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Canada Looks To Women To Bolster Trades Amid Post-Pandemic Labour Shortage

Canada Looks To Women To Bolster Trades Amid Post-Pandemic Labour Shortage

A shortage of skilled workers is intensifying in Canada, potentially threatening the pace of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and that has policymakers looking at a largely untapped market for new construction workers: Women. But attracting and retaining women in the skilled trades has long proven difficult, with tradeswomen and advocates citing challenges […]

Pfizer, BioNTech Agree to Produce Covid-19 Vaccine for Africa

Pfizer, BioNTech Agree to Produce Covid-19 Vaccine for Africa

Pfizer and BioNTech have reached an agreement with a South African company to produce their COVID-19 vaccine for distribution in Africa, the biotechnology companies said Wednesday. The Biovac Institute in Cape Town will manufacture 100 million doses of the vaccine annually starting in 2022. The company will mix vaccine ingredients it receives from Europe, place […]

Testing, Isolation Centres Shut In States Despite Imminent Covid-19 Third Wave

Testing, Isolation Centres Shut In States Despite Imminent Covid-19 Third Wave

As the country faces an impending third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, investigations by Daily Trust has shown that many states have shut down their isolation and testing centres. This is happening as the Delta variant of the virus, which is more contagious, is now spreading across states. The federal government at the weekend put […]

U.N. Warns Excluding Women From Top Jobs Threatens COVID-19 Recovery

U.N. Warns Excluding Women From Top Jobs Threatens COVID-19 Recovery

Global efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic are under threat because women are being excluded from critical decision-making roles, the United Nations said on Thursday. Only 6% of coronavirus task forces, which are responsible for coordinating government responses to the deadly virus, have equal numbers of men and women, while 11% have no women […]

Virus Variants Threaten Global Recovery, G20 warns

Virus Variants Threaten Global Recovery, G20 warns

An upsurge in new coronavirus variants and poor access to vaccines in developing countries threaten the global economic recovery, finance ministers of the world’s 20 largest economies warned on Saturday. The G20 gathering in the Italian city of Venice was the ministers’ first face-to-face meeting since the start of the pandemic. Decisions include the endorsement […]

‘Please show mercy’: Evicted By Cambodia, Ethnic Vietnamese stuck at Watery Border

‘Please show mercy’: Evicted By Cambodia, Ethnic Vietnamese stuck at Watery Border

Shunned by authorities on both sides of the border, Bach Bai has been relying on the generosity of strangers since his ethnic Vietnamese fishing community was evicted from Cambodia’s capital three weeks ago and cast off downstream on their floating homes. But few are willing to help hundreds of stateless families, who had earned a […]

South Africa Tightens Covid-19 Restrictions as Country Battles Third Wave

South Africa Tightens Covid-19 Restrictions as Country Battles Third Wave

President Cyril Ramaphosa has introduced new coronavirus restrictions to help the country curb the spread of the virus and save lives as it battles a third wave of the pandemic. In a televised address to the nation, Ramaphosa said that country is battling the Delta variant which was first detected in India. The variant has spread extremely quickly […]

Covid-19 Outbreak At Leribe Schools, Villages

Covid-19 Outbreak At Leribe Schools, Villages

A Covid-19 outbreak has affected six schools and 20 villages in the Leribe district, the National Covid-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) has said. All in all, 114 infections have been recorded this week, NACOSEC CEO ‘Malitaba Litaba said in an interview with the Lesotho Times this week. Dr Litaba said the hardest hit is Khethisa High School […]

UK To Donate 100 Million Coronavirus Vaccine Doses

UK To Donate 100 Million Coronavirus Vaccine Doses

The UK will donate at least 100 million surplus coronavirus vaccine doses within the next year, including 5 million beginning in the coming weeks  Donation is in addition to UK work to support Oxford-AstraZeneca’s contribution to fighting Covid and our financial backing to COVAX G7 leaders are expected to agree to provide 1 billion doses […]

Women Falling Behind In India’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

Women Falling Behind In India’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

 Many more men in India have received COVID-19 vaccines than women, government data showed on Tuesday, highlighting gender disparity in the country’s immunisation drive that has also disadvantaged the rural population. India has partly or fully vaccinated about 101 million men, nearly 17% more than women. Men account for 54% of the total number of […]

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