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Biden outlines plan to quickly share 25 mln COVID-19 vaccines with world

Biden outlines plan to quickly share 25 mln COVID-19 vaccines with world


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 22:16:06 +0000

Biden outlines plan to quickly share 25 mln COVID-19 vaccines with world


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The White House laid out a plan for the United States to share 25 million surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world, with the first shots shipping as soon as Thursday, and said it would ease other countries’ access to US made supplies for vaccine production.

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The White House laid out a plan for the United States to share 25 million surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world, with the first shots shipping as soon as Thursday, and said it would ease other countries’ access to US made supplies for vaccine production.

President Joe Biden said the United States would give the vaccines without expectation of political favors in return.

The dose shipments are the first of some 80 million COVID-19 vaccines that Biden has pledged to provide internationally this month as concern grows about the huge disparity in vaccination rates between advanced economies and developing countries.

The United States will donate nearly 19 million doses through the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program, Biden said in a statement.

Through COVAX, some 6 million doses would go to Latin America and the Caribbean, about 7 million doses to South and Southeast Asia and roughly 5 million to Africa.

The remaining doses, amounting to just over 6 million, would go directly from the United States to countries including Canada, Mexico, India and South Korea, he said.

“We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions,” Biden said. “We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values.”

Although the United States is working through COVAX co-run by the World Health Organisation, the White House retains final say in which countries receive US doses and how many, said national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

The White House will base donation decisions on “factors included achieving global coverage, responding to crises … and helping as many countries as possible,” Sullivan said, adding the United States intends to prioritize its neighbors, including Canada, Mexico and countries in Central and South America.

Reuters reported last month that the United States was considering prioritising its own hemisphere, with Latin America a beneficiary.

The 25 million doses would be delivered quickly, with some going out as soon as Thursday, the White House said.

For months, the White House remained focused on getting Americans vaccinated as the coronavirus killed more than half a million people in the United States. But Biden promised the United States would become a supplier and send abroad at least 20 million doses of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, on top of some 60 million AstraZeneca Plc doses he had already planned to donate.

The 25 million doses Biden announced on Thursday will not include supply from AstraZeneca, the White House said.

International organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank welcomed the announcement. “Italy’s a good start, and I am hoping that more doses will be made available,” World Bank President David Malpass said.

For Southeast Asian countries, it is a “symbolically important” first step, but the dose shipments are a “drop in the bucket” compared to what is needed in the region, said Alex Feldman, head of the US-ASEAN Business Council, a lobbying group.

He added that Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand are facing serious difficulties with COVID-19.

LIFTING SOME RESTRICTIONS

The White House is also removing special powers it granted through the Defense Production Act (DPA) to certain vaccine makers that received US funding but do not yet have US approvals, including AstraZeneca, Sanofi SA/Glaxo Smith Kline Plc, and Novavax Inc.

The DPA ratings give US producers priority access to supplies and equipment needed to manufacture the vaccines that are in short supply around the world.

Lifting them could free up raw materials for major vaccine makers elsewhere, especially the Serum Institute of India (SII).

Invoking the DPA helped the United States build a huge vaccine production system, while some companies overseas have struggled to get needed supplies to ramp up vaccine production.

SII, the world’s largest vaccine maker and a top supplier of COVID-19 shots to low- and middle-income countries, had criticised the use of the DPA, and Reuters reported in May that a shortage of US-made raw materials would hit production of Novavax’s vaccine.

White House COVID-19 adviser Jeff Zients said the United States would continue to donate additional doses throughout the summer as more supply becomes available.

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank on Thursday urged the Group of Seven advanced economies to release any excess COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries as soon as possible, and called on manufacturers to ramp up production to benefit poor countries.

Pfizer has begun independently exporting millions of its US-made shots largely to countries in Central and South America, Reuters reported last month.

Many Latin American countries have a dire need for vaccines as they combat outbreaks.

Brazil has been one of the world’s hardest-hit countries by the pandemic, reporting more than 15 million cases and 400 000 deaths.

Peru this week revised its COVID-19 death toll, making it the country with the worst per-capita fatality rate.

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The dose shipments are the first of some 80 million COVID-19 vaccines that Biden has pledged to provide internationally this month as concern grows about the huge disparity in vaccination rates between advanced economies and developing countries.

Congo faces third wave of coronavirus, says health minister

Congo faces third wave of coronavirus, says health minister


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 21:55:33 +0000

Congo faces third wave of coronavirus, says health minister


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Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a third wave of coronavirus infections, with its epicentre in the capital, Kinshasa, one of Africa’s most-populous cities, Health Minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani said on Thursday.

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Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a third wave of coronavirus infections, with its epicentre in the capital, Kinshasa, one of Africa’s most-populous cities, Health Minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani said on Thursday.

Like many other African countries, Congo has officially reported relatively few cases and deaths, but health authorities are concerned about a recent spike in infections that saw 243 new cases recorded on Wednesday, the highest daily figure since March.

“I officially announce the onset of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in our country, with Kinshasa as its epicentre,” Mbungani told reporters.

A low vaccination rate and haphazard observance of recommended hygiene practices were among the reasons for the rising infection rate, he said.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation said it was concerned about the spread in Kinshasa of the Delta variant first identified in India, which is thought to be more transmissible.

The week ended May 30 saw an exponential increase in the rate of infections in Kinshasa, the WHO said.

Congo’s vaccination campaign has stuttered after it delayed the rollout because of safety concerns about the AstraZeneca shot.

As a result, about 75% of the 1.7 million doses it received in March were reallocated the following month to make sure they were used before they expired.

In total, Congo has reported over 31 900 infections and 786 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began.

Among the victims were 32 members of parliament, or about 5% of the total killed by the virus, the authorities said last week.

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Congo’s vaccination campaign has stuttered after it delayed the rollout because of safety concerns about the AstraZeneca shot.

SA records 5 361 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle

SA records 5 361 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 21:36:44 +0000

SA records 5 361 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle


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South Africa now has almost 56 000 active COVID-19 cases after another 5 360 new infections were recorded in the last 24 hours.

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South Africa now has almost 56 000 active COVID-19 cases after another 5 361 new infections were recorded in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of infections to 1 680 373.

This the second day that the number of new cases exceeds the 5 000 mark.

The total number of deaths now stands at 56 675 after another 54 people succumbed to the virus.

Most of the deaths occurred in Gauteng, followed by the Free State and the Western Cape.

Recoveries stand at 1 567 635.

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Recoveries stand at 1 567 635.

President Ramaphosa should take a more decisive stance in Mkhize matter: Analyst

President Ramaphosa should take a more decisive stance in Mkhize matter: Analyst


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 19:30:49 +0000

President Ramaphosa should take a more decisive stance in Mkhize matter: Analyst


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Political analyst Ivor Sarakinsky says President Cyril Ramaphosa should have taken a decisive decision against Dr Health Minister Zweli Mkhize as he is facing serious allegations of corruption.

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Political analyst Ivor Sarakinsky says President Cyril Ramaphosa should have taken a decisive decision against Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize as he is facing serious allegations of corruption.

Sarakinsky says the president is not dealing with the matter appropriately.

Allegations have surfaced that Mkhize personally benefited from the irregular R150 million tender to communications company Digital Vibes.

Sarakinsky says Ramaphosa finds himself in a difficult position as Mkhize is a medical doctor who knows what needs to be done in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Minister Mkhize made it very hard for President Ramaphosa because in many other democracies a scandal like this would result in the minister resigning falling on his sword and in that way protecting the president from having to take disciplinary action. So that is the practice that should be in place. But in SA if that was the case we would have ongoing changes in the cabinet with all the scandals that are emerging through media investigations and the Zondo Commission.”

Ramaphosa dealing with allegations

On Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he’s dealing with allegations around  Mkhize and the irregular R150 million Digital Vibes contract.

There has been mounting pressure from the DA and other parties for Mkhize to step down or be removed by Ramaphosa.

The President said the allegations are serious and need to be investigated thoroughly by law enforcement agencies and that due process will be followed once the investigations are finalised.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he’s dealing with allegations against Dr Zweli Mkhize:

Mkhize to appear before Parliament’s Health Committee on Friday

Meanwhile, Mkhize will be appearing before Parliament’s Health Committee on Friday morning to respond to allegations of his involvement in the irregular Digital Vibes contract.

National Assembly House Committee Chairperson and Chair of Committee Chairpersons Cedrick Frolick has confirmed to the SABC that Mkhize will appear before the committee.

Frolick says he has approved a committee request for Mkhize to appear before the Health Committee early on Friday morning.

Frolick says a virtual meeting with Mkhize and the Health Parliamentary Committee will take place at 8 o’clock on Friday morning.

DA lays criminal charges against Mkhize

Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow Minister of Health, Siviwe Gwarube, has laid criminal charges against  Mkhize at the Cape Town Central Police Station.

She has also laid charges of contravening the Public Finance Management Act against Health Department Director-General Dr Sandile Buthelezi.

DA lays criminal charge against Dr Zweli Mkhize:

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Allegations have surfaced that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize personally benefited from the irregular R150 million Digital Vibes tender

Rising debt levels one of the factors posing risk to SA’s economy: S&P

Rising debt levels one of the factors posing risk to SA’s economy: S&P


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 19:03:36 +0000

Rising debt levels one of the factors posing risk to SA’s economy: S&P


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S&P Global Rating Agency says South Africa’s low growth environment, rising debt levels and a lack of reform implementation continue to pose a downside risk to the country’s economy.

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S&P Global Rating Agency says South Africa’s low growth environment, rising debt levels and a lack of reform implementation continue to pose a downside risk to the country’s economy.

Speaking at a webinar focused on the country’s economy, experts agreed that contingent liabilities and the high public sector wage bill pose further risk to the country’s growth potential.

S&P Global currently rates the country’s debt at three-level below investment – also known as junk status – with a stable outlook.

Director and Lead Analyst at S&P, Ravi Bhatia, says while the country’s credible monetary policy and deep capital markets are a positive feature, structurally weak public finances and the rising debt-to-GDP are cause for concern.

“We still see significant structural constraints, the historical weak pace of economic reform and growth.  Essentially GDP per capita stagnating or going down pretty much over the last decade. And despite a lot of talk on reform, we haven’t actually seen anything that’s materially changed the growth story. ”

Bhatia says South Africa’s debt is expected to rise above 80% of GDP by 2024. He says although government seems to be keeping a tight lid on spending, a close eye will be kept on the ongoing wage negotiations in the public sector.

Resident Representative of the International Monetary Fund, Max Alier, says load shedding is limiting South Africa’s growth potential and economic recovery.

Alier says it will be hard for the country to attract investment if it cannot guarantee energy security.

“Without naming the elephant in the room but I will call it more generally energy security. I think you don’t have to be an engineer or economist or anything sophisticated to understand that it would be very very hard to have a sustained rate of growth if you don’t have energy security. This does have an impact on growth if there’s no energy availability and uncertainty that will hinder private investment, so this is obviously a very important priority.”

Alier says both structural reform and fiscal consolidation need to take place in tandem to improve the country’s economy.

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S&P Global currently rates the country’s debt at three level below investment – also known as junk status – with a stable outlook.

We cannot postpone again: Tokyo 2020 boss

We cannot postpone again: Tokyo 2020 boss


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 18:55:51 +0000

We cannot postpone again: Tokyo 2020 boss


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The head of Japan’s Olympics organising committee ruled out on Thursday another suspension of the Games, despite deep disquiet at the prospect of thousands of athletes and officials arriving during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

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The head of Japan’s Olympics organising committee ruled out on Thursday another suspension of the Games, despite deep disquiet at the prospect of thousands of athletes and officials arriving during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

Already postponed from last year at the cost of an extra $3.5 billion, a scaled-down version of the Games, with no foreign spectators, is set to start on July 23.

But with a slow vaccine rollout, Tokyo and nine other regions under a state of emergency, and rising numbers of severe coronavirus cases, most Japanese oppose hosting the Olympics.

Most of the capital’s city council, the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, agree, the Tokyo Shimbun paper reported on Thursday.

Illustrating the public anxiety, residents in one training venue, Ota City, were furious over a decision to give preferential vaccinations to staff attending to visiting Australian softball players, media also said.

However, organising committee president Seiko Hashimoto countered the gloom, telling the Nikkan Sports newspaper: “We cannot postpone again.”

Hashimoto, who competed in seven summer and winter Olympics as a cyclist and skater, also told the BBC that while Japanese were understandably worried, they should be reassured that a “bubble situation” was being carefully constructed.

“I believe that the possibility of these Games going on is 100% that we will do this,” she added. “One thing the organising committee commits and promises to all the athletes out there is that we will defend and protect their health.”

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga also appeared confident of pulling off a successful Olympics and Paralympics as he plans a snap vote afterwards, the Asahi newspaper said.

Authorities have not decided whether Japanese spectators will be allowed to attend Olympics events. There are fears that shouting, hugging and high-fiving could promote contagion.

In the latest upsets in the run-up to the Olympics, Kurume City pulled out of hosting Kenya’s training camp, while a player on Ghana’s Under-24 team tested positive after arriving for a friendly match.

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Tokyo and nine other regions under a state of emergency, and rising numbers of severe coronavirus cases, most Japanese oppose hosting the Olympics.

Luis Enrique intent on raising Spain’s Euro 2020 hopes

Luis Enrique intent on raising Spain’s Euro 2020 hopes


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 18:52:48 +0000

Luis Enrique intent on raising Spain’s Euro 2020 hopes


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Spain coach Luis Enrique said on Thursday it was his duty to raise the expectations of his own players ahead of the European Championship while remaining adamant his side have what it takes to win it.

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Spain coach Luis Enrique said on Thursday it was his duty to raise the expectations of his own players ahead of the European Championship while remaining adamant his side have what it takes to win it.

Spain won the tournament in 2008 and 2012 in a dominant cycle which also saw them lift the 2010 World Cup but expectations are tempered this time around, with few players from that all-conquering side making his 24-man squad.

Midfielder Rodri said earlier in the day that Spain were no longer favourites to win major tournaments but Luis Enrique said it was up to him to change his team’s mentality.

“I have to try and make the players believe it,” he told a news conference ahead of Friday’s friendly against European Championship holders Portugal at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

“I have to convince the players but I’m convinced we’re going to be very tough to beat. I could be wrong but I believe we’re among the six or seven favourite teams to win it.”

Luis Enrique also said he was excited about the return of supporters for the game with Portugal, with up to 15,000 fans allowed to attend after Madrid’s regional government lifted coronavirus restrictions on spectators at live matches.

“It’s something we’ve all been wishing for, it will be a spectacular moment,” he said.

“We’ve gone over a year without fans and we can’t wait to see 15,000 people supporting the national team.”

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Luis Enrique also said he was excited about the return of supporters for the game with Portugal.

Twitter removes Nigerian president’s post

Twitter removes Nigerian president’s post


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 18:51:57 +0000

Twitter removes Nigerian president’s post


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Twitter removed on Wednesday a post by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari threatening punishment for regional secessionists blamed for attacks on government buildings.

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Twitter removed on Wednesday a post by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari threatening punishment for regional secessionists blamed for attacks on government buildings. The social media firm said Buhari’s tweet, referring to the 1967-70 civil war in the south-eastern Biafra region that killed 1 million people, violated its “abusive behaviour” policy leading to a 12-hour suspension of his account.

Buhari, who served in the army against the secessionists and was Nigeria’s military ruler in the 1980s, tweeted on Tuesday that many people misbehaving today were too young to remember the deaths and destruction from the civil war.

“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” he warned in the tweet that was taken down.

Nigeria has seen a spate of arson attacks on electoral offices and police stations in recent weeks, especially in the southeast. Officers have also been killed.

Some social media users criticised Buhari’s tweet before it was removed, accusing him of targeting Igbo people from the largest ethnic group in the southeast. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is influential in the region and its efforts to revive sentiments over Biafra have prompted a crackdown from security agencies in recent years.

Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed was dismissive of Twitter’s action, saying Buhari had every right to express dismay at violence by a banned organisation.

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Twitter said Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet, referring to the 1967-70 civil war in the south-eastern Biafra region that killed 1 million people, violated its “abusive behaviour” policy leading to a 12-hour suspension of his account.

England’s Alexander-Arnold ruled out of Euro 2020 with thigh injury

England’s Alexander-Arnold ruled out of Euro 2020 with thigh injury


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 18:44:45 +0000

England’s Alexander-Arnold ruled out of Euro 2020 with thigh injury


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Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the upcoming European Championship after the Liverpool right back withdrew from the England squad with a thigh injury, the national team announced on Thursday.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the upcoming European Championship after the Liverpool right back withdrew from the England squad with a thigh injury, the national team announced on Thursday.

He sustained the injury during the closing stages of England’s 1-0 friendly win over Austria on Wednesday and British media reported he faces a recovery period of four to six weeks.

“A scan on Thursday confirmed the 22-year-old will be unable to play in the forthcoming tournament so he’s withdrawn from the England squad to return to his club for rehabilitation,” England said in a statement.

England manager Gareth Southgate “will not confirm a replacement until after Sunday’s return to the Riverside Stadium for the warm-up fixture against Romania”.

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The Liverpool right back sustained the injury during the closing stages of England’s 1-0 friendly win over Austria on Wednesday.

Government, public sector unions to resume wage negotiations on Friday

Government, public sector unions to resume wage negotiations on Friday


Thu, 03 Jun 2021 18:30:57 +0000

Government, public sector unions to resume wage negotiations on Friday


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All eyes will be on government and the public sector unions when they resume wage negotiations tomorrow. Unions are supposed to give feedback on their members’ response to the offer of a 1,5 percent wage increase tabled by government last month.

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All eyes will be on government and public sector unions when they resume wage negotiations tomorrow.

Unions are supposed to give feedback on their members’ response to the offer of a 1,5% wage increase tabled by government last month.

But it seems many unions need more time to consult their members, because of challenges posed by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

It’s been described as the most difficult public sector wage negotiations since the dawn of democracy almost thirty years ago.

Government refused to increase salaries at all, saying there’s just no money to do so for the next four years.

Getting the views of all civil servants on the offer, is proving to be difficult for the unions.

“Normally unions call a meeting to consult members about mandate, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it makes it difficult for us,” says Cosatu’s chief negotiator for public sector unions, Mugwena Maluleke.

Reaching civil servants who are based in rural areas virtually, is a challenge.

“Various methods exploited by unions may not be suitable for some areas due to data and connectivity,” added Maluleke.

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Against this background, tomorrow’s meeting will most likely decide to extend the consultation process regarding the offer on the table.

“Time is of the essence, however, it’s important that organisations touch base with members to ensure that whatever is going to be presented is a reflection of what the workers are saying. Our approach as labour is those unions that have not completed consultations be given time before we present a view of the members around the offer,” says Maluleke.

Eskom wage negotiations

Meanwhile, economists say the collapse of the Eskom wage negotiations yesterday, is worrying.

“This threatens electricity supply. I suppose workers compare the tariff increase with 1.5 % that Eskom is promising workers,” says  Chief Economist at Econometrix, Dr Azar Jammine.

Eskom and the unions, NUM, NUMSA and Solidarity are headed for mediation by the CCMA to try and resolve their wage impasse.

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Government has offered 1,5% wage increase

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