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Good morning, this is Pokuaa with your weekly dose of global health news. Across the globe, all signs point towards more hunger, with no solace in sight as the pandemic dramatically worsens the food crises.

The World Health Organization's chief scientist warns of chaos if individuals mix Covid shots. This comes amidst the scramble for more vaccines as manufacturers such as Pfizer continue to sell to the highest bidders, whilst other nations are yet to receive their first doses.

And in Switzerland, people question whether they should get their inoculations, as authorities worry about dwindling numbers of those getting jabbed, which have serious repercussions as the country opens up and new variants crop up.

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Pokuaa Oduro-Bonsrah,

15.07.2021


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Emergency food aid are prepared to be distributed to Yemenis amid an acute food insecurity crisis in Sana'a, Yemen, 12 July 2021. (EPA/YAHYA ARHAB)

🍲 World not on track to end hunger. Ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit in September, various agencies of the organisation published a report highlighting just how dreadful the food insecurity situation is. Due to the pandemic, last year alone, the rise in numbers of those affected by chronic hunger was more than the previous five years combined. Covid-19, climate change and conflicts are the major reasons behind world hunger and the report asks countries to increase social spending, end conflicts, and transform agriculture to let people grow what they can eat.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🍭A little bit of this, a little bit of that, an assortment of vaccines. The World Health Organization's (WHO) chief scientist advised against individuals mixing and matching Covid-19 shots from different manufacturers, as vaccine producers say we may need top-ups. This comes after the WHO boss slammed Covid-vaccine producers such as Pfizer and the likes for selling booster shots to high income countries, saying the focus should be on providing vaccines to nations who have little access to or are yet to receive first doses.

The Guardian (EN)

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People march to protest against anti-Covid measures, in Neuchatel, Switzerland. (Keystone/Valentin Flauraud)

🔟 Ten legitimate doubts about vaccination, zero good reason not to. Millions of people living in Switzerland have not received their vaccinations, with less than 40 per cent of the population fully vaccinated. Le Temps consulted social networks to understand some of the reasons behind this trend and have sifted the most prevalent reasons for scientists to explain. One of the reasons stated for example is “I am waiting to see” what will happen to others. Experts however, say if there are side effects they will manifest within three to four months after inoculation.

Le Temps (FR)

Next on the agenda


📍15 July | Lessons on global health cooperation from Covid-19: Germany’s perspective Led by members of the Graduate Institute's Global Health Centre, the discussion will solicit answers from Jens Spahn, the German federal minister of health, and also highlight the country’s vision for the future of global health in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

IHEID (EN)

📍21 July | Nature, climate and health leadership for a healthy and green recovery Bringing together youth and civil society representatives, policy makers and other stakeholders from local, national, regional and global levels in the health and climate field, this intergenerational dialogue aims to catalyse experiences to respond to climate change.

WHO (EN)

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