Category: COVID-19

This week the 78th Session of the General Assembly in New York began

Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs, attends the opening the High- level General Debate of the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly. The Minister was joined by Assistant Minister McAllister, DFAT Secretary Jan Adams, Ambassador James Larsen, Mr Rob Mitchell MP Member for McEwen, Mr Andrew Wallace MP Member for Fisher […]

A third of the world remains totally unvaccinated against COVID: Tedros

© UNICEF/Vinay PanjwaniA woman wears a face mask in Rajasthan, India.    30 March 2022Health A third of the world’s population has yet to receive a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including a shocking 83 per cent of all Africans, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday. “This is not acceptable to me, and it should […]

Over 1.9 billion people in Asia-Pacific unable to afford a healthy diet: UN report

UNICEF/Siegfried Modola – A child is tested for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported health clinic in Bangladesh. According a UN report, malnutrition among young children and infants remains a pervasive problem in South Asia.     The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and surging food prices are keeping almost two billion people in Asia and the Pacific […]

UN agencies supporting mammoth India COVID-19 vaccine rollout

UNICEF/Vinay Panjwani Health workers pose with a vial of COVID-19 vaccine after receiving their shots at a hospital in India.  India has begun what is the world’s biggest COVID vaccination campaign so far, deploying hundreds of thousands of health workers, with the training and support of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).  On 16 January, […]

WHO chief warns against ‘catastrophic moral failure’ in COVID-19 vaccine access

© UNICEF/Vinay Panjwani Doctors and health workers are the first to receive the COVID vaccination in India.     A “me-first approach” to COVID-19 vaccines on the part of some countries and manufacturers is putting equitable access to these lifesaving treatments at risk, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.  Addressing the agency’s Executive […]