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Do western economies hold the COVAX sharing scheme’s key to success?

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Western economies can feel the end of the pandemic is in sight… but things look grim for many other parts of the world.

UNICEF and World Health Organisation chiefs are calling on G7 countries to donate more COVID-19 vaccines to the global COVAX supply

The show is back on for London theatres… reopened to live audiences.

People can sit indoors in pubs and even hug each other again.

It’s the biggest lift of coronavirus restrictions since the start of the UK’s successful vaccination campaign.

Although things seem well for most developed countries like in the UK, the grass isn’t greener on the other side.

The World Health Organisation director-general says the world has reached a situation of “vaccine apartheid”,

The chief is urging Vaccine makers to speed up COVAX jabs…sooner than planned.

This follows a severe shortfall, following a curb on exports from India.

So far…The US makes up 20 per cent of the nearly 1.4 billion jabs given worldwide.

Where as Africa’s three most populous countries – Nigeria, Ethiopia and Egypt, home to more than 400 million people – each account for just 0.1 per cent.

Developing countries are seeking ways to bridge that gap.

President Joe Biden said the US will send at least 20 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses overseas by the end of June.

Western countries have been slow to share their doses, even among themselves. 

But are world leaders now using their country’s vaccine supply as a diplomatic tool now the pandemic situation at home… is on the way up.

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Four dead in Russian military plane crash

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Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

winning candidate Richard Foord

The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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Protestors disrupt Chinese ambassador’s speech in Sydney

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Protesters are causing disruptions during an address by China’s Ambassador to Australia

Xiao Qian is in Sydney, where is he speaking about how to improve ties between the two countries.

One protester described Mr Xiao as a “representative of a dictatorship” and accused the Chinese Government of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Others were heard shouting “Free Tibet”, and another was asked to leave the venue prior to the event because he was dressed in a military costume.

The speech was widely seen as an attempt to ease relations between the two countries.

China has put trade sanctions on Australia, while a recent encounter took place between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian maritime aircraft over the South China Sea.

Security guards reportedly ushered the protesters.

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