Covid-19 vaccine: Finger-pointing will not save a single life, says WHO
Addressing a special session of the executive board of World Health Organization, director general Tedros Adhanom said finger-pointing will not save a single life. “We are all in this together. History will not judge us kindly if we pour millions and millions of dollars as our domestic stimulus while the global community needs help,” Tedros said.
Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, who is also the executive board chairman of the World Health Organisation, has emphasised on the need of global collaboration to tide over the present pandemic situation. “Therapeutic, diagnostics & vaccines for whole world, only way out of this pandemic. Global collaboration is paramount,” Vardhan said.
Amid a new trend of vaccine nationalism, which is marked by countries rushing to make agreements with vaccine manufacturers for a specific number of vaccine doses once they are ready and proved to be effective, WHO has been emphasising on global solidarity. India and south Africa have urged World Trade Organisation to look into Intellectual Property Rights laws and patents so that they don’t become hindrance to an equal distribution of vaccines.
Canada has identified 10 new cases of monkeypox - a disease endemic to forested parts of central and western Africa - bringing total infections in the country to 15. The new cases of monkeypox were detected in Quebec. Health minister Jean-Yves Duclos said samples were being analysed and cautioned, "We expect more cases to be confirmed in the coming days." The majority of cases this year have been reported in Europe.
The international airport in the city of Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia, was closed to commercial aircraft on Tuesday after a suspicious bag was brought in by a passenger. The airport was shut down on Tuesday afternoon. It reopened late on Tuesday night, about seven hours later, after what was described as a “security incident” was “resolved” according to a tweet from the Victoria Airport Authority.
An 18-year-old gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, was behind the deadliest school shooting in the United States in nearly a decade, killing at least 19 children. The gruesome killing took place at a Texas elementary school in the heavily Latino town of Uvalde. Law enforcement officials said that Ramos was a resident of the community about 135 kilometres west of San Antonio, reported news agencies. Law enforcement officials said he acted alone.
Carrying on his argument on population, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he is a rare exception as a rich person who has many kids as most rich people he knows have zero or one kid. Elon Musk has recently argued that the narrative that people are not having kids because it is harmful to the environment is "total nonsense". This is not the first time that Elon Musk raised the issue of the declining population.
An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school, killing at least 19 children as he went from classroom to classroom, officials said, in the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade and the latest gruesome moment for a country scarred by a string of massacres. In 2021, almost 250 people were hit by active shooters - 103 died, according to a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.