Daily Press Briefing: Vaccine distribution, Chad, Uganda, Yemen, Myanmar, Covid-Africa, Covax, Mozambique, World Environment Day, Money

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04-Jun-2021 00:33:57
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said that as the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases increases in Africa, countries on the continent must urgently boost critical care capacity to prevent health facilities from being overwhelmed.

In Uganda, the weekly COVID-19 caseload jumped from nearly 120 cases in March to almost 3,700 by the end of last week.

Last night, Paraguay received a third batch of more than 130,000 vaccines doses. As of today, more than 80 million COVAX-backed vaccines have been delivered to 129 countries and territories.

The UN welcomes the announcement made yesterday by the Biden administration that it will be sharing millions of vaccine doses with both the COVAX facility as well as bilaterally with countries in particular need.

The UN and partners today launched the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan for Chad.

In the Central African Republic, a joint delegation composed of the United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the European Union is about to wrap up its visit to the country.

From the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an update on the eruption of the volcano, in Nyiragongo. Yesterday, David McLachlan-Karr, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, went to the Sake health area, which hosts more than 62,800 displaced people from the city of Goma. We also have a short update on the attacks earlier this week in the country’s East. Today, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that about 5,800 men, women and children have fled multiple displacement sites in Ituri.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today said that it continues to receive concerning reports of systematic forced return of Mozambican families from Tanzania.

In Myanmar, the UN Country Team today reiterated their call for protection of healthcare workers and facilities.

Inger Andersen, the head of the UN Environment Programme, warned the Security Council yesterday of the consequences of any leakage of oil from the FSO Safer tanker off the coast of Yemen.

Tomorrow is World Environment Day, and this year, the Day will also mark the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a ten-year global push to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation.

Today is the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.

Tomorrow is also International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.

On Monday, at approximately 12 p.m., there will be media stakeout outside the General Assembly Hall with the next - yet to be elected - President of the General Assembly.

Turkey has now paid its regular budget dues. This takes us up to 104.

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