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Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw to be confirmed in Auckland next week

RWC 2021 Draw to be broadcast live on SPARK from 07:30 NZT / 18:30 GMT (19 November)

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to join Melodie Robinson, Dr Farah Palmer and Dan Carter as RWC 2021 ball presenters; RWC 2021 Draw to be broadcast live on SPARK from 07:30 NZT / 18:30 GMT (19 November); Elma Smit and Ugo Monye to host exclusive online RWC 2021 Draw Show via…

Source: World Trade Organization (WTO) |

Coronavirus: Members discuss intellectual property response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Discussion on a proposal submitted by India and South Africa for a temporary waiver of certain Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) obligations

At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 15-16 October 2020, WTO members discussed how best to use the global intellectual property (IP) system to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Members also discussed the extension of the transitional period for least developed countries (LDCs)…

Source: World Rugby |

Date set for Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw

RWC 2021 Draw to be live streamed to global audiences via World Rugby digital channels

Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw confirmed for 20 November 2020; Draw event to be held at SkyCity Theatre in the heart of Auckland; RWC 2021 Draw to be live streamed to global audiences via World Rugby digital channels; World Rugby Women’s Rankings to be used for first time to determine…

Source: Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street |

UK and Kenya to host major education summit in 2021

Landmark global education summit to take place in the UK in mid-2021, in the year of the UK’s G7 Presidency

The United Kingdom and Kenya will co-host a high-level summit next year to lead global action to educate every child, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Uhuru Kenyatta announce today (Monday 12 October). Coronavirus has worsened the global education crisis, with 1.3 billion children – including 650 million girls…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Coronavirus: UNHCR and some 100 NGOs urge world not to leave refugees behind in COVID19 responses

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and hundreds of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), today called on global leaders to ensure that refugees are included in social safety nets and support services for COVID19 and stressed the need for stronger integration of refugees and refugee-led organisations, their skills and knowledge, in humanitarian responses.…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus: Updated influenza vaccine advice targets protection of elderly and health workers

Although the influenza jab would not protect people from coronavirus - a new disease for which there is so far no cure - “it keeps you out of hospital”

Amid a potential global shortage in influenza vaccines and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health agency has advised countries to protect the elderly and health workers first. The updated recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), come as the northern hemisphere braces for the seasonal bug, which claims hundreds of thousands…

Source: South African Rugby Union |

SANZAAR announces Castle Lager Rugby Championship schedule

South Africa’s participation in the event still has to be confirmed but SANZAAR has revealed the intended playing schedule for the 12-match, six-week tournament

The Springboks will begin their defence of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship with an away match against Argentina – in Brisbane – before a ‘home’ game against the Wallabies in Sydney, it was announced overnight as SANZAAR unveiled the competition fixtures. South Africa’s participation in the event still has to…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease

Just a few cigarettes a day, occasional smoking, or exposure to second-hand smoke increase the risk of heart disease

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September. This equates to one in five of all deaths from…

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Issues in ensuring COVID-19 vaccine compliance (By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World)

We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness to use a COVID-19 vaccine and adopt other preventive healthcare measures was associated with trust

By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH An effective COVID-19 vaccine could help us emerge from isolation and end the social distancing required during this pandemic; but it will only work if people are willing to be vaccinated [1]. We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness…

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Rugby World Cup 2021: Former South Africa 15s international and current South Africa Women’s U20 head coach Laurian Johannes confirmed as Rugby World Cup 2021 coach interns

RWC 2021 Coaching Internship Programme is fully funded by World Rugby, as part of IOC international development grant

All nine Rugby World Cup 2021 qualified teams to avail of Coaching Internship Programme opportunity; Six RWC 2021 participating unions confirm coaching interns; Announcement marks one year to go until RWC 2021 with the tournament to be hosted for the first time in the southern hemisphere; Selected participants to be…