Critics Say I.M.F. Loan Fees Are Hurting Nations in Desperate Need

Democratic lawmakers say the global fund’s surcharges for emergency relief siphon away money that countries need to fight the pandemic.

#argentina, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #income-inequality, #international-monetary-fund, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #treasury-department

World Bank Warns Pandemic Will Slow Economic Growth in 2022

Global growth is expected to slow to 4.1 percent this year, from 5.5 percent in 2021, a projection underscores the stubborn nature of the public health crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #malpass-david, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #world-bank

Omicron Prompts Swift Reconsideration of Boosters Among Scientists

Many public health experts were opposed to a boosters-for-all approach. The new variant is changing some minds.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #immune-system, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Vaccine Hesitancy Hurts Covid Fight in Poorer Countries

Vaccines are finally available in many African countries, but some people there, as well as in South Asia, are wary of taking them.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #south-africa, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

Where Are Young People Most Optimistic? In Poorer Nations.

More than half of Americans, young and old, say children today will be less economically successful than their parents, a global survey shows.

#anxiety-and-stress, #income, #optimism, #polls-and-public-opinion, #poverty, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #youth

Pfizer Will Allow Its Covid Pill to Be Made and Sold Cheaply in Poor Countries

The company announced a deal that could help significantly expand access to the Covid-19 treatment, but the agreement excludes a number of countries hit hard by the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #medicines-patent-pool-foundation, #merckcompany-inc, #molnupiravir-drug, #paxlovid, #pfizer-inc, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Negotiators Strike a Climate Deal, but World Remains Far From Limiting Warming

Some activists called the agreement in Glasgow disappointing, but it establishes a clear consensus that all countries need to do much more.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Glasgow Climate Talks Are Down to the Wire on Money, Ambition and Fossil Fuels

At COP26, negotiators from about 200 countries worked overnight, hashing out differences in the quest for a new global climate agreement

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #kerry-john, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Calls for Climate Reparations Reach Boiling Point in Glasgow Talks

For decades, vulnerable countries and activist groups have demanded that rich polluter countries pay for irreparable damage from climate change. This year, there may be a breakthrough.

#cyclones, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations

China and the United States Agree to Work Together to Tackle Climate Change

As nearly 200 nations struggle over global climate negotiations, the world’s two biggest polluters sign an agreement that is short on details..

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The Developing World Is Falling Short on Emissions Reductions

Plans for new power generation won’t meet global climate goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-energy-agency, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #mexico, #pakistan, #south-africa, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vietnam

Can Glasgow Deliver on a Global Climate Deal?

Negotiators from about 200 countries are entering Week 2 of climate talks trying to resolve big issues around money, transparency and timelines.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

At COP26, Africa Needs Decisive Action

World leaders must seize the moral imperative and commit to action on climate change.

#africa, #cop26, #global-warming, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Will the Glasgow Climate Summit Be the Breakthrough We Need?

Time is running down rapidly for the nations of the world to get control of their emissions. 

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #fuel-efficiency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #kyoto-protocol, #solar-energy, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #treaties, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

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Merck Will Share Formula for its Covid Pill With Poor Countries

The company announced a licensing deal that will allow the drug, molnupiravir, to be made and sold cheaply in 105 developing nations.

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The Rich World’s Promise of $100 Billion in Climate Aid Inches Forward

Diplomats announced a plan to make good on an unkept promise of climate aid, a key point of tension in upcoming global climate talks.

#foreign-aid, #glasgow-scotland, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Heavy Rains in India and Nepal Kill Dozens

The death toll continued to rise on Wednesday as landslides and flooding damaged homes and stranded thousands of people.

#deaths-fatalities, #floods, #global-warming, #india, #landslides-and-mudslides, #nepal, #rain, #third-world-and-developing-countries

U.S. Renews Its Support for the World Trade Organization

Trade Representative Katherine Tai outlined her vision for the battered World Trade Organization, saying the U.S. wanted to re-engage and address working people’s concerns.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-trade-and-world-market, #tai-katherine-1974, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-trade-organization

Rich Countries’ Climate Change Responsibility

What it will take: $100 billion from well-off nations.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #blackrock-inc, #european-union, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #organization-for-economic-cooperation-and-development, #third-world-and-developing-countries

I.M.F. Lowers Its Global Economic Growth Forecast

The global growth forecast was pared to 5.9 percent from 6 percent because of the Delta variant and supply chain bottlenecks. The U.S. growth prediction was cut to 6 percent from 7 percent.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #gopinath-gita, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy

Moderna, Racing for Profits, Keeps Covid Vaccine Out of Reach of Poor

Some poorer countries are paying more and waiting longer for the company’s vaccine than the wealthy — if they have access at all.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #income-inequality, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

Global Supply Shortages Reach All the Way to a Haitian Aid Group

Continuing disruption to factory production and bottlenecks in shipping are leaving nonprofit groups short of goods for vulnerable communities worldwide.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #second-harvest, #ships-and-shipping, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Booster Shots for Covid Leave Africa Hanging in Wind

Just 20 percent of people in low- and lower-middle-income countries have received a first Covid-19 vaccine dose — compared to 80 percent in high-and upper-middle income countries.

#africa, #african-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #covax, #disease-rates, #european-union, #immune-system, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #london-school-of-hygiene-and-tropical-medicine, #royal-free-hospital-london-england, #shortages, #stockpiling, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Covid Trash Isn’t Always Dangerous. Not Everyone Got the Memo.

Overblown fears that the coronavirus could be transmitted through surfaces have created a stigma around handling nonhazardous trash, experts say. Some recyclable waste has been junked or burned.

#bangladesh, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #indonesia, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #uganda, #vaccination-and-immunization, #waste-materials-and-disposal

The Pandemic Has Set Back the Fight Against H.I.V., TB and Malaria

Prevention and treatment fell in poor countries last year as access to health care declined, according to a new report.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-fund-to-fight-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria, #malaria, #tests-medical, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #tuberculosis, #your-feed-science

It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn

Where is the urgency on climate change?

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #how-to-blow-up-a-pipeline-book, #infrastructure-public-works, #malm-andreas, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #wildfires

I.M.F. Board Backs $650 Billion Aid Plan to Help Poor Countries

The expansion of emergency reserves to fund vaccines and pay down debt has emerged as a political flash point in the United States.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #georgieva-kristalina-ivanova, #group-of-twenty, #international-monetary-fund, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yellen-janet-l

The Struggles of India’s Vaccine Giant

How an export ban has left millions of people without coronavirus vaccines and imperiled the reputation of the Serum Institute of India, world’s largest vaccine maker.

#astrazeneca-plc, #audio-neutral-informative, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #serum-institute-of-india, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

I.M.F. Presents Plan to Help Poor Countries During Pandemic

A proposal advanced by the International Monetary Fund aims to supply the developing world with extra money to buy vaccines, pay down debt and expand relief programs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #georgieva-kristalina-ivanova, #income-inequality, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #poverty, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-development-program, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-bank

Climate Change Is Destroying My Country. The Rich World Must Help.

Islands like the Bahamas are paying the price for wealthier nations’ emissions — an injustice crying out for a global remedy.

#2021-climate-issue, #alliance-of-small-island-states, #bahama-islands, #global-warming, #green-climate-fund, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricane-dorian-2019, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Samantha Power Still Believes America Can Help Save the World

Can the new head of U.S. foreign aid make America good again?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #national-security-council, #power-samantha, #state-department, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Biden Can Help Vaccinate the World

Here’s a way for Biden to assert United States leadership to benefit the world and safeguard the American economy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #international-monetary-fund, #stockpiling, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Countries Are Scrambling for Vaccines. Mongolia Has Plenty.

By playing off its big neighbors, Russia and China, Mongolia has emerged as a positive outlier among developing nations on the hunt for shots.

#china, #china-national-pharmaceutical-group-corp-sinopharm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gamaleya-research-institute-of-epidemiology-and-microbiology, #li-keqiang, #mongolia, #mongols-ethnic-group, #politics-and-government, #russia, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #ulan-bator-mongolia, #vaccination-and-immunization

Why Vaccinating the World Against Covid-19 Will Be Hard

When President Biden joined a push to set aside patents for Covid shots, he entered a roiling debate over how to ensure poor countries get enough vaccine.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #inventions-and-patents, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #world-trade-organization

What Would It Take to Vaccinate the World Against Covid?

When President Biden joined a push to set aside patents for Covid shots, he entered a roiling debate over how to ensure poor countries get enough vaccine.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #inventions-and-patents, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #world-trade-organization

Seychelles Sees Rise in Coronavirus Cases Despite Vaccinations

Seychelles has seen a surge in coronavirus cases despite much of its population being inoculated with China’s Sinopharm vaccine.

#china, #china-national-pharmaceutical-group-corp-sinopharm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #politics-and-government, #seychelles-islands, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

India’s Serum Institute Struggled to Meet Its Covid-19 Vows

The Serum Institute vowed to protect the country from Covid-19 and inoculate the world’s poor, but India’s crisis has pushed it past its limits.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #poonawalla-adar-1981, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #serum-institute-of-india, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

Why Are There Oxygen Shortages for Covid Patients Around the World?

The global need for oxygen has spiked far beyond the available supply at hospitals, especially in India — another example of how unprepared the world was to face the Covid-19 pandemic.

#brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #india, #mexico, #oxygen, #shortages, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #unitaid, #world-health-organization

Global Vaccine Crisis Sends Ominous Signal for Fighting Climate Change

The gap between rich and poor countries on vaccinations highlights the failure of richer nations to see it in their self-interest to urgently help poorer ones fight a shared crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #inventions-and-patents, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #vaccination-and-immunization

Pfizer Reaps Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine

The company said its vaccine generated $3.5 billion in revenue in the first three months of this year.

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Biden Can Help Make Covid-Vaccine Tech Available to Poor Countries

The West has hoarded vaccines and blocked developing nations from making their own. President Biden can put a stop to that.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #inventions-and-patents, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-trade-organization

The World Needs Many More Coronavirus Vaccines

Wealthy nations have to step up.

#africa, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #latin-america, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biden, the World Needs Your Help to End the Pandemic

The president should keep his promise on vaccine patents.

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W.H.O. Leader Dr. Tedros: Countries Must Keep Their Vaccine Promises

As head of the W.H.O., I believe this is the best chance we have to end the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

John Williamson, 83, Dies; Economist Defined the ‘Washington Consensus’

A careful pragmatist, he regretted the way his term, aimed at developing countries, was misinterpreted by free-market ideologues and anti-globalization activists.

#deaths-obituaries, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #peterson-peter-g-institute-for-international-economics, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #williamson-john-1937-2021

Tucker Carlson and White Replacement

This racist theory is rooted in white supremacist panic.

#black-people, #conservatism-us-politics, #immigration-and-emigration, #race-and-ethnicity, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #whites

My Family’s Global Vaccine Journey

We were spread across three continents, at the mercy of vaccine geopolitics. Which of us would be inoculated last?

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #families-and-family-life, #hong-kong, #hospitals, #malawi, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #shortages, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

Out of Trump’s Shadow, World Bank President Embraces Climate Fight

David Malpass, who was met with skepticism when he got the job in 2019, has become increasingly vocal about the risk of climate change.

#content-type-personal-profile, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #malpass-david, #mnuchin-steven-t, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #treasury-department, #world-bank

How Debt and Climate Change Pose a ‘Systemic Risk to the Global Economy’

With dozens of countries struggling to manage both staggering debt and mounting climate disasters, some financial leaders are debating green debt relief.

#belize, #coast-erosion, #credit-and-debt, #credit-ratings-and-credit-rating-agencies, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #fiji, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-twenty, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #international-monetary-fund, #mozambique, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #world-bank