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18 countries issue call for defense of UN charter

The first ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends in Defense of the United Nations Charter was held in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Many of the members are targets of unilateral sanctions by the US and the European Union

241 million vaccine doses to go to waste if not redistributed immediately

G7 countries will have 1.2 billion vaccines available for donation by the end of 2021 even after maintaining booster shot campaigns for all adults

Can poor countries succeed in vaccinating their population?

Public outcry in South Africa helped force Johnson & Johnson to retain the vaccines produced in the country for domestic use instead of being shipped to Europe. The Indian civil society has initiated a similar effort as the Global South looks for alternatives

Vaccine apartheid in Palestine: The silent war by Israel

In violation of its obligations and responsibilities as an occupying power, Israel has taken little effort in vaccinating Palestinians, leading to very poor vaccination rates in the occupied territories and the general deterioration of health facilities

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

Bill Gates, the white man’s burden and Modi government’s vaccine debacle

An incompetent, vainglorious leadership, combined with the right-wing belief in magical capitalism, has led to the disaster that India is now facing

IMF and big business for universal vaccination: Better red than dead

The me-first policy on vaccine sharing will bring losses of $203 billion to $5 trillion to rich countries, while the returns are the highest if they support global universal vaccination

Two injured in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

The airstrikes on Saturday also caused damage to a hospital, a mosque and a several residential buildings. Electricity and water supply of the citizens of Gaza was also affected

COVID-19: Vaccine candidate developed in China reported to have protected monkeys

SARS-CoV-2 was directly put into the lungs of eight Rhesus Macaques. None of the monkeys that had been vaccinated were seen to have developed a full-blown infection.

Public health and private profits under COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic might be devastating countries, the people and their livelihoods, but is good for some companies and their stockholders, like the ones that hold patents for N95 masks, lifesaving medicines or vaccines.

How the Chinese authorities and the WHO handled the Coronavirus

The attack on the Chinese government and the World Health Organization’s work on the novel coronavirus by the Trump administration is unfounded

Defunding the World Health Organization: Unethical, cruel, and dangerous for the world

Ariel Gold of CODEPINK discusses the decision of the US to pull funding from the World Health Organization and the impact that this has on the world

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