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    (CNN)During the global scramble to secure vaccines, many countries in Asia-Pacific were slow off the mark. This time, they're not making the same mistake.Countries around the region are rushing to place orders for the latest weapon against Covid-19: an antiviral pill that isn't even authorized for use yet. Molnupiravir -- produced by US pharmaceutical company Merck -- is being heralded...
    Banning books is a nasty habit, whether it comes from the right or left (opinion) A PS5 restock will happen at PlayStation Direct today (Update: Sold out) Rich countries are making little progress towards meeting their pledge to provide $100 billion a year to poorer nations to combat climate change, the OECD said Friday. © Omar TORRES Wealthy nations...
    Bidens racial justice agenda must be central to post-Ida disaster recovery Kabul fell — and this ambassador was thrust into the spotlight By Kate Abnett © Reuters/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS FILE PHOTO: Wind turbines are seen on a mountain near the town of Karystos, on the island of Evia STRASBOURG (Reuters) -The European Union on Wednesday pledged to increase financial support...
    The Taliban were last night blocked from getting their hands on more than £330million Afghanistan was due to receive from the International Monetary Fund next week. Following pressure from the US Treasury, the IMF announced that, as a result of the fall of Kabul, it has suspended access to its cash, part of a fund to help poorer nations through...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The governing body of the International Monetary Fund has approved a $650 billion expansion in the agency’s resources to support economically vulnerable countries battling the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn it has caused. The 190-nation lending institution said Monday that its board of governors approved the expansion of its reserves known as Special Drawing Rights, the...
    US faces calls to share vaccines as death tolls soar in poorer countries
    The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers' profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it's "not right" that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that most vaccine makers have targeted locations where "profits are highest." Tedros kicked off the WHO's week-long...
    Sexual abuse of women in poorer countries by aid workers has got worse during the coronavirus pandemic, MPs have suggested in a damning report. Three-quarters of those surveyed by the Commons international development committee believe abuse of aid recipients is still going on – three years after the Oxfam Haiti abuse scandal emerged. A quarter of the 64 mainly aid...
    OTTAWA/GENEVA – Canada, which has reserved enough doses to vaccinate residents against COVID-19 several times over, is in talks with other governments about a plan to donate shots to lower-income countries, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Canada has made deals to buy more doses per capita than any other nation, according to researchers at the Duke Global...
    By Emma Farge GENEVA (Reuters) - A key contender to head the World Trade Organization told Reuters on Tuesday she thinks the body should play a role in helping poorer countries access COVID-19 drugs and vaccines, and this topic should be part of negotiations if she wins. Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, seen by delegates as a top candidate to lead the...
    (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson said on Monday it was slashing the price of its version of tuberculosis drug bedaquiline to $340 from $400, for a six-month treatment, in low- and middle-income countries, to scale up its use during the COVID-19 pandemic. J&J’s bedaquiline, marketed under the brand name Sirturo, will be available at the reduced price to more than...
    As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, AP gives a rough overview of another urgent medical deficiency faced by many poorer nations: No oxygen. Literally, no medical-grade oxygen to use on COVID-19 patients throughout poorer countries in Africa, Asia, and South America, putting one of the best and simplest ways of treating hypoxic COVID-19 patients out of reach in countless...
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