WHO Urges Flu Vaccination To Avoid Complicating COVID-19 Response
The World Health Organization considers the levels of hospitalizations and admissions to the ICU due to COVID19 in the Northern Hemisphere worrisome and underlines the importance of getting a flu vaccine this season.
The circulation of other respiratory pathogens will complicate the response and the testing system, because other diseases will have to be tested.
“The good news is that we have a flu vaccine. We emphasize the use of the influenza vaccine in the hemisphere. Please hope there is good use of the flu vaccine”, said Maria VanKerkhove, head of the coronavirus response technique.
The number of cases reported to the WHO has already exceeded 30 million. The Organization’s head of emergencies, Michael Ryan, pointed out that the pandemic is not slowing down.
“This pandemic has a long way to go in our society. It’s not exhausted, it’s not going away. Especially in countries entering the winter season, where people are going to spend more time indoors, there is much work to be done to prevent events that amplify contagion, reduce transmission, protect the opening of schools and protect the most vulnerable from becoming seriously ill or dying. ”
The SDGs are the best answer to the coronavirus
“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is designed to rsponsor precisely the frailties and shortcomings that the pandemic has exposed, “said António Guterres.
In a meeting dedicated to this agenda to end poverty and protect the environment, heads of state and representatives of civil society, such as the Nobel Peace Prize winner, also spoke. Malala Yousafzai, who criticized the leaders for their lack of action five years after the goals were adopted. “So far, they have not kept their word. So I want to know, when are you going to do your job? “asked the Pakistani activist who argued that the pandemic “It is an obstacle, but it cannot be an excuse.”
He Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling on the Government of Belarus to stop human rights violations and allow a visit by the UN Special Rapporteur.
The resolution was approved by 23 votes in favor, 2 against and 22 abstentions after an urgent debate on the situation in the country. The “number two” of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada al Nashif, urged an end to violence and repression against civil society and opponents.
“We have witnessed thousands of arrests, hundreds of reports of torture and other ill-treatment, including sexual violence and reports of torture of children. The violent abduction of people in broad daylight by masked individuals, presumably for expressing their views peacefully. ”
Byelorussian opposition leader in exile, Svetlana Tijanóvskaya, asked her country’s president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, to allow the UN to enter to investigate allegations of abuses against peaceful protesters. “It is very important to recognize that defending democratic principles and human rights is not interfering in internal affairs, it is a universal question of human dignity, “he said in a speech from Lithuania.
The Ambassador of Belarus to the United Nations in Geneva, Yuri Ambrazevic, rejected the “baseless accusations” directed against the Government and described the debate as “unacceptable” and interference.
UNHCR forced to cancel programs for Venezuelan refugees due to lack of funds
The UN Refugee Agency it is being forced to cut back on its assistance to these people due to lack of funds. One of the most affected communities are Venezuelans living in other Latin American countries.
UNHCR has only received 45% of the 260 million dollars it needs to assist Venezuelans.
The agency has already had to end some programs, such as the spaces for children on the Simón Bolívar bridge, in Cúcuta, in Colombia. Starting in September 2020, the shortfall in funds will prevent UNHCR from helping Venezuelan families with emergency cash, coupons and basic items in border areas and in cities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador.
So far, the Agency has received only 49%, $ 4.5 billion, of the 9.1 billion it needs for its operations around the world this year.