Nespresso launches “Kahawa Ya Congo”, an organic pod made from coffee harvested in Kivu in the DRC

(Ecofin Agency) – In the DRC, the coffee sector could reconnect with its international reputation lost due to the consequences of the civil war. Indeed, Nespresso, a subsidiary of the Nestlé group, has just launched a range of organic pods made from beans produced on the shores of Lake Kivu, on the American market.

Nespresso, the world leader in portioned coffee, launched on August 19, 2020, the range of organic “Kahawa Ya Congo” pods, made from coffee harvested on the shores of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This initiative is part of its “Reviving Origins” program aimed at boosting bean production in regions affected by armed conflict or environmental problems.

In the case of the DRC, this project hopes to revive the Arabica coffee cultivated in the Kivu region whose fertile volcanic soils located along the lake of the same name offer ideal conditions for the development of a quality product. This first range of coffee will be distributed exclusively on the American market this year and then globally by 2021.

« To support the revival of coffee growing communities, Nespresso will invest 1 million Swiss francs to provide access to drinking water and healthcare to the population of South Kivu. 23 water access points and 6 clinics will be established to provide 13,000 consultations per year to local communities, ”added a statement from the company.

As a reminder, the “Reviving Origins” program extends over the period 2019-2023 and will require a global investment of 10 million Swiss francs from Nespresso. It is also implemented in Mozambique, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Colombia and Puerto Rico.

Coffee was the DRC’s second export product in the 1980s before plummeting due to armed conflict and political instability.

Espoir Olodo

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The planet lost 12 million hectares of rainforest in 2019, according to Global Forest Watch

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As Indonesia sows clouds to rain and prevent potential destructive fires, the Global Forest Watch report released on Tuesday June 2 provides a bleak picture of the state of the world’s tropical forests.

In 2019, the tropical forests lost 12 million hectares, of which a third of primary forests, humid, that is to say that in one year, the planet lost the equivalent of a football field of forest every 6 seconds. These forests are both necessary to store carbon in the atmosphere, and rich in wild flora and fauna.

This disappearance of forests, whether burned or cut, amounts to almost 2 billion tonnes of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. It is as if we had run 400 million cars for a year.

We are concerned that the rate of loss is so high, despite all the efforts made by different countries and companies to reduce deforestation “, Alarms Mikaela Weisse, who coordinates the Global Forest Watch, an online platform that provides information on the state of forests, on behalf of the American think tank World Resources Institute (WRI).

Brazil, champion of deforestation

In 2019, the deforestation champion is without question Brasil, with at least 1.4 million hectares, a third of which is primary forest. The Latin American giant is followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with 475,000 hectares, Indonesia (324,000 hectares) and Bolivia, where 300,000 hectares went up in smoke last year.

Rising temperatures, droughts, and deforestation itself, whether for cash crops or the exploitation of wood and soil, were the cause of huge fires in 2019, and these fires have further increased the disappearance of primary forests.

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Photographic project “Congo in conversation”

The informal economy in DR Congo.
The informal economy in DR Congo. congoinconversation.fondationcarmignac.com

Since 2009, the Carmignac foundation has awarded a photojournalism prize to support field photographers. A multi-month investigation project with a grant of 50,000 euros, followed by a traveling exhibition and the publication of a book. This year, the Anglo-Canadian Finbarr O’Reilly the winner with his project on the Democratic Republic of Congo entitled “After the flood”. The DRC is a country he knows well for having lived and worked there. But the Covid-19 epidemic disrupted plans Finbarr O’Reilly who was forced to leave the country. The project is now carried out in collaboration with Congolese journalists and photographers, with the name “Congo in conversation”.

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A new world for the world of books?

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A few days before the end of confinement, the publishing world is preparing for recovery. But after two months of inactivity, what is the situation of the book market today? Questions and answers in this special broadcast.

To learn all about the concerns of each other, but also on the tracks to follow to get out of this economic crisis, overview of the different sectors of the book: publisher, bookseller, writer, festival-goer, workshop leader in France and elsewhere.

Guests of this special show :
Vincent Montagne, president of the National Syndicate of the edition, for the inventory of fixtures of the situation
Maxence Fermine, writer, severely contaminated, recovering and who keeps a daily journal of his fight on a social network
Laure Leroy, founder of Zulma Publishing, which is preparing for the start of the literary season
Yan Rioux, director of the Librairie du Québec in Paris
Bios Diallo, journalist, writer, director of literary meetings Traversées mauritanides en Mauritanie
Alfred Dibandi Nzondomyo, head of the Alef association which promotes literature and reading in Kinshasa in the DRC

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DRC requests postponement to summer 2022

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) requests a postponement “to the summer of 2022” of the next Games of La Francophonie, scheduled from July 23 to August 1, 2021 in Kinshasa, ensures the International Games Committee (CIJF). The CIJF evokes the international context, linked to the coronavirus pandemic, and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games on the same dates as its flagship event.

The next Games of La Francophonie will probably not take place in 2021 and this is anything but a surprise. A month ago, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced, because of the coronavirus pandemic, postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games to July 23-August 8, 2021. Exactly the same period as the Kinshasa Francophone Games: July 23-August 1, 2021…

The IOC thus plunged the DRC and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) into embarrassment. Athletes will not be able to participate in both events at the same time. And they will necessarily favor Tokyo 2021 if they are qualified.

At the beginning of April, the Congolese authorities and the International Committee for the Games of La Francophonie (CIFJ) therefore mentioned a one-year postponement. An idea formalized this April 23. ” An official letter signed by the Minister of State, Minister of Cooperation, Regional Integration and Francophonie, Mr. Pépin Guillaume Manjolo, was sent to the Secretary General of La Francophonie, Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo requesting, after consultation with the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Head of State, Mr. Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, a postponement of the 9th Games of La Francophonie in the summer of 2022 », Provides a press release from the CIJF.

It is not a unilateral will of the DRC

We will therefore study all of this according to the procedures in place here at La Francophonie with the Games Committee, confirms Louise Mushikiwabo at the microphone of Christophe Boisbouvier. Then we will act on this decision by a Permanent Council of La Francophonie which we hope to hold at the end of the confinement

It is not a unilateral will of the DRC, it is a discussion between the OIF and the DRC, underlines, for its part, Pépin Guillaume Manjolo, who is also the head of the National Committee of the Games of La Francophonie in Kinshasa. Covid-19 has disrupted most international activity. The Olympics have been postponed by a year. The same athletes are involved in both the Francophone Games and the Olympic Games. Therefore, there had to be some sort of discussion between the OIF and the IOC in order to be able to ensure favorable deadlines for these Games of La Francophonie. At the end of the discussions with the OIF, there was an option : to postpone a year after the Olympic Games

More time for the DRC…

This option, which has yet to be validated by the CIJF, has one advantage: it gives Congo more time to be ready. The DRC has indeed recovered the organization of 9th Games of La Francophonie in July 2019 only. Because these were initially to take place in New Brunswick, chosen in April 2016. But this Canadian province officially renounced in February 2019, following a political and financial imbroglio around the cost of the Games.

Pépin Guillaume Manjolo assures, however, that his country would have done very well without this report: ” The DRC was able to meet the deadlines for these Games. But the costs were going to be a little higher since, usually, the host country is given more or less four years to prepare. And then the DRC, with its political situation, namely the elections and the advent of the government, had a little less time than the countries that organized past editions. So the costs were going to be much higher. Whereas now, with the additional delays, the cost will be less. We can easily manage the situation at a lower cost. That’s the only advantage.

… But a big calendar problem

However, a big drawback is looming on the horizon: that of the sports calendar. There is certainly neither the Olympic Games nor the Football World Cup in the summer of 2022. On the other hand, during this period already rich in multisport events (Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, European multisport Championships, etc.) added events such as the World Athletics Championships or the Mediterranean Games, also postponed by a year because of the Olympic Games. In short, there is almost no time left available during the period June-September 2022.

The CIJF and its Orientation Council must now work together to find a solution. Officially, a postponement to 2023 of these Games – which have known many vicissitudes and are sometimes criticized – is not on the agenda. ” Let’s not go too fast, sweeps Pépin Guillaume Manjolo. Let’s stay with the 2022 option. It seems wiser to me than considering other options. ” As for a outright cancellation, there is no question, said Louise Mushikiwabo. ” There is no reason to cancel the Jeux de la Francophonie.

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fears of an upcoming health crisis

The panic caused by the Covid-19 pandemic led to the suspension of vaccination campaigns against measles, yellow fever or polio. And the desertification of health centers raises fears of a resurgence of other diseases such as dengue. Some organizations are alarmed by an unprecedented health crisis to come in poor countries.

Choose between plague and cholera “: This is how Seth Berkley, the head of Gavi (Global Alliance for vaccines and immunization), describes the dilemma facing the organization. On March 24, the GPEI (Global Polio Eradication Initiative) recommended the suspension of all marketing campaigns vaccination against polio underway in Africa so as not to promote spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus. While recognizing that this will lead to more paralyzed children and the re-emergence of the disease in countries where it had been eradicated. Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus, could be the first victims.

Yellow fever, diphtheria, measles: all vaccination campaigns suspended

And polio is unfortunately not the only one concerned. On March 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) also advocated a “temporary suspension” of vaccination against all other diseases, such as yellow fever, the diphtheria where the measles. WHO considers that the social distancing necessary to contain the Covid-19 is incompatible with the distribution of vaccines in the villages. Some 13.5 million children have already missed immunization against polio, measles, cholera or the meningitis since the start of the suspension, laments Seth Berkley in the magazine Science.

A dengue epidemic in Latin America

In Latin America, it’s a formidable epidemic of dengue who worries. The region already had a sad record in 2019, with more than 3.14 million people infected, an increase of 30% compared to 2015. Since the beginning of the year, more than 661,000 cases have already been confirmed in America from the South including 1,820 serious. While rapid access to medical care generally lowers the death rate below 1%, the overload of health systems due to Covid-19 could cause the number of deaths to explode. Especially since the two diseases present symptoms similar (fever, headache, body aches…). In Guadeloupe, where 7,260 cases have been recorded since October 2019, the dengue Fortunately, it seems to be declining, but the drop in figures could be due to the desertification medical offices since confinement, warns newspaper France West Indies.

The worst measles epidemic since the invention of the vaccine

Measles vaccination campaigns have already been postponed in 24 countries and others planned for later in 2020 in 13 countries are also likely not to take place, warns the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) . More than 117 million children could be without a vaccine, the organization warns. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the measles epidemic is however particularly virulent this year. Since early 2019, the disease has infected 341,000 people and caused 6,400 deaths, three times more than Ebola during the same period. And the disease, 10 times more contagious than Covid-19, spreads like wildfire. According to WHO experts, this epidemic could be ” the worst ever recorded in a country since the invention of the vaccine in 1963 “Reports Nature.

The DRC is not the only country affected. In 2018, 10 million people were affected worldwide, resulting in 140,000 deaths, an increase of 58% compared to 2016. A upsurge linked in large part by reluctance towards vaccination in rich countries, but also to deficiencies in health systems in developing countries. However, the latter are particularly vulnerable. While the measles mortality rate is usually 3 to 6% (already almost 10 times higher than that of Covid-19), it can reach 30% in some regions due to malnutrition and deficiencies in vitamin a. Worse, we recently discovered that measles “destroyed the immune system”, thus leaving the door open to other diseases … like Covid-19.

A vaccine shortage linked to the closing of borders?

WHO recommends, however, the continuation of vaccination in health centers and hospitals. But as is the case in France, we see that in Africa the inhabitants fear to go to these centers for fear of being infected with it. coronavirus. Another problem is the possible shortage of vaccine fueled by the closure of the borders. While it does not yet exist no vaccine against Covid-19, all these diseases are however easily preventable. In the general panic caused by the pandemic of coronavirus, does one measure the scale of risk that one poses on vulnerable populations?

What you must remember

  • To avoid the risk of spreading Covid-19, WHO has recommended temporary suspension of vaccination against all other diseases.
  • Polio and measles are out of control in many countries, however.
  • An upsurge is to be feared, with the key to millions of potential deaths.

Vaccinations: let’s not let our guard down!

Destination Santé article published on 02/28/2010

In just over a century, vaccines will have saved hundreds of millions of lives. They also helped eradicate a disease – the smallpox – and considerably reduce the poliomyelitis. But some, like measles, still resist, often because the number of vaccinations remains too low.

The WHO smallpox campaign from 1967 to 1977 completely eliminated smallpox. In the 1960s, it threatened more than 60% of the world’s population, and one in four people died from it. The situation for polio is different. Although eradication is not yet in sight, the number of infections has fallen by 99% since 1988. In total, more than 5 million people have thus escaped paralysis or death.

In 2008, 106 million children were vaccinated worldwide. A record! Each year, vaccines prevent 3 million deaths and protect 750,000 children from sequelae infectious diseases.

Tetanus, poliomyelitis, diphtheria … these diseases have practically disappeared in France. So why continue to vaccinate? Because virus and bacteria still circulate with us, as in the rest of the world naturally. Vaccination is therefore often the only way to guarantee effective protection.

Vaccination: an altruistic gesture

Protection is for oneself but it is also an altruistic gesture since it contributes to the protection of an entire population. In fact, the more children who are vaccinated, the less they transmit the virus or the bacteria concerned and the more this disease is likely to disappear.

The proof with measles, which France fails to eradicate. Why ? Because children and young adults are too little vaccinated. In 2008, more than 600 cases of measles were declared – 604 very precisely -, 94% of them in people who were not fully vaccinated or … not at all. Between January and August 2009, the number of cases increased further: 1,200 reports and two deaths. This is why it is extremely important to vaccinate infants (in two doses) against measles with the trivalent vaccine, but also to supplement the vaccination of children and adolescents who have received only one dose.

How it works ? During a vaccination, a microbe where are you attenuated, therefore harmless. The organization recognizes it, however, as if it were active and produces antibody to defend. Our defenses will then remember the traces of this battle. So as soon as the germ will come up again, they will react more quickly – and efficiently – to make specific antibodies.

Conversely, without vaccination our immune defenses will not have time to make enough antibodies. Thus virus and microbe will cause a clinical form of the disease, sometimes with serious complications. To build a sufficient defense, several doses are generally necessary. This is the purpose of reminders, which consolidate and maintain immune memory. Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects in some people. They are most often moderate and transient – fever or localized reactions such as redness, pain or swelling. Allergic reactions are certainly possible, but it is exceptional that they have a character of gravity.

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Measles speed race, deadlier than Ebola

At least 18 people were killed, including 12 rangers who came to the aid of civilians, Friday in an attack perpetrated by an armed group inside the Virunga national park, natural and tourist jewel in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In addition to the twelve rangers, their two drivers and four civilians died in the unclaimed attack north of Goma, a park spokesman told an AFP journalist.

A security source has for its part made a report of 13 eco-guards and five civilians killed.

There were also “wounded, some of whom are fighting for their survival,” the park said in a statement, referring to a day to mark with a “black stone” for this site classified as World Heritage by Unesco and “the residents of neighboring communities “.

It is one of the heaviest attacks targeting some 700 Virunga rangers, 176 of whom have been killed in 20 years, in this region of Kivu destabilized by the violence of armed groups for a quarter of a century.

In its statement, the park said the attack was carried out near its headquarters in Rumangabo, in the mountains of Rutshuru territory.

“All the information available at this stage indicates that it was an attack against civilians. The guards were not the target and died while assisting the civilian vehicle which had been taken under fire from the attackers” , details the press release.

Virunga Park claims it “is unable to provide details on the motivations and identity of the attackers”, and warns of “the spread of rumors and unrelated information verified. “

Covering an area of ​​7,769 km2, the Virunga cover part of the province of North Kivu (almost 60,000 km2), especially along the border with Rwanda and Uganda.

– Active armed groups –

The oldest natural reserve in Africa unseen in 1925, the park is a sanctuary for mountain gorillas.

The great apes are one of its tourist attractions, with the spectacular ascent of the Nyiaragongo volcano, and a nocturnal bivouac in the red glow of its active crater at more than 3,000 m above sea level.

But the park is also the field of action for dozens of armed groups active in the region, such as the Rwandan Hutu rebels of the FDLR, very present in the attack area.

Trusteeship Institute of Virunga, the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) has identified all the threats to its natural jewel: “illegal production of charcoal”, “poaching of large mammals, especially the hippopotamus” , “illegal fishing” as well as the “presence of armed groups” and the “invasion by illegal diggers of minerals”.

In May 2018, Virunga Park had suspended its tourist activity, following the kidnapping of two British tourists, who were finally released. An eco-guard was killed in this attack.

The park had reopened its activity to tourists in February 2019.

In 2014, the park director, Emmanuel de Mérode, was injured in an armed attack.

That same year, the park had again gained notoriety in the world with the documentary Virunga produced in 2014 by the American actor Leonardo Di Caprio.

The Virunga company has also embarked on the construction of hydroelectric power stations, for the production and distribution of electricity in Goma and its region.

The visits had been suspended since March 19 as part of the preventive measures taken by the authorities in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.

“However, the personnel and the technical teams are the only ones authorized to circulate on these areas, while respecting the measures advocated by our leaders”, specified the body responsible for the park.

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Corrosive South Korean film “Parasite” broke down barriers

The South Korean film “Parasite”, both a thriller and a corrosive satire on social inequalities, succeeded in breaking down language barriers to meet immense success around the world, up to winning three Oscars in one evening.

It is a consecration for “Parasite”, the first Korean film ever awarded an Oscar. Exceptional crowning of a year 2019 marking the hundredth anniversary of Korean cinema.

Its director Bong Joon-ho first received a first statuette for the best original screenplay. Then his film was crowned best international feature film, and he received the Oscar for best director.

Bong Joon-ho’s film had previously won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival last year and the Golden Globe for “best foreign language film” in January, two prestigious prizes which already constituted a first for a southern film. -Korean.

“Parasite” is also the first foreign language film to be awarded the “Best Actor Set”, the most popular award from the Screen Actors Guild, as well as two Bafta awards for British cinema.

If this feature film has won over an international audience, it is because it tackles problems common to all societies, explains Jason Bechervaise, professor at the South Korean University of Soongsil Cyber.

“There is a lot of political anger around the world, and it is compounded by a palpable feeling of growing social inequality. The word” parasite + “really fits that,” he told AFP. .

– Poverty and wealth “inextricably linked” –

Dark comedy, “Parasite” tells how four members of a family of unemployed – who vegetate in a dark and sordid apartment overgrown with cockroaches – manage to get into the daily life of a wealthy family in Seoul.

Their life begins to change radically the day the son becomes the private tutor of English for the daughter of this wealthy family, who lives in a sumptuous contemporary villa surrounded by a magnificent garden.

The film by Bong Joon-ho, known for his thrillers camouflaging satires of South Korean society, shows “very well how poverty and wealth are inextricably linked”, explains to AFP John Lie, professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.

“The rich are parasites on the poor, like the poor are on the rich,” he said.

The international success of this work, especially in the United States, is all the more remarkable since the English language dominates international cinema and the success of non-English-speaking films is rare.

In France, “Parasite” has become the most seen Palme d’Or in cinemas for fifteen years.

– “A universal interest” –

During the Golden Globes ceremony, Mr. Bong – who was signing his seventh film there – called out to American spectators: “Once you have overcome the subtitle barrier, you will open yourself up to so many other amazing films” .

For Bao Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American director, Mr. Bong’s Oscar is an “example to follow for future Asian and American filmmakers”.

“Parasite” is a film “deeply rooted in its representation of Korean society, and has in no way yielded to the expectations of a foreign audience,” he told AFP.

Its success will open new horizons for other films, wants to believe Deborah Shaw, professor of cinematographic studies at the University of Portsmouth in Great Britain.

This should “make more international producers and distributors likely to invest in non-English speaking films,” she said.

But in any case, it is proof that a “good story, told in an excellent way and with universal interest, can transcend” language barriers, according to her.

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More than 6,000 dead in the “worst measles epidemic in the world” (WHO)

The political, diplomatic and economic heart of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will be “quarantined” for 14 days from Monday due to the coronavirus, the governor of the city announced on Thursday.

This measure comes after the DRC’s mobilization against the Covid-19 began in dispersed order and in confusion.

The residential commune of Gombe, one of the 26 in the capital of at least ten million inhabitants, “is quarantined from April 6 to 20,” said Governor Gentiny Ngobila during a radio intervention. televised.

Seat of government, major embassies, several banks, the town of Gombe “is considered to be the epicenter of the epidemic in the city,” added the governor.

During the partial confinement of the only Gombe, the team of the “response” to Covid-19 “will organize itself to search for the sick people, but also to investigate the contacts at risk and the symptomatic cases on all the extent of the city Kinshasa for their screening and treatment, “he said.

The same governor had announced last Thursday a first “total containment” of four days of all Kinshasa, before reversing the next day for fear of soaring prices and insecurity.

– Jamming –

The beginning of the fight against the virus in the DRC has so far been marked by the confusion around confinement, the lack of resources, and even panic.

“Next week will be the most difficult for Kinshasa. The figures will quickly double or even triple,” warned the head of the care teams, Doctor Jean-Jacques Muyembe, in an interview with Jeune Afrique.

According to the last official report published Thursday evening, the country has 134 confirmed cases (11 cases more in 24 hours) with 13 deaths and three recoveries.

A figure probably very undervalued in one of the largest countries in Africa (around 80 million inhabitants), given the low number of tests carried out. “On average, 50 per day by the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB)”, according to a health source.

The vast majority of confirmed cases (126) are concentrated in Kinshasa, isolated from the rest of the country by decision of the Head of State, Félix Tshisekedi.

Outside the capital, eight cases have been reported for a week in the east of the country.

Thursday evening, a first case was even declared in Beni in the province of North Kivu, epicenter of a previous Ebola epidemic whose end must be officially proclaimed on April 12.

The first cases declared from March 10 were “imported” from Europe, for example affecting those close to the government, some of whom have died. The Gombe health zone was the most affected.

In terms of health, the care team is organized around the virologist Jean-Jacques Muyembe, co-discoverer of the Ebola virus in 1976, head of the INRB.

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, gynecologist Denis Mukwege, has been appointed head of a “health commission” in his province of South Kivu (east) where two cases have been recorded.

– 65 respirators –

On paper, each of the 26 communes in Kinshasa is attached to one or two hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 cases.

But in practice, “the medical structures are not prepared to receive the sick, with the exception of a hospital run by the Chinese,” according to a health source. And hospitals only have 65 respirators for the entire city, according to a researcher.

IRNB teams “have no cars, no fuel. NGOs provide cars,” foreign sources report.

The illness struck relatives of the head of state, who themselves experienced difficulties in care.

Special adviser to the president, Vidiye Tshimanga stayed 48 hours at home without any news from the care teams after being diagnosed on March 23 (and after an error in the transmission of the diagnosis), he told AFP. . The forties, who has mild symptoms, has since been treated with chloroquine and zithromax.

“There is a general form of panic that has set in. The patients of Covid-19 are left out without receiving care. There is a lack of information which will be remedied by the government. It must be done as soon as possible, “hopes Tshimanga.

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The UN is betting on sterilizing mosquitoes to fight diseases

Donald Trump further toughens his tone against China on the coronavirus: the American president threatened on Thursday to sever all relations with the Asian giant and assured that he no longer wanted to speak to his president.

White House tenant Donald Trump has been hammering for weeks that the heavy toll of the Covid-19 – nearly 300,000 dead worldwide – could have been avoided if China had acted responsibly from the start virus in Wuhan city.

In an interview with Fox Business television broadcast on Thursday, he said he was “very disappointed” with Beijing’s attitude and rejected the idea of ​​speaking directly with his counterpart Xi Jinping to ease tensions.

“I have a very good relationship (with him) but at the moment I don’t want to talk to him,” he said.

Asked about the various retaliatory measures he was considering, Mr. Trump, who in recent days has talked about the possible introduction of punitive customs taxes, was both evasive and threatening.

“There are a lot of things we could do. We could end all relationships,” he said.

“If we did it, what would happen?” He continued. “We would save $ 500 billion if we cut all ties,” said President Trump, a veteran of warnings.

“What has happened to the world and to our country is very sad, all these deaths,” continued Donald Trump, criticized in the United States for his lack of empathy towards the victims.

“They could have arrested him”

“They could have stopped it (the virus) in China, where it came from. But it did not happen like that,” said the American president, who will run for a second term on November 3. He had made the good health of the economy one of his main campaign arguments.

Beijing claims to have transmitted all the information as quickly as possible to the World Health Organization (WHO) and to other countries, including the United States.

The two largest economic powers in the world are engaged in a verbal escalation with an uncertain outcome.

“While the United States and its allies coordinate for a collective, transparent response to save lives, China continues to silence scientists, journalists and citizens and to spread disinformation,” said Mike Pompeo on Thursday, head of American diplomacy.

Senators from his Republican camp, very upset against Beijing, presented a bill on Tuesday that would give the president the power to impose sanctions on China if it did not transparently help to shed light on the origin of disease.

Washington on Wednesday accused Beijing of trying to hack into US research into a vaccine for the new coronavirus.

“China’s attempts to target the (health and research) sectors pose a serious threat to our country’s response to Covid-19,” said federal police (FBI).

Beijing immediately denounced this “American defamation”.

“China is at the forefront of research into vaccines and treatment for Covid-19. Therefore, it has more reason than anyone to be wary of the theft of information on the internet,” said Zhao Lijian , spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Asked about any evidence he would have to show that the virus came from a laboratory in Wuhan, Mr. Trump was Thursday much less categorical than in the past, even seeming to backtrack.

“We have a lot of information (…) But you know, worst of all, whether the virus came from the laboratory or from the bats, it is that it came from China and that they should have stop it. “

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