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Nobel Peace Prize, Chinese COVID vaccine, migrants … Friday’s news

ByMicheal Johnson

Oct 10, 2020

He World Food Program has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the fight against hunger.

“This is the first time I am speechless, it is incredible,” said the agency’s director, David Beasley, for whom the award represents “a humble and moving recognition” of the work of his staff. who risks their lives daily.

The Nobel Committee recognizes that the UN agency “contributes to creating better conditions for peace in conflict zones and acts as a force to prevent hunger from being used as a weapon of war” and highlights its “impressive ability” to intensify their work in the face of the pandemic.

The World Food Program is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, reaching 97 million people in 88 countries last year. It specializes in emergency responses to disasters and in reaching the most isolated areas of the planet.

They work in the most remote and dangerous places, with great courage, courage and competence to serve the most vulnerable people in the world “, said the General secretary, António Guteres.

UNICEF / Zhang Yuwei

A 6-month-old baby receives a vaccination at a community health center in Beijing, China.

WHO has welcomed China’s decision to join the COVID-19 vaccine alliance known as COVAX.

China has four vaccines in phase three of clinical trials.

“The more countries that participate in COVAX, the more opportunities there will be to launch vaccines as quickly and fairly as possible,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward, senior advisor to the Organization. In total, 171 countries have joined the program.

WHO experts also valued the decision of the Government of Spain to re-declare the state of alarm in Madrid, in order to close the country’s capital.

“Clearly the transmission in Madrid is very intense and clearly local and national governments are concerned, but differ in the scale and type of response. I don’t have the data at that level, but as WHO we see that one of the biggest problems is that when governments differ, people die. So let’s come together to make better decisions, “said Dr. Mike Ryan, the emergency director.


IOM supports Venezuelans and Brazilians in areas affected by the coronavirus crisis in Brazil

The Pan American Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration sign a cooperation agreement to assist the migrant populations of the American continent in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Migrants in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean face great challenges of lack of access to basic services such as water and sanitation and health. This lack places them in a siespecially vulnerable situation in the current health emergency.

To help these populations protect themselves from the contagion of COVID-19 through the provision of vital aid, health and migration agencies partnered this Friday with the virtual signing of a cooperation document.

Dr. Antonio Vitorino, IOM Director General, explained the reality of migrants in the environment of the coronavirus pandemic:

“Many migrants in irregular situations lack health services and have deplorable work situations, plus they are prone to mental health problems. Many countries and agencies of the United Nations system are promoting the health of migrants. However, we see a trend towards the social exclusion of vulnerable migratory groups, with the needs of these people being neglected, which is particularly serious among women, children, pregnant women and adolescents. ”


The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an urgent ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh to be declared, given the escalation of the conflict and the increasing attacks on civilians.

Michelle Bachelet considers “deeply worrying” that in recent days there have been attacks and bombings of populated areasAccording to information that the UN has not been able to verify independently, they have left some 53 civilians killed, including children.

The former Chilean president reminded all parties to the conflict of their obligation “under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civil infrastructure.”

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