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UK Government: UK authorises Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Government authorises first COVID-19 vaccine on independent advice of medicines regulator. Published 2 December 2020 From: Department of Health and Social Care A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: The government has today accepted the recommendation from the

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UN News: New COVID-19 infections fall globally for first time since September; WHO chief urges ‘extreme caution’

Last week saw the first global decline in newly reported cases of COVID-19 since September, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, advising that the news, while welcome, must be interpreted with “extreme caution”. Updating reporters during his regular briefing from

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UN News: UN appeals for $35 billion to help world’s ‘most vulnerable and fragile’ in 2021

A record 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection next year, a near- 40 per cent increase on 2020 which is “almost entirely from COVID-19”, the UN’s emergency relief chief said on Tuesday. In an appeal for $35 billion to

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EIB Investment Survey – Businesses are intending to reduce investment due to the pandemic

The EIB Investment Survey reveals that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt by firms across the European Union and is impacting their investment outlooks. In particular, the survey finds that: 45% of firms intend to invest less

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European Commission: Commission disburses €8.5 billion under SURE to five Member States

The European Commission has disbursed €8.5 billion in the third instalment of financial support to five Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today’s operations, Belgium has received €2 billion, Hungary €200 million, Portugal €3 billion, Romania €3

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IMF Blog: Window for Change

There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen. This saying could not be more apt today. The pandemic—which has disrupted the world in profound ways—has prompted countries to roll out significant policy changes that might

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Stock Markets Celebrate Whilst Real Economy Mourns

Stock markets ended November on record highs as cash poured into equities to deliver an early Christmas to investors. The Nikkei enjoyed its best month since 1990 with a gain of 16.7% only to be bested by Italy’s FTSE MIB

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EY: Threats and Opportunities in a Post-Covid-19 Economic Context

A statement currently circulating on social media warns that “it is strange that certain world economies easily collapse when consumers buy only what they need”. Statements like this often contain some degree of truth. The social isolation linked to the

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UN on COVID-19: Testing still vital even as vaccines roll out

Testing will still be a critical tool against COVID-19, even as vaccines are deployed against the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday during his regular briefing on the crisis. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus emphasized

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Every move counts towards better health – says WHO

Up to 5 million deaths a year could be averted if the global population was more active. At a time when many people are home bound due to COVID-19, new WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, launched today, emphasize

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