A “public health emergency of international concern” is WHO’s highest level of alert.
Declaring monkeypox to be a global emergency would mean the UN health agency considers the outbreak to be an “extraordinary event” and that the disease is at risk of spreading across even more borders, possibly requiring a global response.
It would also give monkeypox the same distinction as the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing effort to eradicate polio.
Many scientists doubt that any such declaration would help to curb the epidemic, since the developed countries recording the most recent cases are already moving quickly to shut it down.
So far, 48 countries have reported cases in the current outbreak, which began in May.
Source: WHO calls emergency meeting as more than 3,200 cases of monkeypox are confirmed – ABC News
Based on official reported COVID-19 deaths, we estimated that vaccinations prevented 14·4 million (95% credible interval [Crl] 13·7–15·9) deaths from COVID-19 in 185 countries and territories between Dec 8, 2020, and Dec 8, 2021. This estimate rose to 19·8 million (95% Crl 19·1–20·4) deaths from COVID-19 averted when we used excess deaths as an estimate of the true extent of the pandemic, representing a global reduction of 63% in total deaths (19·8 million of 31·4 million) during the first year of COVID-19 vaccination. In COVAX Advance Market Commitment countries, we estimated that 41% of excess mortality (7·4 million [95% Crl 6·8–7·7] of 17·9 million deaths) was averted. In low-income countries, we estimated that an additional 45% (95% CrI 42–49) of deaths could have been averted had the 20% vaccination coverage target set by COVAX been met by each country, and that an additional 111% (105–118) of deaths could have been averted had the 40% target set by WHO been met by each country by the end of 2021.
COVID-19 vaccination has substantially altered the course of the pandemic, saving tens of millions of lives globally. However, inadequate access to vaccines in low-income countries has limited the impact in these settings, reinforcing the need for global vaccine equity and coverage.
Source: Global impact of the first year of COVID-19 vaccination: a mathematical modelling study – The Lancet Infectious Diseases
LCR Texas leadership’s resignations come amid backlash against the state GOP’s new platform—some of it coming from high-ranking national party members. Florida Sen. Rick Scott, who helms the GOP’s Senate elections committee, said he “would not have supported” the homophobic language on Wednesday.
Scott also confirmed that he accepts the results of the 2020 election as valid and the Biden administration as legitimate. Texas Republicans parroted former president Donald Trump’s lie that widespread voter fraud cost him the election and declared President Biden an illegitimate leader in their new platform.
Former Ohio governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich called the Texas GOP convention a “clown show” on CNN Monday, adding that “I think even clowns were embarrassed by what they saw down there.”
Source: Texas gay Republican group chair resigns over GOP’s new platform
Representatives Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert and Scott Perry were among the Republican members of Congress who asked then-president Donald Trump to insulate them from future prosecutions by granting them presidential pardons in the days immediately following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 last year.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a former special assistant to the president, said Mr Gaetz and Mr Brooks had both advocated for a “blanket pardon” for members involved in a December meeting to plan for events on January 6.
“Mr Gaetz was personally pushing for a pardon and was doing so since early December,” she said in pre-recorded testimony played by the committee.
Ms Hutchinson also said that congressman Jim Jordan talked about congressional pardons but didn’t specifically ask for one. She said of Marjorie Taylor Greene: “I heard she had asked White House Counsel Office for a pardon.”
Former deputy White House counsel Eric Herschmann, who confirmed to the panel that Mr Gaetz asked for a pardon, added: “The general tone was, ‘we may get prosecuted because we were defensive of … the president’s positions on these things.’”
Mr Brooks, an Alabama Republican, requested the pardon in an 11 January 2021 email to Mr Trump’s assistant, Molly Michael, which he wrote was being sent on behalf of himself and Mr Gaetz, a Florida Republican
Source: Here are the members of Congress who asked Trump for a pardon after January 6 | The Independent