The World Health Organization (WHO) has on Tuesday called on to share their supplies to fight COVID-19 strategically and globally, warning against “supply nationalism” around the development of vaccines.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus disclosed this at a media briefing in Geneva saying “while there is a wish amongst leaders to protect their own people first, the response to this pandemic has to be collective.”
He said that countries needed to work together to “prevent vaccine nationalism,” so in the event a vaccine or vaccines are developed, those at the highest risk will have equal access.
WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove has urged everyone to consider the risks and the consequences of their actions as she noted that the proportion of younger people among those infected had risen globally in the past month, putting at risk vulnerable sectors of the population worldwide, including the elderly and sick people in densely populated areas with weak health services.
According to data by Johns Hopkins University, more than 22 million persons have been diagnosed with COVID-19 around the world in which 14 million persons have recovered and more than 779,000 fatalities have been recorded so far.
Uganda: Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraising Campaign Launched
A sickle cell awareness fundraising campaign has been launched by Uganda’s ministry of health to create awareness about sickle cell disease and to provide free screening services to stakeholders.
The exercise is expected to help give specialized health care, to promote awareness and testing, and to provide tele-medicine services.
The campaign is a joint effort with CTI Africa Uganda sickle cell rescue foundation.
A study has shown a prevalence of sickle cell trait at a very high rate of more than thirteen percent. As a result, health authorities have called for premarital and newborn screening.
The ministry’s director-general for health services, Dr. Henry Nwebesa, says the ministry will strengthen partnerships and ensure every sickle cell child is able to live a quality life.
Sickle cell is a chronic illness that effects people from childhood and restricts them for participating in many activities that could affect their conditions.
Global COVID-19 Cases Top 33 Million As Death Toll Nears A Million
The world is about to cross the one million mark coronavirus deaths. 998,000 persons have been killed by the virus globally as confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide surpass 33 million. The infection situation has worsened in some countries.
The United States is worst hit with more than 7 million confirmed cases, and 205, 000 deaths.
India has struggled to stop an alarming surge in cases the past three months, more than six million cases have been reported there, with the number of deaths nearing 100,000. More than 95,500 patients have died in India so far.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Africa has reported both the lowest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world. Fears that the pandemic might devastate the African continent have so far abated.
W.H.O. emergencies chief, Dr. Michael Ryan said “certainly, the reported numbers and most importantly, the reported deaths from Africa are low, and they’re the lowest in the world. Dr Ryan said Africa has many lessons to teach the world about how to be resilient and creative.
Ryan credited humanitarian agencies, governments in Africa and community health workers across Africa for the protection of vulnerable populations, such as those living with HIV and refugees.
The global health body urged Africa to remain on guard.
Global COVID-19 Cases Pass 31 Million As US Death Toll Tops 200,000
More than 31 million persons around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and nearly one million globally have died from it.
Since the first cases were detected in china in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.
The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the United States has on Tuesday surpassed the 200,000 mark as the country continues to see a rise in infections.
According to data by the Johns Hopkins University, the US has now registered 6,861,211 infections in which 200,005 have died
California has the highest number in the United States with nearly eight hundred thousand persons diagnosed. Johns Hopkins University reports California is followed by Texas with more than 734,000 cases and Florida with 685,000.
Earlier on Monday, United Kingdom’s chief medical officers (CMOs) have recommended moving the country’s COVID-19 alert level from level 3 to level 4, the second highest level, in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
As part measures aimed at halting the accelerating second wave of the novel coronavirus, British prime minister Boris Johnson has on Tuesday set out new restrictions to fight against COVID-19 in Parliament, saying the country has reached a “perilous turning point.”
Johnson confirmed that pubs and restaurants in England will have a 10 p.m. curfew from Thursday, and only table service will be allowed. Staff are advised to work from home if they can, despite a governmental advice issued earlier this month to head back to workplaces.
The prime minister added that the limit on wedding guests will also be reduced from 30 to 15.
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