COVID-19

Let Us Make 2021 a Year of Healing!

The following is the text of 2021 United Nations New Year’s message delivered by Secretary-General António Guterres. 2020 has been a year of trials, tragedies and tears. COVID-19 upended our lives and plunged the world into suffering and grief. So…

The virus that shut down the world: The yawning gulf between rich and poor

Inequality between the rich and poor worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty increased, for the first time in decades. In part two of our series on how the virus has changed the world, we look at the ways the…

Coronavirus new variant – genomics researcher answers key questions

A new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, is thought to be driving increased transmission of the disease in parts of the UK. The government has placed some regions including London under new, stricter coronavirus restrictions, known as…

Intellectual Property Monopolies Block Vaccine Access

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Just before the World Health Assembly (WHA), an 18 May open letter by world leaders and experts urged governments to ensure that all COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests are patent-free, fairly distributed and available to all, free of…

Money or life

(Without art and culture, everything is calm) Volleyball players cheer, soccer players slip in, women and men weave their way into the bobsleigh for the chase through the ice channel – all on a media-rich stage for their club or…

Putin orders start of mass vaccination against Covid-19 in Russia, will begin NEXT WEEK with key workers given priority

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the start of large scale vaccination against coronavirus in Russia, by the end of next week. Medics and teachers will be the first to get the shots and participation will be voluntary. Russia’s pharma industry…

COVID-19 and Lessons from Traditional Chinese Medicine

By Jayasri Priyalal for InDepthNews They are fighting an invisible enemy taking a warpath. Many countries grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic interpret the situation like a war. Frontline heroes are found in battlefield scenarios. These heroes come from different professions,…

COVID-19 Shatters Hopes for Industrial Advance in Africa

But the Next Decade Might Trigger the Change Needed Viewpoint by Jenny Larsen* Industrial development in Africa has been sluggish for some decades. Now, as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic kick in, hopes for better progress, at least in…

Biden Is Facing a Showdown on Iran Sanctions

By Evelyn Leopold President Trump has called the Obama-initiated nuclear agreement for Iran a “horrible one-sided deal” and withdrew from it in 2018. Except he really didn’t. This past summer, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a series of appeals…

Africa’s governance performance declines for the first time in a decade, finds 2020 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, says: “This is a testing time for Africa. Pre-existing weaknesses and challenges in African governance, as uncovered by the 2020 IIAG, are exacerbated by COVID-19, which also threatens economic progress. Citizens’ dissatisfaction…

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