WHO blasts 'vaccine nationalism' in last-ditch call for global pact

WHO blasts 'vaccine nationalism' in last-ditch call for global pact

More than half of confirmed infections in Australia and the Philippines in recent weeks have been in people younger than 40, World Health Organization officials said, a stark contrast to predominantly older patients from the previous months.

WHO's push for an global pact to share vaccines comes as the European Union, Britain, Switzerland and the United States are forging deals with drugmakers that have prospective COVID-19 vaccines in various stages of trials.

This increases the risk of spillovers to the most vulnerable: the elderly, the sick, people in long-term care, people who live in densely-populated urban areas and under-served rural areas.

"The epidemic is changing", WHO Western Pacific regional director, Takeshi Kasai, told a virtual briefing.

Kasai and Fauci's concerns come as many USA schools and colleges have reopened or are now preparing to reopen.

Attention must be paid to rising domestic violence, Etienne said."Ongoing stay-at-home measures, coupled with the social and economic impacts of this virus, are increasing the risks of domestic violence - home is not a safe space for many", she said. Many governments are adopting new tactics and strategies that minimize large-scale disruptions to people's lives and economies while responding to Covid-19.

"We'd better be careful when we say 'Young people who don't wind up in the hospital are fine, let them get infected, it's OK.' No, it's not OK", Fauci also warned during a American Society for Microbiology briefing on Monday, CNN reported.

Evidence suggests the proliferation of this mutation in some parts of the world has coincided with a drop in death rates, suggesting it is less lethal, said Tambyah, adding that most viruses tend to become less virulent as they mutate.

CNBC reported United States vice president Mike Pence as saying that in June, about half of the country's new Covid-19 cases were seen among those under the age of 35, especially in Florida and Texas.

According to the data shared with Al Jazeera, the proportion of affected children aged zero to four grew from 0.3 percent to 2.2 percent, those aged five to 14 years grew from 0.8 percent to 4.6 percent, while those aged 15 to 24 grew from 4.5 to 15 percent of the total cases analysed.

"It is in the virus' interest to infect more people but not to kill them because a virus depends on the host for food and for shelter", he said.

A further 13.8 million have recovered while at least 774,000 people have died.

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