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Current COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updated, experts warn

Current COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updated to ensure their continued effectiveness against Omicron and future variants, an expert group appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.  Amid increased Omicron circulation, members have called for “urgent and broad access” to current vaccines globally, both for protection and to mitigate the emergence of new variants of concern ...

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Cash shortage hits Zimbabwe banks as thousands stranded for Christmas

Thousands of Zimbabweans lined up outside banks and currency exchange offices across the country on Thursday, some for days, in a desperate bid to get cash before Christmas. Most are unlikely to succeed as the inflation-ravaged southern African country facing a severe shortage of foreign currency, preventing many Zimbabweans from returning home for the holidays or buying Christmas presents. In ...

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Government persuades BoG to begin gold purchase programme from small scale miners

The government in conjunction with the Bank of Ghana is going to start a deliberate gold purchase programme that will target purchasing gold from the small-scale mining sector. The purchasing of gold from the small-scale mining sector follows some persuasion of the Central Bank by the government. Making the assertion at the Responsible Small Scale Mining Awards held in Accra, the Vice-President, ...

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US contributes $10 million to support UN food agency efforts on COVID-19 response, future pandemics

A $10 million contribution from the United States will assist the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its work on COVID-19 response and addressing threats to human, animal and environmental health, including future pandemics. The funding, announced on Thursday, will support the UN agency’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, part of its broader One Health programme . The initiative helps safeguard human, animal, ...

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UNDP urges Ghanaian journalists to advocate data mainstreaming into SDG policies

The Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ghana, Angela Lusigi, has called on journalists to use their platforms to advocate for data-driven policies to position Ghana on the path to sustainable development. Dr. Angela Lusigi underscored the critical role of the media in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and urged the media to advocate and cause more social and ...

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Forestry Commission to Plant 20 million trees in June 2022

Following the nationwide enthusiasm that greeted the Green Ghana campaign in the middle of this year, the government of Ghana through the Forestry Commission intends to Plant additional 20 million tree seedlings in June 2022. The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo announced at COP26, in Glasgow recently that, Ghana intends to scale up the annual planting target for Green ...

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Mobilising for women’s increased representation in Ghana’s local government elections

ABANTU for Development, a women’s right advocacy organization has begun processes to mobilize women in order to increase their representation in the 2023 Local Government Elections.     ABANTU is of the view that Gender parity in the District Assemblies should be a core concern in the desire to strengthen democratic culture and help build ideas for good governance. In an ...

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Ghana’s economy will not crush if E-Levy is not passed – Prof Lord Mensah

Economist and Senior lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Lord Mensah, has maintained that the economy will not come crashing down if the government fails to get the E-Levy bill passed. He stated that although he fears that the lack of consensus-building in Parliament on the government’s fiscal programme could stall the government’s agenda, he insists there is no cause for ...

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OCCUPYGHANA demands prosecution of ‘Rogue’ Members of Ghana’s 8th Parliament

OccupyGhana says it is deeply dismayed and disappointed at what is becoming the regular, violent misbehavior of Members of Parliament. The nation witnessed the latest mass, violent misbehavior on December 20, 2021 on the floor of Parliament. According to the group, MPs were aware, yet unconcerned, that the entire nation was watching on live National Television, when they engaged in despicable ...

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South Africa’s court allows former President Zuma appeal return to jail

Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be allowed to appeal a court ruling that ordered him back to jail to serve the remainder of his sentence, a judge ruled Tuesday. Zuma, 80, had been released on medical parole earlier this year, but the Gauteng High Court in the capital, Pretoria, ruled last week that his parole had been illegal. ...

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