UNITED NATIONS -- Munir Akram, the president of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Pakistan's UN ambassador, on Friday called on the global community to address the crisis of inequality and mobilize financing for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We have to address the crisis of inequality, because we cannot build back better if we continue on this path of inequality," Akram told journalists at a virtual press conference ahead of ECOSOC's high-level meeting on Financing for Development, which falls on Monday.
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MOSCOW -- Western claims that Russia and China are waging a hybrid "vaccine war" or that they are exploiting vaccines as a geopolitical tool are regrettable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
Lavrov made the statement Thursday in a joint news conference with Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi after their talks, according to Sputnik. "This is a reflection of the problems to do with vaccination in the West, including in the EU," Lavrov said.
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BUENOS AIRES -- New lockdown measures took effect in Argentina on Friday to ensure the public continues to keep its guard up against COVID-19, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said.
However, "all measures will be insufficient if people do not become aware of the size of the problem," Fernandez told local radio as restrictions aimed to keep people from gathering, especially at night, by closing bars and restaurants early, among other things.
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BERLIN -- Germany would amend its infection protection act to "regulate on a nationwide basis" what restrictions would apply when local seven-day COVID-19 incidence exceeded 100 per 100,000 citizens, deputy government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer said Friday.
Demmer told a press conference that it was not yet clear how quickly the change in the law would be implemented, but it would be done "as quickly as possible."