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US rejoins World Health Organization and Paris climate accord with new executive.

US rejoins World Health Organization and Paris climate accord with new executive.

EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, POLITICS, USA, WORLD, World Health Organization
President Biden’s international restoration project has begun Biden, in the first hours of his presidency, rejoined the Paris climate accord and recommitted to the World Health Organization, fulfilling promises he made during the campaign. He is also taking the first steps toward achieving his larger foreign policy agenda of restoring American leadership abroad. But these day one orders are the easy part. Now Biden begins the difficult task of rebuilding trust among allies, and trying to prove America can be a reliable partner. Over the past four years of the Trump administration’s “America First” foreign policy, other countries have taken leadership roles on climate change, and other powers, like China, have moved to fill the vacuum left behind by the United States in interna...
Philippines Stocks Down 0.7%

Philippines Stocks Down 0.7%

AFRICA, Business, COVID-19, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD, World Bank, World Health Organization
The PSE Index lost 48 points or 0.7% to 7,151 in early trade on Wednesday, as investors were cautious about local coronavirus cases, with local governments rushing to set up their respective COVID-19 vaccination centers. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte will be given the virus vaccine once it becomes available in the Philippines, but he will be vaccinated behind closed doors. Risk sentiment was also dragged by adverse events from virus vaccination centers across the world. California’s health department said several people at a center in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions to Moderna's virus vaccine. Meantime, Norway is investigating the deaths of 23 elderly patients who had received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Market participants showed a muted response to reports...
German Covid Cases Hit 2.05M

German Covid Cases Hit 2.05M

COVID-19, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, World Health Organization
Germany reported 11,369 new coronavirus cases and 989 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the nationwide total to 2.05 million and 47,622, respectively, according to data released by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases. The number of daily cases seemed to be decreasing in recent days, but authorities remained concerned about new variants that appear to be more contagious. German chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of the German states are expected to announce today an extension and a tightening of the current partial lockdown until mid-February. Elsewhere in Europe, the COVID infection rates remains high, with the UK announcing 37,535 new cases as of Monday, and Spain reporting 84,287 infections since Friday, the biggest weekend increase since the beginning of the pandemic....
Technology Sovereignty and Realpolitik

Technology Sovereignty and Realpolitik

COVID-19, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
Sovereignty used to be perceived as a geographic and military concept where dependence and coercion was exercised through military might-writes Dr Hermann Hauser.   However, COVID-19 revealed our dependence on China for masks and PPE. President Trump demonstrated how US technology and payment systems can be weaponised. Thus Technology Sovereignty has become a defining issue of the decade. If Vice-Admiral Eugene H. Black III, commander of the US 6th fleet, were to make a request of the Prime Minister and referred to the positions that his fleet had taken up in the Channel, most people in Britain would object to this interpretation of the special relationship.  However, when Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State requested that the Prime Minister stop using Huawei 5G products impl...
Rwanda Closes All Schools In Capital Kigali Due To Surging COVID-19 Infections

Rwanda Closes All Schools In Capital Kigali Due To Surging COVID-19 Infections

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, World Health Organization
With immediate effect, all Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools (public and private) will be closed in the City of Kigali, the Ministry of Education announced on Sunday evening, January 18, 2021. The Ministry said that remote learningis highly encouraged and boarding students will remain in their respective schools and will continue to receive essential services. The directive, the Ministry said, is meant to further contain the spread of Covid-19, especially in the City of Kigali. “All other schools outside of the city of Kigali will continue teaching and learning activities, respecting Covid-19 prevention measures,” a communique signed by the minister said. The above guidelines will be reviewed in two weeks upon health assessment.
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 12th January, 2021

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 12th January, 2021

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA, UN Human RiGHTS
Kampala,Uganda: East African Community Observer teams from the East African Community Election Observer Mission (EAC-EOM) to the January 2021 Uganda General Election were formally flagged off in Kampala this morning.  Flagging off the observers, EAC-EOM Head of Mission H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye, said that to ensure objectivity and impartiality, the observers had been drawn from all the EAC Partner States except the Republic of Uganda which is going to election on 14th January, 2021.  “The EAC-EOM short-term observers are drawn from the East African Legislative Assembly, Electoral Management Bodies, Human Rights Commissions, EAC Coordinating Ministries and the Staff of the EAC Organs, namely the East African Legislative Assembly, East African Court of Justice and the E...
NIGERIA: Buhari, Osinbajo, Others To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine On Live TV

NIGERIA: Buhari, Osinbajo, Others To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine On Live TV

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, Nigeria, World Health Organization
President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and other Nigerian leaders are expected to receive their COVID-19 vaccines on live tv. The executive director and chief executive officer, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib revealed this on Thursday when he disclosed plans were already in the pipeline to make this happen. Shuaib who spoke in Abuja during the regular media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 noted that the act will be in compliance with what has been obtainable in other countries of the world where leaders receive the vaccine in public view. He noted that this will not only promote awareness but also encourage others to believe in the process and safety of the vaccine.
The ministry of Health has announced that Uganda will access the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca.

The ministry of Health has announced that Uganda will access the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca.

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, UGANDA, World Health Organization
This is based on the evidence available and recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee. The resolution has been announced by the ministry permanent secretary Dr Diana Atwine following a meeting by the covid-19 task force team chaired by President Museveni at state house on Saturday. Dr Atwine adds that government will also explore other traditional vaccines options such as the one from China, when they receive approval from the World Health Organization. She meanwhile assures Ugandans that access of the vaccine will be done in an equitable manner starting with the most vulnerable and those at more risk. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are 48 vaccines under clinical evaluation in various countries with prospects of release this year.
World’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination programme set to begin in India-  Prime Minister Narendra Modi

World’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination programme set to begin in India- Prime Minister Narendra Modi

COVID-19, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, World Health Organization
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the world's biggest inoculation drive against coronavirus is set to begin in the country, a day after the drugs regulator approved two vaccines for restricted emergency use. Lauding the scientists and technicians for the 'Made in India' vaccines, he said the country is proud of them. "World's biggest COVID-19 vaccination programme set to begin in India. For this, the country is proud of the contributions of its scientists and technicians," Modi said. Addressing scientists at the National Metrology Conclave, Modi said it must be ensured that 'Made in India' products not only have global demand but also global acceptance. "Quality is as much important as quantity; our standards should rise with our scale in our quest for Atmanirbh...
Uganda moves to receive Covid-19 vaccine

Uganda moves to receive Covid-19 vaccine

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, World Health Organization
Dr Diana Atwine, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary has revealed that Uganda is in its final stages to receive Coronavirus vaccine. According to her, this was reached at by the National Task Force on Covid-19 chaired by President Yoweri Museveni during a meeting at State House, Entebbe on Saturday, January 2, 2021. She said that Uganda will participate in the Global COVAX initiative for Covid-19 vaccine access, revealing that they have already submitted an application to this effect, which has been accepted by the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI). “Based on the evidence available and recommendations of the Science Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health, Uganda will access the vaccine from AstraZeneca,” she said in a statement. The meeting directed th...