Foreign aid allocation 100% transparent, no delays: Kant
The Centre is following a transparent system for allocating all foreign aid being received to combat the surge in Covid-19 cases and all items received up to May 5 have been allocated and dispatched, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Thursday. All items received up to May 5 have been allocated and dispatched to states and institutions.
Biden strikes a blow for fairness in sharing vaccine knowledge
This week, the Biden administration took the unprecedented step of supporting a waiver of intellectual property protections on Covid-19 vaccines to help end the pandemic. Katherine Tai, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), said in a statement: "This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for Covid-19 vaccines."
Kamala Harris to speak at Covid aid to India event
Under fire from some critics for what they saw as her tepid initial response to India's Covid-19 crisis, US vice-president Kamala Harris will deliver a message of solidarity with the people of India on Friday, headlining a diaspora event on aid to their country of origin. “Kamala Harris will provide an opening message on US solidarity with the people of India as we partner to save lives & hasten the end of the pandemic," the State Department's South and Central Asia bureau said .
Despite patent waiver pledge from West, India's billion+ will have to wait months for vaccine
Ponderous bureaucracies will take months to implement sketchy western commitments voiced by the US and European Union on patent waivers — pledges that could potentially help crank out some two billion Covid-19 vaccines that India needs immediately to arrest the coronavirus pandemic.
Manitoba could see new high for COVID-19 ICU patients within weeks, number doubled by summer, model suggests
News/Canada/Manitoba: Manitoba expects the number of COVID-19 patients in its intensive care units to exceed the peak of the second wave by the end of the May long weekend, and that number could double again before summer, modelling suggests.
Ramadan 2021: UAE sends plane carrying 50 tonnes of food supplies to Bangladesh
Ramadan|Asia|: Abu Dhabi: The UAE on Thursday sent a plane carrying 50 metric tonnes of food supplies to Bangladesh as part of its Ramadan initiatives. Abdullah Ali Al-Hammoudi, Chargé d’Affaires to the UAE Embassy in Dhaka, said: “The UAE shares historical ties with Bangladesh characterised by friendship and cooperation in various fields. “Today’s aircraft was sent to help address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as these circumstances require solidarity and international cooperation, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.” He added: “In April 2020, the UAE sent a plane containing 7 metric tonnes of medical supplies to Bangladesh to support the country in containing the spread of COVID-19. These supplies benefited more than 7,000 healthcare workers in their efforts to combat the pandemic.”
PM Modi talks to four CMs, two LGs on Covid-19 situation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Telangana about the Covid-19 situation in their respective states, government sources said. He also spoke to lieutenant governors of Jammu & Kashmir and Puducherry, the sources added.