Heated Topics of the Week- Covid-19, Hunger crisis

Glance at COVID-19

This week, the total confirmed cases worldwide reported to WHO has reached a toal number of 17 million as of 10:32am CEST, July 2020.

The U.S. still remains seeing the resurgence after states began reopening their economies, taking up around 25% of all confirmed cases in the world. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci – U.S.’s top infectious disease doctor: it is only possible to predict the ending of the pandemic with a national effort to adhere to preventative measures. 

Many countries that had situation under control for the past months have been again reporting spread of disease. Vietnam went nearly 100 days with no new cases, but reported its highest single-day spike on July 31. Belgium shows a 62% weekly infection increase.

Despite the mandatory safety measures and combined effort of each country in this fight against pandemic, the Covid-19 vaccine race globally might be showing some hope as the ultimate solution. The U.S. government now has set a commitment with drug giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur, for them to jointly produce up to 100 million doses of vaccine next year.

People work at a Sanofi facility for vaccine productin in France, on July 10. Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

As unemployment rate and GDP exacerbate worldwide…Hunger crisis!

The persistent plummets in global economies in recent years has resulted tens of millions people in continued struggle with multiple forms of malnutrition. Published on July 13, the newest edition of State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World estimates that almost 690 million people went hungry in 2019. Asia remained home to the greatest number of undernourished but Africa was also fast expanding.

Potentially putting over 130 million people in chronic hunger by end of 2020, Covid-19 has added another significant hit to the developing world. The heads of five UN agencies behind the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World declare their commitment to support the world’s switch to healthy diets, which would offset high health cost and greenhouse gas emissions, to unfold “in a sustainable way, for people and the planet”.

Sources: https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-07-31-20-intl/index.html

https://covid19.who.int/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1eejv7_36gIVbNOWCh2vMQSfEAAYASAAEgJDR_D_BwE

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/13-07-2020-as-more-go-hungry-and-malnutrition-persists-achieving-zero-hunger-by-2030-in-doubt-un-report-warns

Written by Jinxin

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