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Teachers should be among first for Covid jabs says UN but WHO says Santa is immune

The call came as the United States, the country worst hit by the , kickstarted the biggest vaccination drive in its history

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The United Nations agency for education, UNESCO, on Monday called on governments to give priority access to the new vaccines and be treated like “frontline” workers.

The call came as the United States, the country worst hit by the , kickstarted the biggest vaccination drive in its history by giving the jab to a nurse in New York.

“As we see positive developments regarding vaccination we believe that teachers and education support personnel must be considered a priority group,” UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said in a joint video message with the head of the Education International (EI) teachers’ organisation, David Edwards.

Azoulay and Edwards said when schools and other education facilities were closed to prevent the spread of the virus, “teachers and support personnel remained on the frontline”.

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As classes moved online they “reinvented the way we teach, we learn,” they said, adding that when schools reopened, teachers returned “courageously” to the classroom.

Stressing that schools are “irreplaceable” Paris-based UNESCO and Brussels-based EI called for teachers to be among the first in line to be inoculated.

The aims to immunise 20 million people by the end of 2020. launched the programme after issuing emergency approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine which is already in use in .

CLAUS AND MRS CLAUS IMMUNE

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The need not deter Santa from travelling the world and handing out gifts this coming Christmas because he is immune to , a World Health Organization official said Monday.

As the continues to rage, ’s lead on the crisis Maria Van Kerkhove told a press briefing she understood many children were worried about how the virus could impact Father Christmas.

“I understand the concern for Santa because he is of older age,” she said, responding to a journalist’s question about whether the fantasy, gift-bearing figure, known for his grey whiskers and big belly, might not be at heightened risk from Covid.

“I can tell you that Santa Claus is immune to this virus,” said Van Kerkhove, who herself has two young sons.

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“We had a brief chat with him, and he is doing very well, and Mrs Claus is doing very well, and they are busy right now,” she said.

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