Exclusive: Vaccine group says 76 rich countries now committed to ‘COVAX’ access plan

Seth Berkley, chief executive of the GAVI vaccines alliance, said the coordinated plan, known as COVAX, now has Japan, Germany, Norway and more than 70 other nations signed up, agreeing in principle to procure COVID-19 vaccines through the facility for their populations.

Palestinians Regroup, Tell Arab World Not to Deal with Israel Before Peace

“Rather than recognizing that reality and focusing on reaching a realistic compromise with Israel that will build a better future for Israelis and Palestinians alike, unfortunately, these leaders remain mired in their rejectionism and stuck in the past,” Dermer said. “As the circle of peace expands to other countries in the Arab and Muslim world, […]

Group led by Thomas Piketty presents plan for ‘a fairer Europe’

The limits of voluntary cooperation were also exposed in Europe’s search for a financial transaction tax. In 2014 a coalition of 10 willing EU member states embarked on plans for the so-called Robin Hood tax on shares and derivatives, but five years later that agreement remains elusive and some countries have dropped out.

Covid vaccine: ‘8,000 jumbo jets needed’ to deliver doses around world

On Wednesday, AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford said they had halted trials of their Covid-19 vaccine to investigate the “potentially unexpected illness” of one volunteer. GSK and France’s Sanofi are also working on a coronavirus vaccine, and other vaccines are in development around the world, in China, Russia and the US. Around two dozen […]

Global report: Macron to lay out Covid plan as India sets another global one-day record

France has already classed nearly a third of its regions as “red zones” because of the virus. On Wednesday officials announced 20 new Covid testing centres would be opened in Paris after a huge rise in demand as people return from summer holidays.

Israel Plans to Broadcast 2018 World Cup to Arab States as Gesture of Respect

Israel named the decision to broadcast the 2018 World Cup “a historic step,” that confirms the status of the Arabic language and the respect that Israel has for it, as Arabs amount to 20 percent of the country’s population. The FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15. The matches will take place at 12 venues in 11 cities […]

Euro crisis spreads and puts the world economy at risk

For eurozone finance ministers, there are complex, interlocking challenges. First, they must decide whether, and for how long, to keep bankrolling the Greeks. Greece received its first bailout last spring, and a second rescue deal was agreed in July, against the background of panic on world markets. Without the much-delayed release of the latest €8bn […]

Vietnam chairs review of Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025

Jakarta (VNA) – Ambassador Tran Duc Binh, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to ASEAN and Chair of the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC), chaired the third Monitoring, Review and Evaluation (MRE) Meeting for the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025, which was held virtually on September 8. The meeting saw the participation of representatives from […]

Cambodia plans another int’l border gate with Vietnam

Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) is seeking to open a new international border gate with Vietnam to facilitate container cross-border traffic between the two countries. Speaking during the recent 20th Cambodia-Japan public-private sector meeting,  Secretary of State at this ministry Nou Savath said the MPWT minister plans […]

UK health screening advisers not involved in ‘moonshot’ Covid plan

Prof Jackie Cassell, the deputy dean of Brighton and Sussex medical school and a public health screening expert, said: “It would be impossible to do this well without input from the screening committee – or others with similar expertise – in terms of operation, quality control, implications of false positives and the lower positive predictive […]