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‘Crisis on top of crisis’ as India and Bangladesh brace for super Cyclone Amphan – Oxfam Cyclone Amphan, the strongest ever cyclone recorded over the Bay of Bengal, is expected to hit north-east India and Bangladesh tomorrow (Wednesday, 20 May) threatening millions of people in vulnerable communities already affected by Covid-19 outbreaks and lockdown.      Millions of people are being evacuated in India and 12,000 shelters have been prepared in Bangladesh […]

Vaccinating poorest half of humanity against coronavirus could cost less than four month’s big pharma profits – Oxfam

Vaccinating the poorest half of humanity – 3.7 billion people – against coronavirus could cost less than the ten biggest pharmaceutical companies make in four months, Oxfam said today. The agency is urging governments and pharmaceutical companies to guarantee that vaccines, tests, and treatments will be patent-free and equitably distributed to all nations and people, […]

No one safe until we are all safe: NZ aid agencies call for global action on pandemic

Fourteen leading New Zealand aid agencies have today called on the New Zealand government to step in with immediate humanitarian assistance to save millions of lives in the world’s worst crisis and emergency situations. The organisations have published a joint statement calling for extra humanitarian funding for people in places less able to fight the […]

Open letter – seeking urgent humanitarian assistance for world’s most vulnerable people

An open letter to the New Zealand Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Finance, from fourteen leading New Zealand international aid agencies. Dear Prime Minister Ardern, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Peters, and Finance Minister Robertson, We thank you for the unprecedented steps your government has […]