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Australia Considers Diverting COVID-19 Vaccines To PNG As “Disaster” Looms

Australia Considers Diverting COVID-19 Vaccines To PNG As “Disaster” Looms

Australia is considering diverting COVID-19 inoculations from its vaccination programme to Papua New Guinea (PNG) where the coronavirus is threatening to unleash a humanitarian disaster, a government source said on Friday. PNG is due to get 588,000 doses of vaccine by June under the COVAX initiative to help poorer countries but doubts have arisen about […]

How Lack Of Internet Access Has Limited Vaccine Availability For Racial And Ethnic Minorities

How Lack Of Internet Access Has Limited Vaccine Availability For Racial And Ethnic Minorities

Racial and ethnic minority communities that lack internet access have been left behind in the race to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The average monthly cost of internet access, about US$70, can be out of reach for those who can barely afford groceries. Reporters and scholars have written about the effects of lack of internet access in rural areas in the U.S. and developing […]

CODE Trains Women On Response, Peace Building Process, Develop Monitoring Check List

CODE Trains Women On Response, Peace Building Process, Develop Monitoring Check List

Connected Development (CODE) has provided training for women in Kaduna State on participating and tracking COVID-19 response and peacebuilding initiatives in the state. CODE’s Senior Programme Manager, Mrs Lucy Abagi explained that the two-day training was funded by the UN Women under its Strengthening State Capacities and Women’s Participation in COVID-19 Response project. The project […]

COVID-19 May Result In One Million Excess Deaths From Other Diseases In Africa

COVID-19 May Result In One Million Excess Deaths From Other Diseases In Africa

Africa’s 1.3 billion people may have fared better than expected in terms of containing COVID-19 but the pandemic has dealt a severe blow to already weak health services, raising fears of excess deaths from other illnesses plaguing the continent. A World Health Organization (WHO) analysis of 14 African countries found a more than 50% decline in […]

South Africans Return to Lockdown Level 3 After Covid-19 Case Surge

South Africans Return to Lockdown Level 3 After Covid-19 Case Surge

South Africa is once again at Alert Level 3 due to a surge in confirmed cases of Covid-19, with some adjustments. “Under the adjusted Level 3 regulations: All indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited for 14 days from the date hereof, except for funerals and other limited exceptions as detailed in the regulations, such as restaurants, […]

COVID-19 Takes Heavy Toll On Ethiopia’s Garment Workers

COVID-19 Takes Heavy Toll On Ethiopia’s Garment Workers

Even before COVID-19 struck, the women stitching clothes at Ethiopia’s Hawassa industrial park were among the world’s worst-paid garment workers – many making less than $30 per month. Today, pay cuts and forced overtime have become common in short-staffed factories abandoned by hundreds of former employees – some too scared of catching the coronavirus to […]

Third of World’s People Get No State Aid During Pandemic – Oxfam

Third of World’s People Get No State Aid During Pandemic – Oxfam

More than a third of the world’s population – some 2.7 billion people – has not received government aid during the coronavirus pandemic, Oxfam said on Tuesday, with gaping differences between rich and poor countries. An analysis of World Bank data conducted by the Nairobi-based charity found that while $9.8 trillion of aid was spent […]

Spike In Covid-19 Cases Hits Schools

Spike In Covid-19 Cases Hits Schools

Lagos State, Nigeria’s Covid-19 epicenter, has reported more cases of the coronavirus disease in its secondary schools. The country’s daily count of infections fell below 100 in the last three weeks but started rising against last Monday. Nigeria has conducted about 673,183 tests since its index case in March and had a total of 63,731 […]

As #MeToo Turns Three, Founder Launches Platform To Fight Sexual Violence

As #MeToo Turns Three, Founder Launches Platform To Fight Sexual Violence

The founder of the #MeToo movement marked its third anniversary on Thursday by launching an online platform to fight sexual violence, hoping to expand the reach of the campaign against harassment and assault. The digital platform, called “‘me too.’ Act Too,” will act like a search engine, giving users personalized options to donate, participate or […]

Most Countries Failing To Address Women’s Needs During Pandemic – UN

Most Countries Failing To Address Women’s Needs During Pandemic – UN

COVID-19 crisis offers a chance to reshape societies for a fairer future, according to U.N. Women and the U.N. Development Programme Only one in eight countries worldwide have brought in measures to specifically protect women from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a database of government responses to COVID-19 launched by two U.N. […]

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