Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), discusses what goes into public communication decisions.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), discusses what goes into public communication decisions.
LONDON (AP) — British, European and American diplomats and donors have voiced serious concerns about how the World Health Organization handled sex abuse allegations involving its own staff during an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, as reported this week by The Associated Press. On Tuesday, the AP published an investigation documenting that senior WHO management was informed of multiple sex abuse allegations involving at least two of its doctors during the epidemic in 2018. A notarized contract obtained by the AP showed that two WHO staffers signed off on an agreement between WHO’s Dr. Jean-Paul Ngandu and a young woman he allegedly impregnated in Congo. In it, Ngandu promised to pay the young woman money, cover her pregnancy costs and buy her a plot of land. The contract was made “to protect the integrity and reputation of the organization,” Ngandu said. “The U.K. has a zero tolerance approach when it comes to sexual exploitation and harassment — and that extends to all international organizations that we fund,” said Simon Manley, the U.K.’s ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva. “We are speaking with WHO and other major donors as a matter of urgency to establish the facts." Britain is WHO's second biggest donor, after the U.S. The U.S. State Department had no immediate comment. WHO has declined to comment on the specific allegations reported by the AP and said it is waiting for the results of a panel created last October to investigate sexual abuse during the Congo outbreak involving WHO staffers. “What’s alarming is that WHO seems to be keeping this abuse quiet and not publicly condemning these allegations,” said Clare Wenham, an assistant professor of global health policy at the London School of Economics, who has studied gender and funding issues at WHO. “There's a lot of talk about giving WHO more money but I don't think any government should be committing to that until we know it's an organization we can trust." The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the agency's third-largest funder, said it expects U.N. agencies to conduct thorough investigations into sexual abuse as quickly as possible. “Our role as a funder is to hold organizations that receive grants from the foundation to the highest standards of transparency and accountability, and to insist that they take steps to prevent misconduct in the future,” the foundation said. Lawrence Gostin, director of the WHO Collaborating Center on Global Health Law at Georgetown University, said the ultimate responsibility for WHO’s Ebola response lies with director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The AP found that one of the doctors accused of sexual harassment, Boubacar Diallo, bragged about his relationship to Tedros, who mentioned Diallo during a speech in January 2019. The AP spoke with three women who said Diallo offered them WHO jobs in exchange for sex; Diallo denied the claims. “I find it hard to believe Tedros would have known about these allegations and done nothing,” Gostin said. “The (director-general) must meet the highest ethical standards so we must understand what he knew and when he knew it. ... Dr. Diallo may have used his relationship with Tedros as leverage in sexual exploitation, but it would not be Tedros’ fault if he wasn’t aware of it.” Gostin said WHO staffers who were aware of sexual misconduct claims but failed to act should be punished. Balazs Ujvari, a spokesman for the European Commission, said it would “thoroughly monitor the investigations” by the AP. He said the commission is ready to review or suspend funding "for any partner who is not living up to the required high ethical and professional rules and standards.” Last year, the European Commission gave WHO about 114 million euros ($138 million). The World Bank said it is “deeply concerned” about the new sex abuse allegations at WHO. The bank paused its negotiations with Congolese authorities for new financing to agencies, including WHO, last year when reports of general sex abuse during the Ebola outbreak surfaced. “We review our relationship with any organization whose standards are in question,” the World Bank said in an email. ___ Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this report. Maria Cheng, The Associated Press
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Grace United Church has reached a milestone in its rebuilding. This week, roof trusses are being installed and soon exterior cladding will be applied to the framing. Drive along Bancroft and you will see the construction site is busy and as The Rev. Erin Todd remarks, things are going “full steam ahead.” Fire is a terrible thing. Rev. Todd recounts the events of July 24, 2019, when lightning struck — not once, but twice. “The first strike seems to have struck the bell tower, causing a small fire, which was readily extinguished. The second strike seems to have struck the fellowship hall, igniting the fire that ultimately destroyed the church. Due to the age and structure of the building, the fire spread quickly. It took over six hours for firefighters to get it under control.” The Minnow Lake historic building originally housed St. Luke's, and then Grace United, for a combined total of 70-plus years. Now, Grace United is being rebuilt. Insurance has been an essential ingredient in the rise from the ashes. How far along is the construction? “After a number of delays, and unexpected glitches. the rebuild is going ‘full steam ahead. Where for almost two years there has been an empty hole in the Bancroft landscape, there is now the frame of the sanctuary of the ‘new and improved’ Grace United Church. The framing of the sanctuary is complete, including the roof trusses. The fellowship hall at the back of the building is yet to be framed,” Todd said. Todd has been the minister of this congregation for 12 years after serving at First United Church in Wawa, and following time in the Greater Toronto area. Todd is a graduate of the Master of Divinity program at Emmanuel College (University of Toronto) and was ordained in 2005 returning to her hometown of Sudbury in 2009. Having a significant family link to Sudbury - and this church - Todd feels deeply connect to the community. “I returned to Sudbury, and to what then was Nickel District Pastoral Charge (now the amalgamated Grace United) when my beloved Dad was diagnosed with cancer, and I felt a strong ‘pull’ to come back to my hometown to be near him and my Mom. Nickel District happened to be seeking a new minister at that time, and so ‘the stars aligned’. “The neat part is that St. Luke's (the congregation housed at the Grace building) is the congregation my mother grew up in. She played the organ at St. Luke's for a number of years in her teens, and my parents were married in the church. So it's a bit like coming home in a spiritual sense.” The new building is on the same footprint, but it has some additional features that weren't in the original building, Todd said. “Due to building codes and bylaw restrictions, we were restricted to using the same basic footprint; that is the size, shape and dimensions are more or less the same as the old building. “There are some changes with regard to the internal layout, the most major one being the placement of the main entrance which will now be in the middle of the building. “When folks enter the building through the main doors they will come into a large, bright lobby area wherefrom one would turn left to go into the sanctuary or right to go into the fellowship hall. Another new feature is a lift (elevator), which will make our new building much more accessible than our old building.” While insurance is covering most of the rebuild, but there are elements that parishioners will have to support. Todd continues: “We have been abundantly blessed so far, and humbled, by the generosity of our own members, the congregations of our sister churches, and folks in the wider community, in supporting our work of rebuilding with prayer, encouragement, use of space and financial contributions to our rebuilding fund. "There will most definitely be expenses forthcoming, particularly as concerns replacing the contents that were lost to the fire and water damage. We would be incredibly grateful for any and all gifts and donations. The easiest way to do that is likely through our account on Canada Helps.” Though they are not meeting now face-to-face due to the pandemic, the Grace United community continues to celebrate together. “One of the really remarkable and wonderful things about the Grace faith family is their resilience and commitment to stick together through some really tough challenges. Our Zoom worship services are very well attended and valued by the faith family, as it is allowing us to be together in some way, and see each other each week.” It has been some tough times for this congregation, but now they are anxiously awaiting a return to worship and gathering when it's allowed. Parishioners are watching the assembly of building elements enthusiastically. “Whenever I post a new photo update on our Facebook group page, there is always great anticipation, enthusiasm and gratitude. Our wonderful crew from JN Construction is very appreciative of the frequent gifts of sweet treats brought to the site by various Grace folks a couple of days a week,” Todd said. Some items were saved and salvaged. They will be incorporated into the new building. “Though the vast majority of our treasures and sacred things were sadly lost to the fire and water damage, we are grateful to have been able to save our baptismal font, two communion tables, a cross, some banners … Our plan is to refurbish the pieces and enjoy them in our new space.” The question everyone is asking: will there be a grand opening and consecration? Is there a date everyone should mark on their calendars? Todd is certainly looking forward to that time. “While there is no firm date for completion or opening, there undoubtedly will be a grand celebration.” She advises readers to stay tuned for details. If you wish to donate, follow this link: bit.ly/3bkXno3. The Local Journalism Initiative is made possible through funding from the federal government. email@example.com Twitter: @SudburyStar Hugh Kruzel , Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star
NEW DELHI — India’s prime minister has warned people to take extra precautions as the country's devastating coronavirus outbreak is spreading fast to rural areas where nearly two-thirds of the country's nearly 1.4 billion people live. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people living in rural areas, village councils and state governments to come together to meet the challenge. Modi said the army, navy and the air force have joined the fight against the pandemic in the country. “We have lost a lot of near ones. I am feeling the pain people are suffering,” Modi said in Friday a speech at a farmers’ convention. Meanwhile, India’s Health Ministry on Friday reported reported 343,144 new cases in the past 24 hours, a slight decline from the day before. Another 4,000 people died in the past 24 hours, raising total fatalities to 262,317 since the pandemic began. All of the figures are almost certainly a vast undercount, experts say. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors — Misinformation surges amid India’s COVID-19 calamity — Beset by virus, Gaza’s hospitals now struggle with wounded — UK set to rediscover freedom after vaccination success ___ — Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: BERLIN __ Germany’s foreign minister says his compatriots can expect to go ahead with summer vacation travel this year, but there won’t be a repeat of last year’s concerted effort to bring holidaymakers home if coronavirus infections spike in some countries. Germany is beginning to take steps toward a more normal life as its vaccination campaign advances and the latest wave of infections abates. On Friday, the nationwide infection rate dropped below 100 weekly new cases per 100,000 residents for the first time since March 20. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper group in comments published Friday he believes “that we will be living in ‘more normal’ conditions in the summer, and that includes summer vacations.” He added that “of course the aim is to make travel possible, but the pandemic sets the limits.” He pointed to the situation in India and South America. Maas said there won’t be a re-run of the repatriation flights arranged by his ministry in the first phase of the pandemic if something does go wrong somewhere. He said that “if the pandemic situation were to worsen in certain countries, that can’t surprise anyone any more today, in 2021, in contrast with last year.” ___ TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan reported 29 new domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 Friday. Of the cases reported, seven cases were of an unknown source. The rest of the cases were linked to clusters discovered earlier in the week. Health officials are setting up four rapid testing locations in Taipei for those who want to get tested, Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said at a daily press briefing. The latest outbreak comes after pilots with the island’s China Airlines tested positive for COVID-19. Health officials said Wednesday that many of the cases reported so far had the exact same viral strain as as the infected cases in the pilots cluster. The island raised its emergency preparedness earlier this week, banning large indoor and outdoor gatherings. Taiwan had virtually eradicated domestic transmission of the coronavirus through strict mask wearing, case tracing, travel restrictions and quarantine measures. ___ SINGAPORE — Singapore has further tightened social-distancing restrictions, banning dining in at restaurants and limiting public gatherings to two people as it seeks to control a growing number of untraceable coronavirus infections in the city. From Sunday until June 13, gatherings and household visitors will be limited to two people, and restaurants and eateries can only provide delivery or takeout services. Companies will have to make working from home the default for employees who are able to do so. “A pattern of local unlinked community cases has emerged and is persisting,” Singapore’s Ministry of Health said in a statement Friday. “This is worrying as it suggests that there may be unknown cases in the community with possible ongoing community transmission and that our earlier and ongoing measures to break the chains of transmissions may be insufficient.” Unlinked coronavirus infections have risen to 15 in the last week, more than double the week before. The number of new cases have also risen to 71 in the last week, from 48 the week before. The tightening of restrictions in Singapore comes as it is slated to launch a long-delayed air travel bubble with Hong Kong on May 26, which would allow tourists from both cities to visit without having to quarantine. It is not clear if the air travel bubble will still go ahead as planned. Singapore has reported a total of 61,453 cases since the pandemic started, with 31 deaths. ___ BEIJING — Authorities have ordered mass virus testing for residents in two cities in the central province of Anhui, where the first new cases of local transmission in days have been detected. It was not immediately clear how many people will be tested but the number is likely to be in tens or hundreds of thousands in the provincial capital Hefei alone. Quick, inexpensive testing kits have made testing in China exceptionally convenient, with results generally available on the spot within minutes. China says it has all-but eliminated domestic transmission of the virus. The new cases reported bring China’s total number of cases to 90,815 with 4,636 deaths since the virus was detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. ___ MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has eased a coronavirus lockdown in the bustling capital and adjacent provinces to fight economic recession and hunger but still barred public gatherings this month, when many Roman Catholic summer religious festivals are held. After an alarming surge in infections that started in March started to ease, President Rodrigo Duterte announced in televised remarks Thursday night that Metropolitan Manila and four nearby provinces, a region of more than 25 million people, would be placed under a so-called “general community quarantine,” which allows essential businesses and tourist destinations to expand operations, in the last half of the month. But he said religious fiestas in Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation would remain prohibited. “Forgo to congregate, to crowd and to hold,” Duterte said, warning village officials he would hold them responsible if quarantine restrictions were breached. “You go out, you just go hunting for the virus to enter your body and pass it on and that is a problem.” Confirmed COVID-19 infections started to spike in March to some of the worst levels in Asia, surging beyond 10,000 daily and prompting Duterte to impose a lockdown in the capital and nearby regions in April. The Philippines has reported more than 1,120,000 infections with 18,821 deaths, the second highest totals in Southeast Asia. ___ SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced that the state will immediately follow guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which ease indoor mask-wearing and social distancing for fully vaccinated people. Brown said in a video statement Thursday that the new CDC guidance means Oregonians who are fully-vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces. She also said the guidance makes clear that vaccines are the fastest way to get back to doing the things “we all love” and returning to a sense of normalcy. Mask requirements also will remain in place in Oregon schools this school year, Brown added. The Oregon Health Authority in coming days will provide updated guidance for businesses, employers and others to allow the option of lifting mask requirements and physical distancing after verifying vaccinations status. ___ RENO, Nev. — Nevada is adopting the new mask-wearing guidance the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday for fully vaccinated people. It allows them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. The updated guidance is effective immediately in Nevada under a directive Gov. Steve Sisolak signed on May 3. It aligned the state’s mask usage with the CDC recommendations, including any subsequent guidance the center issues. Nevada also started making COVID-19 shots available to children as young as 12 years old for the first time on Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed use of Pfizer’s vaccine in kids. ___ LOS ANGELES — Counties in California are waiting for guidance from the state after the federal government on Thursday said that fully vaccinated people can quit face coverings and social distancing in most situations. California’s Department of Public Health did not immediately respond to questions about whether it would adopt new guidance announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s unclear what Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to do and when. The state is on track to reopen its economy broadly next month, signaling an end to most pandemic restrictions. San Francisco and Riverside are among counties saying they expect updated guidance from the state. The Associated Press
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