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Fresh update on "world health organization" discussed on SpaceTime with Stuart Gary
"And time timeout. To take a brief look at some of the other stories making news in science this week with the science report the world has a new covert nineteen very of interest with a would hogan association pointing to the new new variant of the disease which is off in south america. There of fish this ukraina virus vary could be better at evading vaccines thereby increasing concerns of making covered nineteen endemic in society scientists. Say the muir be one six to one variant. As a number of mutations would suggest it could be more resistant. Vaccines early studies. One five vaccine is less effective against the variant. Compared to other mutations in fact it's already been found in thirty nine counties and as a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape these include a mutation called p. Six hundred eighty one age which was first reported in the alpha variant and his potentially responsible faster transmission meal also has the mutations e four eighty four k and k four seventeen n which are associated with being able to evade antibodies against the corona virus and various other mutations include arthur forty-six k. And why one forty four t is consequences. Arizona known music already been reported in ten percent of cases sequenced by the university of miami and reuters reporting that seven fully vaccinated residents in a nursing home in belgium dying from emile outbreak. At this stage the global prevalence of the various among sequence covered nineteen cases is still below zero point one percent but it has consistently grown in countries such as colombia with thirty nine percent and ecuador with thirteen percent increase. Something to worry about well. A new study showed that in people over sixty. The rates have confirmed covered. Nineteen with severe illness were substantially lower following a booster third dose of the pfizer vaccine. Then after just. The two initial vaccine doses. The findings were reported in the new england. Journal of medicine looked at more than a million people. Over the age of sixty in israel were being fully vaccinated with the pfizer vaccine at least five months earlier. The study found that twelve days after the boost. Dose rates of infection were eleven times lower in the booster group than the dish to group and the rate of severe illness was almost twenty times lower in the boost group. The world health organization says more than eight million people have been killed by the code. Nineteen corona virus with almost four point. Seven billion confirm fidelity's and some two hundred and thirty million people infected since the deadly disease. I spread at a word. China scientists are warning that the combination of the drying climate and water resource development. 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Especially if it arouses their emotions to minimum from strand skeptic says researchers found more than half of the people in the test group really believe. The sakhi event was an experiment that was done in an american college reported on her magazine psychological reports. It was basically a research is put on exotic experience and then the students whether they believe it or not repenting sixty five percent. I did what i did. Was i invited right. Before hundred students along to say sake performance and this guy random people and suggest things to them about themselves and they have this particular issue blah blah blah blah blah and all sorts of different people and create a coating sixty five. Saint students were they. There was pointed out that he was a magician and he was doing a trick and this has been going on for decades actually this sort of tricky students and people fall for their classic sixties fifties. 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International Scientists Say Booster Shots Are Not Necessary
"Story that broke a few hours ago. We're now we have international group of experts. Saying no if the experts among group opposing US booster shot plan The authors include two leading vaccine reviewers at the FDA. Doctors fill Krause and marrying Gruber, who recently announced they will be stepping down this fall. Among the other 16 authors are leading vaccine researchers in the US, Britain, France, South Africa and India. Plus scientists with the World Health Organization, which already has urged a more tournament boosters. In the US The White House has begun planning for boosters later this month of both the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree. Advisors to the FDA will weigh evidence about an extra fighter shot Friday to keep public meeting. Now the reason these two resigned and they are the two top experts at the FDA, not just to experts. Doctors fill Kraus man groupers, They said the Biden ministrations pressuring them. To approve the boosters. Georgetown University's Larry Gostin said the paper throws gasoline on the fire in the debate about whether most Americans truly need boosters whether the White House got ahead of the scientists. It's always a fundamental error process to make a scientific announcement before the public health agencies have acted and that's exactly what happened here is that Boston There's also a lawyer in public health specialists.
Fresh update on "world health organization" discussed on The Joe Pags Show
"People die from that every year. No doubt these people have good intentions as they say this many of them anyway. They may not know any better. Maybe there's not paying attention. Or maybe they believe they're serving some higher caused by shading reality. Nobody wants to be manipulated by a corrupt media establishment, and it is corrupt. And there's an election coming up. That's not to say anything that might help the other side. We get it. But they're wrong. The Chinese coronavirus is a major event. It will affect your life and by the way, it's definitely not just the flu. Now. Trump had no protection. Even Tucker Carlson was going after him. Within just two days, President Trump totally changed his tune about coronavirus. My fellow Americans. Tonight. I want to speak with you about our nation's unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak. That started in China and is now spreading throughout the world. Today, the World Health Organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic. We have been in frequent contact with our allies, and we are marshaling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people. This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history. I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens, and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus..
WHO Says It Is Monitoring a New COVID-19 Variant Called 'Mu'
"World health organization has another variant of interest to watch it's being called the mu variant and there are concerns that may partially evade the immunity developed from past infection or vaccination the variant has been detected in thirty nine countries. It was first identified in columbia in january.
Fresh update on "world health organization" discussed on The Joe Pags Show
"You on federal judges. And look at the trump economy. Does this mean an effect will be down to the one talking point? We need truth. We need the facts. We need testing and we need them. Now. We needed them a week ago, and Donald Trump should take the next month off and golf while someone else handles it. Is there danger in Donald Trump going on Fox News and telling that networks viewers Bet I even going to work. I don't believe the WHL. More for the attacks were brutal, an order of magnitude higher than you've ever had to deal with. President Trump did his best to push back on the hysteria. When science experts began pushing apocalyptic numbers on the coronavirus death rate. Trump expressed his gut feeling on the numbers. We have a report today. The global death rate at 3.4%. And a report that the Olympics could be delayed. Your reaction to that? Well, I think the 3.4% is really false number. Now. This is just my hunch based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this because a lot of people will have this and it's very mild. They'll get better very rapidly. They don't even see a doctor. They don't even call it, Doctor. You never hear about those people. So you can't put them down in the in the category of the overall population. In terms of this Corona flip The media grabbed ahold of his use of the word hunch. And did what they do best. They pummeled him, but you can't just dismiss the World Health Organization figure based on a hunch and then I really want to ask you about your concerns about the president. Going with this hunch is disputing the World Health Organization in the CDC. But through the first week of March, 2020 Trump held his ground. He was fighting almost everyone at every turn. Resisting the call to take drastic measures. It almost looked like he'd be able to continue the approach. Then something happened. A media personality who had the ear of Trump's base began to ramp up the fear porn. Currently, the coronavirus.
Study: Air Pollution May Reduce Life Expectancy
"Air. Pollution is a greater breadth. Who people's lives around the world than smoking. hiv aids or war. that's out of the university of chicago's energy policy institute. Cnn's anna sterler as more. According to a new report published. Wednesday people are losing nearly two and a half years of their lives. On average in countries where air pollution levels or below standards set by the world health organization. India has the highest levels of air pollution. Globally and residents have an average of nearly six shaved off their lives. According to air quality life index the index calculates years loss based on what the life expectancy would be if a country met clean air guidelines. Set by the who. The top five countries with the highest average number of years lost were india bangladesh nepal pakistan and
Fresh update on "world health organization" discussed on Part Time Genius
"Just two days president Trump totally changed his tune about coronavirus My fellow Americans tonight I want to speak with you about our nation's unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in China and is now spreading throughout the world Today the World Health Organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic We have been in frequent contact with our allies and we are marshaling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history I am confident that by counting And continuing to take these tough measures we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus At a critical point Trump apparently didn't understand a Ronald Reagan principle that has stood the test of time The 9 most terrifying words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help Anomaly could see what was coming next so he took action He evacuated the city I was in Los Angeles and I flew to the suburbs in the east coast I flew to my friend's house It was becoming apparent Trump was about to do what a free society should never do under any circumstances and it would arguably be the biggest mistake of his presidency More of.
WHO Brings in First Aid to North Afghanistan
"A plane provided by the government of Pakistan has brought medicine and health supplies from the World Health Organization to Afghanistan W. H. O. says the shipment of medical supplies is the first to land in the country since it came under the control of the Taliban two weeks ago the plane which departed from Dubai landed at my side Asia reef the city in the north that fell to the Taliban early this month WHO's says the supplies include trauma kits and emergency health kits enough to cover the basic needs of more than two hundred thousand people as well as treat the V. six thousand trauma patients I'm Charles the last month
The United Nations Intends to Remain in Afghanistan
"The delivery of lifesaving aid and medical supplies to millions of afghans must not be cut the u. n. health agency has said citing a threefold rise in the number of trauma cases according to the world health organization. Seventy the health facilities at support across afghanistan treated nearly fourteen thousand conflict related cases. Last month that compares with only four thousand and fifty seven cases senior a year ago sustained access to humanitarian assistance including essential. Health services and medical. Supplies is a critical lifeline. For millions of afghans must not be interrupted said dr amid madari the w eight show regional director for the eastern mediterranean the development comes as u n agencies repeated their commitment to stay and deliver assistance to those in need in afghanistan after the taliban secured the capital on sunday at a press conference in geneva. Un children's fund unicef said that eighteen million people in the country need aid assistance and one in three children is expected to be severely malnourished. This year his the agency's chief of filled operations and emergency mustapha. Ben massoud speaking from kabul on tuesday derek impacts office Inviting direct impact is civilian memorised. Children have seen injured in such a way that it's difficult to describe young children as young as ten month.
Broadway Ready to Raise Curtain... If You're Masked and Vaccinated
"You have to provide your proof of vaccination to walk into a broadway theater. So i got an email last night for one of the shows. I'm gonna see happens to be one of my favorites as show called waitress. Maybe you saw the movie waitress It's real warm cute musical. I went with pagan joey while ago. I've seen it a few times. It's it's it's a great show. Get ready for your tickets for waitress before you go make sure you read the health and safety policies below. Vaccinations masks are required at the theater. If you're not vaccinated you can get one dose vaccine in the next twenty four hours and meet the fourteen day requirement. I e. please don't make us give you your money back. We want you to spend that very expensive ticket. Price mash required. Everyone in the theatre must wear acceptable face coverings at all times including during the show except while eating or drinking in designated locations. Now if you've ever been to a broadway theatre. Our studio right now is bigger than most broadway theaters. They are so small and cramped and tiny and old they were most of them were built at the turn-of-the-century and they've renovated over the years. What's been designated area. Going to be in a small cramped crowded broadway theatre where you can take your mask off and eat and drink so that'll be a whole big thing. That'll be a whole big hullabaloo. Vaccinations required guests will need to before. Vaccinated with an fta or world health organization authorized vaccine. I mean you can't go down to charlie the pharmacy and get some some lysol injected in your in your veins. You gotta have an fda or who authorized vaccine in order to attend and you must show proof of vaccination at the time of entry. Okay means you show the and they say you could show you present of vaccination or a negative test on paper or a smartphone and we know how reliable that is. Nobody's gonna fake a picture on their smartphone. Because i think if that happens your phone will blow up right.
Fits and Starts: SARS-CoV-2's Origin
"The delta strain of the corona virus is completing its journey around the world today cases in new zealand spiked after. It hitched a ride from australia. But what about the original variant. The patient zero. What geneticists call the wild type before mutations made it more infectious its origins are still a mystery. Probably jumped from an animal to a human but the alternatives simply haven't been ruled out this week. The leader of the world health organization's mission to china said the answer could be research work. Gone wrong the. Who has asked china for permission to examine to corona virus. Labs in the city of wuhan. china refused. It's a question that won't go away and the answer isn't just about this. Pandemic it's crucial for navigating or even avoiding the next one from our estimates about fifteen million people so far have died of covert nineteen around the world and despite this the has been no thorough international investigation of how this virus originated in china at the end of two thousand. Nineteen natasha loader. Is the economists health policy editor. Who convened study that issued a report in march this year is really widely seen as being fatally flawed and thought the team leader from the international scientists side. Recent negree over some of its key conclusions. When you say fatally flawed. What do you mean. Well fundamentally the mission never had abroad investigation as part of its terms of reference.
U.S. Defends Booster Plan Amid WHO Criticism
"The U. S. is defending its plan to offer cove it nineteen booster shots amid sharp criticism from the World Health Organization W. H. O. emergencies chief Michael Ryan says poor nations don't even have enough vaccine to give their people a first shot we're counting down notes that extra life jackets to people who already have life jackets well we're leaving other people driving without a single life jacket here in Washington I do not accept the idea that you can choose between America and the world Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says there's a responsibility to both White House officials say the U. S. has donated one hundred fifteen million vaccine doses to eighty nations more than all other countries combined Sager mag ani Washington
Guinea Reports West Africa's First Known Marburg Virus Death
"Authorities in Guinea have confirmed death from the Marburg virus, the first case ever found in West Africa. It's a fever with very, very high fatality rates, which causes sufferers to bleed to death. The person's contacts have been traced to being monitored, and we can speak to Dr Patrick, a bulk of the World Health Organization who joins us down the line from Brazzaville. Something a surprise in the sense it's the first time this has been found in West Africa. What do we know about this specific? Case and somewhere near Gueckedou in Guinea, I believe Okay. Thank you. Thank you so much. And thank you for having me. As you clearly say, This is the first time Guinea we were seeing a case of mobile in West Africa. The kids in points and index gets well. Was reported on some of the patient who is for the six years old who reported with the high grade fever, bleeding of the gums, cheeks. And Unfortunately, the patient died two days after attending being attended to in the hospital. Samples were taken from this location confirmed for mobile in within the simple security in southern Kettle. Further secondary confirmation of that the country is not sure every name Conakry but also in the car yesterday. So these kids to pastor is that right? That's right, at least in that the kids with one probable case that is the wife so far we are following up the boat, so one for the six contact And, uh, Essentially happening in the same location where we just concluded containing the Ebola, um, right visit two months
WHO Calls for Moratorium on COVID-19 Booster Shots
"Total of covid 19 cases surpassed 200 million Wednesday, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on coronavirus vaccine booster shots to allow vaccine access to countries struggling to obtain their first shots. I'm
CVS warns of rising costs for wages and technology
"Better than expected second-quarter earnings the company says total revenues. Were up about eleven percent over this time last year but it also said it'll be giving fewer kovic shots than expected and warned of rising costs for labor and technology. The world health organization
AstraZeneca to Seek US Approval of COVID Vaccine in 2nd Half
"AstraZeneca has said it will seek U. S. authorization for its cabin nineteen vaccine in the second half of this year the new timetable comes off to the Anglo Swedish drugmaker had initially suggested in April that it would submit the application within weeks the new announcement comes as the company with the second quarter financial results the report said that the drug maker delivered more than seven hundred million doses of the vaccine so over a hundred and seventy countries in the first half of this year that includes eighty million doses that went to the cutbacks initiative for low and middle income countries the U. K. European Union World Health Organization have already authorized to use of the AstraZeneca vaccine Karen Thomas London
Research Shows It’s Never Too Late for Cancer Patients To Quit Smoking
"New research by the World Health Organization shows when cancer patients stop smoking they heal faster experience fewer side effects from treatment and lower the chances of tumors returning doctor Mike Fiori the director of the center for tobacco research and intervention at the university of Wisconsin school of medicine and public health says it's never too late for patients to quit we now call smoking cessation S. fourth hello our cancer care along with chemotherapy surgery and radiation therapy quitting smoking has almost an equal impact is those other approaches a twenty seven million dollar national Cancer Institute program is helping fifty three cancer centers integrate tobacco treatment into care I'm surely after
China Rejects WHO's Plan for Further Study of COVID-19 Origins
"Senior official says China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for a second phase of a study into the origins of the coronavirus. The plan includes a further look into a possible lab leak. The official dismissed the lab leak idea as a rumor that runs counter to common sense and
China Rejects WHO Plan for Study of COVID-19 Origin
"Senior official says China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for a second phase of a study into the origins of the coronavirus. The plan includes a further look into a possible lab leak. The official dismissed the lab leak idea as a rumor that runs counter to common sense and
WHO: 3.4M Global COVID-19 Cases Last Week, up 12%
"Millions more people around the world have contracted the corona virus the World Health Organization says more than three point four million new cases of covert nineteen were confirmed around the world last week that's an increase of twelve percent from the previous week the W. H. O. says the increase transmission is being driven by new variants the relaxation of covert nineteen protocols in the large number of people still susceptible to the virus despite rising vaccination rates the largest increases were in the western Pacific and European regions and the countries registering the most cases were Indonesia Britain Brazil India and the U. S. however the WHO's says the number of deaths continues to decline about fifty seven thousand worldwide in the last week I'm Ben Thomas
Surgeon general urges US fight against COVID misinformation
"The nation's top doctor is calling on Americans to fight coronavirus mis information they back more thesis help miss information has led to people resisting wearing masks to turn down proven treatments and to choose not to get vaccinated simply put health information has cost us live virus cases have been going up in many states while the pace of vaccinations has slowed every week I talked to doctors and nurses across our country who are burning out easy care from more and more patients with Kobe nineteenth and never got back to native all too often because they were misled by misinformation more the says many people don't intend to spread wrong virus information if you're not sure don't share the World Health Organization is calling it an info Dimmick at Donahue Washington
Immunized but Banned: EU Says Not All COVID Vaccines Equal
"Millions of people who've been vaccinated against covert nineteen could nevertheless find themselves barred from entering certain countries in Europe and elsewhere the reason is some nations don't consider the AstraZeneca vaccine sufficient if it was manufactured in India although a Zeds faxing produced in Europe has been authorized by the constant struggle regulatory agency the same India shop hasn't been given the green light regulators saying the company hadn't completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian factory including quality control standards but some experts describe the E. U. move as discriminate re unscientific pointing out that the World Health Organization has inspected and approved the factory Charles Taylor that's not on the
"world 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..
"world 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..
"world 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..
"world 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..
"world health organization" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"Goes well with you we've got you know yet that the with the the Wuhan we've got updates on the war wanted to use the the World Health Organization came out in the second of everything we said about that that a symptomatic transmission from one person to another turns out that not really happen and we we really didn't know anything about this I mean it was an emerging virus and I didn't know anything about it starting out and then everything they told us practically was wrong and now we're finding out that it's all right but never mind I you know the economy standing down for how long has it been noted but it was like three months it seems like a year it's for a way way long time but now the World Health Organization they there in the back pocket of China and the leader there of of the World Health Organization is a China guy and and it's a it's bad now every day I come in and I say oh here's the lancet study at the New England journal of medicine study about Hydroxycut Laura Quinn being more dangerous than helpful and then they just throw that out that turns out to be a fifteen second correction over the weekend on CNN after weeks of of slog getting back to trump is terrible he's gonna get people killed and it turns out not to be true the Chinese of course were telling everybody that that you know but way back when that other is no human to human transmission at all the World Health Organization that communicated that to the world and that was good intelligence I thought that was good stuff now we're hearing that that US intelligence has discovered based on Bob no traffic patterns and you know we spy on people with satellites and and reads drop on phone because we'll look at their internet searches and stuff like that your turns out we do that to ourselves to it no way and then we lie to ourselves about it Ardley's James clapper lies to us about it yeah John Brennan and the entire Obama administration only like everybody better but it turns out that the Chinese it looks like may have known all the way back last summer that this woman was fixing to spread and and there were lots of searches on the internet you know Google searches and stuff looking for cough and words like cough and fever at and chest pain and it says so it looks like maybe they have this then they figured out all the way back last summer nearly a year ago and that they kept it a secret because they're communists you know how the other companies that does speaking of communist you seem very closely on the Democrats up on Capitol Hill but there can't take what it was like it was like what it stole trade we're all old white people what what was going on with that are there any blows he is eighty years old she's got down on the on the marble floor and that was like held five woke and I can't get up the help on posture and I can't get the boot it was a classic medical alert situation however Jerry Nadler is the old water there the penguin you see the pen when he was there he stood up but beyond everybody he never got done any warrant when it when he did make a wack wack recognize he had a he had a cigarette holder in a purple top hat and he couldn't get down on one knee because he told everybody later if you did that it never got up again they have to make him a statue there in the capital or something so he said he got down on one he couldn't get back up that's that's the kind of Democrat leadership that their fielding there and steady horror he was kind of it was kind of amazing to but it was it was something to see and I want to get to that because that'll kente cloth thing I think you know it's really a you know don Cornelius is is not here and and he's left the building and and the Democrats with the kente cloth they took a lot of grief a lot of golf a lot of stuff over this people like to say blow back but you know that's a that's an over years Washington ism that they've taken a lot of great because they're where this kente cloth and all kinds of jokes like you know they can't take cluster on Capitol Hill must been sold out and and people from Africa going after the Democrats for daring to where they can take club which is a Ghanaian it's from gonna bend it got a bit aqua I have a I have a shirt from from Ghana it's it's loud it's how it minutes a little bit loud but it's kind of fun I I wear mostly around the house as a pajama shirt but it's kind of fun and it's not can't K. but it's traditional fabric you know Joe's traditional fabric at the pattern as little puka shells and things like that and and the the Democrats that because they were groveling and sniveling and pandering held by pandering and I can't get up and Nancy Pelosi weather like forty thousand dollars in because she got down she was still pretty good like little Catholic girl for a while and that which she was you know during World War two and and that she couldn't get up and it was I was good at and what you know what happened I was gonna say that I can say what happened because it's pretty funny what happened but we're we're gonna get to that because that's that's pretty crazy Joe Biden you know lunch bucket Joe turns out he's running for president well he's not really but the media is running for president he doesn't have to lift a finger he just stays in his basement hides out and you know they talk about president trump hiding in his bunker that's kind of ironic given that Joe Biden has literally been hiding in his basement for months now has barely come up to to take air it's like groundhog day six more weeks of stupidity every time Joe Biden stepped out of his basement and and that is what is wrong but he's he's running for president I've got a story today but but basically in the doctor evil post they're just trying to clean it up form Biden's long ties to police under cut his talk of reform see that's a you know there there are a number of people like Carol Harris there talk about her for vice president because he he said he's got to have a woman of color because it's all about racism and sexism with the Democrats always says it's the Marxists appearing in all things through the prism of race class and gender and with race and gender okay nobody well and class nobody does better than these guys but cattle heresy she used to put people in jail for smoking pot while she was at home smoking pot that could be a problem that they have that that congresswoman from Florida that she's African American gem blanking out today she used to be a police chief but you can't have that because she used to be a police chief under the anti law and order so they're scratching people off the list all over the place though the entire lawn or party there the cast party to Bedlam party to be fun to the police party and then I tell you no no no no we're not talking on MSNBC at least they tell you we're not talking about the funding the place we're talking about spending more money on other stuff and I said well that's that's not what those words mean your gosh by dictionary see if you can figure out what those words mean before you come out public and start sending them because when you say we're going to define the place everybody knows what that means but then you come out you tell us well I was not at all what that means that means we want to buy shoes for for children it means that what what what the hell you're talking about you said the fun police and then you say the next day that that's not what we meant all that is perfectly typical of the Democrats and also they love peaceful protests you know not withstanding the thousands of businesses that have been sacked looted burned the arson of the historic church they you know that tagging of St Patrick's cathedral that the killings of police officers there the killings of people trying to stop looting that never mind the body count for the others that news media is not covering the body count at all it's not even a if this were tea party uprising across the country which.
"world 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.
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"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.
"world 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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"To the World Health Organization for the weighted nationally responded to the covert nineteen outbreak in China alleging that the WHO's failed to adequately obtain that and share information with the world the timely fashion silence of the WHL on the disappearance of scientific researchers and doctors and our new restrictions on the sharing of research into the origins of covert nineteen in the country of origin is deeply concerning the president also said he's going to authorize governors to begin re opening their states when they believe the time is right speaking to the governors of all fifty of them he says in short order New York City is revising its covert nineteen death toll by thousands you will now include people who never tested positive but we're presumed to have died from the virus at home or nursing homes or assisted living centers Jerry Alden or ABC news California governor Gavin Newsom says he wants to see hospitalization numbers flatten and decline before he begins rolling back stay at home orders we are not out of the woods yet and we're not spiking the ball but we also extend a recognition in that light that this can't be a permanent state Newsome adding until there's a vaccine things will not look the same one virus restrictions are lifted you may be having dinner with the waiter wearing gloves maybe a face mask a dinner where the menu is disposable where the tables half of the tables in that restaurant no longer appear where your temperature is checked before you walk in to the establishment these are likely scenarios California Oregon and Washington state have joined in a western coalition to come up with the re opening strategy Massachusetts and six other northeastern states have form something similar coronavirus claims of Boston police officers life as we hear from WBZ's Karen regal god doesn't eat anything but today he's gained a proud warrior and have an Austin police commissioner William cross his voice catching up points asking people to honor officer who's a fountain as as memory by staying home and social distancing Boston mayor Marty Walsh was appointed as was fifty three years old and a resident of the city of Boston is a twenty nine year member of the Boston police department joined the force in nineteen ninety one he served district E. thirteen in Jamaica plain since nineteen ninety six there's still a quarter of a century serving one community Jose Fonte as was married with four children and a grandchild Karen regal WBZ Boston news radio and traffic is next traffic and weather together the Subaru retailers of New England all wheel drive traffic on the threes it's four thirty three we begin downtown where Harrison have is closed for water main break between east Berkeley street in Randolph street on the airport tunnels Ted Williams east and west both aniline boasting both moving well Sumner and Callahan are fine as are the Tobin bridge on the river roads west of the city mass pike eastbound has some delays before the Natick service plaza with work crews there more work on route two east and west by Walden pond in Concord route nine into ninety are in good shape north of town route one north clothes for work in the Chelsea curves for ninety five north you gonna slow down a bit as work crews are clearing out of an area by Boston road in Westford one twenty eight route three or find south of the city expressway ten minute ten minute ride between the tunnel and the split twenty four north to ninety three south is close ninety three south of twenty four south also close both re opening shortly.
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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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"Trials the World Health Organization is is trying three or four of them at once in multiple countries and hopefully things will move quickly and we'll know whether these medications are useful or not how much success has there been in Wuhan China my understanding is that today's the first day in which no new cases were reported now I don't know how how reliable those are those reports are and and whether or not that day the government of China was giving us the entirety of the story but we've seen a diminishing of new cases every day according to all the the world world world health agencies it seems as if they passed the peak have they had any success as far as you know with some of these of these drugs that that they have tried to to try to use so the water's study that's out there from chain the the it's a relatively small clinical trial but it's one that give some evidence which is that medicine collection of your which is actually been using HIV for years to treat patients with HIV has been tried against the covert virus and doesn't seem to be particularly successful at this point is nothing no dramatic really positive affects now it's being was given in China to those with quite severe disease so perhaps it would have some effect for those with lesser disease but right now that's the one that's furthest along in trials and who's not particularly the great success so far this is doctor Michael Stein Dr Stein is professor of health policy the bus University School of public public health and stuff read a book which I guess is out in kindle form but is is not in in hard cover yet pained uncomfortable conversations about the public's health this is an uncomfortable conversation frankly because we're talking about a situation that at this point is still not under control we go back and ask a doctor Stein is to a win he thinks we might reach a point where we can be a little more comfortable talking about it if you'd like to ask a question or two he's more than willing to to handle whatever you might wonder what might want to raise six one seven two five four ten thirty triple eight nine two nine ten thirty I would ask you to keep it in the field of public health policy or in the field of medicine will this interview is going to be a politics free zone we'll talk we talk politics later on this matter fact here nights that I really am not particularly interested in talking about politics until the situation is under control I think when when it is over or when it is again a little bit more comfortable for all of us to talk about it they'll be plenty of opportunities to post mortems and even a finger pointing but if you have a question for doctor by Michael Stein six one seven two five four ten thirty triple eight nine two nine ten thirty we're coming right back the lines are lighting up.
"world health organization" Discussed on NPR's World Story of the Day
"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..
"world 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..
"world health organization" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"Briefing on Tuesday the World Health Organization said the decided on the name cold nineteen but the new coronavirus they decided on the name after consulting with the food and agriculture organization world organisation for animal health they wanted to find a name that did not referred to a geographic location and animal an individual or a group of people so called in nineteen was chosen something that many people believe sounds like a military designation for a disease already suspected of being a biological weapon so now we learn that the Pentagon is sitting up eleven quarantine camps on military bases there major airports across the U. S. in anticipation I'm an influx of American citizens returning from China in need of monitoring for the covert nineteen virus the thirteenth U. S. corona virus case was confirmed in California on Tuesday the deadly coronavirus code nineteen has killed one thousand one of sixteen people eight sick in more than forty five thousand worldwide since the outbreak began in Wuhan China and then happily December the department of defense approved a request for the department of health and Human Services earlier this month for the possible use of military facilities to accommodate a thousand people you may have to be quarantined upon arrival from overseas through the end of the month now with five planes having return to the United States with the back he was from Han in the past two weeks the number of people detained under quarantine is approaching better that originally agreed upon number Pentagon officials is designated new facilities last week near airports in the following places Hawaii Illinois Texas California Georgia New York Washington state Washington DC New Jersey and Michigan and that will be to house additional travelers on February second officials announced a federally mandated fourteen day quarantine for any American citizen returning the United States after traveling to Wuhan within the previous two weeks Americans returning from China who didn't visit will honor of screen and they will be screened at one of the eleven approved airports and then subjected to a self isolation quarantine in their own home for fourteen days and that's what time does the service providers information any foreign national who has traveled to China in the last fourteen days has been banned from entry some eight hundred Americans evacuated from Wuhan on government charter flights are currently under federally mandated quarantines at fort Carson in Colorado and Travis Air Force base in marine corps station are in California the first one or ninety five Americans evacuated from MoveOn who arrived in the United States on government charter flights on generate twenty ninth we're finally cleared to leave March air reserve base on Tuesday following a two week quarantine evacuees were seen throwing their face bass into the air in celebration after passing their final health screenings no cases of coronavirus have thus far been confirmed for the U. S. quarantine locations on to cruise ships however the virus is spread with alarming speed among quarantine passengers there are now more than sixty six cases confirmed on the diamond princess is currently docked in Japan among the ship three thousand seven or ship passengers forty five Japanese people three from the Philippines FOR from Australia one from each cat one from each cat in Ukraine at eleven Americans of all been infected so the disease is likely more dangerous for elderly people or people suffering from other infections ailments has often is the case with infectious diseases and most cases reported to date have been mild to moderate around twenty percent of those infected experiencing severe illness the end of January round two to three percent of the patients have died from the disease after the World Health Organization called the disease cove in nineteen there are a number of independent researchers the said with the new name for the disease sounds a lot like some biological weapons now it's the rumor all along the viruses all the earmarks of a biological weapon and there's been a massive cover up about why a new lease sequenced the virus are genetically sequence virus has allegedly appeared out of nowhere and my key health figures in China beater disappeared died or been killed coming up we have some information I think is very telling about what this virus is and how it operates news out of China and.
"world 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..