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Activists urge India to push for fair allocation of Covid-19 vaccine under COVAX – The Economic Times

MUMBAI: India must push for an equitable allocation of any coronavirus vaccine on behalf of low and middle-income countries, or rich economies such as the US and Europe will buy most of it, health experts and activists have warned. This week member states of the World Health Organisation including India have to send in their comments on their position regarding an agreement on advanced market commitment for a global initiative to ensure that all countries have access to vaccine against Covid-19. In the current framework, however, the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (Covax) agreement says countries that pay upfront will get 20% of the vaccine allocation, and low and middle-income countries (LMICs) will be eligible to get 3%. "In the name of multilateralism, we should not end up endor...

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View: Covid-19 mitigation must be planned to minimise collateral damage – The Economic Times

The effects of Covid-19 are highly skewed across age groups: the aged are the most vulnerable; children and youth are the least. The effects of lockdowns are also skewed: the aged and the retired are the least affected; nonelderly adults, youth and children are the most. Lockdown will not affect the incomes of the aged who have already retired; it may affect their wealth. Source link ...

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Bollywood

Staff at dubbing studio visited by Abhishek Bachchan test negative for COVID-19 : Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama

After Abhishek Bachchan was found to be coronavirus positive on July 11, the dubbing studio he visited last week to dub for Breathe: Into the Shadows was shut down. All the employees at the studio have now been tested negative for the virus. As per reports the owner of the studio has confirmed that all of the staff have been found negative and he also concluded that the actor might not have contacted the virus from the studio. However, the studio will continue to remain closed.  On July 11, Amitabh Bachchan was first tested positive for coronavirus followed by Abhishek Bachchan. Both father and son were immediately shifted to Nanavati hospital in Mumbai. The following day Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan were also tested positive, however, they were asked t...

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Sports

How the PGA Tour is trying to help its players avoid COVID-19 and the common injury

This week's Memorial Tournament marks the sixth week since the PGA Tour's re-entry following the COVID-19 shutdown. Despite several positive tests and a few protocol modifications, the return of golf has been largely successful. Each tournament has been played as scheduled and both the at-home and on-site testing and screening measures have been executed without any major glitches. While other sports struggle as they begin their own attempts at returns, how has golf managed to come back with barely a hitch amidst a pandemic that isn't slowing? The answer is a multifaceted one. There are the months of preparation the PGA Tour and its medical staff, led by PGA Medical Director, Dr. Tom Hospel, spent creating health and safety protocols after consulting with infectious disease experts and...

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Sports

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Tracking COVID-19 opt-outs and positive tests, including Aroldis Chapman

Watch Now: MLB 60-Game Schedule Takeaways (4:46) In Fantasy, availability is paramount. Unfortunately, COVID-19, the same thing causing the shortened season for 2020 is also going to impact player availability — often suddenly and for an indefinite period of time. That's how this is going to work. Under MLB's testing protocol, any player who tests positive must consent to having his name released t...

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Nets’ Michael Beasley leaves Disney bubble, returns home after testing positive for COVID-19, per report

Michael Beasley's stint in the Orlando bubble didn't last long. The Brooklyn Nets signed him earlier this month as a replacement player as their roster has been hit hard with COVID-19 and injury issues, but Beasley himself has tested positive for COVID-19 and left Disney to return home, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.  As a result of the positive test, Beasley's status moving forward is up in the air at this point. In order to rejoin the Nets inside the bubble, Beasley will have to quarantine in his home for 10-14 days and then test negative for the virus on consecutive ...

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Senate committee recommends improvements to COVID-19 emergency programs | CBC News

The Senate finance committee says significant gaps remain in the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic despite efforts to adjust and improve emergency support programs rolled out over the previous several months. The upper chamber released an interim report Tuesday recommending the Liberal government make further improvements to existing programs and better plan for what happens when COVID-19 benefits run out."The government's response has likely prevented financial devastation for millions of Canadians and avoided what could have been a much worse economic crash," the report reads.  "[However], the committee is concerned that the government has not provided sufficient clarity to Canadians who will continue to be unemployed or are unable to find full-time work and to b...

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Toronto’s Pearson airport cuts 1/4 of staff due to reduced travel demand amid COVID-19 pandemic | CBC News

The biggest airport in Canada is eliminating 500 jobs because of the dramatic reduction in demand for air travel due to COVID-19. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Pearson International Airport, says it will not fill 200 current open positions and get rid of an additional 300 positions through voluntary departures and layoffs.The cuts represent a slash of 27 per cent of the airport operator's pre-pandemic workforce. In April, Pearson airport processed 97 per cent fewer passengers than it did in the same month a year earlier and right now the GTAA says passenger traffic is back where it was in 1996. Other major airports have already made similar job cuts, including 25 per cent of staff at Vancouver's main airport and one third of the staff in Calgary. Isabelle Dos...

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India quickly approaching 1 million COVID-19 cases after another surge | CBC News

The latest: India's number of coronavirus cases jumped by another 28,000 on Tuesday and are fast approaching one million. The 28,498 cases reported in the past 24 hours took the national total to 906,752. Cases have jumped by 100,000 in four days.The Health Ministry also reported another 553 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 23,727. India has largely lifted its nationwide lockdown, and the virus has been spreading at a significant rate, prompting several big cities to impose partial lockdowns. The southern city of Pune started a 10-day lockdown Tuesday in an attempt to break the chain of infections. Only essentials including milk shops, pharmacies, doctors' clinics and emergency services will be allowed open. Eight of India's 28 states, including the worst-h...

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COVID-19: Delhi High Court, district courts’ functioning restricted till July 31 – The Economic Times

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday decided to restrict its functioning as well as that of the district courts to urgent matters till July 31 in view of the prevalent situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, the high court had restricted its functioning and that of the district courts till July 15. The Administrative and General Supervision Committee of the high court, headed by Chief Justice D N Patel, decided that the restriction would be in place till July 31, the Registrar General's (RG) office said. It also said that presently, on account of suspended functioning of the court, urgent matters of all kinds as well as regular and final category matters are being taken up through video conferencing by all benches of the high court with judges hearing matters from their...

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