Retno calls on FPGH to be ‘positive force’ for equitable vaccine access

first_imgOther nations with more limited resources have opted to band together under multilateral initiatives to procure future vaccines or have secured bilateral agreements with vaccine-producing countries.Read also: New reckoning for WHO vaccine plan as governments go it aloneIndonesia is no exception, as it has ordered 30 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine for delivery by the yearend and up to 340 million doses for delivery next year in deals with China and the United Arab Emirates.The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the ideal goal was for each country to receive enough vaccines to inoculate 20 percent of its population, starting with health workers and the most vulnerable groups regardless of nationality. Retno said that meeting domestic needs and securing access to affordable vaccines could go hand in hand, highlighting that a global effort was necessary to overcome and recover from the pandemic together.“[The FPGH] must continue to stand behind multilateral initiatives such as the global allocation framework [of] the COVAX Facility to speed up vaccine development and ensure equitable and fair allocation,” she said. “No one and no country should be left behind.”The COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) is an initiative led by the Gavi vaccine alliance in coordination with the WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to purchase 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for equitable distribution to countries around the world in 2021. It has secured 300 million doses to date, reports AFP.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who attended Thursday’s FPGH meeting, said that the COVAX effort had only managed to secure less than 10 percent of global needs.He also underscored the danger of “vaccine nationalism” in compromising equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines for all countries.Read also: Efficacy and safety first: Experts urge government not to put vaccines on pedestal”Once we have an effective COVID-19 vaccine, it’s vital that we also use it effectively. And the best way to do that is to ensure that some people in all countries receive it, rather than all people in some countries,” Ghebreyesus tweeted.The head of the global health authority lauded Indonesia’s efforts as the 2020 FPGH chair in advocating for “affordable health care for all”.The FPGH comprises Brazil, France, Indonesia, Norway, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand. Established in 2006, the forum has agreed to fully support global efforts to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic through global health and foreign policy harmonization.In a related development, Retno also attended the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Thursday, during which representatives of the world’s top economies sought international cooperation over easing travel restrictions and reopening borders.Read also: G20 foreign ministers discuss easing travel restrictions“This effort needs collective global leadership. Efforts to revive and reconnect our economic cooperation must be supported, [but] without sacrificing strict health protocols,” the minister said in her remarks.During the meeting, the ministers discussed the “importance of coordinating precautionary measures” across borders to protect lives and livelihoods, the G20 said in a joint statement following a virtual meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia.Topics : Indonesia has called on fellow members of the seven-nation Foreign Policy and Global Health (FPGH) forum to push for equitable access to vaccines, especially at a time when poorer countries may lose out to their richer neighbors in securing access to any future COVID-19 vaccines.“Meeting the domestic need for vaccines is a necessity, but we must not do so at the expense of others. […] We must be a positive force for accessible and affordable vaccines for all,” Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said in an official transcript of the forum’s virtual meeting on Thursday.Retno’s remarks come as a number of developed countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, European Union members, Canada and Japan, have reserved an estimated 3.1 billion doses of experimental vaccines for themselves, before the clinical trials have even finished.last_img read more

Pardew aiming high

first_img He said: “I don’t think the target from the club will change, but that doesn’t represent the target that I want my players to drive for because we want to drive for higher than that. “I don’t like setting targets myself with the team. What we do also need to understand – and I know people are saying it’s desperate, that I need a fast start etc, etc after what happened at the back end of last year. “I think that’s going to be difficult because we have got a lot of new players, so I am kind of preparing myself for an even start, if I am honest, and to get stronger as we go along. “If it’s any better than that, then that will be a blessing.” Newcastle launch their campaign against reigning champions Manchester City at St James’ Park on Sunday with many fans placated to an extent by their summer investment, but reserving judgement until they see how effective it proves to be. Pardew claims to have learned from his chastening experiences at the end of the last campaign, but is adamant he will not abandon his principles as he plots a way forward. He said: “I have learned a lot of lessons since I have been manager at this football club, and the most important lesson I have learned is that you need to be consistent with what message you are giving to your players, and I have been fairly consistent to my players ever since I have been here about how important it is. “The results sometimes alter: you are on a winning run, you are on a losing run. But the most important thing is your principles stay the same. “If people question those principles or question that work ethic, they won’t be included in this group. This group is a strong group and I think it will work hard for Newcastle fans. “I have learned one thing also since I have been here: that Newcastle fans want to win and they want to win every game, and that’s what we are going to try to do.” Pardew will not have one of his new boys, Siem de Jong, or midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote available because of injury, but he may have one secret weapon in his armoury. Former Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback swapped Wearside for his native Tyneside during the close season, and did so having played his part in the last three of the Black Cats’ four 1-0 home league victories over City in successive seasons. Pardew said, with a smile: “Thank God for that. That’s why I signed him.” He added: “The one thing about Man City is, I thought we put in one of our best performances last year and were beaten. They are that type of team, that you can be at your very best and still be beaten. “But I do think that we are really well set for this game and hopefully, we can get some kind of result against them because obviously our record isn’t great. “With Jack in the side, obviously anything can happen!” The Magpies managed to end a difficult campaign last time around in 10th place, the minimum requirement set by owner Mike Ashley, although that was before key midfielder Yohan Cabaye was sold and not replaced in January. But while Pardew admits the club’s objectives may not change radically despite a significant summer recruitment drive, he will be looking higher than mid-table. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has insisted he will not limit his ambition to a top-half finish in this season’s Barclays Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more

PokerStars launches poker and casino games in Portugal

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Submit PokerStars has launched poker and casino games in Portugal, after being granted a local license within Portugal’s recently developed, independent regulatory and licensing regime.PokerStars will offer Portuguese players games such as blackjack and roulette (single and multi-player) on both desktop and all mobile devices. The Amaya-owned company will maintain the highest levels of player fund protection by segregating Portuguese player funds under trust agreements.In the meantime, while Portugal remains a closed liquidity poker market, PokerStars intends to actively work with applicable Portuguese authorities to help further develop and enhance the Portuguese regulatory framework for poker via the promotion of shared liquidity.Eric Hollreiser, Vice-President of Corporate Communications for Amaya, said: “We are very happy to offer the world’s leading online poker brand to Portuguese players under a local regulatory framework that ensures rigorous consumer protection and gaming integrity.“This approval demonstrates our commitment to the responsible growth of online gaming by supporting local regulation that protects players, creates a viable marketplace and provides revenue for local governments.”Amaya also expects to seal approval to offer sports betting in Portugal through BetStars, which is another brand operating under its Rational Group of gaming-related businesses.PokerStars has also been using Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as a spokesperson for its recent marketing campaigns, which includes the launch of fast-paced ‘Beat The Clock’ tournaments.last_img read more