one in seven COVID cases is detected in Africa while deaths from another deadly disease – tuberculosis – rise for the first time in a decade, the World Health Organization tells us. An update too from Afghanistan, where the UN refugee agency is desperately worried about a lack of funds for lifesaving aid work – and plunging winter temperatures…We’ll also meet the team behind The Walk, an ambitious project to raise awareness about Syrian refugees, which involves walking a huge puppet across Europe.

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WHO advisory group recommends extra COVID-19 vaccine dose for immunocompromised

People with weaker immune systems should receive an additional shot of approved COVID-19 vaccines, an advisory group to the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. 


‘We can end the pandemic’, UN chief says in new call for global vaccine plan

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday repeated his call for a global COVID-19 vaccination plan to boost production and reach millions over the coming months, in line with recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Africa faces 470 million COVID-19 vaccine shortfall this year 

Africa needs around 470 million doses to accomplish the global of fully vaccinating 40 per cent of its population by the end of the year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.  

Only 2% of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Africa 

More than 5.7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only 2% of them in Africa, said World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday. 

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Afghanistan, DR Congo, Tigray and Yemen

In this week’s show, aid to Afghanistan in the international spotlight, a deadly bacterial meningitis alert in northeastern DR Congo, Yemen’s “unbearable” war drags on, and alarming developments in northern Ethiopia, where the “hungry season” has started, as conflict escalates across Tigray’s borders.

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News in Brief 8 September 2021

  • Afghanistan suffering, 'unimaginable' says UN chief
  • Yemen: climate of fear has worsened, all sides to blame - rights experts
  • DR Congo declares deadly meningitis outbreak in troubled northeast
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Afghanistan update, global dementia alert, COVID in Africa

In this week's show, an appeal for Afghanistan’s neighbours to keep their borders open after the Taliban takeover; an interview with a migration expert from UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, on the Afghan boys and girls risking everything to flee the country, and an alert over far-too-low COVID-19 vaccination rates across Africa.

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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Ultrarunner Fernanda Maciel talks World Humanitarian Day

In this week’s show, an inspiring encounter with an ultrarunner who’s moving mountains to save the climate – or at least running up and down them; a report on rights abuses in Central African Republic during the country’s elections, latest data on global refugee resettlement numbers, a good news update on coronavirus vaccine shipments bound for Africa, and a call for accountability for the people of Lebanon.

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News in Brief 5 August 2021

  • ASEAN Myanmar mediator appointment welcomed by UN chief Guterres
  • COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Africa set to ramp up, says WHO
  • Refugee resettlement yet to recover from coronavirus restrictions
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