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In August, a month or two after receiving his second Covid-19 vaccine shot, Pierpaolo Piccioli, the creative director of Valentino, posted a selfie on Instagram. In it, he was smiling on a beach in his hometown — Nettuno, Italy — wearing a black hoodie with the red Valentino “V” logo on the chest. Later on, Lady Gaga posted a video of herself wearing the same sweatshirt. “Need this sweatshirt,” Eva Chen, Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships, wrote in the comments of Mr. Piccioli’s post. “I MUST HAVE,” Zoey Deutch, the actor, wrote in all caps.
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Live U.N. Live Updates: Biden Pledges to Work Toward ‘Peaceful, Prosperous Future For All’ Covid-19 and climate change are dominating the start of the General Assembly gathering. President Biden called for an era of international cooperation in tackling global threats in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly as president. “Our security, our prosperity and our very freedoms are interconnected, in my view as never before,” Mr. Biden said. The event is a major test of credibility for Mr. Biden, who was among the first to address the 193-member General Assembly. Many officials who had welcomed the election of President Biden — and his pledge that “America is back” — are now expressing concerns.
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It was a United Nations speech that got attention like few others — a plug for vaccines, young people and the Earth's well-being from superstar K-pop band BTS. Video of the group's speech on the United Nations’ official YouTube channel has been viewed more than 6 million times as of Monday afternoon. The group also unveiled a new music video for its current hit single “Permission to Dance,” which was filmed at U.N. Headquarters in New York. The singers crooned, “Don’t need to talk the talk, just walk the walk,” while dancing their way from the General Assembly hall to the garden overlooking the East River. The band topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart three times in 2020, and was nominated for prominent music awards like Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
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It said there were 39 countries where schools remained partially closed, as of this month. Duterte has held off on reopening schools, sticking to a vow to keep them shut until a vaccine was available, warning that doing otherwise "spells disaster". Education Secretary Leonor Briones said face-to-face learning will be limited to 3-4 hours per session, with consent from parents and guardians required. The pilot will begin as soon as possible, depending on the readiness of schools, she said. The number of those enrolled in online learning in the school year that started last week rose to 28 million from about 26 million last year, Briones said.
Persons: Annie Sabino, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte, Leonor Briones, Briones, Enrico Dela Cruz, Martin Petty Organizations: United Nations, UNICEF, Thomson Locations: Manila, Philippines, MANILA, Philippine
KADUNA, Nigeria, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Bandits have released 10 more students kidnapped two months ago from a Baptist school in northwest Nigeria, the school administrator told Reuters on Saturday. The Reverend John Hayab, administrator of the Bethel Baptist High school, said 21 students from the school remained in captivity. He said an undisclosed ransom was paid to release eight students while another two were set free due to ill health. read moreSchools have become targets for mass kidnappings for ransom in northern Nigeria by armed groups. The United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Wednesday that 1 million Nigerian children could miss school this year as the new term begins amid a rise in mass school kidnappings and insecurity.
Persons: John Hayab, Hayab, Ardo Hazzad, Chijioke, Leslie Adler Organizations: Baptist, Reuters, Bethel Baptist High, Islamic, United Nations, UNICEF, Thomson Locations: KADUNA, Nigeria, Nigeria's Kaduna, West Africa Province, Bauchi
UNICEF calls for schools to reopen in pandemic-hit nations
  + stars: | 2021-09-16 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Eloisa LopezMANILA, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The United Nations children's agency UNICEF has urged education authorities to reopen schools as soon as possible in countries where millions of students are still not allowed to return to classrooms 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools in around 17 countries remain fully closed, while those in 39 countries remain partially closed, according to a report released by UNICEF on Thursday. Among those "almost completely closed" are schools usually attended by nearly 77 million students in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Panama and Kuwait. "The education crisis is still here, and with each passing day that classrooms remain dark, the devastation worsens," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "Our channels are silent, but our message is loud: Every community, everywhere must reopen schools as soon as possible."
Persons: Delos Santos, Eloisa Lopez, Henrietta Fore, Rodrigo Duterte, Enrico Dela Cruz, Ed Davies Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, UNICEF, Asian Development Bank, Thomson Locations: Porac, Pampanga, Philippines, Eloisa Lopez MANILA, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Kuwait, COVID
She now offers basic treatments and maternal health, malnutrition and vaccine advice. She does not take a penny from us," said Jumaa Ali Jawhar, also from Jarb in Hajjah province. In the dirt-floor room she built, tousle-haired youngsters and women now crowd, weighing their toddlers for signs of the hunger that stalks large swathes of Yemen's children. UNICEF says around 400,000 Yemen children under age five face severe acute malnutrition and 2.25 million are acutely malnourished. Noting her efforts, a local medical college in Abs has given her a scholarship to become a medical assistant.
Persons: Ashwaq Mahmoud, Mahmoud, Ashwaq, Jumaa Ali Jawhar, Mahoud, Abs, Ali Hussein, God, Eissa, Lisa Barrington, Angus MacSwan Organizations: United Nations, UNICEF, Thomson Locations: Jarb, Yemen, Hajjah province
A view shows an empty classroom at the Government Science school where gunmen abducted students, in Kankara, in northwestern Katsina state, Nigeria December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi SotundeABUJA, Sept 15 (Reuters) - At least one million Nigerian children could miss school this year as the new term begins amid a rise in mass school kidnappings and insecurity, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Wednesday. Schools have become targets for mass abductions for ransom in northern Nigeria by armed groups. More than 37 million Nigerian children are due to start the new school year this month, UNICEF said. In Abuja, Nigeria's capital, the start of the school term has been pushed back to an unusually late date without explanation, after schools in nearby states were targeted by kidnappers seeking ransoms.
Persons: Haram, Peter Hawkins, Chijioke Ohuocha, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Government Science, REUTERS, United Nations, UNICEF, Islamic, UNICEF Representative, Thomson Locations: Kankara, Katsina, Nigeria, Afolabi, ABUJA, West Africa Province, Abuja, Nigeria's
Fore's remarks come at a pivotal time in the history of international aid to Afghanistan. WASHINGTON — At least 1 million children in Afghanistan will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year and could die without proper treatment, UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore warned Monday. "Nearly 600,000 people, more than half of whom are children, have been displaced by conflict this year" in Afghanistan, Fore said. It remains to be seen whether the newly minted Taliban government will permit international aid groups like UNICEF to operate safely in the country. But Fore insisted that life-saving aid, especially for children, must be viewed outside the political boundaries that divide governments and nation states.
Persons: Fore's, Fore, Henrietta Fore Organizations: U.S, United Nations, WASHINGTON —, UNICEF, United, World Health Organization, Refugees, Taliban Locations: Jalalabad, Afghanistan, WASHINGTON, United States
REUTERS/Susana Vera/File PhotoUNITED NATIONS, Sept 10 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Friday for an injection of cash into Afghanistan to avoid an economic meltdown that would spark a "catastrophic" situation for the Afghan people and be a "gift for terrorist groups." "At the present moment the U.N. is not even able to pay its salaries to its own workers," Guterres told reporters. Al Qaeda and the Islamic State's Afghan affiliate, ISIS-Khorosan, are present in Afghanistan. Both Guterres and U.N. aid chief Martin Griffiths hope that international programs to get cash into war-torn Yemen could be replicated in Afghanistan. "We are permanently engaging with the Taliban and we believe that the dialogue with the Taliban is absolutely essential at the present moment," Guterres said.
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"School closures in South Asia have forced hundreds of millions of children and their teachers to transition to remote learning in a region with low connectivity and device affordability," said George Laryea-Adjei, UNICEF's regional director for South Asia. In Sri Lanka, 69% of parents of primary-school children said that their children were learning less or a lot less. In Pakistan, 23% of younger children did not have access to any device for remote learning. In India, 42% of children between the ages of 6 and 13 reported no remote learning during school closures. South Asia, with nearly 2 billion people, has reported more than 37 million coronavirus infections and more than 523,000 deaths.
Persons: Danish Ismail, George Laryea, Krishna N, Robert Birsel Organizations: Gund, REUTERS, UNICEF, South, Thomson Locations: Srinagar, Danish, South, South Asia, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Asia
It also manages Covid vaccine supply for the COVAX initiative, which aims to share doses with lower-income countries. The agency consolidated data on donated Covid vaccines from publicly available information, which may not show the full extent of donations globally. China is the world's second-largest donor of Covid vaccines, while Japan came in third with around 23.3 million, data compiled by UNICEF showed. Asian countries are among the top recipients of Covid vaccine donations, with Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan having received more than 10 million donated doses each, the data showed. Overall, more than 207 million doses of donated Covid vaccines — bilaterally or through COVAX — have been delivered, the data showed.
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Evacuees from Afghanistan stand at the U.S .airbase in Ramstein, Germany, August 28, 2021. The UN's children's agency UNICEF said it had registered around 300 separated and unaccompanied children linked to more than 120,000 evacuations from Afghanistan, with some ending up in countries such as Germany and Qatar. There are play areas, toys and a bouncy castle, as well as child specialists who can help with mental health issues, should they be needed. On average, the so-called Youth Pod at Ramstein houses around two dozen unaccompanied minors, although numbers fluctuate as children are reunited with their families and more flights arrive. "He will see the bouncy castle, tent filled with donations and toys, and learn about all the services being provided to unaccompanied minors ​and vulnerable individuals here at Ramstein," a State Department spokesman at Ramstein said.
Persons: Kai Pfaffenbach BERLIN, Antony Blinken, Sabine Siebold, Douglas Busvine, Mike Collett Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, Ramstein, UNICEF, U.S . State Department, ., State Department, White, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Ramstein, Germany, U.S, Kabul, Kaiserslautern, Qatar, United States, Europe
GENEVA, Sept 7 (Reuters) - UNICEF is trying to reunite hundreds of Afghan children who were separated from their families and evacuated to various countries during the hurried U.S. withdrawal from the country, the U.N. agency said on Tuesday. Hundreds of children were separated in the chaotic scenes at Kabul airport and UNICEF is trying to get them back together with their families, spokesperson James Elder told a U.N. briefing in Geneva. A father and children evacuees from Afghanistan leave a U.S. C-17 Globemaster transport plane after arriving at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, August 24, 2021. It was not clear whether the girl was reunited with her family within the airport. Reporting by Emma Farge and Emma ThomassonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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Since the start of the pandemic, North Korea has used tough quarantines and border closures to prevent outbreaks, though its claim to be entirely virus-free is widely doubted. North Korea was also slated to receive AstraZeneca shots through COVAX, but their delivery has been delayed. Some experts believe North Korea may want other vaccines, while questioning the effectiveness of Sinovac and the rare blood clots seen in some recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson option could also be useful to North Korea given that vaccine’s portability and one-shot regimen," he said. After their meeting in Seoul last month, Sung Kim, the top U.S. diplomat on North Korea affairs, and his South Korean counterpart Noh Kyu-duk told reporters that they discussed humanitarian cooperation with North Korea in providing anti-virus resources, sanitation and safe water.
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Promises Funding for Vaccine Components Some ask if the focus should be on making more vaccines. President Biden pledges investment in vaccine components, but will that help the world? Mr. Biden and his aides point out that the United States has already either donated or pledged about 600 million vaccine doses to other countries. This week, the World Health Organization urged countries to do whatever they could to keep children in schools. Mexico’s vaccine rollout has been agonizingly slow, and more than 100,000 children aged 14 and under have been infected with Covid-19, official figures show.
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Live Covid-19 Live Updates: Hawaii Struggles With Oxygen Shortage During Surge The decision by several countries to offer additional shots to healthy vaccinated people has raised ethical questions. Hawaii is facing an oxygen shortage amid a record surge in virus cases. These hospitalized patients are also largely the reason for a huge surge in requests for medical oxygen. An international shortage has limited the number of liquid oxygen tanks that the state can order, Mr. Raethel said. “If New York runs out of oxygen, you ship it in from New Jersey or put it on a truck,” he said.
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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Five girls who were among 73 children kidnapped from a school in northwestern Nigeria have been rescued, police in Zamfara State said on Thursday, although other sources gave different details in the aftermath of the mass abduction. Wednesday's attack on a secondary school in the village of Kaya was the latest in a spree of raids on schools across the northwest by armed gangs seeking ransoms. "The ongoing search and rescue mission is yielding positive result as five abducted female students were today rescued," Zamfara State Police said in a statement. "The victims were medically checked at the hospital, debriefed by the police and reunited ... with their families," it said. Reporting by Camillus Eboh, Lanre Ola and Maiduguri newsroom Writing by Estelle Shirbon Editing by Matthew LewisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Camillus Eboh, Lanre Ola, Estelle Shirbon, Matthew Lewis Organizations: Police, UNICEF, Reuters, Thomson Locations: MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Zamfara State, Kaya, debriefed, Zamfara
Covid-19: Biden Pledges $2.7 Billion to Help Create ‘Arsenal of Vaccines For the World’ The money will go toward ramping up production of critical supplies necessary to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines. Tracking Coronavirus Vaccinations Around the World More than 5.38 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, equal to 70 doses for every 100 people. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyNorth Korea refuses nearly 3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine. North Korea refuses nearly 3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine. The North has said it will “continue to communicate with Covax facility to receive Covid-19 vaccines in the coming months,” the U.N. agency added.
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North Korea Rejects Covid-19 Vaccine Doses
  + stars: | 2021-09-01 | by ( Timothy W. Martin | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +1 min
SEOUL—North Korea has turned down roughly three million doses of Covid-19 vaccines developed by Chinese drugmaker Sinovac Biotech Ltd., instructing that they should instead be sent to harder-hit countries. North Korea’s public health ministry declined the shipment, citing the limited global supply for Covid-19 vaccines and continuing virus surges elsewhere, according to a spokeswoman for Unicef, which helps deliver shots on behalf of Covax. North Korea requested the vaccines be “relocated to severely affected countries,” the spokeswoman said. Kim Jong Un’s regime has reported zero confirmed Covid-19 cases to the World Health Organization. A planned Covax shipment earlier this year of about two million AstraZeneca PLC vaccines has faced delays.
Persons: Kim Jong, Kim Organizations: Sinovac Biotech Ltd, Unicef, World Health Organization, AstraZeneca Locations: SEOUL, North Korea, North, Covax . North Korea, Covax
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailUNICEF 'very worried' about the future for women and children in AfghanistanHenrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF, tells CNBC's Tania Bryer about the agency's concerns for the rights of children and women on the ground in Afghanistan, and the biggest challenges the organization faces in providing humanitarian assistance.
Persons: Afghanistan Henrietta Fore, CNBC's Tania Bryer Organizations: UNICEF Locations: Afghanistan
Speaking exclusively to CNBC Friday, Fore said some of the other big challenges on the ground in Afghanistan include unaccompanied children and continuing immunization programs for preventable diseases. "We are very worried about the status of women and children … we need the women as teachers, as healthcare workers, in children's hospitals as doctors; we need the women to be able to work in the society. "We want boys in school and we want girls in school, we want the future of Afghanistan's, well their young people, to have a chance." She said the organization was also "particularly worried" about the high numbers of unaccompanied children in Afghanistan, since recent events unfolded. Some have been in the airport area, either just outside the gate or inside the gate," she said.
Persons: Henrietta Fore, Fore Organizations: Kabul International Airport, UNICEF, CNBC, United Nations Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Afghanistan's
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has set up a mass Covid vaccination site for the thousands of Afghan evacuees arriving at Dulles International Airport, a White House official said Friday. The Associated Press was first to report the vaccination site. Afghan refugees walk to a bus taking them to a processing center upon arrival at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., on Aug. 27, 2021. Kevin Lamarque / ReutersThe official added that the administration is hoping to set up a similar mass vaccination site in Philadelphia, as evacuees were expected to begin arriving at the airport there as soon as Friday. Data from the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford shows that roughly 1.8 million doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered in Afghanistan, which has a population of 40 million.
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UNICEF estimates that nearly 10 million children in Afghanistan are in need of humanitarian assistance. The CEO of UNICEF USA told Insider that girls' education in the country remains a top priority. UNICEF estimates that nearly 10 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than four million are out of school — more than half of them girls. The organization estimates that without urgent action, one million Afghan children under the age of five will be malnourished before the end of 2021. "We need access as quickly as we can to the airport, to the ability to bring relief supplies into the country," Nyenhuis said.
Persons: Michael Nyenhuis, it'll, Nyenhuis, they've, George Laryea, Adjei Organizations: UNICEF, United Nations, UNICEF USA, Service Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, COVID
Since the Taliban takeover "there's been an 80% drop in people reached with COVID-19 vaccines," a spokesperson for UNICEF told Reuters. "The drop is understandable, as in situations of chaos, conflict and emergency, people will prioritize their safety and security first," the UNICEF spokesperson said, noting the U.N. agency has been calling on all Afghan healthcare workers, including women, to return to work. Nearly 2 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) vaccine delivered to Afghanistan, which is about half of the total so far, expire in November, the UNICEF spokesperson said. WHO data show that only 1.2 million doses had been administered as of Aug. 20 in Afghanistan, which has a population of 40 million. Gavi, which co-leads Covax with the WHO, said the programme has so far delivered over 4 million doses to Afghanistan.
Persons: there's, Johnson, Francesco Guarascio, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: UNICEF, United, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Thomson Locations: BRUSSELS, Kabul, COVID, Afghanistan, United States, inoculations
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