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Elderly Lebanese Man Will Get COVID Jab ‘Sooner or Later’, Health Ministry says

Elderly Lebanese Man Will Get COVID Jab ‘Sooner or Later’, Health Ministry says

Lebanon’s health ministry on Thursday rejected a court order for it to swiftly vaccinate an elderly man against COVID-19, accusing the judge of trying to score points in the media following a scandal over queue-jumping by lawmakers. Wednesday’s court order followed a complaint by 80-year-old Joseph al-Hajj, who filed suit after about a dozen members of […]

Yemenis Reel From Poverty, Hunger As U.N Pleads For Funds And War’s End

Yemenis Reel From Poverty, Hunger As U.N Pleads For Funds And War’s End

Unable to find work, Ahmed Farea has sold everything including his wife’s gold to feed and house two young daughters in one small room. Elsewhere in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, widow Mona Muhammad has work but struggles to buy anything more nutritious than rice for her four children amid high prices. And in a nearby hospital, […]

World Bank Threatens To Cut Lebanon’s Vaccine Aid Over Line-Jumping

World Bank Threatens To Cut Lebanon’s Vaccine Aid Over Line-Jumping

The World Bank threatened on Tuesday to suspend its multi-million-dollar financing for Lebanon’s COVID-19 vaccinations over politicians jumping the line. Local media and officials said some lawmakers got shots in parliament on Tuesday while other Lebanese in the priority groups were still waiting their turn, drawing a rebuke from the doctor leading the campaign and […]

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 Death Toll Exceeds 101,000 Across Continent

Covid-19 Death Toll Exceeds 101,000 Across Continent

 As of February 22, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 3,829,402. Reported deaths in Africa reached 101,336 and 3,382,176 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 1,503,796 – and 49,053 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (481,155), Tunisia (228,362), Egypt (178,151), Ethiopia (152,806), and Nigeria (152,074). For […]

Zanzibar’s First VP Hamad Dies in Hospital After Positive Covid-19 Test

Zanzibar’s First VP Hamad Dies in Hospital After Positive Covid-19 Test

First Vice President of Zanzibar Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad has died in hospital in Dar es Salaam, according to Zanzibari President Hussein Ali Mwinyi. Hamad, 77, a veteran politician for the ACT-Wazalendo opposition party, tested positive for Covid-19 at the beginning of February and was admitted to Muhimbili National Hospital, where he died on Wednesday. […]

Fear, Mistrust Fuel COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among UK Ethnic Minorities

Fear, Mistrust Fuel COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among UK Ethnic Minorities

Will I become infertile? Are you sure it’s safe? Why was it developed so quickly? I just don’t trust it. When it comes to questions about COVID-19 vaccines, medical assistant Rukshana Fahima has heard it all – and she is well-placed to answer. She had her own doubts too. “At first I was quite apprehensive […]

Covid-19 Worsens Women Land Rights Violations in Lesotho

Covid-19 Worsens Women Land Rights Violations in Lesotho

LOCKDOWN restrictions aimed at fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in Lesotho have had an unintended adverse negative impact of undermining women’s customary land rights, a regional human rights body has found. The organisation, Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA), said its research on the impact of Covid-19 on women’s customary land rights and livelihoods in southern […]

Covid-19 Deaths Exceed 95,000 Across Continent

Covid-19 Deaths Exceed 95,000 Across Continent

As of February 9, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 3,681,674. Reported deaths in Africa reached  95,535  and  3,207,374  people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 1,477,511  – and 46,473  people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( 475,589 ), Tunisia ( 217,753 ), Egypt ( 170,207 ), […]