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WHO starts shipping COVID-19 medical supplies to N. Korea
a possible sign that the North is easing one of the world's strictest pandemic border closures to receive outside help. WHO said in a weekly monitoring report that it has started the shipment of essential COVID-19 medical supplies through the Chinese port of Dalian for "strategic stockpiling and further dispatch" to North Korea.
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The latest WHO report came weeks after Kim during a ruling party meeting ordered officials to wage a tougher anti-virus campaign in "our style" after he turned down some foreign COVID-19 vaccines offered via COVAX.

UNICEF, which procures and delivers vaccines on behalf of the COVAX distribution program, said last month that North Korea proposed its allotment of about 3 million Sinovac shots be sent to severely affected countries instead. < wipes tears > Some ["]analysts["] say the North is angling to receive more effective jabs amid questions about the Sinovac vaccine's effectiveness.

Australia's borders to stay closed until mid-2022, 21 May 2021
by Cat on Fri Oct 8th, 2021 at 01:55:46 AM EST
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DISCOP Kigali will take place from Sunday 12 to Tuesday 14 December 2021 at the Kigali Convention Center.
Global and regional distributors will be joining Africa's most buzzed-about creators for three days of pre-organized meetings with broadcasters, pay-tv services, mobile and streaming platforms, and major production houses servicing Sub-Saharan Africa.

The compact market will showcase finished content, adaptation rights, and projects in development. We will also help independents share their content and ideas, and get connected to representation, financing, distribution, and global buyers seeking local programming that can be rolled out worldwide.
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As part of government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following is mandatory upon entry into Rwanda: CLICK HERE.

The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours prior to departure (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted.
by Cat on Sun Oct 10th, 2021 at 06:01:29 PM EST
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Politico | Tensions grow between Moderna, White House over vaccine production, Defense Production acts
The Biden administration has urged Moderna for months to increase its production domestically, in an attempt to help deliver on the president's pledge to make the U.S. "an arsenal of vaccines" for the world ... despite the company's agreement to supply 500 million doses to low- and middle-income countries, including 34 million doses this year, through the international vaccine aid program known as the COVAX Facility.
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If Moderna agreed to sell the Biden administration doses for poorer countries it would likely be asked to do so at cost, one source said, putting pressure on its bottom line.
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The Biden administration's strained talks with Moderna stand in stark contrast to its relationship with Pfizer and[?!] BioNTech. The partners turned down government aid to develop their Covid-19 shot but have worked with the administration to increase global vaccination. In September, the two companies [?!] signed a deal with the federal government to deliver 1 billion doses of their vaccine for international donation by the end of September 2022 [BWAH!].
APsplainin | Moderna has no plans to share its Covid-19 vaccine recipe
[Chairman] Noubar Afeyan also reiterated a pledge Moderna made a year ago not to enforce patent infringement on anyone else making a coronavirus vaccine during the pandemic.
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"Within the next six to nine months, the most reliable way to make high-quality vaccines and in an efficient way is going to be if we make them," Afeyan said. Asked about appeals from the World Health Organization and others, he contended that such pleas assumed "that we couldn't get enough capacity, but in fact we know we can."
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Moderna is working with multiple governments "to help them secure supplies for the express purpose of supplying to low-income countries,'' the executive said. "There is more supply in the EU and the U.S. government than they will be able to use," said Afeyan, who is also a co-founder of Moderna.
archived Covid Vaccines: The "LEAKED" Pfizer Contract, EU proposes alternative to IP waiver
by Cat on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 04:03:49 AM EST
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