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WHO UPDATE: MARCH 01, 2021  

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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.  Today, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire started vaccinating health workers against COVID-19, becoming the first countries to start vaccination campaigns with doses supplied through COVAX.  

 

A further 11 million doses will be delivered this week.   Between now and the end of May, 237 million doses of vaccines will be allocated to 142 participating economies and countries in COVAX.

Tomorrow, COVAX will publish the first round of allocations, covering the majority of economies participating in the COVAX Facility.

It’s encouraging to see health workers in lower-income countries starting to be vaccinated, but it’s regrettable that this comes almost three months after some of the wealthiest countries started their vaccination campaigns.  And it’s regrettable that some countries continue to prioritize vaccinating younger, healthier adults at lower risk of disease in their own populations ahead of health workers and older people elsewhere.

Countries are not in a race with each other, this is a common race against the virus. We’re not asking countries to put their own people at risk. We’re asking all countries to be part of a global effort to suppress the virus everywhere.

WHO and our partners in COVAX will continue to work day and night towards our vision of seeing vaccination start in every country within the first 100 days of this year. There are now 40 days left.  We can only realize this vision with the support and cooperation of all partners.  Even as vaccines continue to roll out, we urge all governments and individuals to remember that vaccines alone will not keep you safe.

In the past week, the number of reported cases of COVID-19 increased for the first time in 7 weeks. You remember that I reported the virus was declining for 6 consecutive weeks, but for the first time in 7 weeks, we have an increase.

Reported cases increased in four of WHO’s six regions: the Americas, Europe, South East Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean – so we don’t report increases in Africa and the Western Pacific.  

 

This is disappointing, but not surprising.  We’re working to better understand these increases in transmission.  Some of it appears to be due to relaxing of public health measures, continued circulation of variants, and people letting down their guard.

Vaccines will help to save lives, but if countries rely solely on vaccines, they’re making a mistake.  Basic public health measures remain the foundation of the response.  For public health authorities, that means testing, contact tracing, isolation, supported quarantine and quality care.  For individuals, it means avoiding crowds, physical distancing, hand hygiene, masks and ventilation.  

This is a global crisis that requires a consistent and coordinated global response.  And we must remember that for millions of people, COVID-19 is just one threat they face on a daily basis.

As I mentioned on Friday, today Sweden, Switzerland and the United Nations are hosting a High-Level Pledging Event for Yemen, seeking to raise more than US$3.8 billion, for more than 20 million Yemenis in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.  More than 5 million people are now at risk of famine. And already, half a million children under five could die from hunger in the coming weeks, unless they receive urgent treatment.

We thank those donors who have made contributions so far. These contributions must be sustained.

We are also concerned about the reported arrest of health workers in Myanmar that could affect the response to COVID-19 and the delivery of other essential health services.

 

And in Ethiopia, the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region has put many health facilities and hospitals out of action.  We are deeply concerned about the risk of diseases due to lack of food, clean water, shelter and access to health care.

Finally, today marks Zero Discrimination Day – a day to draw attention to the numerous barriers that stand between people and the health services they need.  All over the world, inequality, stigma and discrimination are, and have always been, drivers of diseases of all kinds.

And it’s a timely reminder of our focus on health equality for World Health Day this year, with the theme of “Building a fairer, healthier world.”

Ultimately, health is not just a matter of science and medicine – it’s a matter of human rights. . . "

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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 Kids!

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your school work at home?  

During this time of the

Corona Virus [COVID-19] - 

"staying home for safety," 

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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 -

If you’ve missed the work of EPACHA in its Phase I duration, please be encouraged to click on the below web links.

Sincerest Thanks are Extended to http://archive.org/web/ for having made possible an archived viewing of

 

EPACHA Foundation’s entire volume of its Phase I web pages:

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Complete List of EPACHA - Phase I web pages:

https://web.archive.org/web/20180321224129/http://www.epacha.org/Pages/Site_Map_List_of_EPACHAs_Web_Pages.aspx

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