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Vaccines: Less than one in eleven people in the world’s poorest countries have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. With the risk of new variants like Omicron, the need to vaccinate all countries as quickly as possible is greater than ever. Oxfam is part of the People’s Vaccine Alliance, which is calling for governments and the pharmaceutical industry to work together and share science and technology in order to increase production of vaccines and make sure everyone, everywhere is protected from COVID-19. For more information contact: Sarah Dransfield / +44 (0)7884 114 825 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate: Climate change is hitting the poorest people on the planet the hardest with more extreme weather destroying people’s lives, homes and jobs. Oxfam is demanding that the UK Government keeps up momentum in the first 100 days after the COP26 talks in Glasgow. It should use its Presidency to push other governments to follow through on their commitment to strengthen emissions reductions, as well as to end the era of fossil fuels in the UK and provide financial support to low-income countries that are already facing the impacts of the climate crisis. For more information contact: Kai Tabacek / +44 (0)7584 265 077 / email@example.com
Yemen: Fighting has intensified in recent weeks. Nearly seven years of conflict, compounded by COVID, has left Yemen on the brink of famine. Over 16 million people rely on food aid for survival in the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Only half of health facilities are fully working and millions of people have fled their homes and live in camps with little food and poor hygiene. In February 2021, the UK Government announced a big increase in new arms licences to Saudi Arabia, many of which will be used in the war in Yemen. Oxfam is working across the country providing aid including clean water and cash for people to buy food and other essentials. For interviews and information contact: Tania Corbett / +44 (0)7824 824 359 / firstname.lastname@example.org
9 January: The Oxfam x Bay Garnett pop-up shop in Selfridges closes. Edits of Oxfam fashion by style icons Neneh Cherry, Chloë Sevigny, Mica Paris and Georgia May Jagger, plus a fabulous collection of upcycled embellished garments by textile designer and Great British Sewing Bee star Raph Dilhan will be on sale until then. Contact: Emma Fabian / +44 (0) 7826 553 200/ email@example.com
17 January: Oxfam annual report on inequality, to coincide with the World Economic Forum’s State of the World sessions. For more information and interviews, contact: Lisa Rutherford / +44 (0)7917 791 836 / firstname.lastname@example.org
w/c 24 January (TBC): Follow up global vaccines summit hosted by US President Joe Biden. Following commitments made by leaders at the UN General Assembly in September, a summit has been arranged to discuss global vaccinations. Spokespeople available for comment. For more information contact: Sarah Dransfield / +44 (0)7884 114 825 / email@example.com
21 February: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to publish its latest report (WGII) on the impacts of climate change, adaptation and vulnerability. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment in countries already experiencing the effects of climate change. Contact: Tania Corbett / +44 (0)7824 824 359 / firstname.lastname@example.org
21 February: Oxfam statement on the first 100 days since COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Oxfam is calling on the Government to use this time to end the era of fossils fuels, ensure it responds to the demands of low-income countries for financial support, and to use its power as COP26 President to ensure that governments follow through on their commitments. Contact: Tania Corbett / +44 (0)7824 824 359 / email@example.com