‫علاج كوفيد-19 “أفيجان” سريع البيع متاح في الإمارات العربية المتحدة

ركزت الشراكة المحلية على ضمان تقديم أفضل فرصة شفاء لمرضى كوفيد-19 دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، 28 أكتوبر 2021 /PRNewswire / – أبرمت شركة AiPharma المملوكة لشركة Global Response Aid (GRA) وشركة فارماكس، وكلاهما مزودان رائدان لحلول الرعاية الصحية في دبي، عن إبرام شراكة لتوفير علاج كوفيد-19 الذي خضع للتجارب، أفيجان (فافيبيرافير)، في دولة الإمارات العربية […]

ركزت الشراكة المحلية على ضمان تقديم أفضل فرصة شفاء لمرضى كوفيد-19

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، 28 أكتوبر 2021 /PRNewswire / – أبرمت شركة AiPharma المملوكة لشركة Global Response Aid (GRA) وشركة فارماكس، وكلاهما مزودان رائدان لحلول الرعاية الصحية في دبي، عن إبرام شراكة لتوفير علاج كوفيد-19 الذي خضع للتجارب، أفيجان (فافيبيرافير)، في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة. يُسمح للمرضى الذين يعانون من أعراض خفيفة إلى متوسطة بالعلاج في المنزل، مما يخفف حِدة الضغط على المستشفيات.

وقد أُضيف فافيبيرافير إلى قائمة العلاجات المعتمدة في الإرشادات الوطنية لهيئة الصحة بدبي للإدارة السريرية وعلاج كوفيد-19 في يونيو 2020. كمّا أن هيئة الصحة بدبي على دراية بكون الدواء خيار علاجي فعّال للمرضى الذين تم تشخيص إصابتهم بكوفيد-19. ويُعد “أفيجان” هو الإصدار ذو العلامة التجارية من فافيبيرافير، وهو مضاد للفيروسات واسع النطاق في شكل أقراص ويُؤخذ عن طريق الفم، وقد طورته في الأساس شركة FujiFilm Toyama Chemical، وتم اعتماده في اليابان لعلاج أنفلونزا الجائحة.

حصل “أفيجان” على تصريح تسويق كامل أو تصريح استخدام طارئ في عددٍ من الأسواق كعلاج لكوفيد-19، بما في ذلك المكسيك والهند وإندونيسيا وتايلاند والإمارات العربية المتحدة وماليزيا، بالإضافة إلى العديد من الدول الأخرى التي تشتري الدواء بموجب برامج الاستخدام الرحيم، ومنها المملكة المتحدة واليونان والمجر والمملكة العربية السعودية. شهدت مبيعات “أفيجان” ارتفاعًا في جميع أنحاء العالم من 9 ملايين دولارًا خلال الربع الأول إلى أكثر من 150 مليون دولارًا خلال الربع الثالث من عام 2021. تعمل الحكومات على تخزينه ولا تزال تخزنه، حيث تم تخزين 80 مليون قرصًا خلال مدة 12 شهرًا الماضية.

تتعامل شركة GRA، التي تتمتع بحقوق تسويق وتوزيع مشتركة “لأفيجان” على مستوى العالم خارج اليابان والصين وروسيا، الآن مع طلب غير مسبوق على الدواء. تجاوزت الطلبات خلال الربع الثالث من عام 2021 أكثر من 150 مليون دولارً، وهي آخذة في الزيادة.

أبرمت شركة فارماكس، إحدى الشركات الرائدة في المنطقة في تصنيع الأدوية عالية الجودة وتوزيعها، في شراكة مع GRA لقيادة جهود “أفيجان” التنظيمية والمبيعات والتوزيع في الإمارات العربية المتحدة. وقد سلمت شركة فارماكس وشركة GRA معًا 1.2 مليون قرصًا إلى دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة هذا الأسبوع لصالح شركة RAFED التابعة لشركة ADQ ومقرها أبوظبي. من أجل تسليم هذا الطلب، منحت RAFED مناقصة أخرى لملايين الأقراص.

صرح الدكتور: مادوكار تانا، الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة فارماكس، قائلاً: “لقد عملنا مع فرق من شركتي GRA ، و AiPharma  لتوفير “أفيجان” في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة لتلبية طلب المرضى والسوق وتوفير علاج فعال لكوفيد-19″. “لم يكن توفير هذا الدواء بسوق الإمارات العربية المتحدة أكثر أهمية من أي وقت مضى نظرًا للزيادات الحالية والمستقبلية المُحتملة لمرضى كوفيد-19.”

“يعد طلب RAFED الذي وفرته لها فارماكس علامة فاصلة مهمة في جهودنا لمعالجة جائحة كوفيد-19. يمتاز “أفيجان” بأنه فعال في مساعدة المرضى على التعافي بشكل أسرع. وقد ذكر الدكتور أليساندرو جادوتي، الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة AiPharma، إن ذلك سيحافظ بالتالي على موارد الرعاية الصحية، ويساعد على احتواء انتشار هذا الفيروس القاتل. “منذ تفشي الوباء، عملنا بدأب من أجل تقديم حلول لمواجهة الأزمة الصحية العالمية. كمّا تستثمر السلطات الصحية الحكومية في العديد من البلدان في “أفيجان” لأنها تدرك مدى الحاجة إلى امتلاك مخزون من العلاجات المختلفة لعلاج مجموعات المرضى المختلفين. سنواصل العمل عن كثب مع شركاء ممتازين مثل فارماكس لضمان حصول جميع المرضى على أفضل فرصة للشفاء”.

يُعد “أفيجان” مضاد للفيروسات، ويتم تناوله عن طريق الفم، ويمتاز بأنه شديد الفعالية، ويتم تناوله في المنزل في بداية الإصابة بالعدوى، وذلك لمنع انتقال الفيروس والتماثل للشفاء.

مع إجراء أكثر من 40 دراسة سريرية (16 في الولايات المتحدة) قبل بدء تفشي وباء كوفيد-19، يتمتع “أفيجان” بمواصفات آمنة ومفهومة جيدًا. وفقًا لما أعلنته GRA مؤخرًا، عن PRESECO، تجربة سريرية بالمرحلة 3 الولايات المتحدة وكندا، (مكافحة كوفيد-19 الشديد)، مضاد للفيروسات، أنها ستواصل تقييم فعاليته لعلاج المرضى الذين يعانون من حالات خفيفة الى متوسطة من كوفيد-19.

نبذة عن Global Response Aid (GRA)

AiPharma ، شركة مبتكرة للبحث والتطوير والتسويق في مجال الأدوية وشركة أجيليتي (KSE/DFM: AGLTY) ، إحدى الشركات اللوجيستية الرائدة في العالم، أنشأت ( Global Response Aid (GRA لمواجهة تحديات السوق الناجمة عن تفشي وباء كوفيد-19 والتهديدات الأخرى للصحة العامة. كمّا تقدم GRA حلول الرعاية الصحية المبتكرة والفعّالة من خلال مجموعة من المنتجات الصيدلانية ومنصات التكنولوجيا. كمّا إنها تعمل بشكل وثيق مع الحكومات والسلطات التنظيمية والمستشفيات والعيادات ومقدمي الرعاية الصحية وشركات علوم الحياة والمنظمات غير الحكومية والمؤسسات العامة بهدف وضع استراتيجيات تسمح لها بمواجهة تحديات الصحة العامة.

www.globalresponseaid.com  

نبذة عن AiPharma

AiPharma هي شركة تعمل في مجال الأدوية البيولوجية، وتعمل على تطوير وتسويق علاجات مبتكرة مضادة للفيروسات لعلاج الأمراض وتلبية احتياجات المرضى التي لم تُلبى بسبب وجود مجموعة كبيرة من الأمراض المعدية. تركز AiPharma حاليًا على التطوير السريري والتجاري للأدوية الأولية للنيوكليوتيدات المتوفرة، والتي يتم تناولها عن طريق الفم، والفعّالة والانتقائية للعدوى الفيروسية التي يصعب علاجها والتي تهدد الحياة، بما في ذلك فيروس كورونا المرتبط بالمتلازمة التنفسية الحادة والحرجة 2 ( SARS-CoV-2) ، والفيروس المسبب لكوفيد-19 وفيروس حمى الضنك وفيروس التهاب الكبد C (HCV) ، والفيروس المخلوي التنفسي ( RSV).

http://www.aipharmalab.com/

نبذة عن فارماكس للادوية:

توفر شركة فارماكس للأدوية إمكانية الوصول إلى الأدوية النوعية ذات العلامات التجارية بأسعار معقولة. كمّا إنها ملتزمة بتجاوز توقعات مقدمي الرعاية الصحية والممارسين والمرضى، كمّا تقدم الشركة أيضًا مجموعة متنوعة من الأدوية عبر مجموعة واسعة من المجالات العلاجية. يوجد المقر الرئيسي لشركة فارماكس للأدوية في دبي، بدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، وهي شركة مصنعة دولية مُرخصة من GMP، وموزعة للأدوية عالية الجودة في معظم الأسواق المنظمة على مستوى العالم. تلتزم شركة فارماكس للأدوية بالحفاظ على ثقافة الجودة، كما أن منشآتها الحديثة تلبي المعايير التنظيمية الصارمة المحلية والعالمية أيضًا.

www.pharmax.ae .

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Global Response Aid
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‫”الصرف الصحي والمياه للجميع” في مؤتمر الأمم المتحدة للتغير المناخي لعام 2021 (COP26)

نيويورك، 29 أكتوبر — / PRNewswire / “الصرف الصحي والمياه للجميع” شريك لـ جناح المياه من أجل المناخ الذي تم إنشاؤه لأول مرة على الإطلاق في 26th مؤتمر الأمم المتحدة السادس والعشرون للتغير المناخي للأطراف (COP26)وسوف يسلط الجناح -برعاية 33 منظمة- الضوء على الدور الحيوي للمياه في العمل المناخي التحويلي وتقديم مشورة علمية رائدة حول التخفيف والتكيف مع صانعي القرار بشأن […]

نيويورك، 29 أكتوبر — / PRNewswire / “الصرف الصحي والمياه للجميع” شريك لـ جناح المياه من أجل المناخ الذي تم إنشاؤه لأول مرة على الإطلاق في 26th مؤتمر الأمم المتحدة السادس والعشرون للتغير المناخي للأطراف (COP26)وسوف يسلط الجناح -برعاية 33 منظمة- الضوء على الدور الحيوي للمياه في العمل المناخي التحويلي وتقديم مشورة علمية رائدة حول التخفيف والتكيف مع صانعي القرار بشأن المناخ.

قالت كاتارينا دي ألبوكيرك، المديرة التنفيذية لشراكة “الصرف الصحي والمياه للجميع” التي تستضيفها الأمم المتحدة، “تشير التقديرات إلى أن 90٪ من المشاكل الناجمة عن تغير المناخ مرتبطة بالمياه، مما يؤدي إلى الجفاف والفيضانات وغيرها من الظواهر الجوية القاسية.  نحن بحاجة إلى صانعي القرار لإعطاء الأولوية لحقوق الإنسان فوق جميع الاستخدامات الأخرى، وضمان استراتيجيات وخطط وميزانيات المياه والصرف الصحي التي تتسم بالمرونة المناخية، وخاصة بالنسبة للفئات الأكثر ضعفًا وتهميشًا”. “يُعَد جناح المياه الأول من نوعه فرصة غير مسبوقة لمواءمة سياسات المناخ والمياه بحيث يتم إعمال حقوق الإنسان، والحد من مخاطر المناخ، وهناك المزيد من الأموال المتاحة من أجل التكيف.  دعونا نغتنم هذه الفرصة للعمل معًا والوفاء بالتزاماتنا – لصالح الجميع”.

في COP26 والأحداث والأماكن الرئيسية الأخرى، يدعو شركاء SWA الحكومات إلى:

·   تحسين الاستخدام الفعال لموارد المياه وإعطاء الأولوية لتخصيصها بين الاستخدامات المتنافسة بطريقة تعطي الأولوية لإعمال حقوق الإنسان.

·  ضمان حصول الفئات المهمشة، بما في ذلك النساء والأطفال، على المياه الجارية والصابون والمراحيض من أجل صحتهم وكرامتهم، وهو جزء أساسي من بناء المرونة المناخية.

·  العمل مع الشركات والمؤسسات المالية الدولية من أجل تسريع الاستثمار في البنية التحتية والخدمات المائية ذات المرونة المناخية – خاصة بالنسبة للبلدان التي تواجه أوضاعًا هشة.

تشمل الأحداث الافتراضية من “جناح المياه” ما يلي:

 التمويل المناخي لدعم تكييف الخدمات الأساسية وبناء المرونة المجتمعية: المياه، والصرف الصحي، والنظافة الشخصية 

 الثلاثاء 2 نوفمبر، 9:00 صباحًا بتوقيت جرينتش.  يتوفر مزيد من المعلومات هنا.

 السياسات، والمساءلة، والمراقبة للمياه والصرف الصحي والنظافة الشخصية التي تتسم بالمرونة المناخية: الانتقال من الالتزام إلى التقدم 

السبت 6 نوفمبر، 11:30 صباحًا بتوقيت جرينتش.  يتوفر مزيد من المعلومات هنا.

 قائمة بأحداث “جناح المياه” الأخرى .

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Greg Norman Named CEO Of LIV Golf Investments

NORMAN PENS LANDMARK 10-YEAR DEAL WITH ASIAN TOUR AS FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS REPRESENTING A TOTAL COMMITMENT OF OVER $200M WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Former world #1 and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Greg Norman, has today been announced as CEO of a newly formed company, LIV Golf Investments, […]

NORMAN PENS LANDMARK 10-YEAR DEAL WITH ASIAN TOUR AS FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS REPRESENTING A TOTAL COMMITMENT OF OVER $200M

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Former world #1 and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Greg Norman, has today been announced as CEO of a newly formed company, LIV Golf Investments, a move which will set in motion a number of momentous developments for professional golf worldwide.

Norman’s first order of business is the announcement of a ground-breaking series of 10 new marquee events to be staged annually on the Asian Tour over the next 10 years, representing a total commitment of over $200m to support playing opportunities and prize funds. The move represents one of the single biggest investments in the history of professional golf.

The series will be added to the Asian Tour schedule from 2022 onwards, with new events across Asia, the Middle East and Europe. It has been designed to drive greater engagement amongst fans, attract new commercial interest and to help stabilize professional golf following a sustained period of worldwide disruption and uncertainty.

“This is only the beginning,” commented Norman. “LIV Golf Investments has secured a major capital commitment that will be used to create additive new opportunities across worldwide professional golf. We will be a cooperative and respectful supporter of the game at every level, and today’s announcement alongside the Asian Tour is the first example of that.

“I have been a staunch supporter and believer in playing and developing golf in Asia for more than four decades. The Asian Tour is a sleeping giant and we share ambition to grow the series and unlock what we believe is significant untapped potential. We see our promotion of these new events as a vital first step in supporting emerging markets, creating a new platform, rich with playing opportunities that create valuable player pathways.”

LIV Golf Investments has been established with group companies in the USA, UK, with Asian offices to follow. Several high-profile C-Suite executives have already been appointed, with further announcements to follow in due course. PIF, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds with a diverse international investment portfolio, is the majority shareholder in the new company. Plans are in place to introduce further investment partners, who share the passion and belief in how new opportunities in professional golf can create widespread benefit for fans and players.

“This is the single biggest development in the history of the Asian Tour and a major milestone for professional golf,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Asian Tour. “The opportunity will secure unprecedented new playing opportunities, establish new player pathways, allow us to compete commercially with other sports, and enhance our social agenda.

“We are particularly excited at the prospect today’s landmark announcement brings to the amateur game, providing new inspiration to aspiring players through a new level of top-flight professional competition in the region.”

The series will add to the Asian Tour’s backbone of established events to comprise a 25-event season, expected to represent a record-breaking combined prize-fund in 2022. Each of the 10 new events will be broadcast live across the globe, with plans to attract an international field of headline talent through an open eligibility category regardless of Tour affiliation so opportunities are available to the broadest cross section of players.

Today’s announcement closely follows the striking of a new 10-year partnership between the Asian Tour and Golf Saudi, the organisers of the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers, which will see the event become the flagship tournament on the Asian Tour, featuring an impressive increased prize fund of $5m. The Saudi International will not be one of the 10 new events to feature as part of the new series but will itself provide enhanced exemption requirements.

Further signals of increased prosperity for the Asian Tour also came recently with the announcement that competitive play will soon recommence following a postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its suspended 2020/21 season will draw to a close with the staging of two new tournaments in Thailand in November and December 2021, and two further tournaments planned for Singapore in January 2022.

The new series of 10 events will take place throughout 2022, with all full-field events contributing towards the Order of Merit ranking.

Further details on the new series, including a reveal of the brand and series name, will follow in the near future.

About The Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of professional golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. The Tour is officially recognised by the Official World Golf Ranking and provides its events with valuable ranking points for participants to be recognised on the world stage. It is also an affiliate of The R&A. Tour Partners include Rolex (Timekeeper), Habitat for Humanity (Sustainable Development Partner), Titleist (Web Partner) and FootJoy (Tour Supplier). The corporate headquarters of the Asian Tour is based in Sentosa, which is the home of Asian Golf while Sentosa Golf Club is part of an exclusive network of properties under the Asian Tour Destinations. The Tour also has an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

About LIV Golf Investments
LIV Golf Investments is a newly formed company, with group companies in the USA and UK, with Asian offices to follow. Its remit is to holistically improve the health of professional golf on a truly global scale and support existing stakeholders to help unlock the sports’ untapped potential. Greg Norman is the first and founding CEO of LIV Golf Investments. PIF, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds with a diverse international investment portfolio, is the majority shareholder in LIV Golf Investments.

G-20 Summit Kicks Off With Focus on Global Minimum Tax, Pandemic Preparedness

ROME — The G-20 Summit hosted by Italy kicked off Saturday in Rome, where leaders from the world’s major economies discussed issues of mutual concern, including pandemic recovery and climate change.The red carpet was rolled out at “La Nuvola,” Rome’s c…

ROME — The G-20 Summit hosted by Italy kicked off Saturday in Rome, where leaders from the world’s major economies discussed issues of mutual concern, including pandemic recovery and climate change.

The red carpet was rolled out at “La Nuvola,” Rome’s convention center, as Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden and other leaders amid strict COVID-19 protocols.

This weekend’s summit is the leaders’ first face-to-face meeting in two years, following last year’s virtual summit hosted by Saudi Arabia. Notably absent are Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. They will join virtually, citing pandemic concerns at home.

Global minimum tax

On day one, G-20 leaders voiced their support for a global corporate minimum tax deal agreed to by finance ministers from 136 countries earlier this month after four years of negotiations led by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The deal would mean a sweeping overhaul of international tax rules. Under the deal, countries will apply a minimum global corporate tax rate of 15% for companies with annual revenues of more than $870 million, while large multinational companies must pay taxes where they operate, not just where they are headquartered.

“The president emphasized the importance of this historic deal during his intervention,” a senior administration official said.

“G-20 members are right to celebrate this deal,” said Matthew Goodman, senior vice president for economics at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. The question is whether and how soon G20 members can implement the agreement within their respective domestic legal frameworks.

“That’s going to be, frankly, quite challenging in the United States and several other countries,” said Goodman.

Pandemic response and prevention

On Friday, G-20 health and finance ministers released a communique committing to bringing the pandemic under control globally as soon as possible, and strengthening collective efforts to prepare for, prevent, detect, and respond to future pandemics. The communique says the G-20 will take all necessary steps needed to advance global goals of vaccinating at least 40% of the population in all countries by the end of 2021 and 70% by mid-2022, as recommended by the World Health Organization.

The ministers announced the formation of a new panel to improve the global response to future pandemics but did not specify any funding for the task force. They could not reach agreement on a separate financing mechanism proposed by the U.S. and Indonesia to prepare for future pandemics.

“We’re looking for not the ultimate final product of a financing mechanism or the ultimate final product of a taskforce or a board that would operate as kind of a global coordinating body going forward,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told VOA aboard Air Force One on Thursday. “So the hope is to have in the communiqué a statement of intent that we will work towards these two outcomes.”

Climate change

On Sunday, G-20 leaders will shift their focus to climate change. From Rome, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the summit an opportunity to “put things on track” ahead of the UN COP26 climate conference in Glasgow that G-20 leaders will participate in following their Italy meeting.

“There is a serious risk that Glasgow will not deliver,” Guterres said. “The current nationally determined contributions — formal commitments by governments — still condemn the world to a calamitous 2.7-degree increase,” he said referring to the pledge made at the 2015 Paris Climate Accord to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, ideally to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Countries are expected to announce more emissions reduction pledges to reach the target of net-zero emissions by around mid-century. But some analysts are skeptical of these voluntary commitments that come without enforcement mechanisms.

“There’ll be pledges, the best-case scenario something along the lines of what we saw in Paris,” said Dalibor Rohac, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Rohac added that to make progress on climate change, the world needs tangible actions. “Rather than to proceed with this habit of looking for a Big Bang multilateral solution, to pursue sound domestic policies that accelerate decarbonization.”

A key issue to watch is whether G-20 members can agree on coal. The U.N. has called for wealthy countries to phase out coal by 2030, but G20 environment ministers have failed to agree on a timeline.

Guterres also called on wealthy nations to uphold commitments to provide funding to help developing nations mitigate the impacts of climate change. Under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, wealthy nations pledged a minimum of $100 billion per year in climate funding to lower-income countries. Much of that money has not been delivered. enario something along the lines of what we saw in Paris,” said Dalibor Rohac, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Rohac added that to make progress on climate change, the world needs tangible actions.

“Rather than to proceed with this habit of looking for a big-bang multilateral solution, to pursue sound domestic policies that that accelerate decarbonization,” he said.

A key issue to watch is whether G-20 members can agree on coal actions. The U.N. has called for wealthy countries to phase out coal by 2030, but G-20 environment ministers have failed to agree on a timeline.

Guterres also called on wealthy nations to uphold commitments to provide funding to help developing nations mitigate the impacts of climate change. Under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, wealthy nations pledged a minimum of $100 billion per year in climate funding to lower-income countries. Much of that money has not been delivered.

Source: Voice of America

WHO: Vaccine Inequity ‘Demonstrates Disregard for the World’s Poorest’

The World Health Organization has written an open letter to the heads of state gathered in Rome for the G-20 meeting, urging them to increase vaccine supplies for the world’s poorest, ensure access to vaccines for all people on the move and support low…

The World Health Organization has written an open letter to the heads of state gathered in Rome for the G-20 meeting, urging them to increase vaccine supplies for the world’s poorest, ensure access to vaccines for all people on the move and support low- and middle-income countries in combating COVID-19 with all available means.

“The current vaccine equity gap between wealthier and low resource countries demonstrates a disregard for the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable,” the open letter said. “For every 100 people in high-income countries, 133 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, while in low-income countries, only 4 doses per 100 people have been administered.”

The WHO letter also warned, “Vaccine inequity is costing lives every day, and continues to place everyone at risk. History and science make it clear: coordinated action with equitable access to public health resources is the only way to face down a global public health scourge like COVID-19. We need a strong, collective push to save lives, reduce suffering and ensure a sustainable global recovery.”

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, joined WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in signing another open letter to the G-20 leaders, urging them to make good on their promised vaccine donations to poor countries. “When the leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations met at the G-7 Summit in June, they collectively announced that 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines would be sent to low- and low-and-middle-income countries to help vaccinate the world. Pharmaceutical companies have pledged almost the same.

“Yet, as several nations still don’t even have enough vaccines for their own health workers, the world is left asking: Where are the doses?” the letter said. “Of the almost 7 billion doses that have been administered globally, just 3% of people in low-income countries have had a jab so far. Where are the rest? … Promises aren’t translating into vaccines reaching the people that need them.”

British media has reported that Prime Minister Boris Johns is expected to announce at the G-20 summit that the U.K. will donate 20 million vaccine doses to low-income countries by the end of the year.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center said early Saturday that it has recorded more than 246 million global COVID infections and nearly 5 million global deaths. The center said nearly 7 billion vaccines have been administered.

Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children 5-11 years old.

The FDA approved doses for children that are one-third the amount that teens and adults receive.

“With this vaccine kids can go back to something that’s better than being locked at home on remote schooling, not being able to see their friends,” Dr. Kawsar Talaat of Johns Hopkins University said, according to The Associated Press. “The vaccine will protect them and also protect our communities.”

Tuesday, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will make detailed recommendations, and the CDC director will have the final say.

Approval by the regulatory agencies would make the vaccine available in the coming days to 28 million American children, many of whom are back in school for in-person learning. Only a few other countries, including China, Cuba and the United Arab Emirates, have so far cleared COVID-19 vaccines for children in this age group and younger.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe on Friday called for schools to stay open, provided appropriate prevention and response measures are in place.

The recommendation comes after WHO reported the European region has now seen four consecutive weeks of growing COVID-19 transmission, the only WHO region to do so. The agency said Europe’s rising numbers accounted for 57% of new cases worldwide in the third week of October.

In a statement from the agency’s website, WHO/Europe says instead of closing educational institutions in response to this latest surge, it recommends a “whole-of-society approach” to reducing transmission through mitigation measures such as physical distancing, cleaning hands frequently, wearing masks and ensuring adequate ventilation.

The WHO regional director for Europe, Dr. Hans Henri Kluge, said, “Last year’s widespread school closures, disrupting the education of millions of children and adolescents, did more harm than good, especially to children’s mental and social well-being. We can’t repeat the same mistakes.”

Kluge said that in the coming months, decisions by governments and the public to reduce the impact of COVID-19 should be based on data and evidence, “with the understanding that the epidemiological situation can change, and that our behavior must change with it. Science must trump politics.”

The Pacific island of Tonga has recorded its first COVID infection. The fully vaccinated infected person arrived on the island Friday on a commercial flight from New Zealand.

Source: Voice of America

Deaths Reported in Sudan as ‘March of Millions’ Demands Restoration of Civilian Rule

Three people were shot dead by security forces during Saturday demonstrations against a military coup in Sudan.The Sudan Doctors Committee had initially reported two protesters were shot and killed, but confirmed that a third person died when security …

Three people were shot dead by security forces during Saturday demonstrations against a military coup in Sudan.

The Sudan Doctors Committee had initially reported two protesters were shot and killed, but confirmed that a third person died when security forces fired into crowds in Omdurman, Khartoum’s sister city.

Twelve people have been killed in demonstrations since the military seized power and deposed the prime minister on Monday.

Saturday’s demonstrations have drawn hundreds of thousands of people in the capital, Khartoum, as well as major cities throughout the country.

Protests began Monday, when General Abdel-Fattah Burhan declared a state of emergency and announced the dissolution of a landmark transitional government established in 2019. But Saturday’s “March of Millions” is expected to be the largest coordinated demonstration yet.

Images and video footage from Khartoum and other cities throughout the country show crowds carrying Sudanese flags and banners denouncing the military government. Chants and songs that were sung in 2019 when protesters demanded the ouster of dictator Omar al-Bashir have been revived in this week’s protests as well.

“I see people everywhere, from each direction, thousands of young people, women, old men, children, everyone,” Walaa Salah, an activist in Khartoum, told VOA’s English to Africa.

“Khartoum, the entire city, is outside protesting, calling for the fall of the military rule, calling for the fall of the coup, calling for the end of this partnership,” she said. “People are chanting against the military.”

Witnesses reported heavy military security in Khartoum, especially by the Rapid Special Forces, notoriously for fatally shooting dozens of protesters in 2019.

Earlier this week, security forces killed at least nine people by gunfire and wounded at least 170 others during the protests, according to the Sudan Doctors’ Committee. Experts and demonstrators had expressed concern that Saturday’s protests could be violent.

Despite mobile internet and some WIFI being blocked throughout the country, organizers were able to coordinate demonstrations. Netblocks, which monitors internet cuts around the world, has reported that with the exception of one four-hour window, mobile internet has been cut throughout Sudan since Tuesday’s military takeover.

“We can’t call or text. We have no idea what’s going on, on the other side of the city,” Salah said.

Volker Perthes, the special representative of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, said in a statement Friday that he “remains in constant contact with all sides to facilitate a political solution in line with the Constitutional Document. UNITAMS (the U.N. Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan) is actively coordinating with mediation efforts currently underway to facilitate an inclusive dialogue, which remains the only path toward a peaceful solution to the current crisis.”

The United States had urged the military leaders of Monday’s coup to refrain from “any and all violence” against peaceful protesters.

The appeal to Sudan’s military leaders came from a senior U.S. State Department official who was briefing reporters on condition of anonymity.

Saturday will be “a real indication of what the military intentions are,” the official had said.

The military takeover occurred after weeks of escalating tensions between military and civilian leaders over Sudan’s transition to democracy. The coup threatens to derail the process, which has slowly progressed since the army ousted longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir, ending a popular uprising in 2019.

But even after the landmark power-sharing agreement in August of 2019, in which now-deposed Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was named the country’s leader, protests have continued. Demonstrators, who often used the word “Medaniya,” or civilian, to call for a civilian government, opposed any military control in the transitional government.

Burhan said Tuesday the army’s overthrow of the country’s transitional government was necessary to avoid a civil war.

Source: Voice of America