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Corruption Over PPE Is “Murder,” Says W.H.O. Chief

“If health care workers work without PPE, we are risking their lives, and that also risks the lives of the people they serve. So, it is criminal, and it’s a murder, and it has to stop,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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  • World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said corruption over personal protective equipment needed by health care workers is plain “murder.”
  • The official made the statement following controversial corruption issues in South Africa.
  • It’s “unacceptable” and “it has to stop,according to Ghebreyesus.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called graft over personal protective equipment (PPE) “unacceptable” and said that it’s “murder.”

In a virtual press conference held last August 21 in Geneva, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called out the corrupt practices involving personal protective equipment for health care workers across the world.

Ghebreyesus did not mince with his words and bluntly said all types of corruption are “unacceptable” but added “corruption related to PPE, lifesaving, for me, it’s actually murder.”

The WHO chief further went on:

“If health care workers work without PPE, we are risking their lives, and that also risks the lives of the people they serve. So, it is criminal, and it’s a murder, and it has to stop if it is happening anywhere.”

Ghebreyesus made the comment following protests in Nairobi, Kenya where there are ongoing controversies about corruption amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

A Newsweek report also tells us about a case in South Africa where the government hoarded and sold food donations meant for families without income during the lockdown. Moreover, several hospitals have also reported having inadequate supplies of medical safety gear such as face masks, gowns and PPEs for their medical workers from the state.

In the same conference, Ghebreyesus likewise pointed out that that he thinks the coronavirus pandemic could end in a shorter time compared with the Spanish Flu – which ravaged the world from February 1918 to April 2020.

“In our situation now with more technology and of course with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading, move more fast because we are connected now,” commented Ghebreyesus. “But at the same time, we have also the technology to stop it and the knowledge to stop it.”

“So we hope to finish this pandemic before, less than two years,” he said.

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750 Million Genetically-Engineered Mosquitoes to be Released in Florida Keys

However, scientists are unconvinced that these “Robo-squitoes” are safe.

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  • Local authorities already approved the release of 750 million "Robo-squitoes" in Florida Keys in 2021 and 2022.
  • These genetically-modified mosquitoes are programmed to control Aedes aegypti.
  • Local residents and environmental groups object the proposal due to the lack of comprehensive studies about the modified mosquitoes' impact on humans and the environment.
  • Oxitec also plans to release these mutant mosquitoes in Harris County, Texas beginning next year.

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Australia Secures Access to “Promising” Covid-19 Vaccine, Will Be Given Free To Entire Population

“If this vaccine proves successful, we will manufacture and supply vaccines straight away under our own steam and make it free for 25 million Australians,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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  • The Australian government has signed a deal to secure "early access" for the coronavirus vaccine being developed by drug company AstraZeneca and the Oxford University.
  • Once proven effective in clinical trials, the cure will be given for free to the country's entire population as Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that it will be "mandatory."
  • Currently, Australia has over 24,000 confirmed. Covid-19 cases. With more than 450 deaths.

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Lebanon COVID-19 Cases Increase Following Beirut Explosion

Health officials are now calling for a 2-week lockdown, in the hopes of curbing the spread of the virus.

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  • Health officials in Lebanon are requesting for a two-week lockdown to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
  • The number of new infections have recently risen, following the tragic explosion in Beirut last August 4.
  • "We don't have the luxury of time," warned Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan.

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