Category: Infectious diseases

Mark Meadows (left) and Steven Mnuchin represent the White House in the talks. (Getty Images)

Coronavirus: Last-ditch talks on new aid package for US economy fail

Last-ditch negotiations at the US Congress to forge another stimulus package for the coronavirus-ravaged economy have collapsed in stalemate. Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over everything from unemployment benefits to financial aid for schools to cash injections for states’ coffers. The US unemployment rate stands at 10.2%, higher than any level during the 2008 financial crisis. Jobless benefits have […]

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Scientists have used satellite data to see where African vegetation is thriving and where it is in retreat. (Photo. Shutterstock)

Building Back Greener in Africa

African leaders highlight the opportunity for a triple dividend: reduced risk, increased resilience and strengthened recovery. COVID-19 continues to race across the African continent. People are dying, and even more are being pushed into hunger and poverty, in many cases risking to overturn years of development gains. The numbers are staggering. While the pandemic is only now taking root in […]

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