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Argentina asks G20 to increase collaboration and solidarity in the face of a pandemic

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Argentine Health Minister Carla Vizzotti urged members of the Group of Twenty (G20) on Monday to increase international collaboration and solidarity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vizzotti made the call during a meeting of G20 health ministers in Rome, Italy, according to a press release from the ministry.

She emphasized the importance of using the COVID-19 crisis to increase preparedness and management in a coordinated and equitable response to future health emergencies, with a focus on low- and middle-income nations.

“All countries must implement steps in accordance with the values of international solidarity, partnership, and equity, enabling access to vaccines against COVID-19 for all people,” she stated.

The minister also emphasized “the importance of the G20 supporting the World Health Organization’s reform initiative, which aims to strengthen and streamline the management of the global health response and improve the implementation of the International Health Regulations.”

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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The Chinese Ambassador is hopeful for the second shipment of the vaccine gifted from China to arrive in the Maldives soon.

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Chinese Ambassador in the Maldives, Wang Lixin has said that she expects the second shipment of Covid vaccines from China to arrive in the Maldives soon. Her Excellency Wang Lixin said this in a tweet last week Tuesday after a meeting with Maldives Health Minister Ahmed Naseem.

In this meeting with the health minister, it was discussed to strengthen the relationship between the 2 countries and work together as per the agreement between President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the President of China, Xi Jinping. Discussions have been made to improve the health benefits between the 2 countries as well. On this note, the Chinese Ambassador has said that 4 there are 400,000 doses of the Sinopharm Vaccine on its way to the Maldives.

The first batch of vaccines donated by China was received at the beginning of this year with 2 lakh vaccine doses. After which, it was announced two months ago that 4 lakh doses were donated again by China. China is the one country that has donated the highest number of vaccine doses to the Maldives with a sum of 6 lakh vaccine doses to fight against Covid-19.

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The removal of Maldives from the red list, increases the demand of British tourists

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Since the Maldives was removed from the UK’s red list, demand from UK visitors has surged. According to UK media, travel websites in the country have seen a spike in traffic following the adjustments they made to their travel list on Friday. That day, the Maldives was moved from the red list to the amber list. According to reports, the majority of individuals wish to visit the Maldives, as well as Sri Lanka and Mexico.

Sky Scanner, one of the largest travel websites in the UK, reported a 95 percent surge in visitor demand last week. This increase is thought to be the result of the UK changing its COVID regulations to give permission for fully vaccinated people to move without having to have a PCR test. Another difference is that returning to the UK from an amber list country now simply requires quarantining at home rather than in a hotel.

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Vaccines donated by China arrive in Kenya as the pandemic struggle intensifies

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Senior Kenyan government officials received a batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine doses from China on Saturday as the East African nation speeds up inoculations for high-risk populations against the virus, saying they will re-energize the country’s pandemic fight.

“The vaccines we are receiving today are testament to our two countries’ cordial relations, which extend beyond health care to include trade and other sectors of development,” said Susan Mochache, principal secretary of the Ministry of Health, who was among the officials who welcomed the arrival of the vaccine doses donated by China at Nairobi’s main airport.

Kenya’s pharmaceutical regulatory body has already approved China’s Sinopharm vaccine, as well as vaccines manufactured by Moderna, Johnson&Johnson, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca, as the government speeds up its immunization program.

According to Mochache, the receipt of the Sinopharm vaccine is a huge step forward in Kenya’s efforts to limit the pandemic and speed up the return to normalcy.

The two-dose Sinopharm vaccine, which can be delivered at 28-day intervals and stored at temperatures ranging from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius, is ideal for Kenya’s cold chain capability, according to Mochache.

The vaccination donation, according to Zhang Yijun, minister counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, underscores the vitality of bilateral cooperation between Nairobi and Beijing.

The vaccines that have come and are on their way “are a monument to our two countries’ comprehensive strategic cooperative collaboration and the profound traditional affection between our two peoples,” according to Zhang.

China has provided Kenya with ventilators, face masks, and personal protective equipment, as well as knowledge about pandemic control and prevention.

Kenyan health officials have previously voiced trust in China’s Sinopharm vaccine, claiming that wider availability will aid in the suppression of the coronavirus, ease the burden on the public health system, and support economic recovery.

Willis Akhwale, chair of the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination task team, stated that Sinopharm’s approval by his country’s drug regulatory agency was a statement of confidence in its efficacy.

The Chinese vaccinations have also been deployed in Rwanda, where 200,000 Sinopharm doses were sent on August 19, and Zimbabwe, where a batch of Sinovac vaccine doses ordered from China on July 8 was delivered.

The Sinovac vaccine was licensed for use by South Africa’s Health Products Regulatory Authority on July 3, with state officials, labor unions, and political and civil society leaders expressing confidence in its efficacy.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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