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WHO UPDATE: MAY 14, 2021  

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Important Announcement

April 26, 2021

"Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need."

Quote Courtesy, U.S. President Joe Biden 

Important Announcement

United States will remain a member of WHO

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci - January 21, 2021

Courtesy, United Nations

Global Vaccination Plan

17 February 2021

Addressing virtual meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the goal of providing vaccines to all as

“the biggest moral test before the global community,”

underlining that

everyone, everywhere must be included.  

Video Courtesy - United Nations

"Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. Earlier this week, I was vaccinated against COVID-19. It was a bittersweet moment. On the one hand, vaccination is a triumph of science and global solidarity. Alongside public health measures, vaccination is key to controlling this pandemic and I am very grateful to the health workers at the Geneva University Hospitals, HUG, for helping me play my part.  

 

However, my thoughts were very much with the health workers around the world who have been fighting this pandemic for more than a year. The fact that so many are still not protected is a sad reflection on the gross distortion in access to vaccines across the globe. 

 

Last September in the Economist we warned about the threat of vaccine nationalism and some said we were being alarmist. In January, I spoke about the potential unfolding of a moral catastrophe. Unfortunately, we are now witnessing this play out.  

In a handful of rich countries, which bought up the majority of the vaccine supply, lower risk groups are now being vaccinated.  

I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but right now I urge them to reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to COVAX.  Because in low and lower-middle income countries, vaccine supply has not been enough to even immunize health and care workers, and hospitals are being inundated with people that need lifesaving care urgently. At present, only 0.3% of vaccine supply is going to low-income countries. Trickle down vaccination is not an effective strategy for fighting a deadly respiratory virus. India remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. 

WHO is responding and has shipped thousands of oxygen concentrators, tents for mobile field hospitals, masks and other medical supplies. And we thank all the stakeholders who are supporting India.  But it’s not only India that has emergency needs.  Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt are just some of the countries that are dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalizations. 

Some countries in the Americas still have high numbers of cases and as a region, the Americas accounted for 40% of all COVID-19 deaths last week. There are also spikes in some countries in Africa.  These countries are in heightened response mode and WHO will continue to provide support in all ways possible. 

COVID-19 has already cost more than 3.3 million lives and we’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first. Saving lives and livelihoods with a combination of public health measures and vaccination – not one or the other - is the only way out of the pandemic.

Vaccine supply remains a key challenge, but this week I have been pleased to see leaders and manufacturers working to address some of these issues.  

First, there have been a number of new country announcements about sharing vaccines with COVAX, which is the fastest way to ensure equitable rollout of vaccines. 

Second, new deals involving tech-transfer and sharing of know-how between international manufacturers to scale up vaccine production have been announced. 

 

And third, leaders including the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, have called for all trade barriers to be lifted as soon as possible. Muchas gracias. 

As we welcome this momentum, WHO has again convened researchers and scientists from around the world to update the Research and Innovation Roadmap to take stock of what we’ve learned and identify the most pressing knowledge gaps.  From the outset of this pandemic, WHO's R&D Blueprint for Epidemics played a facilitating and coordinating role, convening expert networks to drive progress across a range of thematic areas and connecting key funders to focus on identified research priorities. 

In the past 18 months, major advances have been made in the understanding of modes of transmission, epidemiological trends, clinical management, development of point of care diagnostics, treatments and a large number of vaccines.  Social and behavioral scientists and ethics experts have also worked to ensure that research was up to the highest ethical standards.  

The research forum is being Webcast live over two days and I challenged them to deliver complete solutions that take the development, evaluation and deployment of tools from their beginning to their end, prioritizing both equity and efficiency. 

I urged them to expand collaboration between expert groups and partners and utilise global research capacity that has not yet been sufficiently leveraged , particularly in lower income countries.  

And finally, I urged them to further promote large platform trials across the world.  This is the fastest way to prove the efficacy of new diagnostics, treatments and vaccines. 

It’s amazing how far the world has come in less than 18 months, but I have high hopes that breakthrough innovation will continue at record pace. . . "

Read Full Text Courtesy, WHOCOVID-19  14 May 2021

Looking back as the world moves

forward with the . . .

Global COVID-19 Pandemic!

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WHO declares the new coronavirus

outbreak a Public Health Emergency

of International Concern

January 30, 2020

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Courtesy, UN - WHO

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on the following web page:

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Opening remarks of the Secretary-General's appeal for global ceasefire - 23 March 2020

. . . This is crucial . . . 

To help create corridors for life-saving aid. To open precious windows for diplomacy.  To bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.  

 

Let us take inspiration from coalitions and dialogue slowly taking shape among rival parties in some parts to enable joint approaches to COVID-19.  But we need much more. 

End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world. 

It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now. 

That is what our human family needs, now more than ever.  

Important Reminder on . . .

Human Rights and COVID-19

Response and Recovery

23 April 2020

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Let's All Support Global Health Workers

During this Global Health Emergency!

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2021: Year of Health and Care Workers 

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2020: The Voices of Global Leaders

reminded the world that

COVID-19

is . . .

 "A Global Crisis"

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HIS MAJESTY KING ABDULLAH II:  NO TIME FOR GEOPOLITICAL TURF BATTLES

HIS MAJESTY KING ABDULLAH II OF THE HASH

Courtesy, The Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - Washington, D.C.

31 March  2020

The following text excerpt is  an Op-ed by His Majesty King Abdullah II, and presidents Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Halimah Yacob of Singapore, Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia and Lenín Moreno Garcés of Ecuador

"No time for geopolitical turf battles.  We need a global alliance to fight the pandemic . . . Our nations, societies and economies are slowing down, almost grinding to a halt in the face of a global, external threat that transcends borders, ethnicities, and creeds. Public life has come to a virtual standstill. But these unprecedented measures of social distancing will be hard to sustain over a long period of time. 

 

Nations are turning inward as they try to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, closing borders and imposing drastic executive measures in a retreat that risks leaving every country fending for itself. However, we can contain and counter COVID-19 more effectively by knocking down the barriers that hinder knowledge exchange and co-operation. 

Crises like these tend to bring out both the best and the worst in people. It is our responsibility as leaders to encourage the former and contain the latter. Our countries are at varying stages of the crisis but we all see and admire the strong spirit of solidarity and the many people who are passionately trying to save lives or keep indispensable services up and running. They give us hope and offer inspiration that our societies may not only weather this crisis but also grow stronger and more connected."

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Queen Elizabeth II Addresses the U.K. in

the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 5, 2020

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" . . . While we have faced challenges before, this

one is different. This time we join with all Nations across the globe in a common endeavour using the great advances of science and our distinctive compassion to heal.  We will succeed, and

that success will belong to every one

of us. . . For now, I send my thanks

and warmest good wishes to all."

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa addresses Nation on COVID-19 measures

March 30, 2020

Must See Video

Courtesy, eNCA CDC

" . . . There is each of all of us, South Africans . . . and the residents of our country who are standing together as one in confronting this National health emergency.  Amongst us are the men and women who rise at dawn every day and labour through the night to keep this country going. 

 

I speak of the farm worker who is helping to keep us supplied with food.  I speak of the technician in the power station working shift after shift to keep the lights on.  I speak of the caregiver in the old-age home; the childcare home and the hospice who comes in every day to tend to the most vulnerable of our citizens. 

 

I speak about the taxi driver, the refuse collector, the bus driver, the supermarket cashier, the hospital cleaner, the petrol attendant and all those essential workers."

"You are our unsung Heroes, and . . .

WE SALUTE YOU!"

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Wuhan for first time since start of Coronavirus outbreak

March 10, 2020

Must See Video

Courtesy, https://www.scmp.com/ -  CDC

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Wuhan – epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak – on March 10, 2020, as the number of new infections in mainland China continued its downward trend, with just 19 cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, confirmed the day before. It’s the first time Xi has visited the stricken capital of Hubei province since the epidemic began.

Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe

says 2020 Tokyo Olympics

will be postponed to 2021

March 24, 2020

Must See Video

Courtesy, Global News CDC

" . . . I asked if it would be possible to consider postponing the Games for approximately a year.  I received an answer from

President Bach [9th President of the IOC that he 

agreed 100 percent.  We agreed that we would 

hold the Tokyo Olympics and 

Paralympics by the Summer of 2021.  We agreed

that we would stay in close contact so that we would

be able to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

in its complete form so that it will be a sign that

(humanity) has overcome the new corona virus."

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe

JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE AND THE TOKYO 2020 ORGANISING COMMITTEE

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The World's Poorest . . . Must not be forgotten!

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Detained children at ‘grave risk’ of contracting COVID-19 – UNICEF chief 

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Two young [child] prisoners stand behind bars in a jail in Abomey, Benin

Children . . . Must not be forgotten!

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As Corona Virus [COVID-19]

brings this world

to a halt . . .

UNICEF Won't STOP!

Tune in:  Saturday, May 23, 2020 10PM ET

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Let's ALL NOT STOP!

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As Nations great and small progress through the year 2021, may the 

lessons of 2020:

"The Year of COVID-19"

be a guide toward building back

a better world with the helpful

ingenuity of the whole 

"Family of Humanity."

- EPACHA Foundation -

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