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WHO Cautions Richer Countries against "Vaccine Nationalism", Brazil's Ex-Health Minister criticizes President Bolsonaro

  • The World Health Organization has cautioned the richer countries against “vaccine nationalism” by saying that they can’t keep treatments to themselves and let other poor countries to suffer from COVID-19. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has told (via video-link from the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva) the Aspen Security Forum in the US that the economies in the world are intertwined (because of the globalization) and it is best for the world to recover together. He went on to say that a few countries couldn’t be a safe haven or recover faster if they keep vaccination or the cure to themselves. WHO chief said “the damage from Covid-19 could be less when those countries who... have the funding commit to” share their vaccine and treatment with poor nations. A new study has found that if the leaders of the large cities in the United States fail to promote counter-measures such as mask-wearing then an estimated 300,000 Americans could die by December 2020. A team at the University of Washington says that around 70,000 people could avoid death if more and more people wear face coverings during the pandemic. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s former health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta has criticized Bolsonaro for downplaying the pandemic, undermining social distancing, and containment measures. He went on to say that “Bolsonaro will one day face political or legal consequences for his neglect” and “appalling behavior towards the greatest pain inflicted on Brazilians in more than a century”.