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World Immunization Week: #VaccinesWork for All
The aim of World Immunization Week (24-30 April) is to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Every year, millions of lives are saved thanks to immunization, one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. However, nearly 20 million children are still unvaccinated. With the theme #VaccinesWork for All, the campaign focuses on how vaccines as well as the people who develop, deliver and receive them are vaccine champions.
Startling digital divides in distance learning emerge
Half of the total number of learners – some 826 million students – are kept out of the classroom by the COVID-19 pandemic for not having access to a household computer. Even so, digitally based distance learning is used to ensure educational continuity. The Global Education Coalition, launched by UNESCO, includes ITU, in seeking to facilitate inclusive learning opportunities for children and youth during this period of sudden and unprecedented educational disruption.
ICAO forecasts 1.2 billion fewer international air travellers
Compared to “business-as-usual”, international air passenger totals could drop by as many as 1.2 billion by September, causing airline revenues to drop by as much 253 billion dollars for the January to September period. Because air connectivity is so critical to the economy this information is critical to countries planning for COVID-19 economic recovery. The UN’s civil aviation agency continues to provide updated analyses on the economic impact of COVID-19 on air transport.