Global Highlights 08/05/2020

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1. Pompeo said Tedros has the right to invite Taiwan in WHA
    But Tedros turned to avoid the topic

The 73rd WHA Annual Meeting will be held from 18th to 19th of Mayby video, so far WHO has not sent an invitation letter to Taiwan. US Secretary of State Pompeo referred to the Secretary-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros that he is entitled to invite Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA). Pompeo emphasized: “Tedros has the power to do this, and former officials have done many times before. ” However, Tedros did not deny, but avoid from talking about this questions when be asked by a reporter. Instead letting the legal adviser Walton took the stage and said that the issue of Taiwan participation is up to the members WHO, It cannot be decided the WHO.

The international vocal support is quite popular in Taiwan participation in the WHA. At the WHO Geneva Press Conference, there have been media inquiries about whether to invite Taiwan to participate in the WHA. It is the fourth time that the WHO legal counsel Waltongave the same answer inpress conferences in the past month.  However, according to the rules of procedure and past practice, Tedros did not deny that he has the power to invite Taiwan to participate in the WHA, but he still avoid it.

2. More than 160,000 diagnosed in Russia
    Satisfactionrate of Putin’s governance drops to lowest in 21 years

According to a poll released on 6th of May, the number diagnosis of the CCP virus (Wuhan pneumonia) has continued to rise, the number of people affected already exceed 160,000. The satisfaction rate of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s has fallen from 63% in March to 59% in April, a decrease of 4%, which is also the lowest point in his 21 years as a president or prime minister.

According to a Reuters, Putin’s59%satisfaction rateis still quite high according to Western standards. However, the economic and social problems brought by the epidemic bring many challenges; the number of diagnoses in Russia continues to increase, and oil prices have been stuck at historical lows. The closure measures implemented to control the spread of the epidemic have also severely damaged the economy and people’s livelihood.

3. The CCP Government approved four pharmaceutical companies to enter the vaccine human test, two of them involved in the scandal before

According to The New York Times, In order to compete with other countries for the research and development of new coronavirus (Wuhan pneumonia, CCP virus) vaccines, the CCP authorities have made vaccine development a priority. It has approved four pharmaceutical companies to enter the vaccine human test. Worries the outside world.

The four pharmaceutical factories in China that have begun to test vaccine candidates in humans, including both Wuhan Institute of Biological Products and Beijing Kexing Biotech have been involved in scandals before.

Wuhan Institute of Biological Products has been prosecuted at least twice in China, and the plaintiff accused the vaccine of the institute of causing “adverse reactions”. In both cases, the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products paid partial compensation totaling approximately US $ 71,500 to the victims; Beijing Kexing Biotechnology was also involved in a bribery scandal from 2002 to 2014.

In the past 20 years, the domestically disabled and death of children caused by vaccines are still officially prohibited. Parents and lawyers involved in defending rights are still the main targets of the authorities.

4. Australia National cabinet to discuss timeline for lifting CCP virus restrictions cross the country

Australia national cabinet meet on Friday morning to discuss easing restrictions in response to the squashing of infection rates across the country.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison chair the meeting, but states get the final say on what measures might be eased.Mr Morrison is more eager than premiers and chief ministers for businesses to get going again.Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned the road back to normality would be long. He told Nine on Thursday “There are tough months to come.”

By Harvey/Frances Lee

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