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Liberia’s Johnson Sirleaf discouraged by COVID vaccine roll-out plan

Liberia’s Johnson Sirleaf discouraged by COVID vaccine roll-out plan

THE World Health Organization's pandemic review panel co-chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed disappointment in COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plans which she said means shots will not be widely available in Africa until 2022 or 2023. "The panel is discouraged and frankly disappointed by the unequal plans for vaccine rollout," the former Liberian president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate told an Executive Board meeting of the WHO.
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Liberia votes in referendum to shorten Presidential terms

Liberia votes in referendum to shorten Presidential terms

ALPHONSO TOWEH LIBERIANS lined up at polling stations across the country on Tuesday to decide on a variety of constitutional changes including the shortening of presidential terms to five years and allowing dual citizenship. Half of the Senate's 30 seats were being contested alongside the referendum, which was promised by President George Weah's predecessor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Former soccer star Weah's election victory in 2017 was greeted with wild celebrations, but he has since faced protests from those who say he has failed to tackle corruption or revive a stagnant economy. In October Weah's team was forced to publicly denounce…
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Pandemic could be WHO’s Chernobyl moment for reform

Pandemic could be WHO’s Chernobyl moment for reform

STEPHANIE NEBEHAY and KATE KELLAND THE COVID-19 pandemic could be the catalyst for much-needed reform of the World Health Organization just as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 forced urgent changes at the U.N. nuclear agency, an independent review panel said on Tuesday. The panel, set up to investigate the global response to the coronavirus, said the WHO is underpowered, underfunded and required fundamental reform to give it the resources it needs to respond more effectively to deadly disease outbreaks. "We are not here to assign blame, but to make concrete recommendations to help the world respond faster and better…
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“How the WHO, states failed on COVID-19”

“How the WHO, states failed on COVID-19”

STEPHANIE NEBEHAY THE International Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response issued its report yesterday into the global handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling for a new transparent global system to be set up for investigating disease outbreaks. The report, "COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic", is to be debated at the World Health Organization's annual ministerial assembly opening on May 24. Here are the main findings and recommendations of the panel of independent experts led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: FAILINGS 1) The World Health Organization (WHO) should have declared…
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