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Japan kicks off COVID-19 vaccination drive

Japan kicked off its COVID-19 inoculation drive on Wednesday, the last of the Group of 7 nations to begin a major vaccine drive.First in line to roll up their sleeves were Tokyo medical workers including 37-year-old nurse, Junko Hasegawa:”I was a bit nervous as I work in a place which has a higher risk of infection. By getting vaccinated, I think I can work with a little more reassurance.”But Japan faces a big hurdle – a shortage of syringes meaning millions of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines could go to waste.The government made urgent requests

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Advances in cellulose-based food packaging material move to testing phase of industrial production

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VTT is testing Thermocell plastic film made of cellulose and fatty acids in the production of food packaging in cooperation with Arla Foods, Paulig, and Wipak. Thermocell plastic material, which is made from renewable components, is to be used in the same way as fossil-based plastic. Thanks to the development work, many features of the film already meet the requirements of the food industry, and cooperation has advanced to the testing of industrial production.


Renewable origin and recyclability of packaging materials are of increasing interest to both consumers and packers. Bio-based options are being sought for

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Africa: Why Healthy Food and Its Local Production Should Be Part of the Covid-19 Response

When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities for governments and households.

Food is central to both sets of questions. On the one hand, access to sufficient, nutritious food is threatened. On the other, focusing on food offers promising pandemic response options.

Reports from various countries highlight concerns about the impact of COVID-19 and pandemic response measures on food supplies, whether due to shortages, price rises or cash constraints. Even in rich countries, anxiety about possible shortages

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Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the COVID-19 response

Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the COVID-19 response
Fruit and vegetables at a market in Kenya. The WHO is pushing for consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, fish and unsaturated fats. Credit: Shutterstock

When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities for governments and households.

Food is central to both sets of questions. On the one hand, access to sufficient, nutritious food is threatened. On the other, focusing on food offers promising pandemic response options.

Reports from various countries highlight concerns about

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