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WHO steps up action to improve food safety and protect people from disease

New handbook helps countries assess causes, magnitude and distribution of foodborne diseases

Every year 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses are reported. In 2010, 420 000 people died due to such diseases as salmonella and E.coli infection, a third of them children under five years of age. It is estimated that this figure is increasing year after year, but it is difficult to get a clear picture of the real impact foodborne diseases are having around the world.

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Global Launch: Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report

Sustainable solutions must target African countries left behind in quest for global energy access

According to the new Energy Progress Report, close to 3 billion people have no access to clean cooking solutions, mainly in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Without urgent attention to this issue, only 72% of the global population will have access to clean cooking fuels and technologies by 2030. Exposure to household air pollution will continue to contribute to millions of deaths from noncommunicable diseases, pneumonia and covid19.

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WHO supports people quitting tobacco to reduce their risk of severe COVID-19

he World Health Organization’s 'Commit to Quit’ tobacco campaign has made resources from its Quitting Toolkit freely available to more than a billion tobacco users, less than 5 months into the year-long campaign.

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Largest CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Study in Health Workers Shows mRNA Vaccines 94% Effective

Geographically diverse population included across 33 sites in 25 U.S. states

A new CDC study adds to the growing body of real-world evidence (outside of a clinical trial setting) showing that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protect health care personnel (HCP) against COVID-19. mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) reduced the risk of getting sick with COVID-19 by 94% among HCP who were fully vaccinated. This assessment, conducted in a different study network with a larger sample size from across a broader geographic area than in the clinical trials, independently confirms U.S. vaccine effectiveness findings among health care workers that were first reported March 29.

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NIH-funded study finds higher dose of DHA associated with lower early preterm birth rate

Women taking 1,000 mg of docosohexanoic acid (DHA) daily in the last half of pregnancy had a lower rate of early preterm birth than women who took the standard 200 mg dose, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Women who entered the study with the lowest DHA level had the greatest reduction in early preterm birth, which is birth before 34 weeks of pregnancy and which increases the risk of infant death and disability.

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Open, expressive family life may reduce effects of social deprivation among adopted children

An environment in which family members support one another and express their feelings can reduce the effects of social deprivation on cognitive ability and development among adopted children, suggests a small study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. In contrast, rule-driven households where family members are in conflict may increase an adopted child’s chances for cognitive, behavioral and emotional difficulties.

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Jordan: The World Bank Group Adapts its Strategy to Support COVID-19 Response, Inclusive and Resilient Recovery, and Continued Reforms

Approved by the World Bank Group Board of Executive Directors, on May 28, the Performance and Learning Review (PLR) summarizes the progress of the World Bank Group (WBG) Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Jordan for the fiscal years 2017-2022, and adds a new CPF pillar focused on COVID-19 response and green, resilient and inclusive recovery. The PLR also extends the CPF period by an additional year (through fiscal year 2023) to support Jordanians through the crisis and to promote implementation of key reforms for investment-led growth and job creation.

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Jordan: The World Bank Group Adapts its Strategy to Support COVID-19 Response, Inclusive and Resilient Recovery, and Continued Reforms

Approved by the World Bank Group Board of Executive Directors, on May 29, the Performance and Learning Review (PLR) summarizes the progress of the World Bank Group (WBG) Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Jordan for the fiscal years 2017-2022, and adds a new CPF pillar focused on COVID-19 response and green, resilient and inclusive recovery. The PLR also extends the CPF period by an additional year (through fiscal year 2023) to support Jordanians through the crisis and to promote implementation of key reforms for investment-led growth and job creation.

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Young Adolescents in Europe to Get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Britain has confirmed yet another spike in new COVID-19 infections, with close to 4,200 cases identified across the country Friday, the highest daily number in two months.

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Australia's Victoria State Back Under Lockdown Amid New COVID Outbreak

Melbourne went back under lockdown on Friday, as Australian health authorities said a cluster of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases had increased to 39.