Washington Post: White House lays out new global targets in coronavirus pandemic fight

Washington Post: White House lays out new global targets in coronavirus pandemic fight. “President Biden plans to call on global leaders to make new commitments to fight the coronavirus pandemic, including fully vaccinating 70 percent of the world’s population by next September, according to a list of targets obtained by The Washington Post. The goals were shared with global health leaders ahead of a virtual summit the White House is scheduled to convene next week, positioning the event as an opportunity to set worldwide objectives to end the pandemic.”

Clean Cooking Alliance: Clean Cooking Alliance Launches Redesigned Website CleanCooking.org

Clean Cooking Alliance: Clean Cooking Alliance Launches Redesigned Website CleanCooking.org. “The website showcases new engagement areas, such as ‘What is Clean Cooking?’, and also hosts several resource hubs, including: Reports & Tools, which contains annual reports, industry snapshots, policy briefs, progress reports, and more; and the Sector Directory, an online database housing a comprehensive list of thousands of clean cooking enterprises, finance companies, research organizations, and public sector actors from around the world. CCA welcomes new organizations to register online to be included in the directory.”

Axios: WHO director calls for countries to halt booster shots through end of year

Axios: WHO director calls for countries to halt booster shots through end of year. “The World Health Organization on Wednesday doubled down on calls for wealthy countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines to forgo booster shots through the end of the year. The big picture: The WHO director’s comments come as the Biden administration weighs offering COVID booster shots later this month, and as a global vaccine disparity persists.”

BBC: Prince Harry uses GQ awards show spot to make vaccine plea

BBC: Prince Harry uses GQ awards show spot to make vaccine plea. “The Duke of Sussex has urged governments to tackle the ‘huge disparity’ in access to Covid vaccines worldwide, as he made a surprise virtual appearance at an awards show. Prince Harry was speaking at the GQ Men of the Year awards, where he presented a prize to the team behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.”

Times Higher Education: The push for open access is making science less inclusive

Times Higher Education: The push for open access is making science less inclusive. “To avoid publishing becoming economically prohibitive, the push for open access above all other publication priorities must be substituted by a push for true inclusiveness. Required measures include, at the minimum, the extension of full waivers to lower-middle-income countries and the extension of substantial automatic discounts to upper-middle-income countries such as ours. The scientific community must also ensure fair practice and pricing in academic publishing. Consortia of national funding agencies could collect and analyse publishers’ budgets, comparing them with estimated publishing costs and deciding on a maximum fair price that they are prepared to pay.”

W&M’s Digital Inclusion & Governance Lab studies impacts of digital technologies around the world (William & Mary)

William & Mary: W&M’s Digital Inclusion & Governance Lab studies impacts of digital technologies around the world. “Digital technologies are changing the world. And their greatest impact could be in the poorest countries, particularly on an economic, social and political levels. William & Mary’s new Digital Inclusion & Governance Lab is exploring these very issues with an eye to better understanding the potential benefits and consequences of digital technologies.”

Claremont Graduate University: New Paper Identifies ‘Citizen Vaccinators’ As The Solution to Pandemic Challenges in Many Nations

Claremont Graduate University: New Paper Identifies ‘Citizen Vaccinators’ As The Solution to Pandemic Challenges in Many Nations. “When doctors and nurses are in short supply, who’s qualified to administer the COVID-19 vaccines? That’s not a question you might often hear in the U.S. or other developed nations. Still, in many parts of Asia and Africa, that question is as common as someone asking when batches of vaccine doses will arrive in their community.”

Telegraph India: ‘Library man’ tribal official in Jharkhand establishes 25 libraries

Telegraph India: ‘Library man’ tribal official in Jharkhand establishes 25 libraries. “A tribal official in the agriculture department in Jharkhand has earned the moniker of Kolhan’s ‘library man’ for establishing as many as 25 libraries, including 12 digital libraries, in over a decade to help underprivileged students pursue their dream of higher education. Sanjay Kachyap, a 40-year-old market secretary of the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Parsudih (Jamshedpur), has used his own experience of struggles in pursuing higher education to provide the benefits of libraries to poor students in rural hinterlands, mostly in rebel-hit areas.”

The Conversation: Low- and middle-income countries lack access to big data analysis – here’s how to fill the gap

The Conversation: Low- and middle-income countries lack access to big data analysis – here’s how to fill the gap . “We are two mathematicians at the University of Colorado Boulder and are part of a project called the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis that is working to develop statistical infrastructure across the world. The goal of the program is to help build data science infrastructure in developing nations. In 10 countries and counting, we have started ‘stat labs’ – academic centers that train young statisticians to collaborate on important local statistics projects.”

Washington Post: Coronavirus vaccines are finally reaching poor countries, but some can’t cover the cost of administering them

Washington Post: Coronavirus vaccines are finally reaching poor countries, but some can’t cover the cost of administering them. “Coronavirus vaccines have begun to trickle into some of the world’s poorest nations, in large part thanks to Covax, the World Health Organization-backed initiative to distribute vaccine doses equitably. But once doses arrive on airport tarmacs, it is up to each country to finance distribution, including the salaries of health-care workers to administer the shots. In many cases, that funding isn’t readily available.”

Arizona State University: Volunteers help SolarSPELL get back in action

Arizona State University: Volunteers help SolarSPELL get back in action. “Volunteers from the Phoenix Peace Corps Association and the Arizona State University community came together April 3 to build dozens of portable, digital SolarSPELL libraries. The small devices are powered by a solar panel connected to a rechargeable battery and a tiny computer built by Raspberry Pi. The small containers cast a Wi-Fi signal that allows any user to connect a smartphone, tablet or computer in areas with no telecommunciation infrastructure, and the libraries are loaded with relevant, localized educational information.”

Vox EU: Working from home in developing countries

Vox EU: Working from home in developing countries. “The ability to work from home, which has proved crucial to the resilience of labour markets during the Covid-19 pandemic, may have shifted employment patterns permanently. Data on this shift have thus far come largely from advanced economies. This column proposes a measure of the ability to work from home in low- and middle-income countries.”