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"In No Circumstances" Is Forced Vaccination Ok: UN Rights Chief

12/08/21 8:03 PM

Countries considering introducing vaccine mandates in the fight against Covid-19 must ensure they respect human rights, the UN rights chief said Wednesday, stressing that forced vaccination was never...

'Biblical' flooding in South Sudan displaces hundreds of thousands

12/06/21 11:35 PM

The climate crisis has triggered 'biblical' flooding in South Sudan displacing hundreds of thousands of residents. CNN's Clarissa Ward reports.

'Extreme' vaccine discrimination risks leaving Africa behind - report

12/06/21 2:45 PM

By Tommy Wilkes LONDON (Reuters) - Africa has little chance of overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic unless 70% of its population is vaccinated by end-2022, yet "extreme vaccine discrimination" is leaving the continent behind, a report published on Monday said. The discovery of the Omicron variant in southern Africa has heightened claims that low inoculation rates can encourage viral mutations, which can then spread to countries where rates are much higher. Yet only five of Africa's 54 countries are on track to reach a World Health Organisation target of fully vaccinating 40% of the population by end-2021, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation said in a report on COVID-19 in Africa. One in 15 Africans has been fully vaccinated, against nearly 70% in the G7 group of richer nations, according to data from the foundation, which was set up by the Sudanese telecoms billionaire to promote better governance and economic development in Africa. "From early in this crisis, our Foundation and other African voices have been warning that an un-vaccinated Africa could become a perfect incubator for variants," its chair Mo Ibrahim said in a statement. "The emergence of Omicron reminds us that COVID-19 remains a global threat, and that vaccinating the whole world is the only way forward," he added. "Yet we continue to live with extreme vaccine discrimination, and Africa in particular is being left behind." Vaccines have been in short supply in Africa after developed countries secured initial orders from pharmaceutical companies and the global vaccine-sharing programme, COVAX, got off to a slow start. Deliveries of vaccines to Africa have picked up in recent months, but weak healthcare systems and limited infrastructure are holding back rollouts once they arrive, the report said. There has also been confusion over short expiry dates on donated vaccines, which has led to the destruction of some. Monday's report said the pandemic had exposed the weakness of African civil registration capacities, with just 10% of African deaths officially registered. Weak systems raised the possibility that vaccination rates were even lower than official statistics showed. The foundation also said threadbare social safety nets must be strengthened to protect the vulnerable - the average spend in Africa on COVID-19 response measured as a share of GDP excluding healthcare was 2.4%, less than half the global average. (Editing by Jan Harvey)

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'Brazen assault in the middle of the day' leaves a boy dead, a neighborhood shaken

12/08/21 1:00 PM

Alexander's death compounds the horror and anger already roiling Los Angeles over a high-profile homicide in Beverly Hills and other recent crimes.

'Could the timing be worse?' Omicron hits as college students travel for winter break

12/08/21 3:33 PM

The Omicron variant isn't affecting California universities' plans yet, but an increase in protections may be on the horizon.

'Gimme Shelter': Sacramento plans to give homeless residents the right to housing

12/03/21 8:28 PM

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg pushes a plan to dramatically expand shelter programs in an effort to give people a legal right to housing.

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'Annoyed' great rips 'ridiculous' cricket change

12/07/21 9:51 PM

Mitchell Johnson has aired frustration over the crackdown on confrontation in cricket in recent years, as the Ashes loom.

'Cincinnati forced this' RJ Young breaks down how the Bearcats broke the CFP glass ceiling

12/05/21 5:52 PM

RJ Young breaks down what Cincinnati did to earn a College Football Playoff berth as the first ever Group of 5 team to do so. He also looks forward at what the Bearcats will have to do to make it to the National Championship game.

'Crazy' England selection call savaged by critics

12/08/21 1:00 AM

England selectors are copping it on the first day of the Ashes after an "absolutely crazy" call to leave out Stuart Broad.