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Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

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EMERGENCY

ANNOUNCEMENT

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"Good morning, good afternoon and good evening.  

 

This week marks the one-year anniversary since WHO learned of cases of ‘pneumonia with unknown cause’ via a bulletin issued by the health authorities in Wuhan and ProMed.

We immediately set up an incident management structure to follow this development.  This is a moment for all of us to reflect on the toll the pandemic has taken, the progress we have made, the lessons we have learned, and what we need to do in the year ahead to end this pandemic.

 

For the past year, WHO and our partners have worked relentlessly to support all countries as they respond to the virus.  Staff have worked around the clock to accelerate science, provide solutions on the ground and build solidarity.

Science is at the core of everything we do and it has advanced at a blistering speed this year.  If we rewind to the start of 2020, it was on 10 January that WHO published its first comprehensive package of guidance documents for countries, covering topics related to the management of an outbreak of a new disease.

The next day, WHO received the full genetic sequences for the novel coronavirus from China.  By 13 January, WHO published its first protocol for a diagnostic test by a WHO partner lab in Germany to detect the virus.

By mid-January, our international technical expert networks were engaged and meeting by teleconference to share first hand knowledge with the new novel coronavirus and similar respiratory viruses, such as MERS and SARS And WHO convened the Strategic Technical Advisory Group for Infectious Hazards and the Global Alert and Response Network.  By the end of the month, 30 January, I declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, WHO's highest level of alert under global health law.  

 

And by the start of February, WHO was shipping diagnostic tests around the world so that countries could detect and respond effectively.  On 4 February, WHO released the first global preparedness and response plan for COVID-19 based on the latest scientific evidence.  At the same time, WHO was connecting scientists, funders and manufacturers from across the globe together to accelerate research on tests, therapeutics and vaccines.  In mid-February, WHO's longstanding research and development blueprint group brought hundreds of experts from more than 40 countries together to plot out a COVID-19 research roadmap.  This was based on years of work on other infectious diseases including SARS, MERS and Ebola.

The roadmap subsequently developed, covered all technical areas from the animal human interface through to the development of vaccines and was set up to ensure maximum coordination and collaboration as the world tested, trialed and rolled out new health tools.  This included the Solidarity Trial, an international clinical trial that generated robust data quickly to determine the most effective treatments.

And by March, WHO was planning the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, which was launched with partners in April.  The ACT-Accelerator is a historic collaboration to further hasten the development, production and equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics for COVID-19 as part of an overarching endgame strategy.  And it has worked.

Good news came in June as initial clinical trial results from the UK showed dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, could be lifesaving for patients severely ill with COVID-19.

By September, new antigen based rapid tests had been validated and the diagnostic pillar of the ACT-Accelerator had secured millions of them for low- and middle-income countries.   And then the shot that rang out around the world was the release of positive vaccine news from multiple candidates, which are now being rolled out to vulnerable groups.

New ground has been broken not least with the extraordinary cooperation between the private and public sector in this pandemic and in recent weeks, safe and effective vaccine rollout has started in a number countries, which is an incredible scientific achievement.  This is fantastic but WHO will not rest until those in need everywhere have access to the new vaccines and are protected.

Throughout the pandemic, we have released and updated technical guidance and trainings based on the latest science and best practice from countries.  We’ve then disseminated it through all our channels, including more than 130 press briefings like this one.  And our regional and country offices have kept local populations up to date.

We’ve worked with thousands of brilliant scientists from around the world to build global solidarity; engaging with our critics and calling repeatedly for all stakeholders to quarantine any politicization of the pandemic and focus on what really matters: accelerating science to save lives and end this pandemic.

We learn something new every single day.  Sometimes good, sometimes challenging, sometimes down right surprising, but all helpful.  There will be set backs and new challenges in the year ahead. For example, new variants of COVID-19 and helping people who are tired of the pandemic continue to combat it.

At present, we are working closely with scientists all over the world to better understand any and all changes to the virus and how these changes affect its ability to spread or make people sick, or any potential impact on available tests, treatments and vaccines. 

Specifically we are working with scientists in the UK and South Africa who are carrying out epidemiologic and laboratory studies, which will guide next steps.   Science drives our actions.   I would like to thank both those countries for testing and tracking new variants and underscore the importance of increasing genomic sequencing capacity worldwide.  This means the prompt sharing of epidemiological, virological, and full genome sequence information with WHO and other countries and research teams, including through open-source platforms such as GISAID and others.  

Only if countries are looking and testing effectively will you be able to pick up variants and adjust strategies to cope.  We must ensure that countries are not punished for transparently sharing new scientific findings. . ."

Read Full Text Courtesy, WHO - COVID-19  28 December 2020

WHO UPDATE: December 28, 2020  

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During National and 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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Learn more / get latest UPDATES & INFO

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

Learn more at:

 HELPING HANDS:

UN donates 250,000 face masks to NYC health workers

29 March 2020

Courtesy, United Nations - UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

On behalf of the city, the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, was on hand to receive 250,000 face masks donated by

the UN on Saturday, destined for health workers in the metropolis that is home to the

Organization’s Headquarters

In a statement, Mr. Guterres said that the face masks stored in United Nations facilities, were part of UN stocks, deemed surplus to requirements.  The UN chief praised medical professionals in New York City who, he said, have been working “courageously, selflessly, and tirelessly in response to the spread of COVID-19 across the boroughs,” in a reference to the five boroughs into which the City is administratively divided (Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island).

Text Courtesy, United Nations

Let's All Support Global Health Workers

During this Global Health Emergency!

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CORONA VIRUS: [COVID-19]

An Important Scientific Question?

In terms of our Solar System . . .

What does the word "corona" mean?

March 20, 2020

Must See Video

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Courtesy, 

U.S. President Trump warns of

‘toughest week’ of pandemic yet

April 5, 2020

Must See Video - Click Below

Courtesy, https://www.usa.gov/ CDC

Learn more on the following web pages:

Corona Virus [COVID-19]

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  IMPORTANT WARNING

 To CHILDREN and Adults:  DO NOT DRINK or INJECT into the body Disinfectants or Cleaning fluids as a cure for . . . or prevention of the Corona Virus [COVID-19].  Such an attempt is hazardous and can result in death.  Any action taken to violate the Human body with harmful, invasive procedures is globally prohibited. 

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Crucial Questions? . . .

Should any U.S. Citizen be lawlessly "shot and killed"

for asking a customer to wear a mask before

entering a business establishment?

Family & Friends mourn the tragic loss of 

Calvin Munerlyn

shot on May 1, 2020 at a store in Flint, Michigan - USA

 . . . and; is this "social distancing?"

 Crowds gathered at National Mall to watch Blue Angels, Thunderbirds flyover - May 2, 2020

 Answer to both Questions . . . "NO!"

 If "Law Enforcement" is willing to be masked

  in an effort to save thousands - even 

  millions of lives during this

 dangerous pandemic . . .

should "We the People" do the same by

following safer, prudent, public examples?!

During a press  conference  on  Monday, May 4, UM-Flint Public Safety Director, Ray Hall stands with a mask detailing the shooting which resulted in the death of Calvin Munerlyn. 

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WARNING:  CRIMES AS WHICH RESULTED IN THE DEATH

OF MR. CALVIN MUNERLYN OF FLINT, MICHIGAN USA - 

CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC DURING

THE  CORONA VIRUS [COVID-19]  PANDEMIC  ARE

GLOBALLY PROHIBITED:  SUCH CRIMES ARE

PUNISHABLE ACCORDING TO THE 

FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW!

- EPACHA Foundation - 

Are "We The People " keeping count of this tragic pandemic?!

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Last updated:  December 31, 2020, 01:44 GMT

USA

Corona Virus Cases:  20,216,991

Deaths:  350,778

Recovered:  11,998,794

Click below for

Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance

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Russia sent help to the U.S. . .

Now as Corona Virus [COVID-19] is increasing

in Russia, the U.S. is sending ventilators!

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Russia's numbers are increasing:  Russia

Reminder:  The whole world must help!

Not a time for political posturing.

"We're All in This Together!"

Italian Prime Minister Giusseppe Conte 

" The future of Italy is in our hands."

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March  2020

'There will no longer be a red zone.  There will no

longer be a zone 1 or zone 2 on our peninsula.

There will be Italy:  a protected zone'.

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Last updated:  July 24, 2020, 00:56 GMT

Italy

Deaths:  35,092

Recovered:  197,842

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Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance

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The Voices of Global Leaders . . .

Around the World

" COVID-19:  This is a Global Crisis"

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Italian Prime Minister Giusseppe Conte 

" The future of Italy is in our hands."

Italian Prime Minister Giusseppe Conte.j

March  2020

'There will no longer be a red zone.  There will no

longer be a zone 1 or zone 2 on our peninsula.

There will be Italy:  a protected zone'.

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Last updated:  December 31, 2020, 01:44 GMT

Italy

Corona Virus Cases:  2,083,689

Deaths:  73,604

Recovered:  1,445,690

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Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance

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The Voices of Global Leaders . . .

Around the World

" COVID-19:  This 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."

Read entire Op-ed on the following web page:

Queen Elizabeth II Addresses the U.K. in

the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 5, 2020

Must See Video

" . . . 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

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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!

Learn more on the following web pages:

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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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Cool School Learning Tools for . . .

 Kids!

Hi Kids! Are you keeping up with

your school work at home?  

During this time of the

Corona Virus [COVID-19] - 

"staying home for safety," 

learning at home can

be a fun-filled

adventure!

Click below to discover some

"Cool School Learning Tools for Kids!"

2020 Announcements - Continued . . .

Dangerous Hurricane Iota Makes Landfall

as Cat. 4 on Nicaragua coast

November 16 - 17, 2020

The devastation of hurricanes

can impact the entire

global community!

Now is the time to HELP!

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Courtesy, UN/WFP - A resident of Puerto Cabezas (Bilwi), the main town on Nicaragua's Northern Caribbean region, clears the debris on his home after the passage of Hurricane Eta.

7.0 EARTHQUAKE:  AEGEAN SEA

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

is saddened by the loss of life and damage

caused by the powerful earthquake

in the Aegean Sea on Friday. 

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/10/1076612

OCTOBER 30, 2020

Video Courtesy, BBC News

WE CAN ALL HELP:

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 COVID-19 Does Not Discriminate! 

Neither Does . . .

NATURAL DISASTERS!

Colorado, USA: Historic Wildfires

 October 2020

Courtesy, NBC News

HELP IS NEEDED!

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Pakistan:  Historic Flooding

 October 2020

Courtesy, CNA

HELP IS NEEDED!

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Peace-loving Citizens of All Walks of Life & 

Religious Beliefs Around the World

Stands Against All Forms of Terrorism

France - October 16, 2020

"Humanity Mourns Together as One" 

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Does the World know that . . .

Wildfires near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant are yet burning since April 3, 2020?!

MUST SEE VIDEO

Map:  Boundaries of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 

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"Wildfires near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant burning since April 3 have already become the largest for the entire existence of this exclusion zone.

 

These fires are extremely dangerous because radionuclides located in the upper soil layers might be released into the air."

Text Courtesy, GREENPEACE

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Reminder: "global helping hands"

are necessary for global survival!

- EPACHA Foundation -

Video Courtesy, euronews (in English)

Justice for Julio Valdivia Rodríguez

News Reporter / Journalist:  Brutally Killed in

Veracruz, Mexico - September 10, 2020

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The Secretary-General is appalled at the continued and increased numbers of attacks against journalists and media workers around the world. The recent killing of Julio Valdivia Rodríguez, a journalist at a newspaper in the State of Veracruz, Mexico, is yet another example of the hazardous and difficult conditions in which many journalists work globally.

The Secretary-General condemns all attacks and killings of journalists and calls on the respective authorities to ensure that they are thoroughly investigated and that those responsible are held accountable.

The Secretary-General reiterates his call that a free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights. No democracy can function without press freedom, which is the cornerstone of trust between people and their institutions. When media workers are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price.

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WILDFIRES DESTROYS

GREECE REFUGEE CAMP

An overcrowded Greek island camp that had become a makeshift home for thousands of refugees is now a smouldering ruin.

September 9, 2020

A Desperate Effort Has Begun:

"HELP IS NEEDED!"

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During this Global COVID-19 Pandemic,

Did you know . . .

Inaction has been fatal, says UNHCR, as

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Fresh war crimes fears highlighted in ne

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Make Your Mark in Humanitarian History!

WE CAN ALL HELP!

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International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Secretary General's Message for 2020

Courtesy, United Nations

" . . . The nuclear menace is once again on the rise.

A complete ban on nuclear testing is an essential step

in preventing the qualitative and quantitative improvement of nuclear weapons and in

achieving nuclear disarmament . . . "

Quote Courtesy, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

See also EPACHA's web page at:

NO

NUCLEAR

TESTS!

HURRICANE LAURA'S PATH

OF DESTRUCTION:

US GULF COAST STATES

August 27 - 28, 2020

CLICK ON FOLLOWING WEB LINK:

"HELP IS NEEDED!"

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LIGHTNING STRIKES:  SPARKS WILDFIRES ACROSS

TWO US STATES

WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION

Updated: August 20 & 24, 2020

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DURING THIS DEVASTATING 

NATURAL PHENOMENON

"HELP IS NEEDED!"

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During this Global COVID-19 Pandemic

dangerous hazards to our Environment

continue to occur . . .

ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY

MAURITIUS: MASSIVE OIL SPILL!

AUGUST 2020

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POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL

DISASTER

INDIA: 700 Tons of Ammonium Nitrate Stuck in Indian Port!

AUGUST 2020

MUST SEE VIDEO

Video Courtesy,  Now This News

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As Nations around the world exert

all efforts to contain the

COVID-19 pandemicdangerous

hazards to our Environment

cannot be deprioritized! 

Vigilant care to prevent

environmental disasters 

must be a focus for all!  

Remember, 'there is no plan B,

 because there is no Planet B.'

Quote Courtesy, Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

- EPACHA Foundation - 

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