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The WHO asks for 23,000 million dollars to end the emergency phase of the pandemic

The World Health Organization launched an appeal for developed countries to contribute 23,000 million dollars to end the emergency phase of the pandemic.

Most of the funds would go to the ACT Accelerator, an international initiative to develop and distribute treatments, tests and vaccines against COVID-19.

“The biggest barrier we face in ending the COVID-19 pandemic as a global health emergency is making sure everyone, in every country has access to those tools,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreytesus, the director of the organization.

With these funds, the WHO hopes to purchase 600 million vaccines, 700 million tests, 120 million treatments and protective equipment for 1.7 million health workers.

We can end the pandemic in 2022we are on the best path to achieve it, but we will only achieve it together”, said the UN Secretary-General.

Last week, the world’s reported COVID cases fell 17%, but deaths rose 7%, according to the WHO epidemiological report.

COVID-19 infections are down, but deaths continue to rise in the Americas

In America, infections fell 31% last week and deaths increased 13%.

In total, there were 4.8 million new cases and 33,000 deaths. Deaths increased in Central America and South America.

Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri, emergency manager of the Pan American Health Organization, called for caution and continued monitoring of the evolution of the virus. “New variants are likely to appear and will continue to drive the pandemic for months or years to come. If they do emerge, we cannot know if they will be more or less serious or transmissible. It is an uncertainty that you have to work with.”

Colombia has regularized 296,000 Venezuelans in one year

Colombia has regularized more than 296,000 Venezuelans, one year after the Temporary Protection Statute came into force

More than a million Venezuelan refugees and migrants have begun the process to obtain the document that allows them to live in Colombia for 10 years and facilitates access to services such as the general social security health system and vaccination plans against COVID-19

“This great inclusion effort has also sent an important anti-discrimination message. As a policy and program that fosters cohesion, it is essential to reduce misperceptions, tackling stigmatization and xenophobia,” said Eduardo Stein, UNHCR-IOM Joint Special Representative for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela.

Stein applauded the initiatives they have taken in Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay to regularize and offer protection to the Venezuelan population.

It is “urgent” to pay artists better for their works on online platforms, says UNESCO

UNESCO assures that it is “urgent” to design fairer remuneration systems for artists for the content consumed on online platforms and warns that digital income does not compensate for the sharp drop caused by the lack of live events.

UNESCO estimates that in 2020 alone 10 million jobs were lost in the creative industries due to the pandemic. In the countries for which data is available, revenues from the cultural and creative industries decreased between 20% and 40%.

Global public spending on culture fell in the years before the pandemic. COVID-19 magnified “the already precarious working conditions of many artists and cultural professionals around the world.”

The report “Rethinking Policies for Creativity” asks governments to guarantee the economic and social protection of artists and cultural professionals. It proposes, for example, that the possibility of establishing a minimum wage be studied, as well as better pension plans and sickness benefits for the self-employed.

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