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WHAT'S NEXT?: The global population is expected to reach 8.5 billion in 2030, up 1 billion from 2016. Western economies are declining in numbers and emerging economies witnessing burgeoning growth.

  • [New] In NSW, the gulf in first dose rates between NDIS participants and the general population - about 14 percentage points - has prompted fears many NDIS participants will still be unvaccinated when NSW reopens. The Guardian
  • [New] With the number of people in urban areas projected to swell by 2.5 billion over the next 30 years - growing from more than half of the global population to 68% by 2050 - cities will play an important role in ensuring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable cities: Plotting a smart, resilient route to the urban future
  • [New] IS-Libya is most active in southwestern and south-central Libya, but an escalation in militia clashes would reduce the day-to-day security operations in western Libya and could allow IS-Libya to conduct attacks in more populated areas such as Tripoli. Critical Threats
  • [New] With more than one-third of the US population living in condos and apartment buildings, it's time to take a fresh look at how exclusive agreements between carriers and building owners could lock out broadband competition and consumer choice. Ars Technica
  • [New] The World Health Organization has asked wealthier countries to hold off on providing boosters until the end of the year, to give less wealthy countries an opportunity to vaccinate more of their population with first and second doses. Colorado Newsline
  • [New] On matters of public safety, 63% of British Muslims say they are worried over the threat of Islamist extremism - not too dissimilar to the figure of 67% for the wider general population. Mail+
  • [New] Rising hygiene awareness, coupled with growing infant and aging populations in emerging economies, and continuous demand for feminine hygiene products are expected to drive the SAP market in the hygiene industry. Mordor Intelligence
  • [New] Faced with an aging population and expected massive costs associated with future health care needs, China is focusing on precision medicine, or formulating medications tailored for people with specific genetic conditions. Tech Xplore
  • [New] In the United Kingdom, the number of older individuals is projected to increase by 67% - or an additional 8.2 million people, a population roughly the size of modern-day London - from 2019 to 2068. BBC Earth
  • [New] One billion doses are needed to reach the WHO goal of vaccinating 10% of the world population by the end of September, 40% by the end of 2021, and 70% in 2022. The Hastings Center
  • [New] Speculation continues on whether the UK will start offering third coronavirus vaccine doses to the wider population, with the i newspaper reporting today that a booster programme for older age groups could begin in the next two weeks. New Scientist
  • [New] A verdict is expected later in the year in its case against Epic, whose action-packed first-person shooter Fortnite is one of the world's most popular games, boasting more than 350 million users-more than the US population. Tech Xplore
  • [New] Global Justice Now has warned that gobbling up vaccine supplies in the UK while low-income countries have vaccinated less than 2% of their populations would be dangerous and morally abhorrent after the UK medicines regulator granted approval for a booster programme in principle. Global Justice Now
  • [New] The market of seasonal influenza vaccines in the Japan, China, and India is anticipated to grow at a considerable CAGR owing to the large population base coupled with the growing awareness level. Yahoo Finance
  • [New] WHO wants to support every country's efforts to vaccinate at least 10% of their populations by the end of this month, at least 40% by the end of 2021 and 70% of the global population by the middle of 2022. UN News
  • [New] More recent studies in populations with vaccinated adults, and where Delta is the dominant virus, have suggested children might contribute to transmission. The Conversation
  • [New] WHO's global targets remain to support every country to vaccinate at least 10% of its population by the end of this month, at least 40% by the end of 2021 and 70% of the world's population by the middle of 2022. ReliefWeb
  • [New] Social care will need as much as an extra £9.3bn a year by 2024/25 to meet the growing demand for care caused by the ageing population, improve the quality of care, stabilise the care home market and pay care staff better. The Guardian
  • [New] A 2019 census report stated that roughly a quarter of the US population resides in the West, where wildfires are projected to increase over the next several decades. The Scientist Magazine
  • [New] Risk of death from influenza for the U.S. population living with cancer is four times higher than the general population, while risk of hospitalization can be up to ten times higher. Council on Foreign Relations
  • [New] By 2050, Niger's current population of 25 million is expected to grow to more than 65 million; Burkina Faso's population from 21.6 million to 43.4 million; and Nigeria's population from 212 to 401 million. New Security Beat
  • As the world has learned from SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, contact with wild animals increases the risk that a virus will make the leap to infecting humans. Nature Medicine

Last updated: 16 September 2021