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WHO: vaccine inequality hinders global economic recovery

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that low-income countries could have added €32.2bn to their GDP forecast for 2021 if they had similar vaccination rates as high-income countries. It also warns that the unequal distribution of vaccines globally will have "a lasting and profound impact on socio-economic recovery" in low-income countries. "Vaccine inequity is the world's biggest obstacle to ending this pandemic," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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EU to open up 'black box' of political ads

Paid political ads will have to show how much was spent on the ad, the sources of funds, the name of the sponsor. "Without providing this information, political advertisement will be illegal," commission vice-president Věra Jourová said.

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