Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to US President Joe Biden, said today, Thursday, during a meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization, that Biden will issue a directive today that the United States intends to join the “COVAX” initiative, stressing that Washington is ready to support the global response to the epidemic.
Fauci – who is the director of the American Institute of Infectious Diseases and Allergy – also announced that his country will support the initiative to “accelerate the availability of anti-corona tools” (ACT Accelerator).
He stressed that his country will fulfill its financial obligations to the World Health Organization, from which the administration of former President Donald Trump withdrew.
In the same context, the Kovacs initiative announced today that it intends to provide 1.8 billion doses of anti-corona vaccines to the poorest countries this year.
The World Health Organization defines “Kovacs” as a global initiative to work with vaccine manufacturers; To enable countries around the world to obtain safe and effective vaccines in an equitable manner once they are licensed and approved.
These developments come as countries around the world race to provide the largest possible quantities of vaccines available to vaccinate the population. To stop the spread of the Corona virus, amid criticism of rich countries for monopolizing most of the quantities that have been produced so far.
It is scheduled that the leaders of the 27 member states of the European Union will discuss, this evening, via video, ways to confront the spread of mutated strains of the Corona virus, which have been monitored during the past few weeks.
European leaders will discuss measures to stop the spread of strains, which have spread from Britain and South Africa in particular, and scientists say they are much faster spread compared to the original virus, which appeared late last year in China, to sweep the world after that.
The European summit will also discuss expediting vaccination campaigns and developing a unified certificate to prove receipt of the vaccine.
The organization said, yesterday, that the British mutated version has been detected so far in at least 60 countries, 10 more countries than it was a week ago, while the second mutated version that appeared for the first time in South Africa is believed to be more contagious than the copy. British Airways has been spotted in 23 countries and territories to date.
And she continued that she is monitoring the spread of two other species that appeared in Brazil, one of which was detected in the state of Amazonas, and was also discovered in Japan by 4 people coming from Brazil.
The European summit is being held while European countries, including France, Germany and Spain, are recording high numbers of injuries and deaths, and this also applies to countries outside the European Union, such as Britain and Russia.
Meanwhile, a big fire broke out today in the largest vaccine production institute in India and the world, the Serum Institute of India.
And in local channels, a huge cloud of gray smoke appeared over the institute’s site in Pune (West), where millions of doses of the “Coffeeshield” vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford are currently being produced to combat viruses. Corona.
But the channels indicated that the fire broke out at a site under construction far from vaccine production facilities.
A source in the “Serum Institute of India” told the French press that “the vaccine production facility was not affected and this will not affect production,” explaining that the fire “broke out in a new factory under construction.”
In the UAE, the authorities of the Emirate of Dubai announced today that the issuance of entertainment permits will be temporarily suspended in the face of the high number of Coronavirus infections.
The Dubai Government Media Office said in a tweet that over the past three weeks, Dubai Tourism has issued more than 200 violations; For non-compliance with the precautionary measures, it closed about 20 facilities.
A number of hotels in the emirate have confirmed to the French press that they will continue to serve customers; But it indicated that entertainment activities such as performances or the presence of DJs are no longer permitted.
In the same context, the Dubai Health Authority announced, today, that all hospitals have been instructed to suspend all elective surgeries until February 19.
The UAE has witnessed a significant increase in HIV infections since the beginning of the new year, with more than 3 thousand cases recorded daily, and this Gulf country has so far counted more than 263 thousand cases of Corona virus, and 762 deaths.
In the UAE, too, the authorities announced today that they have approved the emergency use of the Russian vaccine, “Sputnik-V”, which is the third approved vaccine.
In the Arab world, too, the Lebanese authorities have extended the complete closure imposed due to the Corona epidemic for an additional two weeks, until February 8th.
The government said in a statement that the tight restrictions on movement across the country, which were due to continue until Monday, will remain in effect until February 8. The statement added that the decision was taken in light of the continuous increase in Corona virus infections, and the number of patients who need intensive care.
Life in Wuhan
In China, after its streets were completely empty and its hospitals crowded with patients, normal life has returned to Wuhan after a year of isolation.
Crowds fill shopping malls, while the streets of Wuhan are crowded with cars, as there is no mention that the city (central China) marks the first anniversary of its isolation on January 23, 2020, on Saturday.
In this city of 11 million people, normal weather has returned to it, as in other cities in China, where the epidemic has been practically controlled since last spring.
But other regions of China, including the capital, Beijing, these days are experiencing a state of anxiety, with more than 100 infections recorded daily, especially with the detection of one of the mutated strains of the Corona virus.