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    Gates Foundation commits fresh $1.6bn to Gavi in preparation for COVID-19  vaccine

Gates Foundation commits fresh $1.6bn to Gavi in preparation for COVID-19 vaccine

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a five-year, US$1.6 billion commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to deliver life-saving vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. According to the Gates, the "funding and global coordination will ensure" people all over the world are able to get the COVID-19 vaccine when they become available.  The commitment was announced at the Global Vaccine [...]

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    Buhari nominates Okonjo-Iweala for WTO DG position

Buhari nominates Okonjo-Iweala for WTO DG position

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former coordinating minister for the economy, for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable can report. In a document seen by TheCable on Thursday, Buhari withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria's permanent representative to WTO, for the same position. The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, [...]

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    WHO approves new typhoid vaccine with ‘longer-lasting immunity’

WHO approves new typhoid vaccine with ‘longer-lasting immunity’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, which makes it eligible for procurement by United Nations agencies. In a statement released on the agency's website, WHO said the vaccine meets acceptable standards of quality and  safety "At the end of December 2017, WHO prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV®. "Typhoid conjugate [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: I almost lost my son to typhoid but my cousin didn’t make it

Okonjo-Iweala: I almost lost my son to typhoid but my cousin didn’t make it

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, chair, board of Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI), says she almost lost her son to typhoid after her cousin died of the same disease. Okonjo-Iweala, who was Nigeria's first female finance minister, shared her personal experience in Vientiane, Laos, while announcing a new funding for typhoid conjugate vaccines. "Typhoid fever imposes a dramatic burden on children in the [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: We record 39,000 child marriages every day – this must stop!

Okonjo-Iweala: We record 39,000 child marriages every day – this must stop!

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, development advocate and former minister of finance, says 39,000 girls under 18 years of age get married every day. She therefore called for an end to child marriages. In a speech for Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, Okonjo-Iweala, who doubles as the Gavi board chair, said young girls must be protected against cervical cancer, which stems from HPV. THE FULL SPEECH When you [...]

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    Women commend Buhari’s N12.6bn vote for closing Nigeria’s immunisation gap

Women commend Buhari’s N12.6bn vote for closing Nigeria’s immunisation gap

Nigeria has started an exit transition from Gavi funding support. This implies that the government’s share of the cost of vaccine procurement and storage will increase progressively. Chizoba Wonodi, Convener for the Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA) said in a statement that WAVA was pleased that the national assembly granted the request made to preserve the RI budget during an [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: SDGs can’t be achieved without transparency

Okonjo-Iweala: SDGs can’t be achieved without transparency

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, says for sustainable development goals to be achieved, governments all over the world must commit to transparent public procurement. Disclosing her manifesto against corruption for the London anti-corruption summit, the Gavi chair-elect said 57 percent of all bribes are for securing public contracts. HER MANIFESTO: Globally, governments purchase goods and services from the private sector at a [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Nigeria finances its own development

Okonjo-Iweala: Nigeria finances its own development

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, says Nigeria domestically funds its own development, lauding the country for its non-dependence on foreign aid. Okonjo-Iweala, who delivered the key note speech at the first annual universal health coverage financing forum in Washington, said fragile countries however need development assistance. “We finance most of our own development and we should be proud of it, when [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: I’m back on my toes

Okonjo-Iweala: I’m back on my toes

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, who just got two international jobs, says she is back on her toes. Okonjo-Iweala said having spent greater part of her career in the public sector, she is excited to have an opportunity in the private sector. She explained that her decision to accept both offers was in order to give back to the society, extending [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala gets two international jobs

Okonjo-Iweala gets two international jobs

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for minister of finance, has been appointed as a senior adviser of Lazard, an international financial advisory and investment bank. The former minister is expected to advise countries on structuring their finances and dealing with debt issues. Matthieu Pigasse, a sovereign advisory at Lazard, described Okonjo-Iweala as an asset to the organisation. “We are proud to welcome Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as a senior [...]

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