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Medical Aid Groups Welcome Plans by Moderna to Build Plant in Africa

NAIROBI — Medical aid groups are welcoming plans by U.S. drug maker Moderna to build a plant for manufacturing vaccines in Africa. The groups say the plant, the first from a company making a COVID-19 vaccine, will help in fighting vaccine inequality.Af…

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WHO Recommends COVID-19 Booster Shot for Immunocompromised

The World Health Organization is recommending that people with weakened immune systems be given a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.A panel of WHO vaccine advisers said the additional dose would help immunocompromised people because that population …

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Report: Moderna Fails to Supply Poor Countries with COVID Vaccines

A report in The New York Times says that the manufacturers of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine which “appears to be the world’s best defense against COVID-19, has been supplying its shots almost exclusively to wealthy nations, keeping poorer countries w…

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Cameroon Nurses Seek Extra Care for the Terminally Ill

BAMENDA, CAMEROON — Nurses in Cameroon are marking this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (October 9) with visits to terminally ill patients in the country’s restive North-West and South-West regions. The regions’ ongoing separatist conflict…

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WHO Chief: ‘No Country Can Vaccinate Its Way Out of This Pandemic in Isolation’

“The pandemic has destabilized societies, economies, and governments. It has shown that there is no global security without global health security,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a recent address to ambas…

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WHO: Most of Africa Has Missed 10 Percent COVID-19 Vaccination Goal

GENEVA — Fifteen African countries have succeeded in fully vaccinating at least 10 percent of their populations against COVID-19 by September 30, a goal set by the World Health Organization in May. However, that leaves two-thirds of the continent’s 54 …

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World Bank Forecasts Slow Economic Growth for East Asia and Pacific Region Due to COVID-19

The World Bank is predicting slower economic growth for developing nations in the East Asia and Pacific regions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A report issued by the bank Tuesday said while China’s economy is expected to grow by 8.5% in 2021, the rest of…

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Nigeria: iMMAP/DFS COVID-19 Situation Analysis – Humanitarian Operational Environment Annual Report (Feb 2020 – July 2021)

NIGERIA’S INFLATION AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINS HIGH DESPITE THE ECONOMY’S RECOVERY FROM THE RECESSION AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IMPACTNigeria has experienced the macroeconomic impact of the collapse in international oil prices, which caused the…

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Coronavirus Vaccine Inequity a Focus at UN General Assembly

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chad’s President Mahamat Idriss Deby and Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni are set to address the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday.Access to COVID-19 vaccines has been one of the major topics of the annual me…

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At UN, Climate and COVID Top Leaders’ Concerns

WASHINGTON — Tackling the threat of climate change and COVID-19 were the dominant themes of leaders’ speeches Wednesday at the U.N. General Assembly annual debate.”While the world was fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis also stru…