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WHO Investigating New Coronavirus Variant Detected In U.K.

Financial Times: U.K. warns of threat from new Covid-19 variant “A new variant of coronavirus has been identified in the U.K. that could be contributing to a rapid rise in infections in some parts of the country. Researchers were urgently investigating whether the new strain was more transmissible than previous…

French President Emmanuel Macron Tests Positive For COVID-19, Will Self-Isolate For 7 Days

AP: French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19 “French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, following a week when he has met with numerous European leaders. The French and Spanish prime ministers are among those self-isolating because they had recent contact with him. Macron took a test ‘as…

France To Start Development Innovation Fund To Address Poverty, Inequality

Devex: Exclusive: France to launch development innovation fund chaired by Esther Duflo “France will start a Fund for Innovation in Development next year to test and scale up solutions to poverty and inequality, a move its founders hope will ‘transform’ the country’s approach to aid. The Fonds d’Innovation pour le…

More COVID-19 & Global Health News

Borgen Magazine: Four Companies in Developing Countries Contributing to the SDGs (Cade, 12/17). Devex: Q&A: The need for more early stage investment in RMNCAH solutions (12/18). Devex: Q&A: The value of the private sector in health system strengthening (12/18). Devex: If COVID-19 changes finance, will that help development funding? (Saldinger,…

More News In Global Health

AP: Russia and China veto cross-border aid to Syria’s northwest (Lederer, 7/7). AP: WHO says Sri Lanka and Maldives eliminate measles, rubella (Mallawarachi, 7/8). HealthDay News: Zika May Have Damaged More Infants’ Brains Than Expected (Gordon, 7/7). IPS: Non-formal Education Helps Senegalese Women Combat FGM and Harmful Practices (Paul, 7/7).…

Africa Passes 500K Confirmed Coronavirus Cases; Americas Near 6M Cases, Half In Latin America, Caribbean; African Immigrants Hit Hard In France; Israel’s Public Health Leader Resigns Amid Resurgence

AFRICA AP: Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases now above a half-million (Anna, 7/8). AP: Zimbabwe’s health minister fired over COVID-19 graft scandal (Mutsaka, 7/7). BBC News: Coronavirus: Kenyan schools to remain closed until 2021 (7/7). New Humanitarian: In Burkina Faso, violence and COVID-19 push children out of school and into harm’s…

Pandemic Accelerates Across Africa; Oxygen Supplies Run Low In S. Africa; Bolivian President Tests Positive For Coronavirus; Idlib, Syria Records First Case; U.S. Faces Patchwork Policies, No Federal Goals

AFRICA AP: Oxygen already runs low as COVID-19 surges in South Africa (Magome, 7/10). Devex: African Union aims to scale up COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials (Jerving, 7/10). The Guardian: South Africa warns of coronavirus ‘storm’ as outbreak accelerates across continent (Burke, 7/9). The Guardian: Zimbabwe health minister facing coronavirus corruption…

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