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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 […]

Pharmaceutical giants shell out billions to shareholders as world confronts vaccine inequality

Ahead of shareholder meetings for the giant pharmaceutical corporations, the People’s Vaccine Alliance calculates that Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca have paid out $26 billion in dividends and stock buybacks to their shareholders in the past 12 months. This would be enough to pay to vaccinate at least 1.3bn people, the equivalent of the […]

Timor-Leste’s most destructive floods in recent memory likely worsened by climate change, as COVID-19 threat looms: Oxfam

Almost half of the population of Timor-Leste’s capital has been impacted by severe flooding, according to government figures, after heavy rains fell on Dili and nearby provinces last week. Cyclone Seroja took the people of Timor-Leste by surprise, with the small nation previously not within the range of such extreme weather events. Oxfam in Timor-Leste’s […]

Failure to vaccinate globally could cost each Australian more than $1300 this year

Rich countries must open the way to cheaper mass-produced COVID-19 vaccines to protect every person in the world and avert a $9 trillion “worst case” global economic catastrophe, Oxfam has warned. Oxfam analysis of recent International Chamber of Commerce figures – that highlighted the flow-on economic impacts of trading partners not having the same level […]

Massive fire in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps leaves 45,000 people displaced

A massive fire that swept through the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Monday has left 10,000 families—roughly 45,000 people—displaced and in urgent need of food, water, and sanitation services, Oxfam warned today. The fire was yet another devastating blow to the Rohingya people who fled shocking violence and persecution in Myanmar. The fire […]

Yemen at tipping point as COVID-19 second wave hits amid renewed fighting and famine fears – Oxfam

Evidence is mounting that a second wave of COVID-19 is already underway in Yemen, Oxfam warned today, with a 22-fold increase in recorded cases in recent weeks. It comes at a time when it is feared renewed fighting will force hundreds of thousands of people to flee to safety. Oxfam said that a second spike […]

Oxfam welcomes support for PNG, but more needed

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam welcomes the Australian Government’s renewed focus on and support for our neighbours in Papua New Guinea, who are now facing a rapidly escalating crisis. “While the PPE and vaccines provided will help Papua New Guinea to respond to this outbreak, the needs on the ground vastly outweigh […]

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