From a call for a moratorium on COVID-19 booster shots to a warning on methane emissions

The World Health Organisation has called for a moratorium on COVID-19 booster shots until at least the end of September to give countries that have yet to vaccinate their most vulnerable populations a chance to catch-up without having to face supply constraints.

Related: Africa not on track for 10% COVID-19 vaccination rate by end of year

 

The World Health Organisation says over 6,400 deaths COVID-19 deaths were recorded in Africa the week that ended on 1 August, Africa’s highest seven-day toll since the pandemic began.

Related: South Africa’s Aspen to boost COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing, says AU

 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is set to urge the world to act swiftly to cut global methane emissions to fight the climate crisis in Monday’s forthcoming sixth assessment report.

Related: Climate crisis: Siberian heatwave led to new methane emissions, study says

 

Climate scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research say they have detected warning signs of the collapse of the Gulf Stream, one of the planet’s main potential climate tipping points.

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A new study published in the journal Nature warns ten times as many people will be threatened by flooding in the next decade as the number of people who have been exposed to flooding since the turn of the century.

 

Oxfam says plans to plant trees and restore forests to help achieve net-zero emissions threaten to drive up food prices in the developing world and threaten global food security if governments do not take steps to ensure such efforts do not use up the land needed for crops to feed the global population.

 

New data published by the Human Rights Funders Network and Candid showing a decline in private human rights funding for people with disabilities between 2017 and 2018 has left some disability rights groups concerned that funders could overlook the sector post Covid-19.

 

The US House of Representatives has passed its foreign state and foreign operations budget bill which includes a roughly 12% foreign aid spending increase for fiscal year 2022 and language that permanently repeals the ‘global gag rule,’ and the Helms amendment restrictions barring foreign aid funding from being used to pay for abortions.

 

The Ethiopian government has suspended Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) from working in the country after alleging the organisations have disseminated ‘misinformation’, employed foreign nationals without appropriate work permits and that MSF ‘illegally imported’ and used satellite radio equipment that wasn’t properly authorised.

Related: Another blow to MSF: Org forced to exit Cameroon