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More than 1.5 thousand families were affected by flooding in Colombia

In Colombia, as a result of flooding caused by heavy rains, the city of Cucuta suffered more than 1.5 thousand families, November 19, according to TeleSUR TV channel.

The flood occurred as a result of the flooding of the La Tonchala river, on which Cucuta is located. According to local authorities, the disaster completely destroyed 77 houses, six people were killed and eight were missing.

According to the TV channel, emergency departments evacuated residents of several neighboring districts.

The situation with COVID will be worse than in the nine months of the pandemic — WHO

Winter does not directly affect the spread of the virus, changing the behavior of people, the WHO explained.

WHO predicts a worsening of the COVID-19 situation — it may be more severe than in the entire nine months of the pandemic. This was stated by the head of the WHO office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Ahmed al-Mandari, at a briefing on Thursday, November 19.

“The coming period will be difficult and possibly even more difficult than the last nine months of the new coronavirus pandemic. And creating a vaccine does not mean the end of the pandemic, “ al-Mandari said.

Currently, four vaccines are in the final stage of development and have already been tested, but none of them has yet been definitively registered.

“The vaccine will not be approved until it is fully safe for humans. We have heard about four vaccines that are considered safe but should be re-tested and tested. Therefore, no country or company has yet received official approval for mass production of vaccines, “ the WHO representative added.

Al-Mandari stressed that the onset of winter is not directly related to the increase in virus infections.

“According to who data on countries with different temperature and weather conditions, winter does not directly affect the spread of the virus. The difference is that compared to summer, the behavior of people who spend more time in closed, poorly ventilated areas changes, and therefore the rate of spread of diseases increases, “ he concluded.

Earlier, the WHO said that closing schools do not help in the fight against the pandemic. Primary schools should remain open, according to the organization, as children do not contribute to the spread of coronavirus.

The WHO also called the condition under which you can exclude strict lockdowns, which representatives of the organization consider an extreme measure.

Resolution on the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh submitted to the French Senate

The French Senate will consider a resolution “On the need for recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.”

Parliamentarians Bruno Retailer, Patrick Cannet, Herve Marmel, Eliane Assassi, Guillaume Gontard worked on the document. They represent different political factions.

The project is planned to be considered at a meeting of the Senate on November 25.

According to Senator Bruno Retailer, only the independence of Karabakh can protect the rights and freedoms of the residents of this region, who have faced Turkey’s Islamist expansionism.

Palestine will resume relations with Israel

Palestine will restore relations with Israel. This was stated by the Minister of Civil Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority, Hussein al-Sheikh, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported on Wednesday, November 18.

Based on the official letters received confirming Israel’s commitment to bilateral agreements, Palestinian Authority relations with Israel are returning to the level they were before May 19, 2020.

According to the Middle East Monitor, such a decision could help Palestine in receiving tax payments in the amount of three billion shekels ($890 million), which Israel did not transfer to Palestine after the PNA terminated agreements in May this year. At the same time, the Palestinian economy suffered greatly during the pandemic.

In turn, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that the time had come to build confidence and make peace, including with the Palestinians.

“The new friendship between Israel and Bahrain and other countries in our region clearly shows that peace is possible and peace will not wait. Therefore, I make it clear to the Palestinian people that Israel wants to live in peace in this region. Jews and Muslims, children of Abraham, Israelis, and Palestinians are not doomed to live together, we are fated to live together. It’s time to build trust and make peace, “Rivlin said.

According to the President, both countries have many prospects for cooperation in various fields.

We will remind that earlier Israel’s annexation of Palestinian lands in the West Bank of the Jordan River was provided for in the “deal of the century” on the Middle East settlement, which was presented on January 28 by US President Donald Trump. The plan gives the Israeli authorities the green light to annex about 30% of the West Bank. Then Palestine announced its withdrawal from all agreements with Israel and the United States.

Coronavirus vaccine: in search of effectiveness

Less than a week after the announcement of the success in the development of a vaccine against covid by BioNtech and Pfizer, news came: the American concern Moderna has also reached a breakthrough in this area. The vaccine developed by him has an efficiency of 94.5 percent, and in addition, the drug remains highly stable even when stored in a conventional refrigerator. Are there fewer and fewer obstacles to mass immunization?

Competition is good for everyone!

The Tages-Anzeiger does not hide its glee:

“The preliminary results of the research carried out by biotech company Moderna are very optimistic, especially since they confirm the results of the competitor — BioNtech. Both vaccines work on the same principle — based on genes. And both show fairly high efficiency … and without the currently known side effects. … The reason for optimism also appeared because with the advent of the second promising project for the development of a vaccine, a mechanism of real competition is launched. … Thus, firms are forced to compete to ensure that the vaccine does not promise any risks. … In addition, competition between two similar anti-covid drugs will prevent manufacturers from raising prices to astronomical heights.“

Too many doubters

The Guardian points out that mass vaccinations must be preceded by an intense awareness campaign:

“It is not the handful of people who are convinced that Bill Gates is going to implant microchips in them now that it is not the handful of people who are convinced that Bill Gates is going to implant microchips in them … No, we are talking about the so-called hesitant and doubters’ that do not give health experts to sleep well. … Only seven percent would categorically refuse the vaccine, according to a survey by JL Partners published last week. But indecision to one degree or another is observed in every fifth. Fears that the vaccine has not been tested sufficiently are expressed by women rather than men. Those ‘hesitant and doubtful’ easily accept whatever their friends post on Facebook. They will prefer to wait — and see what happens when others are vaccinated.“

The European Union for the first time acts as a united front

The European Commission has signed a contract with Biotech and Pfizer for the purchase of about 300 million doses of the new vaccine. La Repubblica columnist Massimo Riva supports this approach:

“This initiative of the European Commission is of particular importance in terms of strengthening the federal character of the EU. This is a real confirmation of a joint foreign and security policy. Perhaps this is the first time that the EU has emerged as a monolithic community in the international arena — with a united front and unanimously. And the goal is the same: to make the best use of your political weight and economic power.“

It’s time for Paris to deal with patents

If French authorities do not take decisive action now, vaccine distribution could be stalled, writes Mathieu Denne, an intellectual property lawyer, in an article in Les Echos:

“The state, of course, can require the introduction of compulsory licensing to gain access to patents, but this is a very long and cumbersome procedure. … Unlike other players in the market, Pfizer and BioNtech have made no commitment under certain circumstances to provide access to their intellectual property in connection with Covid-19. … And right now, when science begins to produce the first results, the French government should urgently address issues of intellectual property — in order to avoid repeating the situation with masks, when they suddenly found themselves in widespread deficit in the spring.“

Europe needs an operational vaccination plan

Der Tagesspiegel urges to think about the criteria for the distribution of the vaccine in Europe now:

“Which countries will be the first to receive what they need from their point of view? Germany — because it sent millions to support the development of a vaccine — or Poland because the population there is more affected by the coronavirus? Or should the country with the smallest number of intensive care beds go first — because there, unlike countries with a sufficient number of intensive care wards, being vaccinated means a better chance of survival? It would be great if the discussion about the fair order of vaccination became concrete — including in order to destroy the impression that we are again not keeping up with the development of events. After all, it is very clear to everyone: a vaccination plan should have been developed long ago.”