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Oxfam welcomes increase to international COVID support, calls for permanent change

Commenting on tonight’s Federal Budget and its impact on aid, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam welcomes the additional $304.7 million committed in this year’s Federal Budget to support our neighbours in the Pacific and Timor Leste to respond to the unprecedented global coronavirus crisis. “It is heartening to see the Government’s recognition […]

Rich nations have bought more than half the future supply of COVID-19 vaccines from leading contenders

Wealthy nations representing just 13 percent of the world’s population – including Australia – have already cornered more than half the promised doses of leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates, Oxfam warned today as health and finance ministers of G20 countries meet to discuss the global pandemic. Oxfam analysed the deals that pharmaceutical corporations and vaccine producers […]

Celebrities, health workers, everyday Aussies stand in solidarity with vulnerable nations tackling COVID-19 on day Government announces free vaccine for Australians

Australia’s major humanitarian organisations have joined with church leaders, businesses and health organisations in their mission to ‘End COVID For All’. With news this morning that the Government ​has an agreement to secure vaccines for Australians, aid organisations leading the charge on the ‘End COVID For All’ campaign said it was encouraging to hear the […]

Closing the Gap needs investment and reforms

Commenting on the release today of new Closing the Gap targets to improve equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam Australia urges all Australian governments to back up their support for the new Closing the Gap targets with investment and law reform to tackle the stark […]

Gas is a very unstable foundation on which to rebuild from coronavirus crisis

As the recovery from COVID-19 begins, investing in gas will entrench the same problems as coal, including high energy costs, climate damage and pollution, violations of land rights, and a concentration of wealth, a new briefing from Oxfam Australia shows. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the briefing paper, “Australia’s energy future & the […]

COP26 conference postponement should not delay urgent climate action

Responding to the announcement that the UN Climate Summit is being pushed back to November 2021 – a year after it was originally scheduled – Oxfam Australia Advocacy and Campaigns Manager Conor Costello said: “The postponement should not delay urgently needed action on climate change which is already increasing poverty and suffering around the world. […]

Cyclone threatens Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh as first Covid-19 cases are confirmed

Almost one million Rohingya people in the world’s largest refugee camp are facing the added threat of a cyclone as the first cases of Covid-19 are confirmed, Oxfam warned today. The cyclone, which looks likely to form off the coast over the weekend, could bring further suffering and destruction to the camps on top of a […]

Vaccinating poorest half of humanity against COVID-19 could cost less than four months’ big pharma profits

Vaccinating the poorest half of humanity – 3.7 billion people – against the COVID-19 coronavirus could cost less than the ten biggest pharmaceutical companies make in four months, Oxfam said today. Ahead of the World Health Assembly next week, Oxfam is urging governments and pharmaceutical companies to guarantee that vaccines, tests, and treatments will be […]

Rapid and massive increase in aid needed to save millions of lives amid COVID-19 crisis

To live up to the once-in-a-century coronavirus crisis, save lives and build a better global future, Oxfam is calling on wealthy nations to massively and urgently raise new international aid funds. A new briefing prepared by Oxfam, “Whatever it takes. Coronavirus”, calls for wealthy nations – including Australia – to make available the resources needed […]

Oxfam launches appeal as coronavirus threatens lives and livelihoods

As governments scramble to respond to the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, which is threatening the lives of millions and the livelihoods of billions of people, aid organisations like Oxfam are racing to scale up their lifesaving work. Announcing an emergency appeal to help the world’s most vulnerable communities in the face of the crisis, Oxfam Australia […]

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