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Good morning, it’s Kasmira with your global health news and today we’re covering Covid-19 vaccine tactics as countries ponder how to put their limited supplies to best use.

More vaccines could soon be on their way after the EU gave Moderna’s vaccine the green light. Plus, in what is far from being a comedy of errors, World Health Organization officials have been denied entry into China.

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Kasmira Jefford


Today’s reason for hope

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Buenos Aires, Argentina, 30 December 2020. Credit: AP Photo / Natacha Pisarenko

Argentina legalises abortion. At the end of 2020, Argentina became only the third country in South America to legalise elective abortions in a ground-breaking move for the region that has long opposed the practice on religious grounds. Argentinian Giselle Carino, and director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, recounts the generations of women that have donned their handkerchiefs in Plaza de Mayo, in Buenos Aires and across the country over the years to fight for women’s rights.

The Guardian (EN)

Global Health News

💉 Lack of evidence to support UK 12-week delay of vaccine second dose, says WHO. As countries mull how to get more vaccine jabs into more arms, the World Health Organization said that it doesn't recommend delaying the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by more than six weeks. The UK plans to wait twice as long.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

💉 EU approves Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, becoming the second coronavirus vaccine to be approved for use in the bloc. The move comes after the EU drugs regulator earlier on Wednesday recommended authorisation.


🇨🇳 WHO team investigating virus turned away by China in last-minute foul-up over visas. One member is now returning home, while the second remains stuck in transit in a third country. Eight other members of the team were told to delay their departures altogether, WHO confirmed on Tuesday.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

Here's what else is happening

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Next on the agenda

11 - 15 January | Time to restore WHO as a directing global health authority? Ahead of the next WHO executive board session, the Geneva Global Health Hub’s (G2H2) series of online briefings will debate how it can live up to its mandate.

G2H2 (EN)

12 January | The Great Protein Debate. Experts discuss the role of protein in our food systems ahead of the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit.


28 January | Security and the pandemic. The new online workshop series “anthropologies and securities in the pandemic” will explore the topic of security amid health, social, political and other crises.


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