Tag: vaccine

POLITICS

Ukraine Set To Get 900,000 Vaccine Doses From US

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. in a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine discussed both countries’ strategic partnership. The discussion highlights the support of President Zelenskyy’s plan to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda, based on our shared democratic values and Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, that delivers justice, security, and prosperity to the people of Ukraine.  President Biden affirmed […]

NEWS

WHO Warns — Keep Your Guards Up!

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus is appealing to people in countries with low uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine to keep their guard up. In a conference call at the beginning of the week, the WHO head warned that the global pandemic is not yet over despite high COVID vaccination rates in some countries. The warning came […]

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Antigua And Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne Warns Of Mandatory Vaccination Program

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has warned of the possibility of implementing a mandatory vaccination program in Antigua and Barbuda as he criticized persons who were encouraging others not to participate in the national vaccination program aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. “This is not a threat,” Browne said on his weekend radio program, saying that the pandemic […]

Jamaica

Jamaica Among Top 10 Countries With Highest Vaccine Hesitancy Rates

A Gallup poll conducted globally has shown that Jamaica had one of the highest vaccine hesitancy rates around the world in 2020. The poll surveyed more than 300,000 people across 117 countries in 2020. Gallup posed the question, if a vaccine to prevent coronavirus was available right now at no cost, would you agree to be vaccinated? The results recently […]

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U.S. Gives Nod To Waiving Intellectual Property Rules For COVID-19 Vaccines

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it supports waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, as countries struggle to manufacture the life-saving doses. A statement from United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai said extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for special measures. The World Health Organization’s director-general, Tedros Ghebreyesus, praised the U.S. decision describing it as a monumental […]

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‘Vaxxers’ Can Now Go Out Maskless

Fully vaccinated people in the United States can now safely go out in public without having to wear a mask unless they are attending a crowded venue, health officials and the U.S. president announced recently. “We no longer feel that the vaccinated people require masks outdoors,” outside “large public venues, such as concerts, stadiums and things like that,” said Dr. […]

Health

PAHO — Arresting The Spread Of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Imperative

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Carissa Etienne has called on member countries to take steps to contain the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and rubella, while simultaneously undertaking coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations. She said COVID-19 caused significant disruptions to immunization programs in countries across the Americas, noting that “our health systems are stretched, and, in many places, […]

Jamaica

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Calls For Caution In Vaccination Certificate

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has argued that the inequity in the COVID-19 distribution globally is cause for concern and could be considered discriminatory if demand is placed on travelers to show vaccination proof for travel. He said, “Effective management of COVID-19 and recovery of the global economy requires a concerted and collaborative effort from all member states. We need to […]

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Biden Lauds Additional Vaccine Market Offering

President Biden has lauded the introduction of a third vaccine into the U.S. market. He said, “After a rigorous, open, and objective scientific review process, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for a third safe and effective vaccine to help us defeat the COVID-19 pandemic — the Janssen COVID-19 (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.” The President noted […]

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U.S. — COVID-19 Vaccine In Final Stage

A vaccine against COVID-19 developed by United States biotech firm Moderna will enter the third and final stage of its clinical trial in July with 30,000 people, the manufacturer has announced. Some will get the real shot and some a dummy shot as scientists carefully compare which group winds up with the most infections. Meanwhile, with far fewer COVID-19 cases […]