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Third COVID wave engulfs Yemen with 99% of people unvaccinated

Yemenis are battling a third wave of COVID, which threatens 99% of the population who are unvaccinated, Oxfam said today. Recorded cases of COVID have tripled and the death rate has risen by more than fivefold (420%) in the last month.  Excluded from these figures are countless undiagnosed deaths of people in their homes due […]

Moderna, BioNTech and Pfizer cashing in thanks to taxpayer investments, monopolies, and low taxes while leaving millions unprotected

Moderna, BioNTech, and Pfizer are reaping astronomical and unconscionable profits due to their monopolies of mRNA COVID vaccines — upwards of 69% profit margins in the case of Moderna and BioNTech — while Moderna and Pfizer are also paying little in taxes, campaigners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance said today. Thanks to their patent monopolies […]

Oxfam reaction to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report

Responding to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Amid a world in parts burning, in parts drowning and in parts starving, the IPCC today tables the most compelling wake-up call yet for global industry to switch from […]

Oxfam among Australian charities uniting to launch historic disaster relief alliance

Sixteen Australian charities, including Oxfam, joined forces today to launch the newly-formed Emergency Action Alliance at an online event that featured prominent government leaders, media executives and charity leaders. In an historic move the humanitarian agencies will be uniting in their campaign and fundraising efforts to improve how Australians can support and donate when large […]

Six-fold increase in people suffering famine-like conditions since pandemic began

A new Oxfam report reveals that as many as 11 people are likely dying of hunger and malnutrition each minute. This is more than the current global death rate of COVID-19, which is around seven people per minute. Overall, 155 million people around the world are now living in crisis levels of food insecurity or […]

Statement on ceasefire in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

Shane Stevenson, Oxfam Country Director for the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, said: “Finally, for the first of 12 consecutive nights, two million Palestinians in Gaza, including hundreds of thousands of traumatised children, can rest rather than lie awake in fear as bombs fly over their homes.  And civilians across Israel will be spared the threat […]

Nearly half a million people out of reach in Gaza: Oxfam

Oxfam said today that it cannot reach around 450,000 or more people in Gaza because of fighting and aerial bombardment. Oxfam staff are trying to resume their humanitarian and livelihood programs with a network of partners, but the current destruction and indiscriminate threat to life make any emergency aid impossible to mount. The international agency should […]

Government’s cash splashing budget fails to address twin threats of global pandemic and climate change: Oxfam

Commenting on last night’s Federal Budget and its impact on aid, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said:  “Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said this budget is about protecting Australians, but then failed to address the two biggest threats to our community: the global pandemic and climate change. “The Treasurer also said his Government is about providing […]

Oxfam India welcomes the US decision to back the waiver of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines

“We awake today in India with some fresh new hope that there is a genuine solution possible ahead of us – that we have been heard – and that our country as well as others suffering the horrific effects of rampant COVID-19 infections and deaths will not be forgotten and left behind,” said Amitabh Behar, […]

Over 5 million people face extreme hunger as the Tigray conflict surges past six months

Six months of conflict in northern Ethiopia has deepened a food crisis in the region, leaving more than five million people facing extreme levels of hunger. A climate-fuelled locust infestation had already driven up levels up food insecurity, and now conflict has left thousands of farmers with few tools, little livestock and nothing to plant […]

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