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19Oct/20

World Bank approves $12b for COVID-19 vaccines

first_imgThe World Bank said Tuesday that it approved US$12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatment.The financing “aims to support vaccination of up to a billion people,” the bank said in a statement.The money is part of an overall World Bank Group (WBG) package of up to $160 billion through June 2021 designed to help developing countries battle the novel coronavirus pandemic. “This financing package helps signal to the research and pharmaceutical industry that citizens in developing countries also need access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines,” the statement read. “It will also provide financing and technical support so that developing countries can prepare for deploying vaccines at scale, in coordination with international partners.”Access to safe and effective vaccines “and strengthened delivery systems is key to alter the course of the pandemic and help countries experiencing catastrophic economic and fiscal impacts move toward a resilient recovery,” World Bank Group President David Malpass said in the statement.The financing “will also support countries to access to Covid-19 tests and treatments, and expand immunization capacity to help health systems deploy the vaccines effectively,” the statement added.The financing approval was expected as Malpass had announced the project in late September.While vaccines have yet to appear on the market, Malpass noted in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro that it was necessary to prepare because of the complicated vaccine distribution process.The Bank’s approach, according to the statement, draws on its “significant expertise in supporting large scale immunization programs for vaccine preventable diseases, as well as public health programs to tackle infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases.”Topics :last_img read more

06Oct/20

Burleigh Heads reno shows you can mix the old with the new

first_img15 Bunyip St, Burleigh Heads.THIS stylish Burleigh Heads house perfectly blends the old with the new.Built in the mid-1960s, it was one of the only houses built on Bunyip St — most houses were brought in by truck.Owner Jonathan Milman could see the potential of the house as soon as he stepped inside the property four years ago.“I fell in love with it the moment I walked in the door,” he said. “It was bright yellow outside, with the most awful 1980s window dressings and odd floor plan when I purchased it in 2013.”15 Bunyip St, Burleigh Heads.The 34-year-old decided to renovate while retaining as much of the original property as he could.“This includes gorgeously rich hardwood timber floors, pressed Masonite (timber) feature walls, carved balustrade by the stairs and hardwood hopper windows.“The exterior retains the hardwood timber weatherboards, while I’ve added contemporary render below to separate the modern from the original heritage in a blending of the generations that I think worked quite well.15 Bunyip St, Burleigh Heads.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“A huge amount of work has been done to rejuvenate the home,” Mr Milman said.“There is nothing more to do, and it is ready for one lucky family to move in.”The four-bedroom house has a relaxed beach vibe throughout. It features an array of living areas, pool and Bali hut.Mr Milman is planning to downsize and travel.The property is going to auction on July 2.ON THE MARKET15 BUNYIP ST, BURLEIGH HEADSAgent: Alison Danziger, @realtyFeatures: Fifth bedroom or media room, with integrated HD projector, freestanding bath, reading nook, freestanding bathArea: 647sq mAuction: 2pm, July 2, on siteInspections: By appointmentlast_img read more