x

Coronavirus

Vaccine Alliance to Set Aside Up to 100M Doses

GENEVA — Vaccine distribution alliance Gavi says it plans to set aside up to 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this year for emergency situations and people in conflict zones.

The Geneva-based public-private partnership says the U.N.-backed program to get the vaccines to people in need around the world, known as COVAX, will allocate 5 percent of the estimated 2 billion doses it expects to receive this year for “high-risk populations in humanitarian settings” and for emergency release in severe outbreaks.

Gavi on Tuesday said its board approved the “COVAX Buffer” initiative for use in places facing “unavoidable gaps in coverage” in places like state failure and conflict.

Former European Union Commission president Jose Manuel Barrosso, the new chairman of the Gavi board, said the move will provide a “safety net” to ensure that people in such places are not excluded from COVAX’s aim to help all high-risk populations.

Release of such emergency doses will be considered once all COVAX participants — 182 countries, including 92 low-income countries and eight territories — are allocated “a base amount” of doses.

RELATED

ATHENS - Just when it seemed that COVID-19 was just about forgotten and the pandemic was behind, an increase in respiratory viral infections has led Greek health authorities to recommend wearing masks again in crowded areas.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Russian Missiles Slam into a Ukraine City and Kill 13 People as the War Approaches a Critical Stage

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Three Russian missiles slammed into a downtown area of the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Wednesday, hitting an eight-floor apartment building and killing at least 13 people, authorities said.

ATHENS - A primary surplus of 2.

ATHENS – The Divani Palace Acropolis, nestled in the heart of Athens, is set to elevate the city's dining and nightlife scene with the grand opening of its much-anticipated rooftop restaurant and bar next month.

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez may seek exoneration at his May bribery trial by blaming his wife, saying she kept him in the dark about anything that could be illegal about her dealings with New Jersey businessmen, according to court papers unsealed Tuesday.

It was a close brush with death but a 40-year-old British tourist bitten by a deadly viper while at a yoga retreat on Cyprus is recovering after getting swift hospitalization to counteract the venom.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.