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A global summit to chart an end to the Covid-19 crisis and plan for future upheavals will occur May 12, the White House said Monday, even as President Joe Biden struggles to get vital pandemic funding from Congress. Online News
The virtual gathering will be co-chaired by the United States, along with current G7 president Germany, G20 president Indonesia, African Union chair Senegal, and Belize, the current chair of the CARICOM Caribbean grouping.
“The summit will redouble our collective efforts to end the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for future health threats,” the countries said in a joint statement.
This will be the second global huddle on the pandemic, which has killed more than six million people and triggered profound disruption to leading economies and trading patterns in the two years since it began to spread.
Biden hosted a similar summit last September, at which he urged partners to surge vaccines and ensure that 70 percent of every country has been vaccinated by September this year.
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Although death rates are plummeting world wide, the virus continues to spread, preventing many leading countries from fully lifting restrictions, while Shanghai in China is in the midst of a draconian lockdown.
Summit hosts appealed for maintaining the sense of urgency.
“In advance of the May 12 summit, we are calling on world leaders, members of civil society, non-governmental organizations, philanthropists, and the private sector to make new commitments and bring solutions to vaccinate the world, save lives now, and build better health security — for everyone, everywhere,” the joint statement said.
“The emergence and spread of new variants, like Omicron, have reinforced the need for a strategy aimed at controlling Covid-19 worldwide,” it said.
And while the latest variants are less lethal, the summit statement stressed there must be a focus on stopping similar future catastrophes from taking the world by surprise.
“We know we must prepare now to build, sustain, and finance the global capacity we need, not only for emerging Covid-19 variants, but also future health crises,” the statement said.
- Biden goals face headwinds –
Biden took office in 2021 promising to overcome the pandemic at home but also putting a heavy accent on efforts to vaccinate poor areas of the world.
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The United States has pledged to deliver at least 1.1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses for global use before 2023 and has so far shipped around half of that.
However, Biden’s ambition to make the United States an “arsenal for vaccines” similar to US leadership in World War II now faces political headwinds.
A package ensuring $10 billion in continued funding for the domestic Covid response has yet to be passed by Congress, while there is no agreement at all on more funding for vaccine donations abroad.
“It’s vital Congress acts now so the US can continue our momentum in the international effort to get shots in arms in every part of the world, no matter how remote, and to prevent the spread of the next Covid variant with our international allies and partners,” a senior administration official told AFP.
Also muddying the waters is the war in Ukraine, which is sapping diplomatic attention in the world’s most powerful countries. A source familiar with the issue told AFP that nevertheless the pandemic response remains seen as fundamentally important.
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Notes from APS Radio News
During the past few years it has been learned that the virus is associated with a recovery rate of 99% for most age groups.
For those over the age 65, the recovery rate is about 95%.
According to Statistics, in the US, the average rate of mortality of the virus was about .069%.
In previous years, when the seasonal flu was acknowledged and recorded, the mortality rate of the seasonal flu was approximately .10%.
Also, during the past few years, a number of epidemiologists have criticized the reliability and accuracy of the PCR test, maintaining that often test samples were amplified too many times.
They said that test samples should not be amplified in excess of 30 times.
At levels in excess of 35 times, there is a greater likelihood of false positives being recorded.
Each cycle or amplification is logarithmic.
During the past year and half, since the introduction of the mRNA vaccine, it’s been noted that in countries with high rates of vaccine participation, the number of virus cases has been increasing.
For example, according to Statista, Gibraltar, which has a vaccine participation rate of over 112%, has seen a consistent increase in the number of cases.
In particular, whereas as of November 17, 2021 the number of virus cases was 6,509, as of April 11, 2022 the number of virus cases recorded was 17,236.
Gibraltar’s vaccine participation rate has been over 100% for much of the past year.
Some epidemiologists have said that the mRNA vaccine has contributed to the onset of variants of the virus.
The late Dr. Luc Montagnier, a Nobel Prize winning scientist, said that the vaccine produces spike proteins that not only damage vital organs.
He maintained that the vaccine had been causing variants.
In previous pandemics, a given virus would be consistent with the expectations described by Farr’s Law.
Farr’s Law states that the incidence of a virus is described by a bell curve.
During just after the onset of the virus, the number of cases increases rapidly and noticeably.
Sometime after the number of cases recorded reaches a plateau, and almost as abruptly the number of cases decreases substantially and noticeably.
In Iceland, which in February 2021 had vaccine participation rate of 5%, the number of cases was approaching zero.
However, months later, when the vaccine participation rate exceeded 50-60%, the number of increases started to increase again.
This pattern has been noted in a number of countries.
Concerning the vaccine itself, since December 2020, Eudravigilance of the European Medicines Agency has recorded almost 4 million injuries and almost 40,000 deaths following injections.
In the US and a number of other countries, pharmaceutical companies have legal immunity, with respect to vaccines, for example, in situations in which children experience injuries following injections.
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