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By:Nadeemy Haded

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned countries that are easing the isolation measures imposed to tackle the Corona epidemic not to rush into it and called on them to take health conditions into account, as it remains a serious threat.

"Countries that are moving rapidly towards restoring life and mitigating measures taken to respond to the pandemic," said Tidros Adhanom Gebresos, Director-General of the World Health Organization, in a speech during an online meeting of WHO members to coordinate international efforts to address the Covid-19 epidemic. Act with caution, because the virus is still dangerous. "

"We understand the desire of countries to return to work, and we want the fastest possible global recovery, but we urge countries to act with caution," Adhanom added, adding: "The majority of the world's population is still vulnerable to HIV infection ... Today we need a stronger World Health Organization than ever before."

Adhanum also emphasized that every country and organization must study what it has taken to deal with the epidemic, learn from experience, and said: “The World Health Organization is committed to transparency, accountability and improvement. Indeed, there is a method of independent accountability that has existed since the beginning of the epidemic.”

He continued, "I will start conducting an independent evaluation as soon as possible in order to review the experience and lessons learned, and reach the recommendations necessary to improve the global response."

Adhanum called on the countries of the world to unite in the face of the epidemic, pointing out that the priority now is for humanity and facing the crisis that causes not only the loss of lives, but also a great impact on the global economy.

The epidemic has infected more than 4.8 million people worldwide, according to the latest WHO census, and has killed more than 317,000 people, including

The Corona crisis caused a row between the United States and China, as Washington accused Beijing of hiding information about the epidemic. The Chinese authorities have repeatedly stated that from the start they maintained a transparent and responsible attitude regarding the release of data on the outbreak.

In order to combat the virus, most countries of the world took exceptional measures to combat it, ranging from the total closure and complete isolation of citizens, the imposition of an exceptional curfew, the prevention of rallies, the cancellation of sporting, cultural, social and political events, and the cessation of air traffic, either in part or in whole.

The virus this year also caused the cancellation of all global events that require meetings or audience attendance, most notably sporting events such as the Tokyo Olympics, Wimbledon tennis, and the 2020 Champions League.

Several clinical trials are currently under way in the United States, France, Britain and other countries to try to produce a vaccine for the virus, but there is no expected date to produce the first vaccine to stop the spread of the virus.

At the same time, many countries are working on plans to coexist with the virus, partially restore normalcy and resume business.

Source: Agencies


By:Nadeemy Haded

South Korean President Moon JN said his country had not achieved a "landslide" over the Covid-19 epidemic, warning of a second wave of the virus that could strike the country again.

Moon said, in a televised speech during a meeting of the members of the World Health Organization to coordinate international efforts to address the pandemic, today: "We have not yet reached a landslide victory against an epidemic (Covid-19), and there are citizens for infection, and if we do not reach a solution, medicine or vaccine, then another wave It will strike us again. "

He added, "This year, we plan to provide $ 100 million in humanitarian aid to support the countries suffering from (Covid-19)."

The re-emergence of new cases in South Korea came after a significant drop in the registration of new cases, following a limited outbreak in a club in the capital, Seoul, which later increased rapidly.

The total number of HIV infections in the country was 11,065, and the total number of deaths was 263.

Source: Agencies


By:Nadeemy Haded

The Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Michaustin, announced that 27 of the country's regions are ready to start a gradual process to ease the general restrictions imposed on the background of the outbreak of the new Corona virus.

"A group of regions is ready to gradually reduce isolation measures according to the objective indicators of daily monitoring. This number is generally 27," said Michelstein, during a virtual session of the General Authority of the Coordinating Council for Combating Corona Virus, today.

The Prime Minister stated that "this matter has become possible because the virus prevalence index (Rt) there does not exceed in recent days the degree of one."

In addition, Michustin pointed out that more than 50% of the beds in the hospitals designated to receive patients with Coronavirus are empty.

In his speech, Michelin stressed that he was able to stop the high level of HIV infection in the country, pointing to the monitoring of "positive dynamics" in this area due to the increase in the number of recoverers.

As of Monday morning, 290,678 confirmed cases of the Corona virus were registered in Russia, including 2722 deaths and 70,209 cases of recovery.

The Mechostein speech took place as the Prime Minister continued to receive treatment after he was infected with the Coruna virus, and he has been subjected to self-isolation since April 30.

Source: Russian agencies


By:Nadeemy Haded

Moderna, the US company, announced that early-stage trials of the Coronavirus vaccine showed the production of antibodies to "Covid-19" in all 45 participants.

Study participants received two doses of a possible intramuscular vaccine in the upper arm, approximately 28 days apart, and each participant received doses of 25 micrograms, 100 micrograms, or 250 micrograms.

Two weeks after the second dose, antibody levels in the 25-microgram group were among the levels generally seen in blood samples of people who recovered from the disease, while antibodies in the 100-microgram group contained antibodies that "significantly exceeded levels" in bodies Patients recovered.

The company said the vaccine also produced antibodies to neutralize "Covid-19" at least eight participants.

The Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine is the first US vaccine to undergo clinical trials with the aim of treating corona.

Source: Agencies


By:Nadeemy Haded

British newspaper "The Guardian" revealed that a study began to investigate the ability of nicotine patches to fight the emerging corona virus, after the idea was put forward by doctors in a hospital in Wales.

France decided last week to ban the storage of nicotine products, after the Minister of Health showed interest in a French study that indicated that smokers may be less at risk of contracting the virus.

Doctors in Wales, who published their own suggestions last January on the use of nicotine in treating coronaviruses, are discussing the possibility of conducting a formal trial.

"We saw the epidemic coming from China and then the horrific stories from Italy, so we were doing our own research and looking at as many papers as possible," said Jonathan Davis, trauma surgeon at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Nicotine patches were routinely given to patients who had coronavirus who were smoking.

The results of this research have been published in the British Medical Journal. She talked about the fact that smokers cases get worse during their illness, as a result of the decrease in the level of nicotine in the blood, which necessitates the use of stimulants that supply them with nicotine.

The proposal by Davis and his colleagues opened the way for conversations with Professor Goddett Hall of Cardiff University, who in turn pledged to communicate with bodies to fund the nicotine trial as a treatment for the Corona virus, noting that the idea was interesting, despite the difficulty of proving its usefulness.

She said that conducting this experiment may be confusing, but that all new ideas must be worked out to address this crisis.

And research in a major hospital in the French capital, Paris, has indicated the presence of a substance in tobacco, possibly nicotine, that prevents smokers from contracting the Corona virus.

It is expected to obtain the approval of health authorities to start clinical trials of nicotine patch to investigate its role in combating the virus, if the idea is correct.

Source agencies


By:Nadeemy Haded

On Monday, the Chinese president called for an independent review of the global response to the Corona Virus pandemic under the supervision of the World Health Organization when the virus is brought under control, and he also defended his country's response to the outbreak.

President Xi Jinping, in a video message to an online meeting of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, pledged $ 2 billion over two years to support the response to "Covid 19".

During the two-day meetings, it is expected that health ministers from around the world will call for an independent evaluation of the performance of the WHO, which has been criticized by US President Donald Trump.

The meeting may be dominated by tensions between China and the United States, which have sharply criticized China's response in the early stages of the pandemic.

Xi, who described the pandemic as "the most serious health emergency in the world since the end of World War II," said that Beijing had dealt along the line "with openness, transparency and responsibility," adding that it had succeeded in overcoming the virus.

It is expected that the World Health Assembly will consider a resolution presented by the European Union, calling for an independent evaluation of the organization's performance under the supervision of its Director General Tedros Adhanum Gebresos.

A draft of the resolution, seen by Reuters, showed support for 116 of the 194 member states of the organization.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the WHO is "indispensable" and that it needs greater resources to provide support to developing countries.

Swiss President Simonita Sommaruga pledged that her country would support and cooperate with Tedros, as the organization is the coordinating body for the global response to the Corona pandemic that has killed more than 300,000 people worldwide.

The WHO and most experts believe that the virus appeared on the animal market in central China's Wuhan late last year.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this month: "There is a lot of evidence" that the virus came from a laboratory in Wuhan, which Beijing denies.

Source agencies


By:Nadeemy Haded

China called on the member states of the United Nations to "fully fulfill their financial obligations" of the organization, according to Friday's statement in a statement indicating the debt attributed to Washington, which amounts to two billion dollars.

"On May 14, the total contributions to be paid to the operating budget and peace operations budget were respectively 1.63 billion dollars and 2.14 billion," the statement issued by the Chinese mission to the United Nations said.

The statement was based on a recent report of the United Nations Secretariat and a meeting held on Thursday.

With arrears dating back several years, the statement added, "The United States is the largest debtor, and it must pay $ 1.332 billion" for peace operations.

The United States is the first financial contributor to the organization, paying 22 percent of its annual operating budget (which amounts to about $ 3 billion) and 25 percent of its annual budget for peace operations (about $ 6 billion).

Officially, the United States should pay 27.89 percent of the peace operations budget, but under a congressional decision implemented by President Donald Trump since 2017, the United States has paid only 25 percent, causing annual debt accumulation of nearly $ 200 million.

The fiscal year in the United States extends from October of the year to the same month of the following year, which makes it appear to be the largest debtor than it is in some periods of the year.

The payment of contributions to peace operations by Member States has a direct impact on the reimbursement by the United Nations of the costs of countries whose forces participate in about 15 peace processes in the world.

In his May 11 report, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted that "significant delays may occur (in payment) towards the middle of the year, unless the financial situation of all missions improves significantly."

On May 14, nearly 50 of the 193 countries, including China, paid their full contributions to the United Nations, according to the Beijing Manifesto, which is the second largest financial contributor to the United Nations, after the United States, but by a much smaller percentage.

China pays about 12 percent of the operating budget and 15 percent of the peace operations budget

Source agencies

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