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Gulf Today Report
The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic could push as many as 86 million more children into poverty by the end of 2020, a joint study by Save the Children and UNICEF showed Wednesday.
That would bring the total number of children affected by poverty worldwide to 672 million, an increase of 15 percent over last year, the two aid agencies said in a statement.
Nearly two-thirds of those children overall live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
But the pandemic-driven increase is expected to occur mainly in Europe and Central Asia, according to the study, which is based on World Bank and International Monetary Fund projections and population data from some 100 countries.
"The scale and depth of financial hardship among families threatens to roll back years of progress in reducing child poverty and to leave children deprived of essential services," UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore is quoted as saying in the statement.
With immediate and decisive action, "we can prevent and contain the pandemic threat facing the poorest countries and some of the most vulnerable children," added Save the Children head Inger Ashing.
They are "highly vulnerable to even short periods of hunger and malnutrition -- potentially affecting them for their whole life," she warns in the statement.
The two organizations call on governments to rapidly expand their social security systems and school feeding to limit the effects of the pandemic.
A year into the pandemic, infection rates are falling. Hospitals are quieter; morgues are emptier. Emboldened by vaccines, we’re dropping our masks and stepping closer. Slowly we’re reopening indoor dining, theaters, museums and schools.
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It’s a pathbreaking achievement. The fact that the UAE has started making the vaccine to treat the coronavirus is heart-warming to say the least. It is the first local initiative on the part of the nation, and could end importing the vaccine from
This came during his meeting, on Tuesday, with Dr Susan Mumm, the new Chancellor of the American University Sharjah, in the presence of a number of members of the university's board of trustees and the vice-president in his office at the university.
Sheikh Mohammed tweeted, “All the best to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its leadership. The Saudi National Day every year is a dear occasion to all of us; an occasion to express our fraternal relations and love and move to a better and more prosperous future for two peoples combined by a limitless ambition.”
The health ministry also announced that 62,694 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were provided during the past 24 hours, bringing the total doses that have been provided to date to 19,549,263.