Putin shows his chest for his Covid vaccine and offers it free to the UN

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, He put his chest out before the UN on Tuesday for the rapid development in his country of a coronavirus vaccine and offered it free of charge to the organization to protect all its employees.

In his video message to the General Assembly, Putin He pointed out that his Government is ready to offer the United Nations all the necessary assistance, which includes free vaccination for all staff who want it.

He also said thatYour country is open to supply other nations with the so-called “Spútnik V”, which, as he highlighted, has been proven “safe” and “effective.”

Putin insisted that citizens around the world should have free access to a Covid-19 vaccine and He also underlined the Kremlin’s willingness to work with other governments to share diagnostic methods. and treatment of the disease.

In addition, in contrast to the United States, he defended that the World Health Organization (WHO) should have a central role in coordinating the response and said that Russia is working to strengthen the capacity of the Geneva-based entity.

On the other hand, Putin warned of the long-term economic effects that the current crisis will have and defended the need for the entire international community to work board to drive growth.

In this context, he stressed the importance of eliminating barriers, restrictions and, above all, “illegitimate sanctions” in international trade.

In the geopolitical and military sphere, the Russian leader He assured that he wants to cooperate with the United States to extend the strategic arms reduction treaty and hoped that there will be “restraint” when it comes to deploying new missile systems.

Too reiterated interest in a binding treaty to ban weapons in outer space and opted for more cooperation in cybersecurity.

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Putin defended the work of the organization and, although he recognized that it is necessary to adapt it to the reality of the 21st century, he made it clear that his country opposes major changes in the Security Council, where it is one of the five permanent members and has veto power.

According to him, for the Council to continue being the “pillar of global governance” it is essential that these five countries, nuclear powers and victors of World War II, retain the privilege of the veto.

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Xi Jinping: No Country Can Act Like a “World Boss” Page all

BEIJING, KOMPAS.com – President China Xi Jinping said Beijing would not allow any country to control the fate of other countries and act like the “boss of the world”.

Xi’s comments were reported by Chinese state-run media Global Times on Tuesday (22/9/2020).

Speaking at a summit to commemorate 75 years of its founding United Nations ( PBB), Xi said no country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the fate of others, or keep profits in development for itself.

“In fact, one should not be allowed to do whatever he likes and become a hegemon, a bully, or (feel) the boss of the world,” the media quoted Xi as saying.

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In the report, Xi did not name any countries, although he appears to be referring to United States of America ( AS) as reported Anadolu Agency.

As is well known, the “Uncle Sam” Country and “Panda” Country have recently been arguing in all sectors.

Calling for increased representation of developing countries at the United Nations, he stressed that the world’s largest organization must also uphold the rule of law.

“They should not be dominated by anyone pointing the fists hard at others,” Xi said.

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He added that inter-state relations and the coordination of UN interests must be based on rules and institutions.

Xi also stressed that the world’s major powers must lead by example in advocating and upholding the rule of international law.

“There should be no practice of exclusion or double standards. And international law should not be distorted and used as a pretext to undermine the legitimate rights and interests of other countries or world peace and stability,” Xi said.

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He stressed that the United Nations must promote cooperation to answer the common challenges of humanity.

“To practice the principles of multilateralism, we must act, not just talk, there must be a cure, not only therapy,” he added.

He praised the UN’s role in the world and its 75-year journey.

Xi also added that his country firmly maintains a central role for the United Nations in international affairs.

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Taiwan scrambles jets as 18 Chinese planes buzz during U.S. visit

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Taiwan scrambled fighter jets on Friday as 18 Chinese aircraft buzzed the island, crossing the sensitive midline of the Taiwan Strait, in response to a senior U.S. official holding talks in Taipei.

China had earlier announced combat drills and denounced what it called collusion between the island, which it claims as part of its territory, and the United States.

U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach arrived in Taipei on Thursday for a three-day visit, the most senior State Department official to come to Taiwan in four decades – to which China had promised a “necessary response.”

The U.S. State Department has said Krach, who arrived in Taipei on Thursday afternoon, is in Taiwan for a memorial service on Saturday for former President Lee Teng-hui, who was revered by many on the island and internationally as the father of Taiwan’s democracy.

But Beijing has watched with growing alarm the ever-closer relationship between Taipei and Washington, and has stepped up military exercises near the island, including two days of large-scale air and sea drills last week.

With a U.S. presidential election looming in November, Sino-U.S. relations are already under huge strain from a trade war, U.S. digital security concerns and the coronavirus pandemic.

Taiwan said 18 Chinese aircraft were involved on Friday, far more than in previous such encounters and entered its southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ).

“Sep. 18, two H-6 bombers, eight J-16 fighters, four J-10 fighters and four J-11 fighters crossed the midline of the TaiwanStrait and entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ,” the defence ministry said in an English-language tweet.

Combat aircraft from both sides normally avoid passing through the Taiwan Strait midline.

“ROCAF scrambled fighters, and deployed air defence missile system to monitor the activities.” The ROCAF, Taiwan’s air force, has scrambled frequently in recent months in response to Chinese intrusions.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has led the Trump administration’s rhetorical offensive against China, accused Beijing of bluster when asked about the Chinese activity.

“We sent the delegation to a funeral, and the Chinese have apparently responded by military blustering. I’ll leave it at that,” he told a news conference on a visit to Guyana.

In a statement, the Pentagon said it was another example of China using its military as a tool of coercion.

“The PLA’s aggressive and destabilizing reactions reflect a continued attempt to alter the status quo and rewrite history,” a Pentagon spokesman said, using an acronym for China’s People’s Liberation Army.

The ministry showed a map of the flight paths of Chinese jets crossing the midline.

Taiwan’s Liberty Times newspaper said Taiwanese jets had scrambled 17 times over four hours, warning China’s air force to stay away. It also showed a picture of missiles being loaded onto an F-16 fighter at the Hualien air base on Taiwan’s east coast.

‘REASONABLE, NECESSARY ACTION’

In Beijing, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said Friday’s maneuvers, about which he gave no details, involved the People’s Liberation Army’s eastern theater command.

“They are a reasonable, necessary action aimed at the current situation in the Taiwan Strait and protecting national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Ren said.

He said Taiwan was a purely internal Chinese affair and accused its ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of stepping up “collusion” with the United States.

Trying to “use Taiwan to control China” or “rely on foreigners to build oneself up” was wishful thinking and futile. “Those who play with fire will get burnt,” Ren said.

Taiwan’s presidential office urged China to exercise restraint, and urged the Taiwanese not to be alarmed, saying the military had a grasp on the situation.

Government officials in Taiwan, including President Tsai Ing-wen, have expressed concern in recent weeks that an accidental military encounter could spark a wider conflict.

Hu Xijin, editor of China’s widely read state-backed Global Times tabloid, wrote on his Weibo microblog that the drills were preparation for an attack on Taiwan should the need arise, and that they enabled intelligence-gathering about Taiwan’s defense systems.

“If the U.S. secretary of state or defence secretary visits Taiwan, People’s Liberation Army fighters should fly over Taiwan island, and directly exercise in the skies above it,” he added.

Chinese fighter jets briefly crossed the midline last month while U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar was in Taipei, and last week China carried out two days of large-scale drills off Taiwan’s southwestern coast.

The United States, like most countries, has official ties only with China, not Taiwan, though Washington is the island’s main arms supplier and most important international backer.

This week, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had lunch with Taiwan’s top envoy in New York. China’s U.N. mission said it had lodged “stern representations” over the meeting.

Reporting by Yew Lun Tian in Beijing and Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Additional reportnmg by David Brunnstrom and Idrees Ali in Washington; Editing by Kevin Liffey, Jonathan Oatis and Grant McCool

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WHO Says 172 Countries Commit to Global COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Illustrative Monday photo of a man holding a child on a street in Seoul. Aug 24, 2020. REUTERS / Kim Hong-Ji

GENEVA / LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Some 172 countries have committed to the COVAX plan led by the World Health Organization (WHO), which seeks to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, the institution said. on Monday, although he pointed out that more funding is urgently needed.

“Initially, when there is a limited supply (of COVID-19 vaccines), it is important to administer the vaccine to those most at risk in the world,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in an appearance. before the media.

Reporting by Kate Kelland, John Miller and Stephanie Nebehay; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano

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For the health of Mexico: Families will obtain quality medicines and vaccines at a low price

MEXICO CITY.- After the signing of the agreement between the government of Mexico and the United Nations (UN), low-income families will have greater access to medical supplies.

This agreement will boost the supply of medicines, vaccines and medical equipment in the most marginalized areas of the country.

Progress for Mexico will be through the consolidated purchase of high-quality supplies abroad, also at a very affordable price.

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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised to obtain quality medicines for the people of Mexico.

This project promises to strengthen the health system in the country, an enormous advance in terms of laws in the face of the latent emergency of COVID-19.

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The United Nations warns of a global mental health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

LONDON (Reuters) – A mental health crisis looms on the horizon as millions and millions of people around the world are trapped in death and disease, leaving them isolated, impoverished and worried by the Covid-19 pandemic, UN health experts said on Thursday.

Two health workers cry during the memorial of a colleague who died of an infection with the Corona virus in Spain on April 13, 2020. Photo: Susanna Pera – Reuters.

“Isolation, fear, confusion, and economic instability all cause or may be the cause of a psychological crisis,” said Devora Kestel, director of the World Health Organization’s mental health department.

During the presentation of a report and the presentation of a United Nations guideline on Covid-19 and mental health, Kestel suggested increasing the number and severity of mental illnesses and called on governments to place this matter “at the center and center” of their pandemic control plans.

“The mental health and well-being of entire societies are severely affected by this crisis, which is a priority that needs to be addressed urgently,” she told reporters.

The report highlights several groups and sectors of society that are at risk of psychological problems, and include children and youth separated from their friends and schools, as well as health-care workers who are witnessing the infection and death of thousands of coronaviruses.

Already emerging studies and statistics show the influence of Covid-19 on mental and mental health globally. Psychologists say children suffer from anxiety, and depression and stress have increased in several countries.

Domestic violence is increasing, and health workers are talking about the increasing need for psychological support.

Reuters last week reported what was reported in interviews with doctors and nurses in the United States who said they or their colleagues had a combination of panic, anxiety, depression, numbness, irritability, restlessness and nightmares.

Outside the health sector, the WHO report says many are concerned about the immediate health consequences and consequences of isolation, while others fear infection, death and the loss of family members.

Millions face economic instability, they lost or face the risk of losing income and livelihoods, the report added. Some also feel anxious and frustrated about the future, as there is a lot of misinformation and rumors about the pandemic and severe foggy about its duration.

The report listed action points that decision-makers can use to “reduce the extreme suffering of hundreds of millions and reduce the long-term social and economic consequences for society”.

These points include addressing the problem of the lack of chronic investments in psychological services and the provision of an “emergency mental health service” via remote healers such as providing telephone consultations to frontline workers to confront the pandemic in the health sector and working proactively with those who suffer from depression and anxiety and those facing the risk of domestic violence and poverty Severe.

Marwa Salam Prepared for the Arab Bulletin – Edit Abu Amal Al Saud

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The fight of the “desert flower” continues

She really wants to eat a salmon sandwich now. But there is none in the office tower in Frankfurt where she came for a lecture. And actually the interview with the journalist should start. There is a nervous whisper, then a pack sets off: Waris Dirie, wearing a hat and sunglasses, her stocky manager with curly white hair ring, the two start-up founders who invited Dirie, and the journalist.

Waris Dirie is in her mid-50s and looks like she was in her early 40s. She has shiny, smooth skin and an impressively upright posture. It exudes glamor even in jeans and sneakers. When she laughs, the people around her laugh too, when she frowns, they get nervous. And if she wants a salmon sandwich, go look for it. A restaurant is found on Frankfurt’s Opernplatz, which at least offers pasta with salmon sauce.

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In 1998 Dirie’s book “Desert Flower” was published. It was filmed in 2008. The book sold more than eleven million copies, and the film attracted more than a million people to cinemas in Germany alone. Before that, Waris Dirie was only a nomad child and a victim of mutilation, then domestic help and cleaning lady, later top model and actress. She then became a UN special envoy and human rights activist. And above all, the woman who stands all over the world for the fight against the cruel practice of female genital mutilation, in English Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM for short.

She wants interview questions in writing

How does it change a person to talk about this trauma over and over again, partly live on television? To be asked by people from all over the world whether you can feel anything down there? And to be attacked by your own family for betraying the traditions?

Finding out is not that easy. Dirie doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. She wants to have the interview questions in advance, then answers them in writing and very briefly through her manager. At the actual interview date, she has no desire to say more. She interrupts the question about current projects with her foundation with a burst of speech: “You see my heart, my soul and my passion, darling. I can’t stand it if anyone on this planet gets hurt, especially if it’s children or women. I don’t understand why people are just waiting, the world is just waiting. What is she waiting for I don’t understand it, and it’s not up to me to solve these problems on my own. ”By the time her food came, she had talked so furiously about the evils of the world that she barely touched it in the end.

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UN has to cut Yemen aid in half due to lack of funds


War, destruction, hunger: But the aid funds run dry.
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Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. But the United Nations must reduce aid. There is no money.

TDespite the dramatic humanitarian situation in Yemen, the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) has to drastically cut its aid to the civil war-stricken country due to lack of funds. The operation in Yemen suffers from a critical funding gap, you have no choice but to cut aid by half, a WFP spokeswoman said on Sunday. From the middle of April, families in need received support only every two months instead of monthly.

A civil war between the Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government has been raging in the bitterly poor country in the south of the Arabian Peninsula for more than five years. The conflict triggered a humanitarian emergency in Yemen. 24 million people – around 80 percent of the population – rely on help, according to the UN. Many of them are starving. The United Nations speaks of the greatest humanitarian crisis in modern times.

The country also reported its first Corona case last week. Because of the humanitarian situation, observers fear a particularly large number of victims if the virus continues to spread there. An alliance led by Saudi Arabia supports the government in the conflict. The military coalition had surprisingly declared a two-week ceasefire on Wednesday. The UN Security Council called on the Houthis to make similar commitments. However, both sides accuse each other of violating the ceasefire.

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The UN asks governments to forgive debts



United Nations – More than 60 United Nations agencies and international organizations on Thursday urged governments to take steps to address the global recession and financial crises caused by the global pandemic. coronavirus, especially in the poorest countries in the world.

Billions of people live in countries on the brink of economic collapse due to the explosive combination of financial problems fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, heavy debt obligations, and declining official development aid”Said the Inter-Agency Working Group on Financing for Development, headed by the UN.

In response to the crisis, in the past month, financial markets around the world suffered heavy losses and intense volatility, he added, and investors pulled around $ 90 billion from emerging markets in the largest cash withdrawal in history. .

In a 207-page report, the task force said that before COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, one in five countries _ with billions of people living in poverty _ was expected to view their income as They were to stagnate or decline in 2020, and the pandemic is now likely to affect billions more.

“The economic and financial shocks associated with COVID-19, such as disruption in industrial production, falling commodity prices, volatility in financial markets and growing insecurity, are derailing the already lukewarm economic growth and aggravating the greater risks of other factors ”, added the report. “These include the setback of multilateralism, discontent and mistrust towards globalization, an increased risk of over-indebtedness and the most frequent and severe climate crises.”

To avoid the crisis of doubt, the members of the working group called for the immediate suspension of debt payments from the least developed and low-income countries that request it.

The collective, which includes the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, also called for urgent measures to reestablish financial stability. It also called for ensuring liquidity sufficiency, strengthening the global financial safety net, promoting trade, increasing access to international financing, and expanding public health spending.

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UN boss warns against ‘horrific increase’ reports of domestic violence | NOW

Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres warned in the night from Sunday to Monday about the “horrific increase in reports of domestic violence against women”. In several countries, helplines would have spoken twice as many women as normal, but Guterres did not name which countries.

In the Netherlands, there is as yet no significant increase in reports of domestic violence from the Safe at Home organization, as was previously shown by inquiries by this site. The spokesman for the organization was “concerned” because emergency services have less insight than usual on issues such as domestic violence and child abuse.

The same also stings Guterres. “Rescuers are overwhelmed and understaffed. Support groups lack funding and shelters for women are closed or full.”

The Secretary General acknowledges that lockdowns and quarantine measures are necessary in the fight against coronavirus, but women are inadvertently imprisoned with assaults. Because they find it difficult to hide themselves from their partner, they should be offered more options to report domestic violence, Guterres argues.

“Introduce warning systems at supermarkets”

The UN boss calls for a warning system at supermarkets and pharmacies, where women can tell their story without alerting their partner. In addition, more online services need to be set up and human rights organizations deserve support.

Finally, prosecution of abusers should continue to be a high priority and reception centers should be identified as “vital places”, Guterres said. “Protecting women is a primary concern in the fight against coronavirus.”

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The coronavirus in short

  • The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person via sneezing and cough drops. The chance of becoming infected through surfaces such as door handles is small. This chance decreases if you wash your hands often.
  • You can considerably reduce the chance of spreading by keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
  • The corona measures have resulted in an infected person infecting less than one other person on average. Previously, this so-called reproduction number was between two and three.
  • The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
  • Almost all deaths involve the elderly or other vulnerable persons, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
  • Read here what precautions you should take.

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