First COVID-19 COVAX vaccine doses administered in Africa

• Today, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana began COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed at protecting healthcare workers • This week’s first vaccinations happen as a further 11 million COVAX doses are expected to be delivered over the next seven days • Publication of the allocation of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine to 142 of COVAX’s participating economies, to be delivered between now and the end of May, is anticipated tomorrow Geneva / New York / Oslo, 1 March 2021 – As the global rollout of COVAX vaccines accelerates, the first COVID-19…

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In 1st Day on Job, New WTO Chief Pushes for Fisheries Deal

GENEVA – The new head of the World Trade Organization threw her support behind long-fruitless efforts among member countries to agree on fisheries subsidies that could reduce overfishing, calling the efforts a top priority as she took office on Monday. Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist and former government minister, donned a mask and doled out elbow bumps — COVID-19 oblige — as she took up the job at WTO headquarters on the banks of Lake Geneva. “I am coming into one of the most important institutions in the world…

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Thousands Flee Rebel Violence in Central African Republic

BANGASSOU, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – Monique Moukidje fled her home in Central African Republic’s town of Bangassou in January when rebels attacked with heavy weapons, the fighting killing more than a dozen people. “I ran away because the bullets have no eyes,” the 34-year-old said sitting in the shade while waiting for water purification tablets, a tarp, and other supplies to help her in Mbangui-Ngoro, a village where she and hundreds of other displaced people are sheltering. She is among an estimated 240,000 people displaced in the country since mid-December,…

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