Africa: Biden Administration Warned That it is Courting Disaster on Global Covid-19 Vaccines

[AHF] AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today called on U.S. President Joseph R. Biden to support the temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines as currently proposed at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Indian and South African governments, along with 175 former heads of state and governments, WTO member states, and Nobel laureates are calling on Biden to support the
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Africa: Covid-19 Strategies for Vaccinating the Continent

[Africa Trade Desk] Join us on Monday, April 19th at 10am EST for a forum titled, " COVID-19 in Africa: Strategies for Vaccinating the Continent. " This event is in collaboration with The Constituency for Africa (CFA) (Washington DC), AfroGlobal Television and All Africa. We have invited the participation of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business .
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UK Covid tracker: the latest data by local authority as the roadmap out of lockdown begins

*/ Covid severity by local authority Case rates among all age groups, and how this is changing Case rates among those aged 60+ Hospitalisation levels, and how these are changing Test positivity rates Vaccinations by local area Case rate trends by local authority */ Covid spread by local neighbourhood */ A note on the data */ Justin Paget / Getty Images RSS: Business Article : Link to external profile : 
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Africa: 'COVAX is a Smokescreen to Cover Up Vaccine Nationalism'

[The Conversation Africa] Accusations abound of vaccine nationalism against states that stockpile vaccines and of vaccine apartheid, as COVID-19 vaccines become concentrated in rich countries. Calls for vaccine equity or justice demand vaccine allocation on account of need, based on the idea that no one is safe until everyone is safe.
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How to get COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries – and still keep patent benefits for drugmakers

Hospital staff in Lagos, Nigeria, administer the AstraZeneca vaccine. AP Photo/Sunday Alamba Governments can already get around patents AstraZeneca issued a license to the Serum Institute of India to produce its COVID-19 vaccine. AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool Vaccine patents end at the border Technicians in Nairobi, Kenya, hold a carton of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured in India. AP Photo/Ben Curtis What to do about it
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Hope manifests itself also on a more modest, but nonetheless convincing and encouraging scale. People want to live, they want their stolen lives back, they want to enjoy living, being again their sovereign selves. They want to dance again, with even the police participating – see this encouraging 6 min You Tube of people randomly coming together in the Gare
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Should the COVID-19 Vaccine Be Required for the Military?

Can military members be legally required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination? What lessons from earlier military vaccination efforts (e.g. anthrax) can be applied to COVID-19? What is the impact on vaccination refusal on military readiness? Image: Navy Capt. Stewart Bateshansky, commodore of Amphibious Squadron 3, is vaccinated aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the Arabian Gulf, March 19, 2021. Photo
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Kenya: Chinese Billionaire Behind Kenya's Popular Mobile Money Lending Apps

[Nation] On April 13 last year, Kenyans were just beginning to adapt to a new life under a partial economic shutdown occasioned by Covid-19. About 9, 000 kilometres away in Beijing, Kunlun Tech Co Ltd chief executive Yahui Zhou had just tendered his resignation from the gaming firm he founded in 2008.
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East Africa: How India's curb on vaccine exports opens the door for China in the Indian Ocean

[L'Express] India seems to have hit a pothole in its vaccine diplomacy strategy to keep Beijing from making inroads. This was particularly evident in the Indian Ocean. Faced with growing Covid-19 cases at home, India has curbed its export of Covid-19 vaccines. So how does New Delhi calling a break in its vaccine diplomacy lead to opportunity for Beijing in
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Welsh elections: Labour, Plaid Cymru and Lib Dems’ key policies

Health: A Covid Recovery catch-up programme for the NHS and schools. Plus a new medical school in North Wales.Education: A Young Persons’ Guarantee. The Party has pledged an offer of work, education or training for all under-25s.Economy: The introduction of the Real Living Wage for all social care staff.Environment: A greener future – the abolition of single-use plastics and the
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Brazilian Congress Setting Up Corporations to Cut Covid-19 Vaccine Line

“In this moment of crisis, we need ample, free, and universal access to Covid-19 vaccines.” Photo: Pedro Vilela/Getty Images Private Vaccinations Bolsonaro Washes His Hands Photo: Miguel Schincariol/AFP via Getty Images Lula Leads Do you have a coronavirus story you want to share? Email us at or use one of these secure methods to contact a reporter.
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Kenya: IMF Executive Board Approves U.S.$2.34 Billion ECF and EFF Arrangements for Kenya

[IMF] On April 2, 2021, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved 38-month arrangements under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) and the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Kenya in an amount equivalent to SDR 1.655 billion (305 percent of quota or about US$2.34 billion) to support the next phase of the authorities' COVID-19 response and address the
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The Vaccine Must Be a Common Good for Humanity

Public Health Systems. Effective vaccination programmes require robust public health systems. But these have been eroded by long-term austerity policies in many countries across the world. Therefore, there are insufficient numbers of skilled and practiced personnel to administer the vaccine; since these are sensitive vaccines, preparation and administration of the vaccine must be done by trained public health workers (both
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Last-Minute Trump Rule Would Let Vaccine Makers Hike Prices Unchecked

Pfizer, Moderna, and other coronavirus vaccine makers have said repeatedly that they intend to hike prices on vaccines as early as this year, as the potential need for additional booster shots and future demand could lead to an unprecedented financial windfall. One estimate projects that if Pfizer raised the price of its coronavirus vaccine from $19.50 to $175 per dose, as
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Let’s end the insanity of colossal military spending during a global health emergency

Meeting Goals 1 and 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals— ‘End poverty in all its forms everywhere’ and ‘Zero hunger’—would barely exceed 3 percent of global annual military spending, according to the UN’s Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. With the U.S. military budget of $750 billion in 2020, it could feed the world’s hungry and still spend twice as much on its military than
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70+ MPs launch cross-party campaign against COVID passes

Diane Abbot MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP Tahir Ali MP Rebecca Long Bailey MP Clive Lewis MP Beth Winter MP Rachel Hopkins MP Apsana Begum MP Richard Burgon MP Ian Byrne MP Dawn Butler MP Jeremy Corbyn MP Mary Kelly Foy MP Ian Lavery MP Ian Mearns MP John McDonnell MP Grahame Morris MP Kate Osborne MP Zarah Sultana MP Claudia Webbe MP Mick Whitley MP Nadia Whittome MP Baroness Chakrabarti Baroness Bryan of Partick Lord Woodley Lord Sikka Lord Hendy Ed Davey MP Layla Moran MP Munira Wilson MP Alistair
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South Sudan: IMF Executive Board Approves U.S.$ 174.2 Million Emergency Assistance for South Sudan to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic

[IMF] Washington, DC: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a disbursement of SDR 123 million (50 percent of quota or about US$ 174.2 million) to South Sudan under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF). This is the second IMF financial assistance to South Sudan since it joined the IMF in 2012. The disbursement will help finance
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Mauritius: Corrective Actions to Be Initiated to Address Socio-Economic Impact of Covid-19

[Government of Mauritius] The findings and recommendations of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Report on the social economic impact assessment of COVID-19 in Mauritius are currently being scrutinised at the level of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family Welfare, and corrective actions, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, will be initiated as soon as possible.
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Septuagenarian journalist’s cellmates in Cameroon have Covid-19

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) holds the Cameroonian authorities responsible for what happens to Amadou Vamoulké, a 71-year-old journalist who has been jailed arbitrarily for nearly five years and who reports in an open letter today to the justice minister that at least two of his cellmates have contracted Covid-19 in recent days. This journalist must be freed before it is
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‘The Longest Shift’ Documents Workers On The Pandemic’s Front Lines

Sam Comen’s The Longest Shift: “Today we’re here. Tomorrow’s not for granted. Like I always tell the customers, ‘Have a good day. Be safe.’ What else is there to say?” —Jennifer Alcantar: Cashier, Super A Foods. Sam Comen’s The Longest Shift: “There were customers that would come up to you without a mask on, and then they’d get mad at you
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Big Chunks of Corporate Tax Cuts End Up in Executives’ Pockets

The fact that the case for corporate tax cuts makes no sense has not impeded its success. “If firms responded to the tax cuts in the TCJA in a manner similar to the tax breaks that I studied, between 15 and 19 cents of every dollar would go to the top five corporate executives.”
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Africa: China and Russia Versus the West - What Will Be the True Cost of Vaccine Nationalism for Africa?

[Daily Maverick] Sidelined by rich Western nations, Africa has been left with no option but to rely on the willingness and benevolence of Russia and China, because the fight against the coronavirus is witnessing the worst of vaccine nationalism. For many in Africa, the two countries are seen as the only wealthy nations that have shown an interest in aiding
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Mali: World Bank Provides $80 Million to Improve Quality of Education in Mali

[World Bank] Washington -- Approved on February 23, 2020, by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors, a $80 million from the International Development Association (IDA)* with 50% grant and 50% credit, will support Mali's education system. In addition to IDA financing, the project will benefit from three grants from the Global Partnership for Education: $44.78 million from Education Sector
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Africa: Covid-19 Shows Why United Action is Needed for More Robust International Health Architecture

[WHO] The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge to the global community since the 1940s. At that time, following the devastation of two world wars, political leaders came together to forge the multilateral system. The aims were clear: to bring countries together, to dispel the temptations of isolationism and nationalism, and to address the challenges that could only be achieved
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Ready or not. How the coronavirus pandemic closed borders and made Russia a ‘big country’ for domestic tourism

One year ago, in March 2020, countries around the world began closing their borders. Russia did so on March 18. In terms of the number of people crossing state borders to vacation and sightsee, year one of the COVID-19 pandemic saw world travel reduced to levels last seen in the late 1980s. And Russia has experienced a lot of domestic changes
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'Frugal design' brings medical innovations to communities that lack resources during the pandemic

Maker spaces give engineers and designers the tools to build low-cost medical equipment using locally available materials. Brandon Martin, Rice University, CC BY-NC-ND Spreading the light Local innovation for PPE Health care workers around the world turned to 3D-printed face shields in the early months of the pandemic. Julia Jenjezwa, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, CC BY-NC-ND Rethinking diagnostics designs Devices like this hand-powered
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Sputnik V’s ugly cousin. Clinical results for Russia’s EpiVacCorona vaccine are finally here, but developers published in an obscure local journal, raising questions and concerns

As the drug’s developers promised in a recent interview with Meduza, we now have a peer-reviewed scientific article that makes the case for EpiVacCorona, Russia’s latest coronavirus vaccine. Though the research didn’t arrive until March 25, the drug itself won regulatory approval back in October 2020 and has been available to Russian patients outside clinical trials for months. Until yesterday,
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Africa: Foreign Affairs Committee Sends Bass Resolution On COVID Collaboration With Africa To House Floor

[U.S. House] Washington, DC -- Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted unanimously to send House Resolution 245 to the House Floor. The resolution calls for renewed, decisive, and robust international collaboration and coordination to fight COVID-19 across Africa and was introduced last week by Congressmember Karen Bass, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Africa.
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South Africa: WTO Waiver Is Important, but So Is Fixing SA's Outdated Patent Laws

[spotlight] Since 2020, South Africa has become the world's champion in the call for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. On multilateral platforms the South African government has been clear in its call for equitable and universal access to COVID-19 medical products and treatments - not only for South Africa, but for the rest of the continent too.
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Can Social Movements Realign America’s Political Parties to Win Big Change?

In the second week of November 2018, the Sunrise Movement made a sharp transition. Throughout the prior year, the youth-based climate organization had clocked long hours working in support of Democratic candidates in an array of selected districts — walking miles to knock on doors, identifying sympathetic voters and getting people to polls. Now, dozens of Sunrise members sat on
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UK Covid tracker: the latest data by local authority as the roadmap out of lockdown begins

*/ Covid severity by local authority Case rates among all age groups, and how this is changing Case rates among those aged 60+ Hospitalisation levels, and how these are changing Test positivity rates Vaccinations by local area Case rate trends by local authority */ Covid spread by local neighbourhood */ A note on the data */ Justin Paget / Getty Images RSS: Business Article : Link to external profile : 
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Africa: The Clock Is Ticking - It's Time to End TB Deaths Among People With HIV!

[WHO] In the run up to World TB Day, WHO has released new data from over 84 countries on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the TB response, and launched new guidelines on systematic TB screening to help countries bridge the gap in diagnosis and care. As a result of COVID-19, notifications of people with TB dropped by 21%
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Biden’s Inner Circle Maintains Close Ties to Vaccine Makers, Disclosures Reveal

Anita Dunn, the leading strategist on Biden’s presidential campaign who now serves as White House adviser, is on leave from her job as managing partner at the consulting firm she co-founded, SKDK, which provides extensive public relations and advertising services to Pfizer. Dunn intends to return to the SKDK this summer. SKDK, which did not respond to a request for
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Africa: Reframing Child and Adolescent Health for the SDG Era

[WHO] Over the past two decades, the epidemiology of global child health has changed markedly, alongside our understanding of what works to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents. As countries seek to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of papers published today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) supplement calls for a substantial evolution
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EpiVacCorona’s race to the finish line. Meduza speaks to the developer and manufacturer about concerns surrounding Russia’s latest coronavirus vaccine

The “EpiVacCorona” coronavirus vaccine, developed by the Novosibirsk-based Vector Institute, is now rolling out in regions across Russia, and roughly half a million doses should be distributed by the end of the month. Scientists first registered EpiVacCorona back in October 2020. In early March 2021, Russia’s consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor approved the vaccine for persons older than 60, though the
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West Africa: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale Addresses the International Coalition for the Sahel Ministerial

[State Department] On March 19, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale addressed the International Coalition for the Sahel Ministerial, outlining the enduring U.S. commitment to work with our partners to bring security, stability, and good governance to the region. Under Secretary Hale delivered remarks alongside the Coalition's High Representative Djime Adoum, partners from the G5 Sahel and
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‘When I saw the footage of the landing I shed a few tears’. Growing up in Russia, Olga Filimonova dreamed about outer space. Now she works for NASA and helps send rovers to Mars.

Olga Filimonova grew up in Petrozavodsk, a small city in northwestern Russia. Ever since she was a child she dreamed about outer space and was fond of mathematics, but when she didn’t get into the math program at St. Petersburg State University she switched to studying English. After moving to the United States, however, she went back to pursuing her
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Liberia: WFP, Government of Liberia and Canada Provide Support to Families of 5,000 Vulnerable School Children

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing take-home rations to 5,000 pre-primary and primary school children and their household members. The rations com- prising of rice, fortified vegetable oil, and pulses are intended to mitigate the impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic on the students and their families. This assistance was made possible thanks to
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The Iraq War: 18 Years Later

‘You sit in your room, and you talk to the wall You’re feeling small but still have a ball And you can’t explain what’s anyway in vain And you paint your face and dress in black Wear your shades and still can’t express The way you feel about a lousy fill And you dance until the morning All by yourself And somehow you know You’re not alone And you dance
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How Endless Wars and Interventions Helped Create the Assault on the Capitol

Venezuela is a particularly interesting case because for 20 years — three consecutive presidencies — Washington has unsuccessfully supported multiplecoup attempts, levied crippling illegal economic sanctions, and engaged in other types of tricks to topple former president Hugo Chávez and the current President Nicolás Maduro. Coincidentally, in January 2019, former President Trump recognized Juan Guaidó, a member of the Venezuelan
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Peter’s Prayer Poem Shout at the Vernal Equinox

I am a revolutionary, I do declare. My planet makes revolution too around the sun. We are revolutionaries – it, thee, and me! Spring has sprung, hey ding a-ding! I vow to use every breath I take until I’m done To make the world over again, the kingdom come, Only on behalf of my fellow creatures of the bio-sphere, My brothers and my sisters, our fellow flora
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Getting along with killers. Historian Sergey Radchenko reviews the bad blood and diplomatic restraint of U.S.-Russian relations over the decades

In an interview published on March 17, U.S. President Joe Biden said he considers Vladimir Putin to be a “killer,” prompting the Russian president to respond a day later with a schoolyard retort that translates loosely to the phrase: “Look who’s talking!” In what sounded more like a threat than a salutation, Putin also wished his American counterpart good health.
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Ghana: The Republic of Ghana Deposits the Instrument of Ratification of the African Medicines Agency

[African Union] The Republic of Ghana becomes the sixth (6th) Member State to deposit the instrument of ratification of the African Medicines Agency (AMA). The Republic of Ghana ratified the Treaty for the establishment of AMA on 24 February 2021 in Accra, Ghana and deposited the instrument of accession, to the Commission of the African Union (AU) on 16 March
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Did America’s Greediest Corporation Just Get Greedier?

Both these moves, Ohrn found, ended up stuffing corporate executive wallets. For every single percentage point decrease in the cost of new investments that bonus depreciation delivered, executive pay jumped 4.4 percent. The second tax break Ohrn studied delivered a 3.2 percent increase in executive pay for every 1 percent decrease in corporate tax rates. Overall, 15 to 19 percent of
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Tanzania: On the Passing of John Pombe Magufuli

[State Department] We extend our condolences to Tanzanians mourning the passing of President John Pombe Magufuli. We will continue to work with the Government of Tanzania to improve ties between the American and Tanzanian people. The United States remains committed to continuing to support Tanzanians as they advocate for respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and work to combat
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How remote training became normal training in 2021

Teammates and trainers no longer need to live in the same city, travel to a specific location, or even work in the same office to receive effective training Remote training tools use online training tools like webinars, online training courses, virtual training programs, and more to deliver onboarding and ongoing training to employees Tel Aviv-based Strigo has built a platform that enables
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Liberia: 'We Employed Many of the Lessons We Learned Fighting Ebola in Our Covid-19 Response'

[World Bank] The West African country of Liberia has worked hard to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing lessons from the Ebola crisis in 2014--2016. It was one of the first countries to go into lockdown and enforce strict social distancing. It has also made good use of its mHero mobile app which connects the government directly with frontline health
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Cape Verde: Cabo Verde Received the First Batch of Covid-19 Vaccines

[World Bank] United Nations Praia -- Cabo Verde received Friday, March 12, its first batch of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, sent through the COVAX Initiative, a partnership between the Government of Cabo Verde, CEPI (Coalition for Innovation in Epidemic Preparedness), GAVI (Global Vaccine Alliance) and WHO (World Health Organization), in partnership with UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), the World Bank and
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