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Oxfam Australia calls for increased and ongoing Government support for the people of Afghanistan as evacuation deadline looms

Oxfam Australia is calling on the Federal Government to urgently do everything in its power to ensure all those at risk are able to leave Afghanistan safely, as reports emerge that evacuation missions will soon begin to wind down ahead of the US military’s departure, one week from today. The aid organisation’s Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said that, as a […]

Vaccine monopolies make cost of vaccinating the world against COVID at least 5 times more expensive than it could be

The cost of vaccinating the world against COVID-19 could be at least five times cheaper if pharmaceutical companies weren’t profiteering from their monopolies on COVID-19 vaccines, campaigners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance said today. New analysis by the Alliance, which includes Oxfam, shows that the firms Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are charging governments as much as […]

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 […]

After the bombing, Gaza struggles to restart power, water, hospitals, markets and fishing for its 2.1m people

400,000 people in Gaza do not have access to regular water supply after 11 days of bombardment devastated electricity and water services and severely impacted the three main desalination plants in Gaza city, Oxfam warned today. Oxfam Country Director in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, Shane Stevenson said: “Every one of the 2.1 million people […]

COVID vaccines create 9 new billionaires with combined wealth greater than cost of vaccinating world’s poorest countries

At least nine people have become new billionaires since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, thanks to the excessive profits pharmaceutical corporations with monopolies on COVID vaccines are making, The People’s Vaccine Alliance revealed today ahead of a G20 leaders Global Health Summit. Key members of the G20, who meet tomorrow, including the UK and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oxfam welcomes more than $500 million package for South-East Asia

Commenting on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of a more than $500 million package for South-East Asia, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam warmly welcomes the Australian Government’s significant new investment of more than $500 million to support the development of our neighbours in South-East Asia. “The recognition of the importance of the […]

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