Is the new passport valid?

World Health Organization spokesman Margaret Harris recently said: “at this stage, we do not want to see vaccination passport become a requirement for entry and exit, because we are not sure whether the vaccine can prevent the spread of the virus at this stage.” Many countries in the world are considering the implementation of the new vaccine passport 01 supply and demand

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Harris said that the vaccine passport may not be an effective strategy because “not everyone can get the vaccine, and some groups in the society are excluded We are still waiting for enough supplies to provide vaccines to all countries that need them

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” Harris stressed that COVID-19 has more influence on some people than others

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She said the virus “does expose serious inequalities in access to and coverage of health services Groups already facing discrimination, poverty, social exclusion and difficult living and working conditions are the biggest victims of the epidemic

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The theme of “World Health Day” on April 7 this year is: building a fairer and healthier world, which aims to call on everyone to pay attention to and deal with the inequality exposed during the epidemic

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Harris called for action to “develop policies and allocate resources so that the most vulnerable groups can see their conditions improve faster.”

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Recently, the World Health Organization (who) regional office for the Western Pacific held a press conference, saying that China’s western Pacific region accounts for about a quarter of the world’s total population

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So far, the number of novel coronavirus cases reported in this region is close to 1.98 million, accounting for about half of the world’s total Nearly 32000 people died, accounting for about 1.1% of the world’s total

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However, the number of cases in many countries in the region has rebounded recently

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The Western Pacific region is one of the six WHO regions in the world, including 37 countries and regions, ranging from the Mongolian Plateau in Central Asia to the Pitcairn islands in the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand further south; it includes China, a large country with a population of more than 1.4 billion, Niue island with a permanent resident population of only 1000; it has both countries with rapid population growth and is rapidly entering the old age In an aging society, the degree of development of medical system varies greatly in different countries

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As of 10:00 a.m

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on April 5, Geneva time, 19.79457 novel coronavirus confirmed cases and 31.914 deaths had been reported in the region, according to olohok, director of the Western Pacific emergency program

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Mongolia started the novel coronavirus vaccination in March this year

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It obtained a batch of Pfizer / German biotech vaccines through the “novel coronavirus vaccine access mechanism” led by who

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Olohok said that in the previous 24 hours, 10 countries in the Western Pacific region reported 13774 new confirmed cases, including the Philippines The largest number of cases was 11028, followed by Malaysia (1349), Mongolia (620) and South Korea (473)

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During this period, 41 new cases were reported in China

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Meanwhile, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea and Cambodia reported 10 new deaths, including 4 in South Korea and 2 in the other three countries

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03 the virus has been causing concern

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Hawke said that the three “COVID-19 of concern” reported by Britain, South Africa and Brazil were discovered in 15 countries and regions in Western Pacific region

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Among them, the Chinese mainland and the Hongkong Special Administrative Region reported the variant COVID-19 discovered in Britain and South Africa

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It’s spreading quickly

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In Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam, local transmission of one or more of the above-mentioned mutant viruses has occurred

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A medical worker in Manila, Philippines is vaccinating with the new coronavirus

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Ge Xijian, who’s Regional Director for Western Pacific, said that the transmission ability of some mutated viruses seems to be stronger than that of the original new coronavirus, which may be one of the reasons for the recent rebound in the number of new cases

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In addition, Ge Xijian said that some epidemic prevention measures, including the restrictions on the number of indoor gatherings, have been relaxed, which has increased the flow of population, especially between the ages of 20 and 40

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The symptoms of these people infected with the new coronavirus are often mild or even asymptomatic, increasing the probability of unintentional transmission of the virus

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Ge Xijian believes that “vaccine optimism” is also one of the factors leading to the increase in the number of cases

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Some people believe that nowadays, countries have started vaccination one after another, and the victory of ending the epidemic is in sight

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Therefore, other epidemic prevention restrictions can be relaxed

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“Unfortunately, this is not the case.”

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“Who expects that the rebound and surge in the number of cases will continue in the future,” he said

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The virus is still spreading

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We must not relax our vigilance

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Now is not the time

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” Second, the UN Secretary General called on all countries to continue to implement the following measures to prevent the spread of HIV: at least, the United Nations should continue to take effective measures to prevent the spread of HIV Secondly, the government must continue to carry out strong monitoring work, find cases as soon as possible, and take targeted measures to reduce the risk of large-scale community transmission and minimize the impact of the epidemic on the economy and society

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In addition, all countries should strengthen their health and public health systems, prepare for the possible large-scale community transmission, carry out vaccination as soon as possible and efficiently, and detect the possible new mutation virus as soon as possible

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Ge Xijian said that the WHO Western Pacific region is starting to establish a regional virus gene monitoring network to help regional countries quickly share information about the mutated virus and carry out targeted response work

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Ge Xijian said that the impact of the epidemic affected everyone, but “foreign workers in some countries, people living in informal places in cities, and groups already facing difficulties in life and medical treatment” were particularly hard hit

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A novel coronavirus vaccination center in New York City “how high a person’s risk of getting infected with the virus, and what his fate will be after infection, should not be determined by the passport or payroll he is holding in his hand

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We should all be concerned about that

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” Ge Xijian stressed that behind the phenomenon that some groups have a higher risk of serious diseases and death, it reflects the inequality in the existing system

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This year’s World Health Day reminds the international community that it is necessary to unite to deal with this inequality, take actions to protect vulnerable groups, and ensure that everyone can enjoy healthy living and working conditions and can live at any time They can get the high quality medical service they need everywhere

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The United Nations appeals to the international community to unite and take concerted action to ensure that refugees and other displaced and stateless people have equal access to the new vaccine

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According to the office, it is encouraging that 153 countries have adopted vaccination strategies, including for refugees

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However, actual vaccination remains a challenge in many parts of the world, mainly due to inequality in vaccine availability and lack of capacity in health systems

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The stark imbalance observed in the sharing of vaccines between countries is counterproductive and shortsighted, according to the High Commissioner for refugees, glendy.

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