Covid-19: African nations still encouraged to use AstraZeneca vaccine

ADDIS ABABA, African countries without the coronavirus variant dominant in South Africa should go ahead and use the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, while the World Health Organization suggested the vaccine even for countries with the variant circulating widely. The CDC Africa spoke to reporters a day after South Africa announced it would not use the AstraZeneca vaccine, citing a small study that suggested it was poor at preventing mild to moderate disease caused by the variant. Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said…

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ICRC Calls for Africa to Get Fair Share of COVID-19 vaccines

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling on the world community to make sure Africa gets a fair share of COVID-19 vaccines. Ahead of a visit to the Central African Republic, one year after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported there, ICRC President Peter Maurer said in a statement Friday that “[i]t is a moral imperative that Africa’s access to needed vaccines is drastically improved, but also that COVID vaccination campaigns do not come at the cost of other key health concerns.” He said as…

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Lifesaving Aid Blocked From Thousands of Displaced People in CAR

GENEVA – Humanitarian agencies warn that escalating violence and military operations are preventing them from reaching tens of thousands of forcibly displaced people in the Central African Republic, who need lifesaving aid. Conditions have continued to deteriorate for more than 100,000 people who fled election-related violence in C.A.R. in December. The U.N. says humanitarian workers trying to reach the displaced with aid are being targeted, their offices looted, and vehicles stolen by armed groups. The U.N. office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says 66 such incidents occurred in January,…

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Civil Society Voices Key to Yemenis’ Push for Peace, Open Society Report Shows

New York, Feb. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Yemeni civil society organizations believe justice and accountability can play a decisive role in establishing a lasting peace in Yemen, according to a new Open Society Foundations report. A Passage to Justice: Selected Yemeni Civil Society Views of Transitional Justice and Long-Term Accountability in Yemen highlights the leading […]

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Madison Realty Capital Completes More Than $1.5 Billion in Transactions in 2020

New York, Feb. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Realty Capital, a fully integrated real estate private equity firm focused on debt and equity investment strategies, today announced it originated more than $1.5 billion in financing, originations and performing and non-performing note purchases in 2020, ranging from $4.9 million to $173 million. The firm closed […]

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