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U.S. launches Pfizer-BioNTech mass vaccination for Children Ages 12 to 15 with enticing Baits (Photos)

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The federal government has recommended making the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available to those aged 12 to 15.

The U.S. is the first in the world to launch a mass vaccination campaign for children. Children across the country have began receiving the coronavirus vaccine since Thursday.

“Sidney is a 13-year-old, she’s in the eighth grade at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. She’s an excellent dancer, painter.” “Great. Are you ready?” “Uh huh.” “One, two three. All done, all right?” “Brendan is 13. He attends Great Neck South Middle School. He’s an amazing trumpet player.” “All right, are you ready? OK, one, two three. You’re done. OK, all done, all over.” “Congratulations.”

 

United States of America has about 17 million children between the ages of 12 and 15 , representing about 5 percent of the U.S. population.

The changes — which mean that people ages 12 and up are now eligible — also opened the possibility that many more children may soon return to a semblance of normalcy, attending camps this summer and returning to in-person school by fall.

 According to the New York Times reports, Raquel was among the first wave of children in her age group to be vaccinated at a site near Wrigley Field. She was really excited listing the things she could do once she is fully vaccinated.

Among her to-do-list where;

  • Go to her high school in person again.
  • See her friends without worrying.
  • Return to playing volleyball and bowling.

Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged parents to have their children vaccinated to protect their families. “Parents, let’s get our zoomers off of Zoom and back to life as normal,” he said.

To encourage more New Yorkers to get shots, the mayor announced that people who’ve been vaccinated can win tickets for two outdoor music festivals, the Governors Ball at Citi Field and Global Citizen Live in Central Park.

The Shake Shack restaurant chain said it would give vouchers good for a free hamburger or sandwich to people who are vaccinated at a city mobile clinic. And for the next month, it said, customers who show a vaccination cards can get a free side order of french fries.

Below are photos of children taking their vaccines from across the country; Nashville, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Manhattan etc.

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COVID-19: NCDC reports 26 new infections in 5 states

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COVID-19: NCDC reports 26 new infections in 5 states

By Gistflash

June 6, 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 26 new COVID-19 infections from five states, as of June 5.

The NCDC announced the new statistics on its official website on Sunday morning.

It noted that the new cases were registered from five states, with Akwa-Ibrom, Lagos and Cross River having the highest with eight cases.

“Seven states with 0 cases reported: the FCT, Nasarawa, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto and Taraba,” it stated.

The agency noted that 400 community recoveries from Lagos State was managed in line with its guidelines.

The public health agency stated that the new figure had raised the total confirmed infections in the country to 166,756, as of June 5.

The NCDC said that  no new death was recorded on Saturday. thus the total fatalities remains 2,117.

It noted that the country’s active case was about a thousand plus.

It added that a total  of 162,994 people have now been discharged since the disease began spreading across the country.

According to NCDC, Nigeria has tested 2,113,061 samples out of her more than 200 million people.

The agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities.

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Russia will not provide free vaccination to foreign citizens – Putin

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June 4, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia would not vaccinate foreign citizens against COVID-19 for free.

“There is a practice where people from different countries, including businessmen, the chiefs of large European and other companies, intentionally come to Russia to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus.

“In this regard, I request the government to analyse until the end of the month all aspects of this issue in order to create for foreign citizens conditions for paid vaccination in our country.’’

He stressed the given requirements on safety and sanitary control of the pandemic.

Putin said this in the ongoing St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

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“the economic crisis triggered by the COVID pandemic might to lead to the global unemployment of more than 200 million people by 2022” -ILO

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"the economic crisis triggered by the COVID pandemic might to lead to the global unemployment of more than 200 million people by 2022" -ILO

The International labour Organisation (ILO) says the economic crisis triggered by the COVID pandemic was expected to lead to the global unemployment of more than 200 million people by 2022.

ILO noted in its’ World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021′, (WESO Trends), on Wednesday, that women and youth workers were worst hit by the economic crisis.

It stated that although the nations would emerge from the ongoing health crisis, “five years of progress towards the eradication of working poverty have been undone” nonetheless.

“We’ve gone backwards, we’ve gone backwards big time. Working poverty is back to 2015 levels; that means that when the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was set, we’re back to the starting line,” said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

The worst-affected regions in the first half of 2021 had been Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia, all victims of uneven recovery.

They’ve seen estimated working-hour losses exceed eight per cent in the first quarter and six per cent in the second quarter, far higher than the global average.

Women have been hit “disproportionately” by the crisis, seeing a five per cent employment fall in 2020, compared to 3.9 per cent for men.

“A greater proportion of women also fell out of the labour market, becoming inactive,” ILO said, noting that additional domestic responsibilities had resulted from lockdowns, which risked a “re-traditionalisation” of gender roles.

Youth employment has also continued to suffer the economic downturn, falling 8.7 per cent in 2020, compared with 3.7 per cent for adults.

The most pronounced fall has been in middle-income countries where the consequences of this delay and disruption to the early labour market experience of young people “could last for years,” ILO warned.

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Pandemic-related disruption has also brought catastrophic consequences for the world’s two billion informal sector workers.

Compared to 2019, an additional 108 million workers worldwide are now categorised as poor or extremely poor – meaning that they and their families live on the equivalent of less than 3.20 dollar per person, per day.

According to ILO, global unemployment will reach 205 million people in 2022, up from 187 million in 2019.

The Geneva-based organisation also projected a “jobs gap” increase of 75 million in 2021, which is likely to fall to 23 million in 2022 – if the pandemic subsides.

“The related drop in working-hours which takes into account the jobs gap and those working fewer hours, amounts to the equivalent of 100 million full-time jobs in 2021 and 26 million in 2022.

“This shortfall in employment and working hours comes on top of persistently high pre-crisis levels of unemployment, labour under utilisation and poor working conditions,” ILO stated.

The ILO report maintained that although global employment recovery should accelerate in the second half of 2021, it would. however. likely be an uneven recovery.

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