England on third lockdown amidst new vaccine launch

England on third lockdown amidst new vaccine launch   British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered England into a new national lockdown to try to slow a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm parts of the health system before a vaccine programme reaches a critical mass. Johnson said a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus was spreading at great speed and urgent action was needed to slow it down. “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from COVID than any time…

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COVID-19: World Bank earmarks $12bn to buy vaccine for poor countries

The World Bank has announced plans for a $12 billion coronavirus financing initiative that will help poor and developing countries purchase enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to treat up to 2 billion people as soon as they become available in the coming months. David Malpass, the World Bank president, disclosed this on Tuesday, adding that he was seeking board approval for the funds, in an attempt to ensure that low-income countries were not frozen out by wealthier nations. According to Reuters, Malpass in an exclusive interview disclosed that this financing initiative,…

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