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New York’s health commissioner resigns over COVID-19 handling

Dr Oxiris Barbot

New York’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Oxiris Barbot, has resigned over alleged under-utilisation of the department’s “incomparable disease control expertise.” Dr Oxiris Barbot “I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been. ...

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UK’s COVID-19 crisis response damaged by lack of transparency – Scientist

Sir Paul Nurse

The UK government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been hindered by secrecy and a lack of openness and transparency from ministers and decision makers, a top scientist in the country said on Monday, August 3, 2020. Sir Paul Nurse Sir Paul Nurse, a Nobel laureate and the director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, said, as cited by ...

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In memory of Mariam Yunusa, experts examine women’s livelihoods in post-Covid cities

Mariam Lady Yunusa Dialogue

How can we push for a change of work lifestyle for women post Covid-19? With respect to location, how can we deal with gender-based violence and humanise women in different locations? What will the planners do, going forward, to bridge the urban divide as we approach “the new normal”? The late Mariam Lady Yunusa Moderator, Lead Discussant and Panelists at ...

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UN fund receives additional $1m to address COVID-19 response in Nigeria

Mohamed Yahya

A UN finance support platform, tagged: One UN COVID-19 Response Basket Fund, says it has received additional $1 million to help Nigeria to address challenges posed by the pandemic in the country. Mohamed Yahya, Resident Representative, UNDP Nigeria The UN Development Programme (UNDP), which manages the basket fund, made this known in a statement on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in ...

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Over 7,000 S/African police officers contract COVID-19, 140 medical workers die in Iran

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

A total of 7,021 South African police officers have tested positive to COVID-19 while 53 have died, the Police Minister, Bheki Cele, said on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa Cele said at a news conference, on plans to combat COVID-19 and compliance, in Pretoria that 4,949 police officers have been quarantined while 150 have been ...

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WHO to probe coronavirus origin in China

Coronavirus

An advance team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus which sparked the global pandemic, a spokeswoman said on Friday, July 10, 2020. Coronavirus The virus is believed to have emerged in a wholesale market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late 2019, since then ...

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Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Jair Bolsonaro

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has announced live on television he has tested positive for coronavirus. President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil “It came back positive,” a mask wearing Bolsonaro told a hand-picked group of reporters at lunchtime on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 outside his official residence. “There’s no reason for fear. That’s life,” the president added. “Life goes on. I thank ...

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Coronavirus has existed worldwide before emerging in China – Don

Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has existed worldwide and broke out whenever and wherever favourable conditions occurred rather than starting in China, an Oxford University expert said. Coronavirus Dr Tom Jefferson, Senior Associate Tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) at Oxford and a visiting professor at Newcastle University, said: “I think the virus was already here; here meaning everywhere. “We ...

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Climate action transparency intensifies amid global pandemic

Sonam P. Wangdi

Despite remote working arrangements due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 59 countries’ national reports, including 18 submissions on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), have been analysed and reviewed as part of the transparency processes under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Sonam P. Wangdi, Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group The assessments of ...

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Remdesivir emerges first Covid-19 drug to receive EU’s green light

The first drug to treat severe cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the EU on Friday, July 3, 2020 was given the green light, with the European Commission approving remdesivir. Remdesivir The EU’s Health Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, said the union would leave no stone unturned in its efforts to secure efficient treatments or vaccine against the coronavirus. “It is the first ...

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