France to donate 120mn vaccines to poor nations - Macron | Daily News

France to donate 120mn vaccines to poor nations - Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron

FRANCE: President Emmanuel Macron has said France will double the number of vaccine doses it donates to poorer countries to 120 million.

“The injustice is that in other continents vaccination is far behind because of us, collectively,” Macron said in a message broadcast during the Global Citizen fundraising concert in Paris. France will also commit to helping Unicef and health systems with vaccine distribution, Macron said, noting that only 3% of Africa’s population is vaccinated. A federal judge temporarily blocked New York City’s school system, the largest in the US, from imposing a vaccine mandate for teachers and other staff.

South Korea is preparing to offer booster shots to people over 60, medical workers and other high-risk groups. Australia’s Prime Minister called on states to open their borders. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said state premiers must not keep borders closed once the 80% of eligible Australians are vaccinated, a threshold he expects to reach by the end of the year.

Police in Norway on Sunday reported dozens of disturbances and violent clashes including mass brawls in the Nordic country’s big cities after streets, bars, restaurants and nightclubs were filled with people celebrating the end of COVID-19 restrictions that lasted for more than a year.

- THE STATESMAN


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