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E.U. Finalizes €500M In Grants, Loans For COVAX Advanced Market Commitment; U.K. Spending On Vaccines Reaches Nearly £12B; ACT Faces $28B Funding Shortfall, WHO Says

Devex: E.U. finalizes €500M boost for COVAX “The European Union signed over a promised €100 million ($122 million) grant and €400 million loan to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Tuesday, reinforcing efforts to ensure people in low- and middle-income countries have swift access to a COVID-19 vaccine. The money will be…

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…

Report Ranks European Countries’ Progress Toward SDGs, Highlights Ongoing Challenges To Achieving Goals

U.N. Dispatch: This is How European Countries Rank in their Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals Joanne Lu, freelance journalist, discusses findings from the recently released Europe Sustainable Development Goal Report, which ranks European countries’ progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Lu writes, “Even within a wealthy region like…

News Outlets Examine COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts In India, China, Russia

AP: AP Interview: India vaccine maker sees virus as wake-up call “The coronavirus pandemic is a ‘wake up call’ for governments to invest more in health care, says Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines. The Serum Institute has taken on a…

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Africa, Latin America Likely Will Not Receive COVID-19 Vaccines Until Later 2021 Or After, Health Officials Warn; Canada Authorizes Pfizer Vaccine, U.S. Set To Decide; China Pushes Vaccine Diplomacy

AP: African health official blasts ‘terrible’ vaccine inequality ” ‘It will be extremely terrible to see’ rich countries receiving COVID-19 vaccines while African countries go without, especially as a new surge in cases begins on the continent of 1.3 billion people, Africa’s top public health official said Thursday. As the…

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