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"Sunshine, but the Coast South Sound Northwest interior Starting off the day with fog. I'm meteorologist Abby, a Cockney. From ABC News. This is perspective this week stories and why they matter. I'm Sherry question. CDC tells those of us who are vaccinated. We can ditch the masks inside in India, though the covert crisis rages on India finds it something that's really delicate and dangerous situation of knowing what they have to do, but not being able to actually do it. Violence mounts as the Israeli Palestinian conflict intensifies tensions between Jewish and Arab residents in these mixed towns really coming to the fore and bubbling up in a way That we have not seen since the second intifada 20 years ago, and why so many other U. S companies should be paying a lot more attention to the pipeline Cyber attack this week. It's amazing that the governments and the private companies have not been more proactive and amazing that we got this morning. All ahead on perspective. This was a busy week that cyber attack on a major pipeline, said Americans racing to gas pumps in the Southeast and in the Middle East. The violence has just been getting worse and worse. We are not starting there, though. We're starting here in this country with the CDC announcement that fully vaccinated Americans can now stop wearing the masks. CDC director wish L Wolinsky with the much anticipated announcement this week, you are fully vaccinated. You can start doing things that you had such too Going because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy. I don't fully vaccinated Americans feel about it. Why don't we let them tell you? Are you ready to take it off? Absolutely. Really? Yeah. I've had enough. I'm ready to rip it off, really enjoy just being able to make contact with people and just being able to see smiles. I feel like a sense of freedom right now. Just to be able to walk around without masks and get a sense of fresh air. See people smiling again. Thank God we're free. How can breathe a gift? Some places will still require face coverings and social distancing inside as a precaution. But if you go to the CDC website, there's a list of everything that's now allowed if you're fully vaccinated, and if you are pretty much everything is now allowed at lessons began getting shots this week, thanks to FDA and CDC approval. Dr Richard Besser, who heads up the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, called that decision huge. The mental health impact the anxiety, the Depression. Theo idea that now with the vaccine, they're high school kids who could start the fall and have a normal high school experience. Take off their maths. Do sports engage with their friends and not have to worry. I think that's absolutely huge, One extra layer of protection with the Fizer jab, Dr Bester says, limiting the spread of those contagious variants. Children can transmit this toe old. They're people, too relatives who may be a greater risk. And whenever the fact that the virus is transmitting, even between Children, you have the opportunity for more variants to develop various They could escape the vaccine. As we celebrate all this good news with covert here in the U. S in India, the outbreak remains out of control. The World Health Organization is designating the variant discovered in that country, a global concern. Something. A million people in India may die by August, and only about 2% of the population has been vaccinated. So far. ABC is Maggie really, and her team traveled to India this week to see what was happening on the ground. We were her last interview before she and her team left the country from New Delhi. We spoke this week. What have you been seeing Just how bad has it been? I've heard words like apocalyptic and chaos. And sometimes you can take news reports are sensationalized, but honestly.
Covid: Serious Failures in WHO and Global Response, Report Finds
"An independent review ordered by the world health organization found there was a range of problems in addressing the pandemic from slow initial reaction to week lengths at every point and preparedness and response. It's overall conclusion was covid. Nineteen was a preventable disaster. The panel said circumstances have not improved over the past year and the system is still unfit. To prevent another highly infectious pathogen.
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"As I thought it was gonna be. I was so nervous and it was so simple and it feels great. She spoke to ABC seven in Los Angeles after pediatrician Dr Laura Brookner. If you're not vaccinated, you're gonna have to be careful. And people are so tired of being careful. But the head of the World Health Organization is concerned. I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their Children and adolescents. But right now I urge them to call to reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to Kovacs. Dr Ted rocks, Adnan Cabrera says explains in low And lower middle income countries. Vaccine supply has not been enough to even immunize health and care workers. And hospitals are being inundated with people that need life saving care urgently. And he says, despite progress against the virus in countries like the U. S worldwide, the pandemic is not close to being contained, called the 19 has already cost more than 3.3 million lives. And we're on track for the second year off this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first I'm Ben Thomas. AP News in Israeli air strike has destroyed a high rise building in Gaza City that House officers off the Associated Press and other media outlets. Hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10. Palestinians from extended family, mostly Children. Strike him nearly an hour after the military ordered people to evacuate the building, which also housed Al Jazeera, other officers and residential apartments. The strike brought the entire 12 story building down, collapsing with gigantic cloud of dust. There's no immediate explanation for why was attacked. Dollar Israeli air strike on the Gaza City refugee camp was a deadliest single strike of the current conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas. I'm serious Shockley. The strike came nearly an hour after the military ordered people to evacuate the building, which also housed Al Jazeera, other officers and residential apartments. Strike brought the entire 12 story building down, collapsing with a gigantic cloud of dust. There's no immediate explanation for why was attacked. Dollar Israeli air strike on the Gaza City refugee camp was the deadliest single strike of the current conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas. I'm serious, Shockley.
COVID-19 Pandemic Was 'A Preventable Disaster,' WHO-Ordered Report Says
"An independent review panel established by the World Health Organization has sounded. The Corona virus pandemic was preventable. The group has placed some of the blame on the W Hy chou it saying it should have declared a global emergency earlier than it did. Dr. Joanne Liu is one of the 13 panel members who contributed to the report. She says the world was not prepared for the pandemic. Would basically fail to learn from all the other warning. We got from Saurus off H one n one of from Zika or Ebola in the last few years.
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"Especially next winter, and that was us back, saying something and changing our mind. Mark Dad is also concerned that with very inch out there and more to come with most of the world unvaccinated The U. S will see another winter surge that could come with more lockdowns. Next story, A computational biologist of Fred Hutch is leading a group of scientists calling for another investigation into the origins of covert 19, Jesse Bloom and 17. Others authored a letter in the journal Science, arguing that so many questions remain unanswered, and that we cannot be sure exactly where the novel coronavirus came from. The theory that it was released during a lab accident in China cannot be ruled out, the group says. Now the World Health Organization, according to the Times, concluded that it is extremely unlikely but Bloom and the other scientists, which include virologists and public health experts. Say China hasn't been cooperative or transparent. While many if not most scientists reject that theory, the former head of the CDC says he is convinced Cove It came from a lab. Jeff Pooja like Come on news. Bill Gates has changed his mind. His charitable foundation now says vaccine patent protection should be lifted to ease India's covert crisis. Get the update down from Cuomo's Corwin Hate in a statement, Gates Foundation chief executive Marks husband says the foundation is supportive of a narrow waiver of patent protections granted to Fizer and other covert vaccine developers. This comes in sharp contrast to Bill Gates his remarks last month when U K News programs. Sky News asked him if Pharma companies should share their vaccine Recipes know why no Well, there's always somebody vaccine factories in the world, and people are very serious about the safety of vaccine activists immediately challenged Gates. His contention that safety is an argument against sharing life saving intellectual property Now Gates Foundation CEO Sussman says quote no barriers should stand in the way of equitable access to vaccines, including he writes intellectual property. Corwin Hague Co. Moh news. AH lot of excited young teenagers and their parents lined up at Harborview Medical Center for the first U Dub Medicine Covert Vaccine Clinic for 12 to 15 year olds. 12 year old Logan Lynch says she was a little nervous with a needle involved, but she's also excited about the chance to feel more normal. It feel special. You.
Long-Haul Carrier Emirates to Ship Aid for Free Into India
"Emirates will begin shipping aid for the World Health Organization and other groups into India for free to help find a crushing outbreak of the Corona virus there. The offer by Emirates, which has some 95 flights Weekly to nine cities in India initially involves eight material already in Dubai and China's space
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"We will self right here on the air. Let's do that right now. Out in Bloomington I've got turned off on. Hey, Kurt. Hey, Peter. How you doing? I'm doing fine. How can I help you today? So, yeah, My question is Why no vaccine passport certificates from the U. S. Government. I know the EU is working on nose. And you know, we have a vaccine past four. It's already I've had one. From years ago with entries from 1996 to 2006. Let's work in the past that I just think we, you know, we need the You require the paper back seems certificates or great electronic versions. Well, you know, I hear you because right now, the paper certificates that you get from the CDC. When you get your vaccines are easily forge a ble. They're easily lose herbal. On DNO out. Every country knows how to read him. Um, And that's a problem. So at the same token, or by the same token, the private sector is working airlines. They're working so many entities they're working to come up with a digital document. That is easily acceptable, readable up datable, verifiable and not forge a ble. Having said that, I'm not so sure that anyone government's gonna take the lead here. It's going to be the private sector because as you is, you may have heard there issuing new rules that say, you know, on cruise ships. You can't even go in as a passenger and less You show proof of vaccination. Qantas Airlines in Australia, saying You can't even get a reservation one of their flights when they start flying again. Unless you can show proof of vaccination. I hear you, but the vaccination passport that you're talking about. You're probably talking about the old yellow health card, right? Yeah, That's it exactly Right. But who do you think issued that? I don't remember. It was not the United States government. It was called a cart junior yellow card that came actually from the United Nations Worth World Health Organization. So it right there. There's been a history here of no government. For individual government wanted to do it. And yet, right now, every government's experimenting with it because they're trying to figure out a system to make it work. I hear you and right now what I'm going to say is, by the time we get to the end of this year You will be carrying some kind of a document. Probably not your vaccine card that you carry. Now that will get you not only on an airplane or a cruise ship. It may even get you to the dry cleaner in the grocery store. Yeah, that that Z In my opinion, that's a good idea. Beats getting Tested wherever I travel on having you know that it's not very comfortable getting test. You've had that. Listen. I travel a lot, and I get tested a lot. I hear you If I see one more swab up my nose. I think I'm gonna throw up. But But you got to do it. You gotta play by the rules. But, Kurt, we will stay on top of that story, and I'll let you know soon as we know more, okay? Okay. Great. Thank you very much. You've got it. Now let's switch gears and go out the Greenville, South Carolina. We got Helen on the phone. Hi. Hi, Peter. How you doing? How can I help you today, Helen? Okay. Um, I have a group of 40 people going to put the Connor uh November 30th. And we're gonna be there for a week, and, um, airfare for that period of time is through the roof. And fifth. That period is usually called a low in traffic. You know, I mean, in travel between Thanksgiving and Christmas, do you predict or have any information that there might be a price drop for that period? Well, let me help with them. Let me help you out..
2 Chinese vaccines may soon get approval for use
"The top official with the World Health Organization says the U. N agency is set to decide this week whether to approve two Chinese vaccines for emergency use against covert 19. Such an approval would mark the first time that the Chinese vaccine had ever been granted a so called emergency use listing from the agency.
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"Gaza is intensifying a building that houses international media outlets was targeted today by the Israeli air force. The Israeli military has not provided any evidence to support a claim that Hamas was using the structure to operate out of the associate press did release a statement today saying quote we are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building. Housing, a piece bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau in new journalists were there. The occupants were notified ahead of the strikes earlier today. Factions inside Gaza targeted Tell Aviv multiple times with rockets. Mama says This was in retaliation toe overnight killings off 10 people, all from the same family. Eight of the dead are Children. The destruction across Gaza is widespread, and the United Nations says 10,000 people have left their homes amid the escalating violence. That's Fox is TREY Yingst reporting the World Health Organization says wealthy countries should donate vaccine to poorer nations. Rather than give the doses two Children, according to the Guardian, the general director of the W. H O expressed outrage over wealthy nations. Vaccinating teach teenagers and Children against Cove in 19 at a time when poorer countries were struggling to vaccinate their essential workers, and they're more vulnerable Residents. He suggested that instead of vaccinating young and healthy people well for your nation should donate those covert vaccine doses to the Kovacs Global vaccine sharing program. Coming up after traffic and weather in Montgomery County lawmaker believes the Hogan administration bent the rules, or maybe even the law when buying Covad test kits. He wants an investigation. It's 6 37. Spring is in the air. Is your air conditioning.
2 Chinese Vaccines May Soon Get Approval for Use
"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting to Chinese vaccines could be getting approval from the WHL the World Health Organization will decide this week whether or not to approve two Chinese vaccines for emergency use against covert nineteen according to a top W. H. O. official are Angeles if our assistant director general for access to medicines vaccines and pharmaceuticals says some final arrangements still need to be made before W. H. O. technical advisory group weighs in on the single farm and Cyril Wecht vaccines if approved it would mark the first time a Chinese vaccine has been granted so called emergency use listing from the U. one health agency a decision on the Seattle farm vaccine is expected to come first hi Mike Rossio
US Approves High-Dose Opioid Reversal Nasal Spray From Hikma
"Hi Mike Rossio reporting U. S. regulators approve the first high dose nasal spray for reversing opioid overdoses the US food and drug administration has approved a high dose nasal spray for reversing opioid overdoses the clocks it'll spray from Hickman pharmaceuticals contains eight milligrams of naloxone which is double the highest does currently available experts and patient advocates say the benefit of the more potent reversal spray is that sometimes low dose naloxone sprays and injections must be given multiple times to keep someone alive until medical help arrives blocks on is a prescription drug but it's generally available without a prescription through public health organizations and at pharmacies across the US Mike Rossio Washington
Millions of Americans Are Missing Their Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
"The johnson and johnson co vaccine became more widely available today but there are many people willing to take it and across the country growing signs of hesitancy to take any vaccine at all in some areas that means fewer people are signing up for a shot where there is plenty of supply contrast all that with the increasing cova crisis in india where they desperately need more treatments and vaccines the world health organization now calling on countries with excess to send it there. We'll have a report from overseas in just a moment. But we begin with sam brock in miami on florida's first full day of johnson johnson reentering the vaccine marketplace many took a pass. They don't want to kansas or voice strong opposition for their loved. Once it's concerning for me as a parent or a daughter you know family member. Whatever you you don't wanna be that person going through any type of side effects the one mom already vaccinated with j. and j. was seeking it out for her eighteen year old daughters. It's only fifteen cases out of more than eight eight million people who got the shot so it's very minimum so our felt safe split sentiment as health officials go on a full court press to assure the public. The vaccine is effective an extremely low risk. We clearly have a situation where the benefits greatly outweigh. The risks even for younger women a fragile american psyche butting up against a race to get shots in arms at the indianapolis motor speedway acceleration. Once again of jj doses. Any vaccine into any arm is a win. While in san francisco agreed light in the golden state. Johnson johnson too risky especially if there's other alternatives right now. Some states are starting to turn down. Government shipments due to lack of demand in arkansas. Seventeen counties are cutting back according to the arkansas democrat. Gazette
COVID-19 Deaths Are Accelerating
"It's a much different story regarding coronavirus, the World Health Organization, revealing that a record 5.2 million new cases reported globally last week. That's the highest single week increase since the start of the pandemic. It also marked an eighth consecutive week of increase, with deaths increasing for the fifth week in a row. India and Brazil are two of the hardest hit countries. And as the liquid Terra ABC News PARIS Things were about to
COVID-19: What Will It Take to Vaccinate the World?
"Americans can anticipate a time when all of us have access to a vaccine. Poor nations aren't so lucky. You might be thinking Well, that doesn't affect me. But if the virus spreads unchecked in billions of people who don't get vaccinated this year, you can bet it will mutate Ah lot and then it becomes just a matter of time before our vaccines are less effective. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spelled it out. Even if we vaccinate all 332 million people, the United States tomorrow way would still not be fully safe from the virus. Not while it's still replicating around the world and turning into new variants. That could easily come here and spread across our communities again. The world has to come together to bring the covert pandemic to an end everywhere. So this week we look at the race to vaccinate a planet of 7.9 billion people. Ray Suarez takes it from here. Vaccinating a majority of people in every country on Earth is a daunting challenge. So the international community has cobbled together a radical solution. Kovacs is an initiative led by the World Health Organization, along with other global health partnerships. Today, it's working with almost every country in the world, so called mixes an unprecedented global effort. Gothic sub brings together 191 economies that together account for more than 90% of the world's population. That's un rather Gupta. I spoke with her over zoom. She used to be the director of one of the largest public health programs in the world. The National Health Mission of India. Now Gupta is based in Geneva, and she's taken on an even bigger job as deputy CEO of Gavi, the vaccine alliance. It's one of the health organizations helping to take the lead on Kovacs.
WHO Announces the Global Youth Mobilization for Generation Disrupted
"And initiative uniting climate activists greta timberg and the u. n. Health agency launched on monday to give young activists the opportunity to get funding for innovative solutions. To the impact of nineteen the scheme which is called global youth bye-bye station in association with the big six youth organisations comes as hundreds of millions of young people. Continue to feel the strain of the pandemic according to the world health organization. Who nine and ten have reported increased mental anxiety during the last fifteen months and more than one billion students in almost every country have been impacted by school closures. More than eight. In ten young women are worried about their future and one in six young people worldwide have lost their jobs during the pandemic. The health agency noted head of the w. h. o. Tedros adhanom ghebreyesus insisted that the agency wanted to be sure that young people's voices energy and solutions where at the center of the world's recovery from caveat nineteen an initial two million dollars of funding will be available from five hundred dollars to five thousand. Applications will be possible by a centralized platform which is available in multiple languages for more information visit. Www dot global youth mobilization with zette dot walk
Coronavirus Deaths Reach 3 Million Worldwide
"From the Corona virus has now topped three million people. That's more than the population of Chicago. The tally by Johns Hopkins University shows as of Saturday morning, more than 566,000 people in the United States have died of confirmed covert 19 infections. But other countries have also suffered staggering tolls. Brazil is next on the list with more than 368,000 deaths part by Mexico, where more than 211,000 people have died. In India, where the toll has topped 175,000, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia and France have all seen more than 100,000 deaths. And World Health Organization chief Dr Ted Ross at Nam Cabrera says says the numbers continue to rise at worrying rates globally. The number of new cases per week has nearly doubled over the past two months. This is approaching the highest rate of infection that we have seen so far during the pandemic infection rates are rising in the U. S. Is well director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Rachel Wolinsky. Our seven day average is up to 69,500. Nearly 70,000 new cases per day and, along with that emergency room visits and hospital admissions. But Wolinsky adds, vaccination efforts are making significant progress. More than one third of the U. S population has received at least one dose and more than 1/5 of the population is fully vaccinated. Lipsky says. Relax prevention efforts such as Mask mandates are one reason for the rising rates and another is the continued spread of highly transmissible variance more than Feed a 70% more transmissible, which makes the race to stop the transmission even more challenging and threatens to overwhelm our health care system again in parts of this country. I'm Ben Thomas.
WHO Chief Calls Growth in Virus Cases 'Worrying'
"The head of the World Health Organization has a warning about the rising number of new coronavirus infections W. H. O. director general Ted Rosati non Gabry asus says coronavirus cases are continuing to rise at worrying rates globally the number of new cases per week has nearly doubled over the past two months bottom line this is approaching the highest rate of infection that we have seen so far during the pandemic here in the US coronavirus infections are spiking in Baltimore rivaling a level not seen since the winter peak according to the Baltimore sun why the city health department says it's not clear but it could be more variance more people traveling and fewer people wearing masks I'm ready to fall late
Alert Over Shortage of New Drugs for ‘World’s Most Dangerous Bacteria’
"A lack of new treatments for common illnesses has left. People exposed to the world. Mice dangerous bacteria the u. n. health agency said on thursday the alert from the world health organization. Who is delivered a report showing that none of the forty-three antibiotics in development sufficiently addresses the growing threat posed by thirteen priority drug resistant bacteria. This persistent failure to develop and distribute effective new. Antibiotics threatens our ability to successfully treat bacterial. Infections said dr hanan bulky. Who assistant director general on antimicrobial resistance those most at risk are young children and those living in poverty according to who three and ten newborns developed blood infections die because the antibiotics used to treat. Sepsis are no longer effective. Bacterial pneumonia another preventable illness. Which has developed resistance to currently available drugs. it's also a major cause of childhood mortality among under-fives
WHO: Europe Has Surpassed 1 Million COVID-19 Deaths
"Sabrina Cupid for CBS News Atlanta Top World Health Organization official says Europe has surpassed one million deaths from covert 19 and the situation remains serious with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region account by Johns Hopkins University shows Nearly three million deaths have been linked to covert 19 worldwide, with the Americas being hit the hardest, followed by Europe. The U. S. Brazil in Mexico have reported the
WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths
"A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed one million deaths from covert and nineteen and the situation remains Sirius with about one point six million new cases reported each week in the region addressing recent concerns about vaccines Dr Hans Kluge also says the risk of people suffering blood clots is far higher for people with code nineteen some people who receive AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine speaking to reporters during a visit to Greece clear did pointed to early signs the transmission may be slowing across several countries he says the proportion of covert nineteen deaths among people over eighteen who have been prioritized for vaccines has dropped to nearly thirty percent the lowest level in the pandemic I'm sorry I shockingly
WHO Urges Pause in Sale of Captured Live Wild Animals
"Health Organization says wild animals are a leading source of emerging infectious diseases like the coronavirus Theeighties Charles Villa Dismas overseas With this, the WH show is urging a pools in market sales off captured live wild animals. The U. N Health agency says countries should suspend the sale of live animals captured from the world in food markets. As an emergency measure, saying while animals are leading source of emerging infectious diseases like the coronavirus, the W H O back to my key partners has issued a new guidance, saying that animals, particularly world animals, other source of more than 70% off all emerging infectious diseases in humans, many of which opposed by novel viruses.
Deep Concerns From WHO Over Brazil COVID Deaths
"Brazil's covid. Nineteen ordeal is deeply concerning the un health agency settled friday in an appeal for greater vigilance and new measures to prevent transmission of the virus. Dr margaret harris from the world health organization. Who told journalists. In geneva that the latin american country needed more government support urgently brazilians. Spain suffering terrible losses but the message is again the public health social measures work. You have to apply them now. It is very difficult for people who are living in crowded conditions so they need the support as needed to support at every level to to avoid the crowding avoid the close contact to everyone who is potentially infected needs to be identified says that they can be removed from the healthy the who spokesperson also called for much greater testing for infection. Before repeating the agency's call to follow the example of countries that had ruled out national vaccination programmes averting large numbers of deaths today to brazil has seen the second highest death toll from the corona virus after the united states. More than three hundred and forty thousand deaths latest vaccine data from the. Who shows that. The country has dispensed nearly twenty million sits but the world faces a serious shortfall of vaccines which has left many countries waiting to begin their inoculation campaigns. Talk to harris said
COVID-19 vaccine reaches world's far corners
"More than one. Hundred countries and economies have now received cave nineteen vaccines through the un partnered equitable corona virus. Busting scheme kovacs. The first delivery of life saving jobs arrived in ghana on the twenty fourth of february announcing the news on thursday the world health organization. Who said that more than thirty. Eight million doses of astrazeneca fire and serum institute of india have being transported globally. So far the aim is to deliver at least two billion doses of vaccines in two thousand and twenty one. In particular to developing countries. The development comes as who and other health regulators reaffirmed the overwhelming value of the astra zeneca or a covid nineteen vaccine amid ongoing concerns about clotting events among a very small number. You've had the job in statements on wednesday evening. Who's global advisory committee on vaccine safety. The european medicines agency and the uk's regulator or concluded that the benefits of taking the vaccine outweigh the very rare potential risks more than one hundred ninety million doses of the astros. Zenica vaccine have been administered today but only one hundred eighty. Two cases of clotting have been reported. Who said as it advised countries to continue to vaccinate with the as at vaccine not that it had saved millions of lives and prevented serious illness
"health organization" Discussed on NPR's World Story of the Day
"How and when did the covid nineteen pandemic begin this morning. The world health organization is releasing its report on the origins of the corona virus. Npr has obtained a copy which says the virus was likely circulating months before a big outbreak in wuhan china in december of two thousand nineteen. And that it did not begin in a seafood market there. Peter dasha is with us now. He's an expert on how animal viruses can infect human beings and he was part of the team that went to china to prepare this report. Good morning peter. Good morning how you doing good thank you where do you at the. Who think this virus originated. Well what would we really thing is. We don't know exactly whether the the the Fun on seafood. Marketing wuhan was the source or not. It's still could be but it's also possible. The other places within the region where the origin that the place where the virus. I got into people in you know. We've traced back from not not market that the suppliers of food to the muck which includes wildlife From all across china including places in rural china where we know the nearest forest is in bats for instance exist and it may have started the okay. Let's talk about the there that you mean. You're talking about farms. In rural china we are. We are using the term or have been using the term wildlife farms. Can you explain what these farms are. Well this is a a network of of wildlife farms but was really promoted over the last few decades in china as a way to alleviate policy very successful People will catch wild lunch things like civic ferry badges raccoon dogs bamboo rods and breed them in captivity and sell them to restaurants or walk markets for food. Is the idea here that the virus may spread from one of these farms which supplies the seafood markets in wuhan. And that's how it got out your report suggest that that supplies -able earth way in fact when we looked at all the pathways that this verse could've taken both the china team on the. Who team found this to the most likely pathway. Okay did you have access to everything in china that you needed to conduct a thorough investigation. Yeah i mean this was a very well setup joint mission From show where china Scientists were out the gathering data for the last few months in fact for the last year. So what you're pointing out. Is that most of the research that your team analyzed was completed by chinese scientists before the. Who team went to wuhan. There have been questions in the past over china's transparency around data particularly when it comes to this virus. Are you concerned at all about transparency at this stage we've we've been given a whole series of pieces of new evidence new day to that's later in the report dozens of graphs tables of testing different animals of people interviews right now. That's that's pretty extensive. And that's a lot more than than many people. Thought we would end up being able to to achieve. And i think that at this point. That's that's good enough to allow us to follow different leads and say one is more likely than another. I want to ask you about the theory that this virus leaked out of a lab in china which the. Who report address now. The former director of the cdc. Dr robert redfield is one of the people who say they think. This virus escaped from eleven. Wuhan likely referring to the wuhan institute of technology. The report calls that extremely unlikely what evidence ruled out. That lab is the source of the outbreak. Well what makes it extremely no evidence thole ruled it in. I mean you know. I understand the dutch redfield having a personal opinion about these things. And he's absolutely entitled to respect but whether it's no evidence at seoul of lab leak and then you go to the labs insult toll to the directors to the stuff. You ask them about you know. Do you test your staff with a positive to you you know. What sort of conditions have in the lab. What's the safety conditions. Too old. It the lab do you Train staff in an adequate way. You know even psychological evaluation of stock before. They're allowed to work that hundreds of hours of training before they're allowed to work in about safety lamps. These are well room. Lobs no evidence at all of the lab league. Lastly i must ask you. The biden administration has publicly questioned. This report credibility secretary of state. Antony blinken said we've got real concerns about the methodology and the process that went into that report including the fact that the government in beijing apparently helped to write it. Some of your colleagues in the infectious disease world of skeptical as well Dr anthony fauci talked yesterday to briefing. He said i'd like to see the report. I i'd like to inquire as to the extent in which the people who were on that group had access directly to the data. How can you assure the biden administration and other health authorities that. Your methodology was sound and without undue influence from china. That when when you get questions like this. It's always good to defer to the great dr fauci who said he'd like to see the report before we passed this comment. And that's what we need to do. We need to read these. Hundreds of pages of new information You know questions data supplied. It's never been done before. This is the deepest on the study. We have yet on the origins of covid. Let's read it. Let's look at the conclusions unless look at what next recommendations needs to be done the in the and i think that will answer answer most people's questions that a valid piece of work with great depth and a lot of new information in it peter dash is disease ecologist and president of the echo health alliance. He was one of the investigators who helped to write the. who report. Thank you for your time. So we appreciate it. More poetry. Greg tokens here..
"health organization" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories
"Saving message for the holiday season. Don't hug to stop the spread of the corona virus. Who's emergencies chief said monday. That the shocking rate of covid nineteen cases and deaths particularly in the. Us means that people shouldn't get too close to their loved ones this year. The epidemic in the us is punishing. It's widespread said dr michael ryan. It's quite frankly shocking. To see one to two persons a minute die in the. Us country with a wonderful strong health system and amazing technological capacities. He said at the moment. The us accounts for a third of all covid nineteen cases in the world ryan added according to johns hopkins university. The country has recorded more than two hundred. Eighty thousand corona deaths to date. Ryan was responding to a question during a news conference about whether hugs could be considered close contact which the u. n. Health agency has generally advised against in areas of high corona virus transmission. Maria van kirkov. Who's technical lead on cove. Nineteen said most transmission happens among people who tend to spend a lot of time together sharing meals and indoor spaces in workplaces or homes. But it sometimes hard to disentangle. How exactly the virus was spread added ryan. It's a horrible thing to think that we would be here as the world health organization saying to people don't hug each other it's terrible that is the brutal reality in places like the united states. Right now he said in november uk chief medical officer. Chris witty also told britain's that they shouldn't hug or kiss their elderly relatives during this year's holiday season if you want them to survive to be hugged again. Who's director of vaccines dr kate. O'brien warned that while new immunization campaigns to combat covid nineteen should help slow the pandemic having vaccines is not going to be a switch that means an automatic end to the pandemic last week. Britain became the first western country to approve. The experimental shot developed by pfizer and biotech. the country is poised to start vaccinating. Its highest risk populations on tuesday and its biggest ever immunization campaign. O'brien said that people who have concerns about receiving a covid nineteen vaccine developed in less than a year should learn more about the science calling such worries really legitimate questions..
"health organization" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories
"The case count on the continent regularly reached seventy five, thousand victims every year South African President Nelson Mandela partnered with rotary to launch the kick polio out of Africa campaign and the group scrambled fast or as fast as possible with so many children to vaccinate. On. So vast land mass in two thousand. The first synchronized campaigns began in seventeen countries with seventy six million children being vaccinated by tens of thousands of volunteers. The work fanned out across the continent from there including and especially heavy push from two thousand, eight to twenty ten when an outbreak in twenty, four countries in western and central Africa was met by a large scale multinational vaccination of eighty, five, million children. Finally Nigeria stood alone as the only African nation where the disease was still endemic in part because of resistance by religious leaders in the northern part of the country who objected to Western interference in local affairs and claimed that the vaccine was unsafe that opposition broke down partly thanks to muhammed sincere second the emir of the city of Khan. Oh, a hereditary leader descended from a ruling family who appeared at a public ceremony before the kickoff of a seasonal vaccination campaign in two thousand sixteen called for a vial of polio vaccine to be brought to the stage. And with the audience watching broke its seal and drank down its entire contents that year the country recorded its last case of polio and this year Nigeria's who certification is the reward for its efforts. The Polio Eradication Programme in Nigeria has gone through some difficult times. But I never once doubted that this day would come says Dr Tunji food show a former cardiologists who's the chair of Rotary International's polio plus committee in Nigeria anytime that we've experienced a setback said rotary and our partners have been able to find solutions and develop new strategies for reaching vulnerable children. Other challenges remain for one thing. There are still the stubborn polio redoubts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, but fund show is cautiously optimistic Afghanistan and Pakistan have their own set of challenges in the fight against the wild poliovirus. But so did the African region and Nigeria he says I cannot put a time stamp on win wild polio will be radically aided in the two remaining countries. The lessons we've learned in Nigeria and the African region show that ratification can be achieved through global commitment. What's more wild polio is not the only kind that causes disease. The oral vaccine contains a live but weakened virus, which in rare cases can mutate and lead to the very disease. It's designed to prevent there have been three hundred, two cases of vaccine derived polio in both endemic and non endemic country so far this year, all localized and not wide spread like wild polio can be again that case count is small by earlier standards but again, too many by the standards of the children and the families who are its victims. Stopping those infections means eventually supplementing the oral live virus vaccine with the injectable variety that uses a killed virus that can never caused the disease. The downside of the killed vaccine. It requires trained healthcare workers to administer the shots as opposed to volunteers who can easily learn to play drops in a child's mouth that final round of vaccinations will be thus more expensive and labor intensive than earlier rounds. But only after the handful of vaccine derived cases are eliminated to will the score of polio at last pass into history fund show and others are convinced that will happen. One thing I know for certain he says is if Nigeria could eliminate the wild poliovirus, any country can eliminate it..
"health organization" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories
"The World Health Organization declares Africa polio-free. By Jeffrey Kluger. Nobody will ever know the identity of the thousands of African children who were not killed or paralyzed by polio this year, they would have been hard to keep track of no matter what because in ordinary times they would've followed thousands last year and thousands the year before and on back in a generations long trail of suffering and death instead, no African children were claimed by polio. This year or last year or the year before it was in two thousand sixteen that the last case of wild circulating polio was reported in Nigeria the final country on the fifty four nation African continent where the disease was endemic and with the required multi year waiting period. Now, having passed with no more cases, the World Health Organization today officially declared the entirety of, Africa polio-free. A disease that as recently as the late nineteen eighties was endemic in one hundred, twenty, five countries claiming three hundred, fifty, thousand children per year has now been run to ground in just two remaining places, Pakistan and Afghanistan where there have been a collective one, hundred, two cases so far twenty twenty that's one hundred to too many. But there's no denying the scope of the whol announcement today's victory over the wild poliovirus in the. African region is a testament to what can happen when partners from a variety of sectors join forces to accomplish a major global health goal says John Hueco, general, secretary, and CEO of Rotary International. It is something the world can and should aspire to during these turbulent times. It was Rotary and International Nonprofit Service Organization that kicked off the polio endgame in Nineteen Eighty eight with the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative the GPA. That program aimed to leverage the power of rotaries thirty, five, thousand clubs and one point twenty, two, million members in two hundred countries and territories worldwide to make polio only the second human disease after smallpox to be pushed over the brink of extinction. The job was made easier by the partners rotary immediately attracted the WHO the US Centers for Disease Control and prevention the CDC and UNICEF The bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined in two thousand seven followed by Garvey the vaccine alliance just last year. The thirty two year initiate has dependent on volunteer workers and charitable donations which together have produced an army of twenty million field workers administering vaccines to over two and a half billion children at a cost of seventeen billion dollars. Some countries were a lighter lift and others in the. US The disease was eradicated in Nineteen, seventy nine. Well, before the GPA I began its work other nations followed in nineteen, Ninety Four, the Americas were declared polio free Europe as a whole got a clean bill of health in two thousand two when all fifty three countries in the WHO's deviated European region were declared free of the virus massive vaccination efforts began in India in nineteen, ninety seven, which eradicated the virus in two, thousand, fourteen, but Africa with its vast sprawl of village populations long distances to urban hospitals spotty infrastructure like. Roads and reliable cold chains refrigerated transport networks to keep vaccines. Viable was always going to present special challenges in one, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety, six when.
"health organization" Discussed on Second Opinion
"This is Dr Michael Wilks with. The pinion over the past few years. Our President has made some incredibly ill informed policy decisions even in the face of clear evidence to the contrary, these decisions have negatively impacted people's lives through policies around covid climate change, immigration health care women's rights, lgbt rights education, and of course, our relationship with foreign countries, but the president's recent decision to leave the sixty year. Old World Health Organization is among the very most irresponsible decision will. Will hurt the US every bit as much as it will hurt the rest of the world the W. H.. O. Is not a perfect organization. It is plagued by politics and infighting and a low budget, but it's still serves a super important function. The whol plays a key role in many decisions that directly or indirectly affect our lives more than ever before our global interconnected world create great risks particularly with regard to the spreading. Spreading of diseases, it is the WHO that is. Our First Line of defense the WHO. I alerted the world to the infection that came to be called covid in early January, and it advised healthcare workers how to protect themselves from the spread. Perhaps it could have been more aggressive with its policies, but if there is a problem, conduct an audit help improve the organization. Don't be a baby and take your toys and walk away. Away and it's not just covid were who plays a vital role. It coordinates the global response to diseases like polio Ebola Malaria HIV TB and yellow fever. The near nation of diseases like polio has saved the US tens of billions of dollars in treatment costs, and the WHO isn't the only Health Organization the US refuses to work with as the US decided to focus inwardly. We have already stopped funding the pan. American Health Organization. Pan. America is the area that is currently home to half of the top ten countries with co Vid. Now aside from helping ourselves, we also have a social responsibility to help resource poor countries by helping to provide education laboratory training tools like p. p. e. and clinical trials drugs to treat emerging and reemerging diseases. When we step back from these responsibilities, China steps in, and they're now in our backyard, working with countries that will old them a big favor. The WHO also directly benefits the US for example each year influenza virus mutates resulting in new variants around the world. It is the W. H. O. that leads the. The flu vaccine development process each year which includes several American researchers and organizations like our FDA and CDC. The US depends on data from the WHO to predict which strain of the flu will spread to the US so that we can make ineffective vaccination in the end the total US funding for the WHO is equivalent to the overhead of about one ass hospital about three hundred seventy million dollars. It would be very hard to get better value for that money. This is Dr Michael Wilks with a second opinion..
"health organization" Discussed on The President's Inbox
"Their desire to not have their sovereign Over and I think that that sort of the Achilles heel in the trump administration's desire to have a strong. Who because it wants it to be strong other countries but not necessarily strong against the United States? So which would be good for the goose. Shouldn't be good for the Gander or vice versa. Indeed and I guess the way I describe it is that debate show has in a sense being set up for failure. It's asked to a huge amount. It's budget is relatively small. It has authorities on paper but can't actually deliver on them so either. We have to be honest that it's always going to be flawed and always going to be beholden to whether or not it's member states actually follow through on their commitments. Were willing to. We really would have to empower it to and begin to accept some of its authority. But you know the complaints about though Kowtowing to China. It they have some merit. Because you know why couldn't tedious give take sort of grew Harlem Brundtland a little bit? Harsher stance torch China. Now China has gotten more powerful in the interim. So maybe that's the reason but if there is kowtowing going on I guess I would say sometimes that simply bowing to reality giving the symmetry in power between the organization and the member states that ultimately hold the whip hand. It's really no contest Stewart. I want close picking up that thread that point. You made that the. Who is asked to do a lot in given too little to accomplish it? And I WANNA ask in terms of the issue of vaccines. Obviously we're all talking about how the pandemic is really not gonNA come under control until we get a vaccine. There's some optimism that we can a produce vaccine be produced vaccine on what is an incredibly short time line. Maybe as little as eighteen months. Put this a reality. That's underlying all of this. Which is even if a vaccine is developed. It is GONNA be in short supply initially and then the question is what obligations does a country company have to see that any vaccine that is produced is widely available with the. Who have a role in deciding? How vaccines are distributed. It would only have a bully. Pulpit role is my understanding the stage right now. There is no existing multilateral mechanism to ensure the joint developments and distribution along public health lines equitable distribution of lifesaving vaccines mechanisms. Obviously there is sort of a an arms race you could describe it as almost to develop vaccines. There are dozens of efforts going on around the world. Interestingly given how globalized medical researches there's no guarantee that this would happen in the United States or even in a country that would be considered a natural ally or partner of the United States. So there's a lot of uncertainty out there. There's financial uncertainty. How how are you going to get companies? Who are doing this. They need to have some predictable revenue streams right and so the question is how are they gonna get those revenue streams particularly win in public health emergencies? A lot of countries can actually do what's called as they did in the HIV AIDS case Institute compulsory licensing which basically says look. We're just gonNA copy these things regardless of intellectual property. How do with that is also questions of indemnity for reliability? What if these things actually go to market really quickly? But then what happens if if there are a major side effects? And then there's what about regulatory certainty? So there's a whole lot of uncertainty there with those issues but the big issue as you point out is what are the chances of this is gonna be equitably shared. Because won't temptation be as the French would say so? Keep put you save yourself if you can right. So you prioritize your own populations. You put export controls on these things and there's already a lot of indication that that is the win. Number of countries will go. It was reported not sure whether or not to how how much it's been corroborated afterwards but it was reported that that the trump administration that the president had attempted to secure unilateral access for the United States to a promising vaccine being developed or potential vaccines being developed by a German company which exercise the Germans. Quite a bit as you can imagine but it certainly has been the pattern. It certainly was during the Obama Administration during the Previous pandemic h one. That basically there was an effort to initially to say. Hey we're gonNA share vaccines but when it turned out there wasn't there wasn't enough excedence. Anna moved to prioritize it to the American people so it is a huge issue now. The European Union recently has developed a program called access to covid nineteen tools or act. And it's called the active celebrator in the idea. Here is the it's you'd have rapid development and equitable deployment of any vaccines therapeutics. That actually emerged the big problem in. Its if you believe in equity. That's a really really good effort in and the WHO is involved in it providing technical expertise but it is not the sort of prime mover behind it. The difficulty is that neither the United States nor China or India who all have major pharmaceutical industries have agreed to join that to date the president's decision to upset the United States from that was particularly conspicuous in so in this arms race. You've got some folks moving forward very quickly. On sort of a nationalist basis and the ultimate terms are going to be really really unknown. And then you have other folks who are moving forward on in innocence a more cosmopolitan direction. Where I guess by that. I mean that's presumably. There's going to be major moves if this payout from this in terms of a vaccine or or therapeutic treatments there's going to be an effort to try to ensure that these get to some of the neediest areas craps the hardest hit areas but that are somehow distributed along.
"health organization" Discussed on The President's Inbox
"It has to be said that since the novel coronavirus first appeared in China his become a significant political football in geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China the United States has rightly criticized China for being less than transparent with echoes of the SARS experience less than transparent in terms of actually admitting that there was a problem resisting any indication that this would be transmissible between people at times in sort of quasi authorized way fanning the flames of misinformation including the notion that somehow the US army was responsible for the COVID. Nineteen outbreak again. A lot of vitriol coming from the Chinese side from the American side huge amounts of criticism for China's lack of transparency but then also a lot of frustration with the World Health Organization particularly in the early experience of Covid. Nineteen so for instance. There's a lot of pointing to a tweet at the. Who sent out on January fourteenth saying basically repeating China's line that there was no apparent case a person to person transmission and then later on in the month some quite gushing commentary from the Director General of the World Health Organization address. Gabriel's basically saying that literally. It's no exaggeration that China's setting that model standard for pandemic response and that was obviously in fact. A gross exaggeration given the lack of transparency. On the part of the Chinese that being said the letter that Mr Trump sent to other members basic members of the World Health Organization and he senate right at the beginning of the annual session the opening of the World Health Assembly which is basically the Assembly member states which he chose not to speak to right. Exactly what you chose not to speak to and could have since it was involved a number of heads of state and heads of government including present sheet. I guess I would describe it as a mixture of truths of half truths and of outright mistaken statements. There were a number of the most probably must've regis of the faulty statements. Was this sort of statement that the British Medical Journal. The Lancet had actually published accounts of current ivars outbreak in December in China which landed had. No they didn't even mention the coronavirus until an article. In late January. The letter was while to some degree embodied international broader international frustration with China. As you suggest I think it backfired a bit because it appeared to this threat of basically eliminating US funding permanently from the organization and maybe using funds outside of the organization garnered a lot of criticism. Not just as you might expect from China and Russia for instance but but also from the European Union basically saying that this was not the time to take the dewitt show to task transcends declare war on the on the WHO to order to leave it in the middle of a pandemic. The one thing that the president's letter did arguably accomplished in the in the in the White House has been touting this is that there was an agreement to launch an impartial independent review of the W as performance from initial outbreak. I do have to say that that impartial review. There is a precedent for that during the Ebola west African outbreak where the WTO came under a lot of criticism for not declaring a public emergency of international concern until quite late and then sort of watching the early response. There was also an interim assessment of an independent interim assessment of the debut performance. So in a sense this is following that model but I do think that Having looked at the respective timelines of the trump administration's response to cope nineteen and the response of the World Health Organization. I would have to say that. I'm more impressed with the seriousness. Certainly by late January with which the World Health Organization took the emerging pandemic then. I am of the seriousness. With which the trump administration took the emerging pandemic particularly during those sort of sex or seven critical weeks in February and and into early March during which it was clear that a pandemic was spreading. Well let me show you out on that student if I may just because you've worked in government you understand how government works. Obviously the Chinese had by the end of December announced this corona virus again the president's critique of the. Who is that? It was slowing getting news? Out was to favorite bull to China for from your experience working in government. To what extent do you think the? Us government relies on the word of the WHO on these matters versus other sources. It has for information. Why would have to say that the W chose guidance and alerts would be one important input but frankly speaking you know the the there would always be trust but verify aspect of things and in this case the United States had a number of different sources? First of all at the time of the COVID. Nineteen outbreak right around the turn of the year even though a number of US officials from the HHS health and human services including the Centers for Disease Control and the Food Drug Administration. A number of those had been removed already from China. Partly for budgetary reasons. There were people on the ground including John. It's actually were sending back information and alerts to their home agencies. In addition to that of course we have a boffin shadowy but quite extensive intelligence community and the public reports of what the intelligence community was aware of during that time suggests that the trump administration at the highest levels should not have been taken by surprise by the fact that there was something that looked like it had pandemic potential and in fact that the administration was getting many of those reports. There may have been something going on internally within the I think one of the big disconnects was the sort of public messaging and communication to the American people and of course governors and others in states as to how to begin to prepare for a public health emergency and it took quite a while weeks before the president actually went ahead and declared that you know. Who let's say it wasn't perfect but when we look around the world and we see significance a lot of heterogeneity allow a lot of diversity in how countries have done in responding to this and presumably they all had at least some level of similar information. But which you find are the countries that have done well in the United States is not the only one that has not done particularly well but those that did for instance South Korea. It did a couple of things. In addition to having some social distancing which of course became big in the United States? It very quickly had a surveillance and testing and tracing system up and running. It was sort of dramatic and a lot of just had to do with sort of shoe leather of people sort of tracking down potential people might be carriers or have become infected with the fact that that got started so much later in the United States is one reason why as in Italy as in the United Kingdom one reason why we saw a large outbreak of coronavirus at least certain portions of our country. Let's talk a little bit about the consequences of the president's announcements on the WHO Stewart. I sort of feel like. We're now in a debate. Which is pitting two groups of people those who say Knicks? It don't fix it versus those who arguing mend it. Don't end it. Let's talk about the trump administration's position has the trump administration sketched would do as an alternative. Who were is the administration's message mainly we won't do anything. There are a couple of ideas that have come out from the trump administration also from some outsiders someone allied and supportive with President. One of the ideas that has been bandied about is of creating some sort of an entity that would exist outside of the WHO would ideally be more nimble and be less beholden to China. The difficulty of course is is when you try to consider sort of international work around whether it's sort of club form of governance call it the health twenty rather than the Group of twenty the difficulties trying to avoid having those same dynamics and political and geopolitical competition it has already hamstrung your existing organizations which has certainly been the case. I I should just mention that. One of the biggest disappointments in addition to the W. H. O. In this entire episode has been the failure of sort of apex forums of multilateral cooperation Intergovernmental Corporation like the Group of twenty like the Group of seven like the UN Security Council it. Lets you put it on? Seems to be every country for itself. Exactly what you have is what you really have had in all three of those and it's the US China Rivalry is not the only reason why those forums had largely been missing in action. But it hasn't been a major reason in late March. A major meeting of g seven foreign ministers basically collapsed on the basis of an SS G. Seven this is. These are Western countries them in advance market democracies the ones a basic collapsed because there was disagreement between the United States and the other members to whether or not there should be explicit mention of the Wuhan Corona virus as opposed to simply cope at nineteen in the final communique when it comes to the UN Security Council there. It's basically it was China. China had the rotating presidency also in March and it would not call a meeting of the UN Security Council on the grounds that this was not a security matter but a public health matter that ignores of course that in the past not least in Bulla there have been UN Security Council meetings on a global pandemic but the reason was that the Chinese were afraid of exposure and embarrassment over their poor performance at the beginning of thanks so it has had consequences now in terms of potential fixes to the World Health Organization. There have been a number of different proposals one of them that Number folks feel like the. Who has lost? Its way is you know the. Who needs to get back to basics? And this is a the Wall Street. Journal had a strong editorial on this separate Rico basically it said the WTO lost its way because it got away from simply dealing with pandemics and it got involved in all sorts of somewhat obscure diseases and also got involved in broader attitudes of system strengthening which I mentioned before trying to improve the quality of health care in many of these countries or tried to be in favor of universal healthcare universal access to healthcare. So that is one idea that has been bandied about another one that the trump administration has talked about is. Let's improve the power of the World Health Organization to be able to hold member-states feet to the fire. They need to be able to name and shame. And they point to the example of grew Harlem Brundtland. Who is the head of the? Who DURING THE SARS epidemic win? She basically called out the Chinese government at the time for not being transparent enough and they say we need to be able to have a wgn. That can actually do that. Stewart. Can I ask you up that is? I'm just trying to imagine how a system like that would work if the WHO were to criticize US policy. I mean you know well from have written a book about the reluctance of many Americans sign onto multilateral arrangements in agreements is because they don't want to let outside forces supra-national bodies have a say over. What the United States can or should do. That's precisely the point really. I think that that dilemma. You put your finger on it. The United States and the trump administration has basically said that the. Who needs to be able to call out recalcitrant governments yet? You call them out on the carpet. The difficulty of course is that that could conceivably work in a couple of different ways right it should rebound directly right on the United States and I think this points to a bigger problem of how member states treat the. Who THERE COUPLE PROBLEMS? One of them is we. The international community has loaded up on the. Who An increasing number of things that it's supposed to be doing without necessarily much increasing the budget or for while keeping it flatlined but the other thing is that we've said look at needs to be able to hold governments to account because otherwise global health securities endangered. So he needs to be able to really get in there. And you don't have strong surveillance and be able to rely on non official sources of information as to what's going on. The problem is that the countries of the world and particularly the strongest countries. That were not only or torn between their desire to have an effective international organization that can actually deliver the global good of global health security and.
"health organization" Discussed on The President's Inbox
"Welcome to the president's. Inbox is see for podcast about the foreign policy challenges facing the United States. I'm Jim Linzie director studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. This week's topic is the World Health Organization with me to discuss the. Who's role in combating the coronavirus? Pandemic is Stuart Patrick. Stewart is James H binger senior fellow in global governance in director of the international institutions in Global Governance Program at CF CFR. His areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation on global issues. Us policy toward international institutions and the challenges posed by fragile in post conflict. States is most recent. Book is the Sovereignty Wars Reconciling. America with the World Stewart. Thanks for being here. It's great to be here Jim. Thanks so much. I hope you're doing well stewarded. We're all working remotely these days but I hope all with you and yours yet. No doing very well on even got outside into the Managua. He'll national forest of West Virginia. A social distancing. Since it's a pretty big place with not a lot of people this weekend so yeah good. Memorial Day weekend. Thanks good to hear that. Let's talk about the whol and I want to get into the criticism of it. Obviously president trump as in very critical the. Who but my suspicion when most people see the letters. Who they think of the Rock Band not the Health Organization so one of the basic question. Stuart what is the? Who Do right. Who is the world's premier multilateral intergovernmental body to deal with global health broadly speaking and over time it's agenda has expanded significantly beyond the issue of pandemic disease but just just backing up a bit you know the WHO was founded? It's a legacy organization in some ways as you recall the the League of Nations was founded in one thousand nine hundred twenty in nineteen twenty-three there was an addition to the League of nations which is League of Nations Health Organization and that was obviously just a few years after the great so-called Spanish influenza pandemic but the WHO really came into formal being in the aftermath of the Second World War when it was created in nineteen forty eight is a specialized agency of the United Nations. And since then it's done a whole lot of things. But one of them it's been at the forefront of a lot of efforts to eradicate diseases a major victory in in helping radicalized smallpox obviously a major scourge but also has had a lot of disease specific efforts including polio on the ropes. And not quite there yet but obviously a major major progress against player but basically what it does is it provides technical assistance to countries. It tries to help set International Health Standards Aunts or guidance as to what countries should be doing. It's increasingly been involved in helping build up sort of healthcare system capacity. What does that mean Stewart? It will basically what that means is. There are many countries that really lack an overall sort of soup to nuts approach to the health of their citizenry. They often have very weak infrastructure. They don't have anything like epidemiological surveillance. In other words figuring out where diseases are erupting and and how they might be contained. There is also an increase emphasis within the show on noncommunicable diseases these are things like diabetes and cancer is in a lot of the an obesity. Frankly a lot of the sort of illnesses of affluence which unsurprisingly as incomes rise in the developing world. We're starting to see a lot of those things that we've already experienced here in the wealthy west so it's budget for what it does. I have to say it's budget is quite modest. It's probably about a little bit more than five billion dollars for each biennium. It has a two year budget so basically about a two and a half billion dollar budget exact for your dollar budget per year which has a number of health experts pointed out his smaller than a lot of really big American hospitals so how many employees is the. Who HAVE STEWART? It's got about seven thousand employees. Many of them are in. It's got one hundred and fifty different offices. Worldwide Headquarters is in Geneva. And of course a very large portion of the employees are there but it does have employees in one hundred fifty different field offices around the world many in that development world. I'm so it's far-flung but it's not it's not particularly well resourced understood as you describe it. It has played important role in distributing vaccines to stop scourges Fox polio. I think he did more recently. Abullah does A. who actually itself provide healthcare. It doesn't tend to provide healthcare admitted in the wake of a bowl of there is now a very modest deployable force but in general it is assisting the delivery of healthcare capacity and improvement of healthcare capacity in setting up standards in other countries its primary role is not an in the actual delivery of healthcare. Okay so it's not in the delivery of services business exists in some sort of coordinating business which raises the question of. Can it direct member states to do anything? The interest not really direct. No it has some significant on paper significant legal authorities but in a way it does two things and it does one of the much better than the other. The first is that. It's a very good as technical standard setting body and providing scientific expertise in a repository of sort of the latest and best information about how to deal with particular things ranging from how to craft anti-tobacco legislation or how to deal with an outbreak of dysentery. For instance it's not particularly good at is providing direction in getting member states actually abide by many of the legal obligations that they've signed up to let me just say that this is particularly the case in pandemics. You'll recall the SARS outbreak. It was SARS epidemic on which was Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was an earlier corona virus. Sort of a cousin to Code Nineteen. The broke out in Guangdong Province other places in southern China and that was eventually controlled but during the outbreak. There was there was a lot of questions about the poor performance of China in terms of being transparent and in allowing the WHO actually cooperate with in the aftermath of that epidemic. Which although it only killed about eight hundred people worldwide it costs something like forty billion dollars off the global economy in the aftermath of that member states got together and said look we need to strengthen the authorities of the World Health Organization created. These things called the international while they reformed order known as the International Health Regulations and on paper the. Who has a lot of power? It has the power to declare a public health. Emergency of international concern. It has the power to innocence insisted countries provided with the most up to date information about an outbreak. The difficulty is that none of these things are really enforceable. There's no penalty if countries don't do they're supposed to do another thing that the HR is supposed to do is to actually make sure that countries build up the most basic healthcare capacities to sort of predict you know anticipate and prepare for respond to epidemics. But after fifteen years were now fifteen years from two thousand five when they came into being only about half of countries in the world actually complied with their commitment. So it can urge but when it comes to the really politically sticky issues it tends to have to really defer to the goodwill of its member states. Who Don't always show that goodwill so. Who's like most other international organizations in that it can only do what its member states wanted to do. So I also want to make clear that the. Who can't direct the United States? Do anything either? Correct that is correct. Under the W shows sort of legal framework a good example would be the response to covert The W has a lot of guidance that it puts out tending to sort of discouraged countries from putting travel bans for instance or it's against restraining. The experts have particular lifesaving devices etc. Because it feels like those get in the way of public health emergency responses and what we've seen in the case of the current ours of course was a huge number of countries put up travel restrictions. Now which they're obliged to do legally many of them didn't even bother to explain to. W why they were doing it because they're supposed to be sort of a medical or scientific rationale behind it w it remained skeptical out of those moves. It's actually been a source of major controversy with respect to the president and one of his major objections was. Hey they told me right. After they said this global emergency they criticize the United States for imposing travel restrictions. And in fact I saved a bunch of lives is sort of his narrative there so it it gets very when you get into those issues the deal with sovereignty like who controls your borders. The debate has a lot less power than it might on paper and should be clear again. You've written a really good book on America's US sovereignty of the American political systems. You have sovereignty. The United States itself has been very reluctant to accept international organizations they can compel its members particularly United States. Do things correct. Yeah that is correct. What's been interesting here because I I want to be fair. To the United States the United States has hardly been the only country that has instituted a certain number of restrictions or adopted policies contrary to the guidance of WHO and in some cases in in contravention to their obligations even early on in the European Union. You saw the French and the Germans basically banned the export of number of a medical life saving devices and personal protective equipment even to other European Union countries so the United States is not alone in this. Okay I I to get to president. Trump's criticism for we do that. I think it's important to talk just a bit. About how the. Who is funded? We talked a little while ago at the. Who's annual budget is in that two point five billion dollar range? He just talk a bit about where that money comes from to think it's important to understanding the consequences of what the president's proposed to do absolutely like many international organizations the WHO gets its funding from a mixture of sources a small percentage but actually had a not inconsiderable percentage actually comes from private foundations like the gates foundation or the British charity. The wellcome trust but when it comes to the interstate contributions which are the vast majority about twenty percent of the budget that they get is from assessed contributions and about eighty percent is from voluntary contributions. Now assessed contributions are treaty-based. They are legally binding. These are assessed according to a formula. That is roughly comparable to what country? Sheriff GDP is world gross domestic product. So this is similar to basic budget of the UN. For instance said the United States pays about twenty two percent of those assessed contributions but again those assessed contributions are only about a fifth of the. Who's overall budget? The rest are in a sense voluntary contributions which are often earmarked to particular either diseases. Initiatives that the sending country thinks are important so you have people always talk about earmarks in the US budget right where members of Congress are others will place a particular of side while that funding has to go to that specific program only the WHO budget which partly makes it less flexible than it might be much less. Flexible is is heavily earmarked because of that eighty percent voluntary funding. And it's also a little bit difficult as you can imagine planning budgets. If if say the salary that you were getting was twenty percent assessed in other words. You could count on it pretty much every year. The other eighty percent was well. It's sort of a voluntary contribution. Makes it a little bit difficult to plan your own budget personal budget if that was the kind of revenue stream? You're getting okay so looking at the voluntary. Funnier looking funding overall. You note that private organizations can give money to the. Who Indeed to the ten largest contributors to the WHO or the bill and Melinda Gates Foundation accounts for more than ninety percent of the organization's budget and Rotary International which contributes two and a half percent of WHO's budget. What is the relative contribution of China to the Budget Stewart? China's contribution is below that. I don't have the exact figure in front of me but I believe it's along the lines of the Of Sort of three or four percent of the budget at least it's assessed contribution is rather small that the Chinese have my understanding is that they do have an assessment but they have not to this point been very generous when it comes to the voluntary fund. Yes this is. It's it's interesting that that China has in. The past has not been very generous in terms of the voluntary funding that they provided the World Health Organization. There is an interesting wrinkle on that recently that president she at the opening of the World Health Assembly at ten days ago basically offered two billion dollars which significant sum of money for pandemic response efforts that the. Who would be leading in that elicited? Some controversy with the United States because there was the trump administration suggested that the only reason that China was doing that was in a sense to whitewash some of its poor performance earlier on. Let's talk about that Stewart. I don't think that the trump administration collision that the Chinese trying to rewrite the narrative is far fetched prison. She's offer after all did come in the wake of considerable criticism not just from the United States and not just from the west of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic so. Let's talk a bit about President. Trump's criticisms of China most notably the letter he sent to the WHO ago threatening to escalate his temporary halt funding a US funding for who to a permanent ban on US funding to WHO? You sort of walk us you. The gist of the president's criticism. Sure the president has his his letter which better four-page letter had a number of criticisms of China and particularly the coziness between the World Health Organization in China..
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"Social distancing slows the spread of corona virus. So if you have a fever dry cough and shortness of breath call your healthcare provider before going in more info at Corona Virus Dot Gov. Let's all do our part because we're all Hashtag alone together. Brought to you by the Ad Council. Welcome back the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. It wasn't just the. Who China working really hard. And I think they're doing a very good job there intact with world the world our world organization the also in early February president trump was saying that China was doing a great job there Extremely capable and I think President Xi is extremely capable and. I hope that it's going to be resolved again but by March president trump's rhetoric shifted. But we want to look into World Health Organization because they really are They called it wrong. They call it wrong really. By this point. Coronavirus cases were spiking in the US and criticism of the administration building. Medical professionals were pointing to delays in testing and getting protective equipment to health workers and increasingly win. The president and other administration officials were asked about these issues. They pointed the finger at two parties. The president began making the case publicly that China and the World Health Organization didn't do enough to stop the spread to the United States in the first place. Our colleague Andrew covers the White House. He said China hadn't done enough. Had Withholding Information and the World Health Organization by extension have been doing the same thing and sort of deferring to China too much and not questioning their version of events. They seem to be very China. Centric that's a nice way of saying it. But they seem to be very China centric and they received were always on the side of China. And we funded you know so I want to look into it yes? In April that shift in rhetoric became a policy shift trump announced the US would freeze its funding to the WHO while his administration looked into the organizations quote. Mismanagement of the coronavirus response and on Monday trump said that investigation was finished and he tweeted a letter to Dr. Ted Rose detailing administration's findings. Here's betsy the gist of his criticism. Is that the. Who basically ignored reports in December of an emerging pneumonia an emerging new disease and then didn't do enough in those critical early weeks in December and early January to pressure China to come clean about what was going on what this new virus was and what was happening with it. Responding aggressively in the first few weeks is very critical as we have sadly seen and so. That's the gist of his criticism. That the WHO did not pressure China enough and that it in fact accepted what China was itself reporting for example. The letter points to a WHO tweet. That repeated a claim. China's making it mid January that there was no clear evidence of human to human transmission. Human-to-human transmission is really the whole ballgame. Right I mean if this wasn't transmitted from person to person you know we wouldn't be in the situation to begin with right. I mean we wouldn't be wearing masks. The virus wouldn't have spread across more than one hundred almost two hundred countries now. So the the President's point here is if the. Us was warned if foul countries are warned that this was transmitting among humans earlier than maybe they could have done more the WHO did say in a press conference. The same day tweeted China's claim that human to human transmission was possible. Trump was raising some of the same issues that health officials had raised back in January and February but his prescription about what to do about it. Alarmed public health experts in his letter. Monday trump warned that if the WHO didn't make unspecified changes the US would permanently cut off payments to the organization payments make up about fifteen percent of the WHO's entire budget and the US might even pull out of the H. altogether in a statement this week the. Who said it had received? The president's letter was considering it. This letter landed at the W. H. O. On a pretty big day for the organization when it's one hundred and ninety four members come together for a big annual meeting the world health. Assembly would've eating you actually member countries dialed in to discuss the pandemic and they're another major global player made a move. That was pretty much. The Opposite of trump's Xi Jinping is one of the first people to speak Shuzo basins and guns and he gets up and he makes up pretty impassioned plea for continued funding for the WHO and four major countries contributing a amount to the broader pandemic and then he announced this two billion dollar contribution was not specifically to the. Who but it's it's to the broader fight for the SAKE OF BOOSTING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGAINST COORDINATING. I like to announce the following China will provide two billion. Us dollars over two years to help with coordinating with Moose. The same day that the president of the United States was threatening to pull funding. China was pledging. Two billion dollars to the coronavirus fight worldwide. It's a huge contribution and really more than that. It's symbolic because it's China standing up and saying we're GONNA take a global leadership role in this fight. It's interesting because one of president trump's concerns seems to be that China has too much influence over the. Who but by pulling the W funding? Couldn't he be creating an opening? China to have more influence. Yeah I think he's actually given China and opportunity here to exert influence and power. This is China's or stepping into the void left by the United States which is at the same time threatening to pull out of the World Health Organization altogether. This is China saying we're going to step up and fill that void soon. Why would trump do it? I think there's reasons why he's doing it. I mean I. T's been entirely skeptical of broad international organizations for the duration of his presidency from the United Nations to NATO. This is sort of an extension of that too. I think you know. At least his critics would say that. He's trying to deflect blame from what's happening. In the United States. He has come under deep deep deep criticism from lawmakers and public health officials. The skips him an opportunity to sort of say. You know. This isn't my fault. This goes back months to China and the World Health Organization. The White House says that the US not retreating from its global leadership role and White House spokesman called Beijing's two billion dollar. Pledge a distraction from China's own krona virus response but President Trump's letter puts the. Who in a tough spot? This Wednesday the organization said that it is one point three billion dollars short of what it needs to fight the pandemic through the end of the year. That number is so large in part because it can't count on contributions from the US but if the US does pull back from the W. H. O. The loss will go deeper than just money. It would also lose a major player. We have a lot a ton of expertise here. I mean life saving medications. Vaccines are developed by. Us companies by the NIH the CDC has the world's leading public health experts and so not having a cooperative relationship with the the US is incredibly damaging to global health efforts generally anti who You sort of start to devolve into a world of everybody doing their own thing. It's incredible that the mission that the. Who was set up to help solve and prevent or situations like the one that we're in right now with pandemic and this also happens to be the moment that the very foundation of the organization is frame. It is an irony you know. It's both a cause and effect. These battles start to emerge as things go badly. It shows the stress and the tragedy that everybody is encountering.
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"The. Who is part of the United Nations? It was created just years after the UN itself World War Two had just ended and people realize that the world was changing especially when it came to disease risk. It was clear that people and goods were moving around the world and disease was moving with them. Our colleague Betsy McKay covers global health. You had diseases jumping across borders and there was a lot being learned at the time. Also I mean a lot. Science was advancing. But if it's advancing in one country how or other countries going to benefit from it disease had gone global was there should be a global organization ready to respond to it sharing your science to set standards and coordinate the world's fight against infectious diseases and for more than half a century. That's what the. Who has done? It led the effort to eradicate smallpox. It is tantalizingly close to radicati polio. It's been crucial in fighting the ongoing bullet in central Africa. What exactly is the. Who's role in an outbreak? Yeah it's an interesting question. I think thanks to our movies. People think the. Who is much bigger and much more powerful than it is. I think the perception is that when there's an outbreak somewhere around the world that there's this whole army of like chiseled buff on epidemiologists from the. Who who descend you know in private planes and say hi. We're here on the seed. This is our Rodeo. And we're going to take care of it and that's not the way it works. Betsy says the. Who is actually a pretty small organization. It's less of a global disease fighting army in more of a coordinator. It collects resources and expertise from its member countries and gets it to the right place one of the. Who's main tools to fight? An outbreak is its ability to declare. It was called a public health. Emergency of international concern. It sounds like terminology. What it really allows is. It raises the alert level around the world. It helps to marshal resources but it is something that the w takes doesn't take lightly it sounds like they don't take it lightly and it does signal to the rest of the world that the world's international public health body believes that this is a crisis that needs to be responded to rapidly so this winter when the world started hearing about a mysterious pneumonia-like disease that was cropping up in China the. Who had to decide whether this was a global health? Emergency in late January the director general of the W. H. O. who goes by his first name. Dr Ted rose call the meeting of the organisation's experts to make the call so they met and we're left at an impasse. They felt they needed more information from China to declare whether this was a global public health. Emergency the meeting on for two days and the. Who's experts ended in a split half in favor of emergency declaration in half arguing that China had the situation under control and so the WHO didn't declare an emergency? But a lot of outside experts. It did look like an emergency. The Chinese government was stopping trains between cities ordering some residents not to leave their homes and the virus was cropping up and other countries in Japan Singapore South Korea. Some health experts and diplomats began to that there was another reason the W. H. O. was declaring an emergency. The concerns were that China had pressured the WHO into delaying declaring an emergency kind of remains an open question? What type of pressure? If there was pressure what type of pressure there was a source told The Wall Street Journal that China had pressured the. Who Committee to not declare. Emergency but doctor. Ted's denied this. What is clear though is that China has significant leverage over the W. H. O. Every members day does as because its members fund the WHO and the WHO has very little power to force. Its funders to do anything for example if the organization wants to investigate an outbreak. You can't just arrive in. The country has to be invited. It's a very delicate relationship so the WHO tends to use diplomatic tools which are its greatest asset to try to get cooperation from countries. They need to get in there and get the information they need. The question is how do you do that? If you don't have any stick of your own with no real leverage against China Dr Ted Russa's best option to find out more about. The outbreak was diplomacy so after the meeting. Where the W didn't declare an emergency. Dr Ted rose hopped on a plane. Dr Hedgerows went to China. He said at the time that he needed to go to China to meet with the government tried to get more information and try to get a better handle on the situation so he quickly got a visa. When to China met with the president out of that meeting? He said he got a few things. Chinese officials briefed. Dr Ted rose on the outbreak in how China was responding in. Dr ted rose got chinese president. Xi Jinping's permission to bring a group of experts into China and right after that meeting the. Who made the call? Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health. Emergency of international concern. Dr tendrils came back. You know overnight flight back to Geneva and immediately called another meeting of that Emergency Advisory Committee. They met the next day and decided to declare a global health emergency but when doctor tendrils came back from his trip he also did something else which upset a lot of people when he came back he did say publicly that China is is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response. He praised China's extraordinary efforts. The speed with which China detected the outbreak isolated the virus sequencing the genome and shared it with WHO? The world are very impressive and beyond words so is China's commitment to transparency and to supporting other countries criticism. That he in the. Who came under at the time was why are you praising? China which has just locked down imposed massive quarantine sixty million people back then the. Who wasn't recommending mass lockdowns? So to some health experts Dr Rosas public comments seemed to undermine the W Joe's own advice but more importantly many experts didn't feel that China was being all that transparent reporting at the time revealed that the country had downplayed the risks. Early on at first the government claimed that the virus couldn't be passed from human to human and to try to silence whistle blowers who said otherwise and here was the w Joe giving China praise. Who's the leading international public health body? So if w is praising China that is sending a message to China that the world is pleased with your response and with you on this and it's not putting pressure on China. It's not putting any pressure on China to act differently. Health experts discomfort also spoke to a more deep-seated concern about China's increasingly strong influence in public health a global superpower helping to solve health problems. Sounds great but these critics say it also has risks because gives China leverage and geopolitics to I think people are just generally worried about China and China's ambitions on the world stage. And this is part of it. You know if China is able to get its own people into the. Who What does that portend for? International Disease Control going forward particularly worried about China's views and track record on human rights. And so there's concern about how that would play out as its influence. In international disease efforts grow but as the virus spread the. Who's critics had bigger things to worry about than whether China is exerting too much influence. The epidemic was starting to run out of control in Iran Italy and in the US and amid all this the WHO was playing a key role warning nations to prepare for even further spread and sending tests and supplies to poor countries. The WHO's critics began to quiet down. But then one very vocal critic rod the. Who Back into the headlines? That's coming up.
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"The World Health Organization because they really are they called it wrong they call it wrong they really they missed the call they could have called it months earlier they would have known and then they should have done and they probably didn't know so we'll be looking into that very carefully they probably did know they were there on the ground and as I said they have a very cozy relationship with China there's a disturbing report that's coming out of Wuhan locals in Wuhan are saying that hospitals we're taking coronavirus patients in body bags a live and putting them into furnaces this can't be independently verified in China but there are several people that are claiming that they live by these incinerators and that the communist Chinese party was burning corona patients alive to make room for new patients in the overcrowded hospital a source close to the funeral industry identified only as mom who said that he had heard reports of people restrained and forced into body bags while they were still moving some people are saying their video clips of screams coming from funeral homes from inside the furnaces which tells us some people were taken to the funeral homes while they were still alive ma also notes the existence of video testimony from an anonymous older woman who had been treated at Wuhan hospital presumably for Chinese corona virus one old lady was saying that they put one guy into a body bag when he wasn't dead yet and took him off to the crematorium because there was no way of saving him end quote video of an older woman speaking anonymously to the camera began circulating on social media in February she said she witnessed the patient next tour at a war on hospital stuffed into a body bag while still alive quote he's not dead his feet and hands are still moving they wrapped him up in a plastic body bag and zipped it up you know we can't verify this I'm not sure that we're going to ever be able to verify this but it wouldn't be surprising this is what they do Taiwan news noted the woman claimed to have suffered from corona virus symptoms but she was in her sixties she did not suffer severe symptoms unlike the man taken away it was estimated in his seventies this is a a a a a video another video from Taiwan news another woman said the man was weak but was still breathing when medical workers found his head then his hands and feet which were still moving she was there this woman was there no other treatment for corona virus patients beside oxygen the woman said she felt older patients the hospital were treated like dead dogs this this is totally is consistent with the way that communist countries I should say socialist countries that China is not communists they claim they're communists but by that definition and if you read the the new book that we released yesterday arguing with socialist you'll understand we gotta stop calling it a communist country it's not it's a socialist country communism only happens in the utopia it only have it's never happened before there is never been a communist country because they never get past the socialism part socialism is the step to utopia socialism is the one where you have to have all the bloodshed and everything else you have to have the training camps because you got to get people to that utopian state where the government doesn't have anything to do with it anymore the people just want to do it themselves well no country's ever gotten there no country ever will get there so this is what a socialist country does this is this is what the Fabian socialist George Bernard Shaw said why don't we just lined people up and say Sir or madam your life can't be worth very much to you and it's certainly not worth anything to us we can't afford to keep you alive anymore justify your existence that's a quote from George Bernard Shaw this is the kind of this is the kind of stuff that if you don't care about the individual you do now on our front until March eighteenth we were still processing Chinese nationals at our border and not turning them back this according from Burke according to Daniel Horowitz from from the blaze March eighteenth we were still processing Chinese nationals at the border and not turning the back they didn't even have a quarantine policy in place for a symptomatic people although the presumption was that by the time they were given over to C. P. B. or ice and then processed and eventually released with a notice to appear it would be longer than fourteen days we we are trying to get our foreign national programs back online before the business comes back online we're trying to bring foreign nationals into our country as soon as possible this is a problem because if you watch what's going on over in Hong Kong and Taiwan you're seeing that they open things back up and they have to travel well people were traveling around the world and they came back home what happened they're now starting to have symptoms again the virus is going up and it looks like they're going into another phase if we open up our country it looks like we won't be opening up our borders well except for our southern border will leave that wide open but it won't looks like we won't be opening up our borders anytime soon we won't be flying any place any time soon because that seems to be the next problem we can isolated here and we can stop but the virus knows no border and if anybody is traveling and coming in from a place where there is the virus then we re introduce it into society and we're facing the same kind of locked down it looks like parts of China Hong Kong Taiwan may be going back into locked down there at least talking about it at this point because of the travel restrictions that have been release and not the travel restrictions of going to work but the cross border travel restrictions that apparently is the problem all right let's take a quick break let me tell you about our sponsor this half hour it is Norton as you know Norton is the top name.
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"Health Organization today officially designating corona virus as a global pandemic one the coronavirus emergency as fears of a pandemic continue to rise people are scrambling to stock up on supplies prompting some stores start rationing how much you can buy honestly it sounds almost so silly to say it but there's a lot of restaurants that are doing the free system worth people are literally not training Chinese restaurants they're not teaching Asian restaurants because of just straight up racism around my wrist we find ourselves in an unprecedented public health crisis a rapidly evolving global pandemic most of us never on your arm will stand the the terror in the and in some you take the first list offered disappear into the potters I'm quite Lewis you're losing ground zero the number called eight seven seven seven three three one zero one one that's eight seven seven seven three three one zero one one you know last night we were talking about quantum computers are talking about quantum physics about how we use quantum physics and quantum computers to pretty much you know contact alien races and.
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"The World Health Organization has declared the corona virus outbreak. A pandemic this move comes as the. Who reports some hundred twenty thousand cases in one hundred? Fourteen countries around the globe cases have been rising dramatically in Europe Iran and the United States over the last twenty four hours. Npr's Jason Bowen is here in the studio with the latest. Hi Jason I are. The Corona virus outbreak has been going on for a while so why is the W. H. O. declaring it a pandemic now at this point? The head of the. Who Tapes Today? He said that the WHO is making this designation because they expect the things are going to get worse we expect to see the number of cases the number of those and the number of affected countries. Climb even higher in the. Who was very hesitant to actually declare this pandemic mainly because they were afraid that by doing that it was going to send the signal that all hope is lost a pandemic so there's nothing you can really do about it and not only did they not want to send that message. They strongly believe that. That message isn't true. And so what is the effect of declaring it a pandemic in that case you? It's basically just an acknowledgement of the scale of this. It's not like declaring a public health. Emergency of international concern which they already did that. Designation triggers these bureaucratic protocols where they can help pressure particular countries to be more aggressive and it helps with communications and sharing member-state information things like that. This is really a chance to very clearly say. This health crisis has reached a global scale. Transmission is happening in many parts of the world and they're very concerned about the future of it. So what does this declaration mean in practical real world terms I mean are they effectively saying the Horse has left the barn? This is unstoppable. Does it change the recommendations for dealing with it? What in this debate is part of what they were grappling with whether or not to declare it a pandemic. WanNa be focusing on that. Their position is that the global response to this virus doesn't change at this point in time should not change at this point in time doesn't switch because the pandemic to just mitigation instead of containment switch over to only treating the sick rather than trying to contain the virus in the argument that they have been making is that countries need to isolate cases to stop national outbreaks in their tracks and they point out that ninety percent of the cases. Globally right now just four countries. So they're saying that most countries are in a position to do that. We often hear about pandemics in terms of the flu. I mean there was the h. One N one flu pandemic in two thousand nine. The nineteen eighteen Spanish flu. Millions of people across the globe are infected. Is that necessarily what's going to happen here? You know we really don't know I was talking with shot. He runs the Global Health Institute at Harvard. You know if I hear one more comparison to the flu. I'M GONNA lose my mind. It's not a helpful. Comparisons this virus is very different from the flu in. It's different from other corona viruses like murderers and SARS in. He said that this fire is in a way called it. Falling into the sweet spot of terribleness. He basically said that dealing with it is tricky because it isn't a SARS. It's not as deadliest. Ours is not as scary as a bola and that's led to complacency including in the United States and the. Who is also worried about this? They're basically been badgering governments to really take this more seriously and even today. Who saying most countries have an ability right now to contain it inside their borders test for it isolated and snuff this virus out that is. Npr's Jason Bogan on today's who announcement that the corona virus is officially a pandemic. Thank you Jason. You're welcome..
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"Health Organization has launched a new website about Copa at nineteen and the myths that are circulating can you think of one myth that you've heard so far that you're like no that's not true have you heard the packaging bubbles packaging but was no yes you heard that one how is a good one I love this one don't pop the little packaging you know peanut things you know you every time you pop bubbles for those big bags that come with err on the right of don't that's all Chinese Chinese there with Chinese covert nineteen inside the yeah he's okay that when kids are popping those little you know bubbles you know that that's releasing it everywhere everywhere never even thought of that yeah not true not true sure neither is mmhm are you sure yeah also eating raw garlic I heard that one yet the CDC says Allen's going around nope doesn't doesn't to prevent it what about eating that soup that one that one is bad that was bad that's real may we cannot see I saw that I actually heard that was not proven the true at all you would set it doesn't it didn't doesn't seem like you know what it cost is so what caused this but it does cause problems though and that's a bad idea for multiple reasons right but it has can make other viruses that are not good for you if you don't season it right and that's why I always make sure you use taking a really hot bath does not prevent infection or caliphal corona virus likewise cold and snow not cold enough to kill corona virus it cannot be spread by mosquito bites hand dryers and hair dryers do not get hot enough to kill coronavirus bringing your body with alcohol bleach or hand sanitizer will not kill corona virus that's already inside of your body and if I have to say don't drink bleach maybe you shouldn't but I I've heard that soap is actually better than like a bureau for this particular virus so you know they keep saying wash your hands and you know your every everyone's making run on pure L. soap and water actually better to stop the spread then bureau although I think you're L. does some good as well you don't need to go out to get lots of payroll for this it's not it's not not really related I here's an update here's to others but the last one is my favorite regularly rinsing your nose with saline will not prevent a corona virus I could say to the and this one has to be my favorite because you know this started by a guy and we've all met this guy at some point or another hopefully you were never this guy but we've all met this guy having sex with someone who had cove it nineteen and has recovered will not prevent you from getting the coronavirus thank I mean she suffered a broken at one twelve fifteen times thank god I usually give this was started by a guy was like look you've already had it I haven't had it we need to have sex it'll save my life you'll also gonna talk forever yeah yeah I like that yeah we just rubber bodies together you know that's thinking for a while it's and then that is none of that is none of that is true will give you all of the details every day at this time the latest of the corona virus the update and any of the news you need again I want to share with you some of the things that you should be thinking of as a company the kinds of things I'm thinking of as a company we will share that next and that that goes into not just the company but what are the basic things that you should have and.
"health organization" Discussed on Here & Now
"It from NPR and WB you are. I'm Peter Odell. I'm Robin Young. It's here now. The Dow plunged more than a thousand points at opening today over fears of the global spread of cove in nineteen. The disease caused by the new corona virus. South Korea's president called it's new cases two hundred thirty one today. Unprecedented and powerful the total. There is eight hundred thirty three in Italy. There are one hundred and forty two cases also today the World Health Organization the W. H. O. Held a press conference Dr Michael Ryan Executive Director of the W. H. Emergency Program said the spread of Cova. Nineteen is not a pandemic but also said the world isn't ready for a pandemic were strolled. Still trying to avoid that reality avoid that eventuality he said. What does that mean? Let's bring back? Larry Gordon a professor of Global Health Law at Georgetown and director of the. Who's Center on Global Health? Larry Professor Start with that statement. It's not a pandemic yet Many people may not even know what a pandemic is. So what does that statement mean? I mean it's it's actually quite meaningless in the same statement. Mike Ryan said that we have to foresee that we're not going to be able to contain this very easily or if not at all whether you define it as a pandemic is just a form of terminology. Who doesn't even have power to declare a pandemic. The key here is is that there are appearing to be sustained community transmissions in Asia in Europe and also in Iran. We're on the precipice of a major Spread globally. You're saying kind of. Forget that word because why we should be concerned anyway. Regardless of us we should be concerned. Anyway you know whether it meets the threshold of a pandemic or not it would not surprise me if it were an all out pandemic fairly soon but remember. We shouldn't panic because pandemics can affect different places in different ways. The United States is highly capable our state and local health departments the US CDC is literally the best in the world. It is possible for us to contain it and also remember. It's not a highly fatal disease. We shouldn't overreact when we spoke to you in early February. You were a voice warning against those massive quarantines. You said they don't work. We watched as people were quarantined on ships. It didn't work. What are some other things? You're observing that you think can be doing. Let's be proactive. Sure but let me just comment because you so right. We're seeing this. These outbreaks in hospitals prisons nursing homes churches anywhere that people congregate and so the best thing we can do is follows. I mean certainly use personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Don't go near somebody. Who's sick if you're sick either? Stay home or see a doctor immediately from the public health point of view what we need to be really rigorous in finding everybody. That's got flu like symptoms that could be covert nineteen and asked them to be isolated or quarantined in their own homes. How do we do that? Larry because if somebody's got a flu like symptom in the middle of Italy and they don't know who the ground zero patient there was yet. They don't quite know who brought the infection into the country so so every single person because nobody knows who's been contact with somebody who may or may not have symptoms of every single person needs to be tested. Who has a flu system will if I have a flu symptoms? Yes they should be tested. But you're making an important insight. There is a point where you can contain an outbreak. The Way I've suggested so in the United States example health departments have a pretty good idea. Who's infected who's been exposed but there comes a point and the point may have passed in Italy. It may certainly has passed in Iran Korea. Where you can't do that and then you just have to go to. What's public health? People call mitigation in trying to Temporarily closed down major congregate events. You know big sporting events or oh you may even have to close schools for a short period of time. These things can delay but ultimately if this is a fast moving epidemic would probably not going to be able to do it. We're GONNA have to race for a vaccine and the race is on for vaccine so you say certain moments you know. Keeping people contained in their homes for instance some of those moments have have passed maybe in Italy and Iran. What can they be doing if the moment has passed? Is there something you're seeing in other countries outside of the quarantines that they shouldn't be doing my big worry is that you've got it in Iran in a region that is highly unstable new? Imagine foreseeability that it will go to Syria or Ghanistan or sub Saharan Africa. We have weak health systems once that I think you know we're really on the precipice of something really particularly bad. We're seeing people in Syria. They don't have food or shelter. And so what would be a not fatal? Perhaps in another population would be fatal. They're absolutely when you have people that are vulnerable that that are suffering from respiratory and other kinds of infectious diseases. Or you're going to have many more deaths what I'd like to see is for the United States to lead just way we did with the bowl in west Africa where President Obama sought a one billion dollar plus emergency fund. That's Larry Gosden professor of Global Health Law at Georgetown University Director of the World Health Organization Center on Global Health Professor. Thank you so much for speaking with US my pleasure. Thanks so much for having me as we just heard fears of Cova. Nineteen are infecting stock markets around the world. Today let's bring in Jill Schlesinger business analyst for CBS News and host of Jilin money. She's tracking that part of the story. Jill welcome thank you. And it's not just here in the United States where the Dow fell more than a thousand points today at one point the markets were way off sharply in Italy Germany the UK South Korea. What what are you seeing? What's going on? Well you know? I think this really developed over the course of the weekend last week when I spoke to large investors there was sort of consensus that look we know. Growth is going to take a hit and China. Maybe a tiny bit in the glow but this seems to be calm contained. It seems to be that cases New reported cases are are slowing down but then we hear a bunch of cases in South Korea in Italy as well as in Iran and now all of a sudden. There's a new story that's developing. What if this is worse than we thought what if the spread is so easily contained what already somewhat weakened Europe tips into a recession as a result of this. These are the conversations. I've been having this morning. It's why as you say markets on or off about three three and a half percent here in the United States you know look for for some some days over the last couple of weeks. We have seen markets fall because there was some concern about that about the virus. We saw that happen with apple when it lowered its revenue outlook for March. But for the most part as you say investors of sort of shrugged this off but it what point do you think we're at a risk for a real correction in the stock market because the virus usually when you have a correction or the start of selling in the middle of bull run it happens for something that's completely unforeseen now sure that could be something that happens with the Central Bank? It could be that you thought that the Fed was going to do something. The Fed's not going to do something but this is something that investors call an exotic event. Something that happens way outside the scope of what most people would consider. And so you think about a natural disaster or something like this where you can't get your arms around it now. I should say that when the G. Twenty got together this weekend they released reports saying hey you know. We think the growth in China's going to be down by four tenths of a percent a tenth of a percent Across the globe elves are not huge numbers in fact a lot of the analysts. I talked to think it's going to be worse than that but what I think you're starting to understand is that sometimes selling can be quite emotional and this does not mean that. We're all emotional animals all the time but as you see the selling develop over the the evening session last night I could tell there was an acceleration in. Now we're seeing that come to fruition. Could it be the beginning of something? Sure but could we wake up tomorrow morning and people say wait a second. We're not in this for the short term. It's a long term event. Will you're right? Fear tends to be the thing that drives wild swings at least initially in the stock market. And we're GONNA find out how badly the new corona viruses actually hurting the global economy but the US Federal Reserve. We know it's keeping a close eye on this. What might do could step in and intervene. If there's a larger outbreak there is no doubt in my mind that we should take. Jerome Powell. The chairman of the Fed at his word that they are monitoring the situation if the Federal Reserve officials begin to see growth slide in the United States. And they would they would. I would think this would have to be a substantial slowdown not just a a slowdown in a certain sector. But something more pervasive where growth instead of being a two percent comes in maybe below one percent in the first quarter. That's when the Fed is likely to act. I think that it is almost without question that the Fed is going to cut rates if it sees growth side and they said as much in their last meeting and certainly Jerome Powell said that when he testified before Congress recently so yes the Fed will step in. Doesn't mean the Fed can stop markets from falling at least in the short term. A couple other things. I'm watching today. Us oil futures fell five percent on reduced demand. Investors were piling into gold sort of a safe haven and then look what happened in Milan several events at the fashion week. Shut Down There Milan financial center in Italy. Just briefly. What what will you be watching for the next several days? Well I think that in Italy we should keep an eye on the fact that this is northern Italy and you know about thirty to forty percent of Italian. Gdp is in that region. So that's something that's very important. Keep our eyes on tourism on exports on manufacturing and supply chains. So there we're going to be looking at not just China but Japan and Vietnam and Singapore all these areas are going to be impacted and obviously so away. Joel slesinger with CBS news host of July money. Thanks so much of great to be with you..
"health organization" Discussed on WSJ What's News
"Reported a surge in new corona virus cases in Hubei Province to over fourteen thousand people from just fifteen hundred a day earlier. The jump came after authorities decided to include anyone who's been clinically diagnosed in the count. Not just people who've had lab confirmed cases. All of this comes as the world. Health Organization has been criticized for its response to the outbreak are China diplomatic and political editor. Jeremy Page has more. So Jeremy you say there are two main criticisms that have been leveled at the World Health Organization. What's the first one? So the first issue was questioned the timing of the Declaration of Public Health Agency of international concern which the. Who eventually did on January thirtieth? The point of that is to better coordinate global response to these kinds of outbreaks and a lot of public health. Experts feel it should have done that early up and you also saw a lot of governments Starting to take matters into their own hand evacuating citizens from Wuhan The epicenter of the outbreak and also imposing their own travel restrictions on China even though the. Who was advising against those kind of restrictions and the second one has to do with the. Who's praise of China's response to the outbreak? Right that's right. The second thing is about the degree to which the. Who has praised China's response in particular when the director general visited Beijing and met with Xi Jinping? The director general is being very complementary. He's said the China's setting a new standard fag break response. He's praised China's transparency. And this has been quite controversial amongst public health experts because you know there is evidence that Chinese authorities did not immediately reveal An increase in a number of infections in the first half January's there was an issue with transparency that There's also an issue in that you know that the core of the Chinese response is being this massive quarantine some sixty million people who bay province of which is the capital. And it's unclear whether that is going to be effective in the long term. A lot of public health acts experts feel. There's no scientific evidence for quarantine on such a massive scale They can backfire by discouraging people from reporting themselves to health authorities. When they're sick you talked a little bit about China's efforts to contain the outbreak. And questions. About how it's counting those people who have been infected. We just saw this huge spike in the number of new cases. Can you tell me a bit more? What happened there? So we're seeing this big spike in numbers from WHO Bay province because they started today Making public this category of cases that they previously were probably gathering data on but it went making public which is people who've been diagnosed with the virus on the basis of clinical diagnosis. So examination of that you know symptoms medical history Leon but without laboratory tests because they take a long time and also it seems that being a bit unreliable so now saying not that much broader category of cases and the big question now is are we going to see a similar increase from other provinces. Which up until this point also have not made public that broader category so has the World Health Organization or the global community changed how they view China's response to the outbreak and also didn't we see some internal shuffles in China today as well the WHO continues to be very supportive the WJ chief. We had an interview with him yesterday and he continued to China for responding fast early on he actually said that the measures that tank massive quarantining who by did comply with w guidelines though was important to monitor to make sure that human rights are being observed but you are continuing to see foreign governments ignoring the w advice and then yes domestically of course you have. The sackings of these officials notably the The party the Communist Party chief of province and the Communist Party chief of Wuhan City They were replaced today with People who have background particularly in the public security and legal walls so have a track record of dealing with maintain stability which I think shows of. That's a real concern for the Chinese government. You can find all of our coverage of the new colonel virus outbreak up on. Wsj DOT COM on two markets. We're going to stay with the corona virus outbreak and look at the impact that it's had on markets. Yesterday we talked about how the decline in Chinese economic activity caused the price of some commodities like oil and copper to fall. But today we're going to talk about how there are also areas that are doing quite well such as the market for niche raw materials markets reporter. Ivanka chill coty has more the commodities where the prices rallied. Are Those where the drop in Chinese output has actually outweighed any decline in demand? So that's things like thermal coal which is used in generating electricity and manganese which is used by steelmakers. Since the outbreak in China trade has been curtailed. Some minds have been shot down and that's basically squeezed production of these things. If you look at some northern ports in China where thermal coal is sort of shipped down to Chinese cities the price of them will call has gone up three point eight percent this year. And that's gone up to eighty two point four dollars you can compare that to Brent whether prices actually dropped eighteen percent as everyone braces for Chinese demand to slow. And here's what else were paying attention to today. While get a key. Piece of economic data when the Consumer Price Index for January is released this morning now. Inflation has been a big puzzle for central bankers and economists. That's because at a time of record. Low unemployment and sustained economic growth. Prices haven't risen by as much as many had expected in the United States on wall. Street will also get earnings from two big food companies Pepsi and Craft Hines. Finally Kristina. Cook Spent Three Hundred Twenty eight days in space. That's the longest ever mission by a woman. She came back down to Earth last Thursday and yesterday she spoke about what it was like to return. I feel great. I'm really fortunate a lot of people because of the different nervous-system things than changes that go on for microgravity when you're readopting to one g into Earth you might experience the motion sickness and things like that. I'm really fortunate in that. I have not experienced that but what I have noticed is my balance has taken a little while to get used to so the physical act of walking with something to get used to. But I'm feeling great. I think just the all of the new things that I'm experiencing sort of you see your mind. Wake up to the sensory experiences that define earth and the things that are here. Three astronauts remain at the space station including Jessica Amir who was cooked partner in another milestone. The first all female spacewalk. That's what's news from the Wall Street Journal. Thanks for listening..
"health organization" Discussed on UN News
"This is Conan Lennon from UN news cases of Ebola virus are slowing down in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But it's still way too soon to say. The deadly disease is beaten. That's the message from the world. Health Organization or who which on Tuesday also hailed the decision by European opean regulators to green light the production of new Ebola vaccine. This will help prevent future outbreaks from spreading the agency's Christian Lindmeyer Told you and newses Daniel Johnson so first of all. It's great news to have the first ever prequalified Ebola vaccine. This is fantastic news because this means that production can be accelerated throughout the world. Multiple manufacturers could get onto it and future outbreaks or Anything later can be prevented much easier and inbetween outbreaks We can vaccinate in areas where another one is anticipated. Does it mean there's going to be greater coverage and greater protection of people because at the moment not everyone. It's not a mass vaccination programme it's targeted vaccinations. It should remain a targeted vaccination because it makes snow sense to vaccinate. People who are not at all in the line of any outbreak were possible Ebola outbreak but healthcare workers in areas which are potentially dealing without breaks. That would be a first line use of course in the mid term and the short term that we have to see that there will be no immediate impact of this licensing in the DRC because it will take a good half year to get a pre licensed and prequalified vaccine out onto the market. In the meantime vaccination will continue to go on with the experimental vaccines wreck scene or wreck scenes that they have been using in so far because there are two vaccines and only one as you say has just been approved and it will be coming on stream in about what six months or so in the meantime where are we with. The Ebola outbreak started first of all was last year yea. Who World Health Organization saying. We're not out of the woods yet but that's because of security isn't mainly that's mainly it so what we are seeing right now as a slowdown slowdown of cases. In which is good news. We still have over three thousand cases over two thousand deaths outages fatality rate of sixty percent that remains but again the good news is cases slowing down but it's too early to cry victory because we see a high mobility of the population so more than fifty percent end of the new cases we see are moving out of the stones on the move away from disown where they got infected says to do with the high mobility but also with the security situation and as long as we can get to the very last pockets and confined people in some of the pockets. Because it's a security risk. We will have real problems stopping this outbreak for for good you talk about the insecurity and there have been hundreds of attacks on health centers and health workers since the start of the year which is really shocking. So maybe you could just explain lane. What is the situation like for people who are living in fear of attacks because there are more than one hundred armed groups we're told in northeastern? DRC How you managing to keep the trust and get into into the health centers for treatment for Ebola when they need it which is right away. I think we need to put in context. 'cause it's important to see despite all these attacks which we see in the news because every every single attack makes headlines. The acceptance of the Ebola responders end of foreigners strangers coming into villages and taking loved runs away bringing to treatment centers or in case of deaths helping or assisting or even doing the burials in a different way than a traditional burial. Would have to be you done. The acceptance of this is very highway over ninety percent so the community is helping a lot in this outbreak to help. Stop Stop It. But there remains resistance due to a political violence due to militia conflicts to also distrust a lot of distrust towards. What's the authorities? So it's very difficult to reach these last pockets onto convince these last remaining groups to work with the responders because in any case it's only in the benefit of the whole country of every group to get rid of this very deadly disease..