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بكين, 21 ديسمبر / كانون أول 2022/PRNewswire/ — SARS- CoV-2، الفيروس المسبب لـ COVID-19، يتحول باستمرار. منذ بداية الوباء قبل ثلاث سنوات، ضرب الفيروس العالم بوجوه مختلفة – ألفا، بيتا، دلتا، جاما ثم أوميكرون – مما أدى إلى إزهاق أرواح الملايين. قال وو زونيو، كبير علماء الأوبئة في المركز الصيني لمكافحة الأمراض والوقاية منها، يوم السبت […]

بكين, 21 ديسمبر / كانون أول 2022/PRNewswire/ — SARS- CoV-2، الفيروس المسبب لـ COVID-19، يتحول باستمرار. منذ بداية الوباء قبل ثلاث سنوات، ضرب الفيروس العالم بوجوه مختلفة – ألفا، بيتا، دلتا، جاما ثم أوميكرون – مما أدى إلى إزهاق أرواح الملايين.

قال وو زونيو، كبير علماء الأوبئة في المركز الصيني لمكافحة الأمراض والوقاية منها، يوم السبت في اجتماع سنوي إنه لو تم اتخاذ أحدث التدابير الصينية لتخفيف القيود في بداية هذا العام، لحدثت 866000 إلى مليون حالة وفاة مرتبطة بـ COVID في البر الصيني الرئيسي في عام 2022.

بحلول نوفمبر عندما أعلنت الصين عن سياساتها الجديدة لتخفيف سلسلة من التدابير الصارمة التي تهدف إلى مراقبة ووقف انتشار COVID-19 ، أبلغت البلاد عن أكثر من 5000 حالة وفاة بسبب هذا الفيروس.

ولم يأت انخفاض عدد القتلى، من بين سكان يبلغ عددهم 1.4 بليون نسمة، بسهولة. ومع محاولة العديد من الدول للتخلي عن تدابير أكثر صرامة واحدة تلو الأخرى في السنوات الثلاث الماضية، لم تحذ الصين حذوها.

على مدى السنوات الثلاث الماضية، كلما وأينما ظهر COVID-19 ، حاولت الحكومات المحلية وقف انتقال الفيروس في أقرب وقت ممكن، على الرغم من أنه يعني تباطؤًا مؤقتًا في الحركة الاجتماعية والأنشطة الاقتصادية.

أصدرت الدولة وحدّثت تسعة إصدارات من بروتوكول التشخيص والعلاج الخاص بـ COVID-19 ، مما يوفر إرشادات للتحكم في انتشار مرضى COVID-19 وعلاجهم في الوقت المناسب.

قال تشونغ نانشان، الخبير الصيني الشهير في أمراض الجهاز التنفسي، الأسبوع الماضي في محاضرة حول مكافحة أوميكرون عقدتها جامعة صن يات سين، إن الإصدار الجديد سيكون مفضيًا إلى التنمية الاقتصادية على أساس الوقاية والسيطرة النشطة على الوباء.

 وقالت لجنة الصحة الوطنية الصينية إن جميع هذه التدابير التي تستند إلى أحدث الأوضاع والطفرات في الفيروس تم إدخالها من أجل احتواء الفيروس المنتشر بطريقة أكثر استنادًا إلى العلم واستهدافًا.

أوميكرون أقل فتكًا

وجد الباحثون أن الإمراضية والفوعة لدى أوميكرون قد انخفضت، مقارنة بالسلالات السابقة لـ COVID-19 .

أظهرت دراسة يقودها باحثون من جامعة هونغ كونغ في منطقة هونغ كونغ الإدارية الخاصة وجامعة هاينان الطبية في مقاطعة هاينان في جنوب الصين، نشرت في مجلة Nature في 21 يناير، أن تكرار ومرضية متغير أوميكرون من SARS-CoV-2 في الفئران يتم تخفيفها مقارنة بالسلالة البرية ومتغيرات ألفا وبيتا ودلتا.

وأبدت نييلتي فان دورمالين، وهي باحثة في مختبر علم الفيروسات التابع للمعهد الوطني للحساسية والأمراض المعدية التابع لمعاهد الصحة الوطنية في الولايات المتحدة، رأيا مماثلًا في نوفمبر في مجلة Science Advances . أظهرت البيانات أن أوميكرون يتكرر إلى مستويات أقل من دلتا في resus macacques ، مما أدى إلى انخفاض المرض السريري.

الخطوة التالية للصين وسط أوميكرون

الباحثون الصينيون متفائلون بشأن الوضع، مع كون أوميكرون هو الفيروس المهيمن في الوقت الحالي.

وقال عالم الأوبئة وو إن نسبة الحالات الشديدة والحرجة للمرض بين جميع الحالات المؤكدة في الصين انخفضت من 16.47 في المائة في عام 2020 إلى 3.32 في المائة في عام 2021. اعتبارًا من 5 ديسمبر 2022، كان 0.18 في المئة.

قال تشانغ وينهونغ، رئيس مركز الأمراض المعدية في مستشفى هواشان بجامعة فودان ومقره شنغهاي، في مؤتمر إنه مع اقتراب الجهاز المناعي البشري تدريجيًا من أوميكرون، كان من غير المحتمل أن تقفز سلالة أكثر عدوى.

وقال تشانغ إن “الاستنتاج المسبق” هو أن الصين تخرج من هذا الوباء، وأن الاتجاه لن ينعكس، لكن كبار السن وغيرهم من الفئات الضعيفة لا يزالون بحاجة إلى حماية مناسبة، وحث كبار السن على الحصول على التطعيم.

أصدرت الحكومة الصينية مؤخرًا خطة تهدف إلى زيادة التطعيم بين السكان المسنين من أجل حماية هذه المجموعة الضعيفة بشكل أفضل.

وتدعو الخطة إلى بذل الجهود للتعجيل بزيادة معدل التحصين بين الأشخاص الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 80 سنة وما فوق، وكذلك إلى مواصلة رفع معدل التحصين بين الأشخاص الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 60 و 79 سنة.

قال المدير العام لمنظمة الصحة العالمية تيدروس أدهانوم غيبريسوس في 14 ديسمبر إنه “آملًا” في أن جائحة COVID-19 لن تعتبر حالة طوارئ عالمية في وقت ما من العام المقبل.

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“GOODBYE PRINCESS” music video records big success  Global C-Pop star Tia Lee unveils #EmpowerHer campaign

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Media OutReach – 20 December 2022 – C-Pop star Tia Lee Yu Fen has been receiving global attention for her new single “GOODBYE PRINCESS” and the record-breaking the pre-release animation campaign that accompanied it. The music video has received 50 million views and the pre-release campaign attracted over 100 million […]

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Media OutReach – 20 December 2022 – C-Pop star Tia Lee Yu Fen has been receiving global attention for her new single “GOODBYE PRINCESS and the record-breaking the pre-release animation campaign that accompanied it. The music video has received 50 million views and the pre-release campaign attracted over 100 million views across social media. GOODBYE PRINCESS is a note to Tia’s old self as she bids farewell to the past, and reinvents herself. The #EmpowerHer campaign centres on the theme of female empowerment and aims to encourage women around the world to believe in themselves and reach their potential.

To celebrate the successful release and push for positive change, Tia Lee has announced the launch of her #EmpowerHer campaign. Tia has partnered with four inspiring charitable organisations that have shown their commitment to this brilliant cause. The four charities are Beats By Girlz, Daughters of Tomorrow, Teen’s Key, and Women in Music.

As part of the #EmpowerHer campaign Tia will donate up to HK$3.8 million, to be split amongst the partner organisations. Total donations to each charity will be based on the number of views that the “GOODBYE PRINCESS” music video receives on YouTube. The campaign pays a tribute to International Women’s Day on 8 March, 2023.

About Tia Lee | Lee Yu Fen:

Tia Lee Yu Fen, born in Taipei, is a global C-pop star, film and television actress, and fashion model and icon. In addition to her acting roles and musical career, Tia appears frequently at major fashion shows. As a fashion icon and trend-setter, Tia has graced the covers of fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and shares her beauty and fashion tips through a number of Vogue’s social media channels.

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WFP welcomes funding from Germany to support refugees and smallholder farmers in Rwanda

KIGALI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda has welcomed a contribution of US$3.6 million from Germany to support the food and nutrition needs of women and children in the refugee community, to strengthen government social protecti…

KIGALI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda has welcomed a contribution of US$3.6 million from Germany to support the food and nutrition needs of women and children in the refugee community, to strengthen government social protection systems and improve food security and incomes for smallholder farmers.

The funding was received from both the German Federal Foreign Ministry (GFFO) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) which contributed US$1.9 million and US$1.7 million respectively.

“Soaring costs of food, energy and fertilizer combined with limited land availability and climate extremes such as droughts and floods are affecting the food security and incomes of smallholder farmers and refugees in Rwanda,” said Edith Heines, WFP’s Country Director in Rwanda.

The funding from GFFO will be used to provide supplementary feeding to prevent chronic malnutrition among 3,800 pregnant and breastfeeding women and 300 young children in the refugee community and to prevent acute malnutrition among refugees being treated for HIV and tuberculosis. The funds will also support over 37,000 children from both refugee and host communities with daily nutritious school meals – a critical social safety net which relieves parents from having to budget for lunches and encourages greater enrolment and retention of children in schools.

“In view of the high food price inflation currently observed in Rwanda, we are glad to continue supporting WFP in its critical work with the most vulnerable. WFP’s focus on refugees, school children and rural communities throughout the country, in close cooperation with the government, is highly relevant and provides valuable socio-economic opportunities in view of the current challenges,” said Philippe Taflinski, the Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy in Kigali.

The funding from BMZ will enable WFP-supported farmers in the Bitenga marshland in Rutsiro district to increase food production and incomes through access to quality seeds and by establishing dedicated selling points for their harvests. Funding received from BMZ in 2021 was used to restore 400 metres of irrigation canals currently being used by farmers in the marshland to irrigate their crops, and to provide drinking water for cattle.

The funds will also be used to strengthen government social protection activities and disaster risk management initiatives, to support nutrition monitoring in health centres and hospitals in 17 districts, and for improving school kitchen infrastructure.

This funding comes in addition to a contribution of US$2 million received from GFFO and BMZ in 2021.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

Source: World Food Programme

UN boss believes Ukraine-Russia war ‘will go on’

UNITED NATIONS— UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was pessimistic that Russia’s war in Ukraine would end soon but he hoped it would be over by the end of next year.“I am not optimistic about the possibility of effective peace talks in the immediate fut…

UNITED NATIONS— UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was pessimistic that Russia’s war in Ukraine would end soon but he hoped it would be over by the end of next year.

“I am not optimistic about the possibility of effective peace talks in the immediate future,” he told reporters Monday during his annual end-of-year press conference in New York.

It is ten months since Russia invaded its neighbor in late February.

On Monday, Russia launched a swarm of attack drones at critical infrastructure in Kyiv as the war showed no signs of relenting.

“I do believe that the military confrontation will go on,” the United Nations secretary-general said at the world body’s headquarters.

“I think we will have still to wait (for) a moment in which serious negotiations for peace will be possible. I don’t see them in the immediate horizon,” he added.

After several rounds of peace talks between delegations early in the conflict, negotiations quickly stalled.

Ukraine has said Russia would need to completely remove its forces for talks to take place.

Last month, a top Ukrainian official said any discussions not based on Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders are “not acceptable.”

Guterres said he “strongly” hoped that peace could be reached in 2023.

He cited “the consequences” for Ukraine’s people, Russian society and the global economy, which is battling high food and energy prices as a result of the war, if a deal is not found.

“All these are reasons for us to do everything possible to make a peace solution happen before the end of 2023,” Guterres said.

Over the course of an hour, Guterres answered questions on a host of subjects, including on peace in the Middle East, North Korean missiles and the dire situation in Mali.

He described the Iranian regime’s crackdown of women-led protests as “totally unacceptable.”

“We are witnessing massive violations of human rights that we strongly condemn,” Guterres said.

Source: Nam News Network

UN eases weapons embargo on DR Congo

UNITED NATIONS— The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution Tuesday that eases a weapons embargo on the Democratic Republic of Congo, a move hailed by Kinshasa as an “injustice repaired.”The resolution removes a stipulation that previously …

UNITED NATIONS— The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution Tuesday that eases a weapons embargo on the Democratic Republic of Congo, a move hailed by Kinshasa as an “injustice repaired.”

The resolution removes a stipulation that previously required countries to inform the 15-member council of arms sales or military assistance to the Congolese government.

Kinshasa has long complained that the requirement created an unnecessary bureaucratic hurdle in its battle with militia groups.

The DRC has been subject to the UN arms embargo since 2000, originally imposed over widespread violence in the central African nation.

In 2008, the Security Council amended the sanctions regime to apply only to armed groups.

The rules still required the government to notify a monitoring committee of arms purchases, however.

Earlier this year, the Council prolonged the regime but reduced the notification requirements for certain weapons purchases.

Kinshasa continued to push for the restrictions to be lifted amid a surge of clashes with M23 militia in the east.

Diplomats in New York came under increasing pressure to act amid allegations that they were obstructing the Congolese military from protecting civilians.

“A battle won, an injustice repaired,” government spokesman Patrick Muyaya wrote on Twitter after the resolution was passed.

The Council also voted to renew the mandate of the UN’s DRC peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, for another year.

The M23 or “March 23 Movement” first leapt to global prominence in 2012 when it briefly captured Goma, an important commercial hub of about a million people in North Kivu province.

A joint offensive by UN and Congolese troops drove the rebels out in 2013. But after lying mostly dormant for years, the M23 resumed fighting last year after accusing the government of failing to honor an agreement to incorporate its fighters into the army.

The DRC has accused neighboring Rwanda of backing the M23, which Kigali has repeatedly denied.

Source: Nam News Network

Republic of Congo President Hopeful After US-Africa Leaders Summit

Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso says significant developments came out of this year’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.In an interview with VOA this week, Sassou Nguesso said that during this summit, the goals were more defined…

Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso says significant developments came out of this year’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

In an interview with VOA this week, Sassou Nguesso said that during this summit, the goals were more defined, including helping the African Union gain a greater voice at the United Nations.

“For example, President [Joe] Biden declared that Africa [African Union] is certainly going to be a member of the G-20. I believe this is a clear orientation that we appreciate. Mr. Biden also declared that in the next few years, America is going to get involved with Africa [the African Union] finding its right place at the Security Council of the United Nations as a permanent member,” he said in French.

The G-20 comprises the world’s major industrial and emerging economies. South Africa is currently its only African member.

Biden also said his administration would spend $55 billion to help African countries over the next three years and that he hoped to deepen Africa-U.S. cooperation.

“Our nations have worked closely together for a long time to improve the lives of countless people in all our countries in meaningful ways, on both sides of the Atlantic. And with this summit and with the African Union’s Agenda 2063, our eyes are fixed squarely on the future,” Biden said at the summit.

“That’s also an important development,” Sassou Nguesso said, “especially when the debate allowed us to highlight Africa’s priorities. [African Union chair] Macky Sall and all the other leaders emphasized Africa’s priorities, whether it’s related to basic infrastructure, developing the agriculture sector, digital, education, health, the energy question.”

The White House said $165 million of the funds would be used to strengthen democracy and good governance. Yet some criticized Biden for inviting leaders who have been in power for a long time. U.S. officials said all leaders in good standing with the African Union and the United States received an invitation.

“Democracy and good governance are a process,” Sassou Nguesso said. “I always give this particular example: The French Revolution triumphed in 1789 with all the problems related to freedom, human rights and democracy. Imagine that in France after all the struggles that had happened during that time, women only had the right to vote after the Second World War. … The process had developed and until today in certain countries in Europe, there are [election] challenges. Even here, in the U.S., we were surprised to see what happened at the Capitol [on January 6, 2021].”

“There is considerable progress in Africa,” he continued. “Now, as for the leaders who have stayed in power for a long time, what if that was the will of the people? Elections are meant to ask people to share their opinions. What if the people vote in favor of stability?”

Coups, conflict

Some African countries have also recently seen a recurrence of coups and, in the case of Libya, ongoing conflict. Sassou Nguesso said that without peace, security and stability, development cannot be achieved. And what happens in one country has the potential to affect an entire region, he noted.

“As long as we don’t resolve the Libya issue, we won’t see the light at the end of the tunnel in the Sahel region. So, the terrorism and violent extremism in Africa, the problem related to peace in general is an important one. As the chairperson of the AU’s High-Level Committee on Libya, we are in the process of organizing a reconciliation forum there,” he told VOA.

Libya has had little peace since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted Moammar Gadhafi.

The Congolese leader shared his hopes that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which was extended in 2015 for another 10 years, would be renewed.

According to U.S. officials, AGOA has been a focus of U.S. economic policy and commercial engagement with Africa since it took effect in 2000. It provides eligible sub-Saharan African countries with duty-free access to the U.S. market for nearly 2,000 products.

Leading trade officials in sub-Saharan Africa and the Biden-Harris administration held a ministerial during the summit where they discussed the need to strengthen implementation and modernize AGOA to translate opportunity into concrete benefits for the African people.

Sassou Nguesso has been in and out of power for more than three decades. Asked if he’s going to be a candidate at the next elections, he said that people who govern while thinking of the next elections are abandoning their essential tasks. He told VOA he was not one of those people and was concentrating on trying to execute the programs for which he was elected.

Source: Voice of America