WHO warns about a nationalism of vaccines against the coronavirus

The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned today about the emergence of a “nationalism of vaccinations” against him coronavirus for the race to find the saving antidote for a disease that already affects more than 20.4 million people in the world.

“The excess demand is already creating a nationalism of vaccines and there is a risk that the prices of them will rise”Tedros remarked. The official added that the WHO wants to prevent speculation with these drugs through initiatives such as the ACT Accelerator, which wants to generalize access to vaccines, treatments and diagnostics in developing countries.

Tedros recalled that the WHO needs 100,000 million dollars to finance this initiative and others that seek to universalize the response tools against the pandemic.


In addition, he stressed that, of that money, 31.3 billion dollars is required “urgently.” “We live in a globalized world, countries depend on each other and if we do not eliminate this virus everywhere we will not be able to rebuild any economy”, he warned at a press conference in Geneva, headquarters of the organization.

His statements come just two days after Russia surprisingly announced the registration of the first vaccine against Covid-19, which was received with caution by the WHO believing that Moscow has not yet released scientific data on the evidence obtained.

The WHO epidemiologist, Bruce Aylward, said today that the Russian vaccine is one of 26 that is undergoing clinical trials, according to the list of more than 170 candidates of the organization.

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However, it is not one of the nine that the ACT Accelerator program includes in the Covax group, that is, those that – according to the WHO – are more advanced and whose global production and distribution it would promote. “For now we are in talks with Russia to try to understand the product,” Aylward concluded at the same press conference.


Putin said about the negative attitude to the words Zelensky of the Soviet Union :: Politics :: RBC

The statement of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, to put USSR on a par with Nazi Germany, would have a negative impact on Russian-Ukrainian relations. This was announced by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on air of the program “Moscow. The Kremlin. Putin” on TV channel “Russia 1”.

“Negatively. I think that for him — Vladimira Aleksandrovicha — nothing good is not, bearing in mind that Ukraine itself suffered greatly during the Second world war”, — said the Russian President.

In early January, Vladimir Zelensky during a visit to Poland, said that Ukraine supports Warsaw’s position is that the responsibility for the outbreak of world war II on the Soviet Union.

As noted by the Ukrainian leader, Poland became the first country that “felt a conspiracy of totalitarian regimes.” Zelensky said that this is what led to the outbreak of the Second world war and “allowed the Nazis to launch deadly flywheel of the Holocaust.” The President also urged the democratic state to unite and “not to remain silent, as it was in 1939”.

Naryshkin accused Zelensky immersion in Ukrainian nationalism

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the statement Zelensky, said that the words of the Ukrainian President should be offensive to the Russians, the millions of inhabitants of the CIS countries and Ukraine.

Putin in a telephone conversation with Zelensky pointed to the inadmissibility of distorting historical truth about the events of the Second world war.


Mes: Gentiloni, now Italy can use it, it will save billions – Politics

“Italy is the only country in which there is much discussion of the Mes”, on which “there will be no conditionality beyond the constraint to spend the money to cover the direct and indirect health costs of the pandemic. For Italy, it is between 36 and 37 billion at a rate close to zero. The loan will have a maturity of 10 years, which produces savings for the state coffers of several billion. ” This was stated by the EU Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, in an interview at the opening of the Republic.

“These lines of credit are the symbol of the different way in which we face the crisis: ten years ago a country in trouble asked for help in exchange for draconian conditions while today, with Europe facing a common crisis, we have an accessible tool to all and without conditions “, underlines Gentiloni, according to which” Europe comes out stronger because it has exposed the ambitions of nationalisms, the myth of the strong man who cares about the pandemic and the narrative of the country that does it alone. We have shown that science, cooperation between nations and the ability to manage complex situations are needed. Nothing worse for populist nationalism. “

Gentiloni warns about the risk of “asymmetric consequences” in the EU. “We have suspended the Stability Pact and state aid rules to encourage huge expansionary policies that will exceed 25% of European GDP. However, countries have different availabilities and at the end of 2021 the differences will not have been reduced, but accentuated. A worrying fact .

The single market and the euro zone with too many imbalances and differences between partners – warns the former Prime Minister – are seriously at risk “.
With Mes, Sure and Bei “for the first time the EU institutions are not limited to the monetary policy of the ECB and to the surveillance of the Commission, but are launching common financial resources. We have broken a taboo, it is not enough”. The recovery fund, says Gentiloni, will be presented “within two weeks, and its goal will be to mitigate the risks of excessive divergences within the single market”. “It is necessary that the plan becomes operational as soon as possible, without waiting for 2021, to have very significant financing and to act with a mix of subsidies and long-term loans.”