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Former heads of state and Nobel laureates call on President Biden to waive intellectual property rules for covid vaccines

New Zealand’s Former Prime Minister of New Zealand,  and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme Helen Clark has signed. More than 170 former heads of state and government and Nobel laureates, including former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown, former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson […]

Slight increase in aid only a drop in the ocean to combat the Covid-19 crisis

Figures published today by the OECD show that development aid has slightly increased in 2020. While this rise provides a lifeline for millions of people living in poverty around the world, it’s simply not enough. With extreme poverty skyrocketing for the first time in over twenty years and increasing economic and gender inequality exacerbated by the Covid-19 […]

Timor-Leste’s most destructive floods in recent memory likely worsened by climate change, as COVID-19 threat looms: Oxfam

Almost half of the population of Timor-Leste’s capital has been impacted by severe flooding, according to government figures, after heavy rains fell on Dili and nearby provinces last week. Cyclone Seroja took the people of Timor-Leste by surprise, with the small nation previously not within the range of such extreme weather events. Oxfam in Timor-Leste’s […]

Failure to vaccinate globally could cost up to $2,830 NZD per person this year in rich nations

Rich countries hold key to leaders’ chances at World Bank/IMF meetings of halting pandemic and averting a US$9 trillion catastrophe Rich countries must open the way to cheaper mass-produced COVID-19 vaccines in order to protect every person in the world and avert a $9 trillion “worst-case” global economic catastrophe, said Oxfam today. They should also […]