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UNCTAD: Boosting productive capacities only hope for least developed countries post COVID-19

Without better state capacity – ability to accomplish policy goals – the world’s poorest countries will remain on the margins of the global economy. The development of productive capacities in least developed countries (LDCs) is necessary for boosting their ability

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WTO: Global trade rebound beats expectations but marked by regional divergences

The resurgence of global economic activity in the first half of 2021 lifted merchandise trade above its pre-pandemic peak, leading WTO economists to upgrade their forecasts for trade in 2021 and 2022. The WTO is now predicting global merchandise trade

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WHO: On new recommendation for treatment of COVID-19 patients: WHO calls for equitable access to casirivimab and imdevimab for COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the addition of another therapeutic to the world’s arsenal against COVID-19, but urges producing companies and governments to address the high price and limited production of the Regeneron antibody combination and ensure safe and appropriate handling

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WHO: New storybook to help children stay hopeful during COVID-19

Resource for parents, teachers and health professionals follows hugely successful first edition News release of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings  A new book published today aims to help children stay

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WTO: Global services trade recovering but below pre-pandemic levels, WTO barometer indicates

The recovery in global services trade looks set to extend into the third quarter of 2021. However, expansion could proceed along a lower trajectory if the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic turns out to be long-lasting, the WTO’s Services Trade

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World Bank Blogs: Solving the vaccination gaps

Widespread access to COVID-19 vaccines is critical for development. The world is currently faced with heavy COVID-19 caseloads, high death rates, and related reversals in development. Vaccinations appear to be the best single development investment available. Access is achievable, but

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World Bank Blogs: How the World Bank Group is helping developing countries to vaccinate their populations

Part of the world’s countries are making good progress vaccinating their citizens against COVID-19, which will save lives and get their economies back on track.  But most low- and middle-income countries are still struggling to get enough doses just to protect

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IFC – Creating Markets: Tech Start-ups Deliver COVID-19 Relief

By Alison Buckholtz Additional reporting contributed by Savani Jayasooriya As the COVID-19 vaccine cavalry readies itself for deployment, Delhi-based health tech entrepreneur Prashant Tandon is preparing for battle. Fighting the pandemic, he believes, depends on the organization, coordination, and delivery

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WHO: Leaders Make Urgent Call To Accelerate Vaccination Globally And In Africa

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and a group of global health leaders today issued an urgent call for vaccine equity globally and in Africa in particular. The leaders stressed that the worst pandemic in the last hundred years will not end unless

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COVID-19 vaccines: from rejection to shortage, how Côte d’Ivoire became a model for managing vaccine hesitancy

One month after Côte d’Ivoire’s vaccination campaign was launched with much fanfare, the great enthusiasm generated by the delivery of 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on February 26, 2021, quickly gave way to major concerns due to very low

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