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US, China needle each other on ‘rights abuse’, ‘wrongdoings’ as heated talks end in stalemate

US, China needle each other on ‘rights abuse’, ‘wrongdoings’ as heated talks end in stalemate

NEW DELHI: The United States and China held high-level face-to-face talks on Monday, which highlighted sharp differences between the two countries. Although the tone of the meeting appeared to be somewhat less contentious comparatively, things soon got heated. While China issued a long list of demands and complaints which accused the US of suppressing the country's development, the latter red-flagged human rights issues in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Tibet. Taking an aggressive stance, China's vice foreign minister Xie Feng blamed the US for a "stalemate" in bilateral relations. He further added that some Americans portray China as an "imagined enemy".…
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China should provide raw data on pandemic’s origins: WHO’s Tedros

China should provide raw data on pandemic’s origins: WHO’s Tedros

BERLIN: The head of the World Health Organisation said investigations into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic in China were being hampered by the lack of raw data on the first days of its spread there. "We ask China to be transparent and open and to cooperate," Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference on Thursday. "We owe it to the millions who suffered and the millions who died to know what happened," he said.
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WHO warns of ‘early stages’ of Covid-19 third wave amid Delta variant surge

WHO warns of ‘early stages’ of Covid-19 third wave amid Delta variant surge

GENEVA: World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday warned the world about the 'early stages' of Covid-19 third wave amid Delta surge. "Unfortunately...we are now in the early stages of a third wave", he said. On Wednesday, the head of WHO said that Delta variant's spread, along with increased social mobility and the inconsistent use of proven public health measures, is driving an increase in both case numbers and deaths. Recalling the sustained decline in Covid-19 cases and deaths that was being driven, in recent months, by increasing vaccination rates in Europe and North America, he sounded…
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Spread of Covid-19’s Delta variant will substantially up cases, put pressure on healthcare: WHO

Spread of Covid-19’s Delta variant will substantially up cases, put pressure on healthcare: WHO

UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA: The increased transmissibility associated with the Covid-19's Delta variant is likely to substantially increase cases and put greater pressure on healthcare systems, particularly in the contexts of low vaccine coverage, WHO has warned. In its Covid-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update released on Tuesday, the World Health Organisation said that an overall rise in Covid-19 cases due to the Delta variant is reported across all WHO regions. As of July 13, at least 111 countries, territories and areas have reported detection of the Delta variant, and this is expected to continue to increase, becoming the dominant variant globally in the…
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Thailand defends Covid vaccine ‘mix-and-match’ after WHO warning

Thailand defends Covid vaccine ‘mix-and-match’ after WHO warning

BANGKOK: Thailand on Tuesday defended mixing two different Covid-19 vaccines to battle a surge in infections, after the WHO's top scientist warned it was a "dangerous trend" not backed by evidence. The kingdom is struggling to contain its latest outbreak fuelled by the highly contagious Delta variant, with cases and deaths skyrocketing and the healthcare system stretched thin. Authorities said they will mix a first dose of the Chinese-made Sinovac jab with a second dose of AstraZeneca to try and achieve a "booster" effect in six weeks instead of 12. Thailand's chief virologist Yong Poovorawan said this would be possible…
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Delta variant ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving new spike in cases, death: WHO

Delta variant ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving new spike in cases, death: WHO

UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA: The Delta variant is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and deaths, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said, warning that the variant, now in over 104 countries, is expected to soon be the dominant Covid-19 strain circulating worldwide. Addressing a press briefing on Monday, he said that last week marked the fourth consecutive week of increasing cases of Covid-19 globally, with increases recorded in all but one of WHO's six regions, adding with concern that after 10 weeks of declines, deaths are increasing again. “The Delta variant is ripping…
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Covax calls for equal recognition of Covid-19 vaccines

Covax calls for equal recognition of Covid-19 vaccines

NEW YORK: Covax, the global alliance for vaccine distribution, on Thursday urged governments around the world to recognize as fully vaccinated all people who have received Covid-19 vaccines that have been deemed safe and effective by the World Health Organization (WHO). Covax in a statement said it was built on the principle of equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines to protect the health of people all across the globe and that means protecting their lives and livelihoods, including their ability to travel and conduct trade. "As travel and other possibilities begin to open up in some parts of the world, Covax…
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