Excess deaths due to pandemic up to three times higher than reported Covid toll: WHO

GENEVA: Official tolls showing the number of deaths directly or indirectly attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to be a “significant undercount”, the World Health Organization said on Friday, saying 6-8 million people may have died so far. Presenting its annual World Health Statistics report, the WHO estimated that total deaths from the Covid-19 … Read more

EU lawmakers back Covid vaccines patent waiver

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament has urged the EU to back a push for a temporary waiver of coronavirus vaccine patents, in the face of scepticism from Brussels and key member states. Lawmakers voting late Wednesday narrowly approved an amendment calling on the bloc “to support the Indian and South African World Trade Organization (WTO) initiative … Read more

Israel unleashes strikes after vowing to press on in Gaza

An Israeli soldier stands nearby as an artillery unit fires near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel unleashed another wave of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip early Thursday, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding several, as it pushed ahead despite US calls to wind down the offensive … Read more

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu ‘determined’ to continue Gaza operation

Netanyahu’s tough comments marked the first public rift between the two close allies since the fighting began last week. AP Photo GAZA CITY: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to press ahead with a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, pushing back Wednesday against calls from the United States to wind down the operation … Read more

Malawi burns 20,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses that expired

Malawi’s Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda, places COVID-19 vaccines in an incinerator. AP Photo BLANTYRE: Malawi has burned nearly 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines because they had expired. The government incinerated 19,610 doses of the vaccine at Kamuzu Central Hospital in the capital Lilongwe on Wednesday morning. The vaccines were the remainder of 102,000 doses … Read more

Israel, Hamas trade fire in Gaza as war rages on

GAZA CITY: Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes on what it said were militant targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building, and militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Tuesday. Palestinians across the region observed a general strike as the war, now in its second week, showed no signs of abating. Explosions from … Read more

China says it will support India, South Africa proposal for global IPR waiver for Covid-19 vaccines

BEIJING: China, which is actively pursuing vaccine diplomacy, said on Monday that it is “supportive” of India and South Africa’s proposal for a temporary waiver of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for coronavirus vaccines, asserting that Beijing will back all actions that are conducive to the developing countries’ fight against the pandemic. India … Read more

WHO chief calls on vaccine makers to advance doses for Covax

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Reuters) GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization called on manufacturers to make Covid-19 vaccine doses available to a vaccine-sharing facility earlier than planned due to a supply shortfall left by Indian export disruptions. “While we appreciate the work of AstraZeneca who have been steadily increasing the speed and … Read more