Tag: covid


IMF Up The Ante In Lending Capacity

The board of governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday gave the approval to increase the institution’s lending capacity by US$650 billion, the last step in approving an initiative to boost aid to the most vulnerable countries. In a statement, IMF head Kristalina Georgieva said the increased limit will help countries struggling to cope with the impact of […]


Jamaica Edging Towards 50,000 COVID-19 Cases

The latest COVID-19 case count in Jamaica has increased to 49,735. Meanwhile, the death toll from the virus numbers 1,037. The latest victims are a 52-year-old woman from St. Elizabeth, an 89-year-old woman who lived in Kingston, and a 55-year-old Westmoreland woman. The Ministry of Health confirmed 23 new COVID-19 cases from 286 samples, in a recent report. The positivity […]


WHO Head Says Caribbean Countries Need Help Now Not Next Year

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, in addressing the virtual fifth sitting of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Assembly, recently said he welcomes the help being provided by the industrialized countries, but it can’t come soon enough. “I welcome the announcement made by the G7 countries that together will donate 870 million doses primarily through […]


PAHO Director Appeals For Vaccine Donations To Latin America And Caribbean

Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has appealed to the G7 countries to give Latin America and the Caribbean countries preferred attention following their promise to donate one billion vaccine doses to countries in need. Dr. Etienne said only 10 percent of Latin America and the Caribbean people had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. At […]


Low-Income Countries Set To Get Millions Of Doses Of COVID Vaccine

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced recently that his country would donate more than 100 million doses of the Covid vaccine to poorer countries in the new year. This announcement comes against the backdrop of U.S. President Joe Biden’s commitment to donate 500 million doses to low-income countries. The donation will be routed through COVAX – a worldwide initiative aimed […]


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Backs Employees Working From Home

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is lending support to the new workplace dynamics by allowing his employees the option of working from home, according to press reports.    Facebook said in a memo to employees obtained by the Chronicle that “anyone whose role can be done remotely can request remote work.” “It’s clear that COVID has changed a lot about our […]


WHO Warns — Drug Deals Threaten COVAX Supply

The World Health Organization (WHO) in a recent report noted that countries seeking their own COVID-19 vaccine doses are making deals with drug companies that threaten the supply for the global COVAX program for poor and middle-income countries. Jamaica is one of the countries set to benefit from the COVAX Facility. WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward said in a briefing […]


COVID-related School Closures Could Push Millions Of Children Into Learning Poverty

According to two recent World Bank reports, COVID-related school closures risk pushing an additional 72 million primary school-aged children into learning poverty. The report noted that children will be unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10. The report outlines a new vision for learning and the investments and policies, including on education technology, that countries can implement […]


WHO Head — The World Is “On The Brink Of Catastrophic Moral Failure”

The hoarding of vaccines by richer countries is a matter of concern for the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has charged that there could be delays for COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to poorer countries under the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility. He said, “Just 25 doses have been given in one lowest-income country — not […]


The Effects Of COVID-19 Pandemic On Education

The COVID-19, a contagious disease, has spread quickly throughout the world.  On March 12, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. There have been tremendous health, economical, social, and fiscal shocks to countries and to their citizens. To slow the spread of the disease, most countries have been under restrictions with person-to-person contact, gathering of people, and […]