Coronavirus: in the face of threats to u.s., the WHO accepts an investigation into his action

Coronavirus: face aux menaces américaines, l’OMS accepte une enquête sur son action

In the Face of accusations and threats of a boycott, the united states, the countries members of the world health Organization decided Tuesday to launch an “independent evaluation” of the response of the agency to the pandemic of novel coronavirus.

In the Face of accusations and threats of a boycott, the united states, the countries members of the world health Organization decided Tuesday to launch an “independent evaluation” of the response of the agency to the pandemic of novel coronavirus.

The 194 member countries of the organisation, during a teleconference novel devoted to the disease which has claimed more than 318 000 deaths in the world since its appearance in China in December, agreed to launch “on the earlier of (…) an evaluation process that is impartial, independent and comprehensive” of international action undertaken in the face of the pandemic.

This assessment, the contours of which remain unclear, will have to sift through ” the steps taken by WHO to face the pandemic of COVID-19 and their chronology “.

This agreement, reached with the approval of the China and the United States, is a response to the president’s accusations by Donald Trump that judge WHO pledged in Beijing and issued an ultimatum of one month, under the threat of leaving this body, of which the United States was traditionally the first contributor.

“If the WHO is not committed to significant improvements within a period of 30 days, I will turn the temporary suspension of funding to the WHO in a measure permanent, and reconsider our membership in the organization “, he tweeted on the night of Monday to Tuesday.

Beijing responded by accusing Mr. Trump, whose country is the most grief-stricken in the world, with more than 90 000 deaths, of seeking to “evade their obligations” to the organization and to ” smear China’s efforts to address the epidemic “.

The resolution passed Tuesday stipulates that the investigation may provide ” scientific missions and collaboration on the ground “. China declared itself open to an independent investigation, but not before the end of the pandemic.

Russia, where the disease has begun a slow decrease, but where hot spots remain, has denounced what it called us attempts to “break” the organization.

“We are against a case (the WHO), who would be in the political interests or geopolitical a single State, in other words, the United States,” said the vice-minister of foreign Affairs of russia Sergey Riabkov.

– Riots of the hungry –

While the pandemic has brought to its knees the global economy, France and Germany have proposed Monday as a stimulus package of 500 billion euros to try to revive activity within the EU, whose members are still struggling to agree on a plan of recovery common.

In practice, the German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron proposed that the european Commission borrows on the markets ” on behalf of the EU “, before returning the money to the european countries, and ” to the sectors and regions most affected.”

The pandemic is considered to be under control in Europe, where the majority of the countries have started to déconfiner their populations, with the key being the re-opening of iconic sites such as the Acropolis, Mont Saint-Michel or Saint-Pierre of Rome. But it continues to grow particularly in India and South America.

In Chile, the hunger riots erupted in the suburbs of the capital Santiago, placed in strict confinement. “I’m toiletteuse for dogs, I have a small business. It will not give me any subsidy, ” said Paola Garrido, struggling to feed her four children.

Further north, the coronavirus has further aggravated the economic crisis that undermines Venezuela, forcing the inhabitants to an economy of survival. “We cook on a wood fire, we eat what we find, it is a bit like a camp scout, summarizes Hector, the patriarch of a family of San Cristobal, in the west of the country.

– “Global public good” –

As the race to the vaccine continues in the world, the american society Moderna Monday announced encouraging initial results, but to take with caution. Of large-scale tests are planned in July.

In China, the prestigious Beijing University (” Beida “) said to have discovered a potential cure based on antibodies taken from patients cured of the COVID-19.

Monday, at the opening of the WHO meeting, the chinese president Xi Jinping had assured that a potential vaccine, the chinese would be a ” global public good “. Mr. Macron has also felt that ” everyone should have access to a future vaccine.

Pending a medical breakthrough, Donald Trump made a surprise move on Monday, revealing that he had been taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug against malaria, whose effectiveness against the coronavirus has not been demonstrated.

“I’ve been taking it for a week and a half (…) I take one tablet a day “, he said during an exchange with reporters at the White House, stressing that he had “no symptoms” of the COVID-19.

– “Time to go to work” –

In Europe, where Italy and Spain in particular have seen their balance sheets daily to pass under the threshold of the hundred dead for the first time in two months, the déconfinement continues.

Cafes and restaurants have reopened in Northern Macedonia on Tuesday. In England, the training of the Premier League, the football championship is the most followed in the world, will resume Tuesday in small groups, such as Monday in Spain. In Germany, the Bundesliga has restarted last weekend, behind closed doors.

Several european countries have cracked open their borders for seasonal workers to cope with the lack of arms for the harvest. “It is time to go to work, earn money, and then go home happy,” says Mykola, 32 years, before taking a special flight from Kiev to Helsinki.

On the other hand, the containment will remain in force in Turkey for the duration of the Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of ramadan. Similar measures have been taken in Syria, which will not of collective prayers, and in other muslim-majority countries such as Egypt or Algeria.

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