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EU committed to closing the vaccination gap

  • By the end of May, only 2.1 percent of Africans will have received at least one dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine. We need to close the vaccination gap between advanced economies and developing countries to avoid what Tedros Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO...
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Renaming COVID-19 variants will help fight racism

  • From Aarskog-Scott syndrome to Von Zumbusch psoriasis, generations of clinicians and medical researchers have earned fame, fortune and a kind of immortality through the honor of having the rare disease or disorder they identified named after them. But when an entire region or country finds itse...
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Vietnam in strong position despite COVID-19 spike

  • There are interesting events occurring in Vietnam despite what was deemed to be a “world-class effort” in containing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pathogen. The country is experiencing a spike that affects Hanoi’s standing in terms of health capacity versus economic recovery. Some argue th...
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Benefits of reopening schools outweigh the risks

  • With the coronavirus pandemic now well into its second year, safely reopening schools has become an urgent priority. School attendance is critical for children’s education and lifetime prospects. The long-term costs of closures — both for individual children and society — are simply too large t...
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G7’s baby steps could ultimately lead to progress

  • There could hardly be a more stunning venue for the first major summit of the G7 in more than a year than Cornwall. A few summer days at the beach are a treat even for world leaders and the UK’s Carbis Bay was some backdrop as they met — some for the first time — under the unique hosting skills...
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Global herd immunity might be closer than you think

  • When will the world have vaccinated 80 percent of all adults, the level presumed by scientists to produce herd immunity against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)? Most people’s answer is 2023 or 2024, which suggests deep pessimism about the progress of vaccinations outside the rich world. That...
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Advanced countries must be proactive in COVID-19 fight

  • The world needs to be careful not to lose focus on the pandemic and new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variants. Even as the advanced world has decided to turn a corner, there is a requirement to be proactive. Have governments really learned any lessons? Many are still struggling with the patho...
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The rich must do more to ensure the poorest get vaccinated

  • One of the most important outcomes of this month’s G7 summit in the UK was that, after more than a year, this group of some of the wealthiest nations in the world finally pledged to donate 1 billion coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to low-income countries. Delayed it may be, but the assistance i...
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Proxy terrorism and a campaign against Pakistan's security forces

  • Eleven coal miners were brutally killed in the Machh area of Balochistan last Sunday-- not an unusual incident in a province long known for an insurgency. Also, a region that is conspicuous for its lack of socio-economic development but endeared for having the so-called jewel of the China Pakis...
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Military diplomacy creating a favorable international image of Pakistan

  • The recently concluded sixth AMAN biennial multinational naval exercise was a spectacle of deterrence and cooperation to further Pakistan’s strategic interests linked with maritime security.  AMAN-19 was held from February 8 to 12 and involved 46 countries. International warships and ...
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