The World Health Organization has a tiny budget – for which the US is in arrears – but experts have praised its response to the coronavirus crisis
— Read on www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/08/world-health-organization-coronavirus-donald-trump
Totally self-serving and wrong
Royal Philips N.V. agreed in September to sell 10,000 ventilators to the U.S. for $3,280 each. It did not deliver. But the Dutch company just announced a new deal with the government. This time, it’s charging roughly $15,000 each.
Source: A Company Promised Cheap Ventilators to the Government, Never Delivered and Is Now Charging Quadruple the Price for New Ones — ProPublica
Zoom Video Communications Inc has tapped former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos as an adviser as safety and privacy concerns about its fast-growing video-conferencing app drive a global backlash against the company.
Duh? Disregarding the tie between pollution and severity of Covid-10
German politicians have begun calling for industry to be shielded from too much environmental protection during the coronavirus crisis. But corporations aren’t joining the appeal. They managed to turn CO2 reduction into a competitive advantage long ago.
“Human interactions with live animals make a host jump more likely to occur,” Dr Geoghegan said, and live animal markets are a massive source of these interactions. “These locations can act as mixing pots, and you can have animals defecating, urinating, they’re stressed maybe, you’re bringing together the different species that may not be together,” Professor Hayman said. “And if hand hygiene and stuff like that isn’t optimal, then this is where you have the opportunity for an infection to go from one species to another, and that includes humans.” Dr Field said live animal markets are an absolute recipe for that kind of thing to happen. “You’ve got this mixing of species and this potential mixing of viruses in these animals that are under stress, sick and dying as they’ve gone from their wild environment to the market.”
Source: How did this coronavirus start? It probably came from bats, but how and why? – Science – ABC News
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