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SOFI report Hunger In 2020, rise in number of those affected by chronic hunger was more than last 5 years combined

The report underlines the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and conflicts as the major reasons for rising hunger in the world. It asks countries to increase social spending, end conflicts, and transform agriculture to let people grow what they can eat

COVID-19 cases cross 5 million in Africa but less than 1% of the population is vaccinated

11 countries, including Nigeria, do not have enough supply to cater even to one percent of its respective populations. Tanzania, Burundi, Eritrea and the Sahrawi Republic are yet to receive any vaccine doses

World Health Assembly 74: One year into the pandemic

One year into the pandemic, the World Health Assembly is holding its annual meeting. The continued financial challenges loomed over delegates as they discussed the possibility of a Pandemic Treaty, local production of medicines, and WHO’s COVID-19 response

As World Health Assembly starts, solidarity is missing from the agenda

The 74th World Health Assembly that began on Monday will have to deal with a host of challenges at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the stark inequalities in every aspect of health across the globe

Israeli attacks continue for tenth day, death toll close to 230

The airstrikes on Gaza along with the Israeli military’s violence in the occupied West Bank have so for killed 227 Palestinians and injured over 1,500 others, while also internally displacing 72,000 people

Africa with over 4.6 million cases has world’s lowest vaccination rate 

Despite being the second-most populous continent on the globe – accounting for 17.21% of the world population – the vaccination rate in Africa is the lowest in the world, currently adding up to only 1% of the vaccines administered worldwide

Majority in G7 countries wants COVID-19 vaccine know-how to be shared, says poll

The findings of the survey shared by the the People’s Vaccine Alliance shows that the vast number of respondents want governments to intervene and ensure the knowledge is shared with others. Most G7 countries are opposed to patent waivers on vaccines

Demand for patent waiver WTO meet Ahead of crucial WTO meet, rights groups urge patent waiver on COVID-19 vaccines

The rich countries have opposed the proposal of a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines put forth by over 100 poorer countries, calling it harmful for the interests of drug companies

COVID-19 vaccine patents Majority of US population supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccine production 

Citing the interests of “innovators”, the US has led other rich countries in opposing the proposal for a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines raised by over 100 poor and developing countries in the WTO

COVID-19 vaccination for refugees lags in west Asia

Most refugees living in poor countries in West and South Asia are being left behind in the vaccination programmes being undertaken by the respective governments for several reasons, including a shortage of adequate number of vaccine doses

Death toll rises following violent clashes in West Darfur and other stories

In today’s episode we take a look at the recent reports of violence in the West Darfur state of Sudan, an uprising against inhumane conditions by people incarcerated in a prison facility in the United States, the ongoing violent crackdown on social activists and former FARC combatants in Colombia, and this year’s World Health Day campaign and the demand for vaccine access for all

Iraq faces second wave of COVID-19 infections amid slow vaccination rates

The country started vaccination only in March when it received over 50,000 doses of Chinese Sinopharm vaccine. It received 336,000 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca under COVAX initiative on March 25 after much delay

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