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Woman army officer in forefront COVID-19 battle in Sierra Leone

“COVID-19 is a dynamic and fluid situation,” says Lieutenant Matilda Mattu Moiwo. “You can’t predict everything that will occur in advance.”  Lt. Moiwo is a staff officer of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces. Her military training serves her well in the fight against COVID-19.  As the National Emergency Medical Services Referral Coordinator in the capital city of Freetown, Lt. Moiwo has to juggle national ambulance services, clinicians at hospitals, treatment centers and isolation units, and psychosocial assistance for patients and their families. She also disseminates test results and…

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WHO calls for urgent action to ramp up production of COVID-19 vaccines for all

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), was speaking at the end of a historic week which saw COVAX deliver more than 20 million vaccine doses to 20 countries.  To deliver on #VaccinEquity, we need to urgently ramp up production through:-connecting #COVID19 vaccine producers with companies who have excess capacity to fill & finish-bilateral technology transfers-coordinated technology transfer-waiving intellectual property rights — Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 5, 2021 A further 31 countries will receive 14.4 million doses next week.  Barriers and bottlenecks  “This is encouraging progress,…

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Mental health alert for 332 million children linked to COVID-19 lockdown policies: UNICEF

Based on new research, it said on Thursday that more than 330 million youngsters have been stuck at home for at least nine months, since the virus spread uncontrollably this time last year. We must emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with a better approach to child and adolescent mental health, and that starts by giving the issue the attention it deserves. https://t.co/hhUMeUlx2A — Henrietta H. Fore (@unicefchief) March 4, 2021 This has left them feeling isolated and anxious about their future, said UNICEF spokesperson James Elder: “Tens and tens of millions of…

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Untreated hearing loss threatens nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide – WHO 

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) report, launched ahead of World Hearing Day 2021 on Wednesday, says that in less than 30 years, nearly 2.5 billion people globally face the threat of hearing loss – at least 700 million of whom will require ear and hearing care as well as other rehabilitation services, unless action is taken.  That figure would mark a significant increase from the current 430 million people worldwide who are experiencing “disabling hearing loss”.   .@WHO’s first World Report on Hearing 👂🏽 warns 1⃣ in 4⃣ people will have…

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Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners

Speaking after Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Colombia received their first round of AstraZeneca(AZ)/Oxford jabs, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the distribution of vaccines “has not been as equitable as we would have liked, but it has certainly been more equitable than it would have been otherwise”. Challenges on the ground The COVAX collective planned to deliver 11 million doses this week, Tedros continued, before cautioning that that “we still have many challenges to overcome, including the local production barriers relating to intellectual property”. Countries…

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‘We sink or we swim together’: 5 things you need to know about COVAX

1) What is COVAX? COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access) is the vaccines element of the ACT-Accelerator programme, led by the WHO and international partners, to develop a set of tools to fight the virus. WHO says that the programme has supported the fastest, most coordinated, and successful global effort in history to fight a disease. The aim is to distribute two billion doses, mostly to poorer countries, in 2021, and immunise 27 per cent of their citizens. “No one is safe until everyone is safe”, has been a World Health…

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UN’s nuclear watchdog agency will not be ‘bargaining chip’ in Iran nuclear deal

 After speaking to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors, Director General Rafael Grossi told a press conference that while the agency had opened a window of opportunity for diplomacy in Iran, it should not be put in the middle of negotiations between Iran, the United States and other nations over the deal.   [embedded content] On 15 February, Iran announced that it would stop implementing “voluntary transparency measures” in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, along with other arrangements in…

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COVID-19 cases rise for first time in seven weeks: WHO

Four of the agency’s six regions reported a rise in numbers, with Africa and the Western Pacific excluded.  “This is disappointing, but not surprising”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking during his biweekly press briefing from Geneva.  “Some of it appears to be due to relaxing of public health measures, continued circulation of variants, and people letting down their guard.”  The jump in cases comes as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines continues.  “Vaccines will help to save lives, but if countries rely solely on vaccines, they’re making a mistake”,…

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Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire begin history-making COVAX vaccination drives

Last week, the West African nations each received more than half a million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford shots, branded as COVISHIELD by their Indian manufacturer, which was cleared for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the UN health agency on February 15. The deliveries signify the launch of the largest, most rapid and complex global vaccine rollout in history, said WHO. Meanwhile, 11 million more COVAX doses are being delivered over the next week, as part of the global effort aiming to provide at least two billion doses of donor-funded coronavirus shots to lower income countries…

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UN chief returns to the Bronx for second coronavirus shot

The Secretary-Generally has repeatedly called for the vaccines to be “a global public good”, accessible to all people, everywhere. All UN staffers at UN Headquarters are waiting their turn for the vaccine based on the local rollout plan, and Mr. Guterres is among the first in the Big Apple-based UN family to receive a jab, based on his eligibility – he’s over the standard UN retirement aged of 65.   The UN chief spoke to the site manager, Yaeshea Braddock, while getting his second innoculation about the importance of fair access to…

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