World Bank warns uneven vaccination will punish poorest countries
12 June 2021 | 12:59 pm
The global economy is heading for its strongest - but most uneven - recovery on record. The World Bank has warned that more international cooperation is needed to ensure more equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to help developing economies rebuild. Franziska Ohnsorge, Manager of the Prospects Group at the World Bank, says that vaccinations and economic recovery will go hand in hand. Also in the show: French gyms prepare to reopen after a more than seven month closure.
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As the West cracks down on Chinese tech, video surveillance firms are also facing increased scrutiny. But global demand for Chinese surveillance cameras isn't waning, despite fears they could be used for spying.
IMF predicts five-year economic dip, with low-income countries hardest hit. We look at why the IMF's predicted economic growth of just 3 percent, the lowest forecast since 1990, could hurt developing nations most.
A new international governing body for boxing is set to be revealed later today by a group of National Federations, as they try and salvage the sport's place in the Olympics.
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund's Spring Meetings kicked off this week with concerns over high inflation, rising geopolitical tensions, climate change and financial instability. World Bank Senior Managing Director Axel van Trotsenburg told FRANCE 24 that "we need to stay engaged with developing countries.
EU to investigate after 3 countries announce Ukrainian import ban. The European Commission has rejected moves by certain member states to ban some imports of Ukrainian grain and other food items. On Monday, Slovakia joined Poland and Hungary in announcing the bans.
A new power line which could provide green electricity to 1.8 million homes is set to be built by the UK and the Netherlands as part of a plan to boost energy security. Officials claim the LionLink connection beneath the North Sea will be the "world's largest multi-use electricity power line".
More than 100,000 refugees have now crossed from Sudan to neighbouring countries to escape the conflict that erupted last month while hundreds of thousands have been displaced by violence within the country, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.
Parts of Asia have been hit by severe heat in recent weeks. An international coalition of scientists said it was a "once-in-200-years" event that would have been “virtually impossible” without human-caused climate change. Record-shattering temperatures of up to 45°C have been seen in multiple countries including Bangladesh, Vietnam, Singapore and China. In this special edition, we take a look at how governments, and people, are trying to adapt.
This week, Paris is aiming to send a message to world leaders that the major issues facing the planet such as extreme poverty and climate change have to be tackled now. The "Power Our Planet" concert on June 22 in front of the Eiffel Tower is being organised by the NGO Global Citizen, an organisation that has already raised over $40 billion worldwide to fight poverty.
We look towards the African media landscape and their response in the aftermath of the Wagner Group's foiled rebellion in Russia over the past weekend. What implications could this hold for the African nations where the group maintains a significant presence? In other news, Ron DeSantis presents his blueprint for managing border security with Mexico as part of his presidential campaign.
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