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WHO lists 9th COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use with aim to increase access to vaccination in lower-income countries

Today, the World Health Organization issued an emergency use listing (EUL) for NVX-CoV2373, expanding the basket of WHO-validated vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The vaccine, named CovovaxTM, is produced by the Serum Institute of India under licence from Novavax and

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WTO: Merchandise trade volume declined in Q3 while trade values continued to rise

The volume of world merchandise trade fell 0.8% in the third quarter of 2021 after four consecutive quarters of strong expansion, as supply chain disruptions, shortages of production inputs and rising COVID-19 cases weighed on trade growth. Despite strong headwinds

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European Commission ensures another acceleration of deliveries of vaccine doses to Member States

The Commission has today agreed with BioNtech-Pfizer to accelerate the delivery of its mRNA vaccine to Member States, starting in a few weeks. In Q1 of 2022, BioNtech-Pfizer will deliver an additional 20 million vaccine doses (5 million in January,

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The World Bank: Global Community Steps Up with $93 Billion Support Package to Boost Resilient Recovery in World’s Poorest Countries

$23.5 billion in donor contributions to IDA, World Bank fund for the poor The World Bank today announced a $93 billion replenishment package of the International Development Association (IDA) to help low-income countries respond to the COVID-19 crisis and build a greener, more resilient, and inclusive

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IFC: A Cool Way to Cut Costs and Climate Impact

At a bustling distribution center in India’s southern state of Karnataka, employees of the country’s largest online grocer, BigBasket, sort crates of fresh cauliflowers, tomatoes, limes, and leafy greens. Outside, their co-worker Prateep K. is feeding cashew shell waste into

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European Council: Council approves conclusions on new plan to safeguard Europe’s food supply

Farming ministers today approved conclusions on a plan to protect the EU’s food supply system against future threats. The contingency plan for food supply and food security, developed by the Commission as part of the farm to fork strategy, will help

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Investing 1 dollar per person per year could save 7 million lives in low- and lower-middle-income countries

A new WHO report shows that close to 7 million deaths could be prevented by 2030 if low- and lower-middle-income countries were to make an additional investment of less than a dollar per person per year in the prevention and

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More than half a billion people pushed or pushed further into extreme poverty due to health care costs

COVID-19 pandemic disrupts health services worldwide New evidence compiled by the World Health Organization and the World Bank shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress towards Universal Health Coverage. The organizations also reveal

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IMF: Rethinking Multilateralism for a Pandemic Era

Incremental change within existing mechanisms has failed; we need a fundamental reset We are nowhere near the end of the pandemic. Delta will not be the last highly transmissible variant. Large unvaccinated groups and the unchecked spread of the virus

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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: Epidemiological update: Omicron variant of concern (VOC) – data as of 7 December 2021 (12.00)

As of 7 December and since 6 December 2021, 62 additional SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant of concern (VOC) cases have been confirmed in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA), contributing to an overall total of 274 confirmed cases to

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