Containment: the government requisitions hotel rooms for the homeless
It is a question of “sheltering those who still live outside”, underlined the Minister of Housing Julien Denomandie this Thursday at the National Assembly . © LP / Olivier Lejeune Le Parisien Don't forget the most fragile. The government has started requisitioning hotel rooms to allow the homeless to confine themselves at a time when the Covid-19 epidemic is hitting France, Housing Minister Julien Denomandie said on Thursday.
The World Health Organization concluded its virtual annual meeting on Tuesday at which member states resolved to launch an independent investigation into the WHO's handling of the COVID-19 crisis. © - The coronavirus pandemic forced the WHO to shorten its annual meeting to two days
Here are five takeaways from the WHO's two-day World Health Assembly:
- Pandemic response review -
The resolution, tabled by the European Union and accepted by consensus, calls for, "at the earliest appropriate moment", an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the WHO-coordinated international health response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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It will also examine "the actions of WHO and their timelines".
While the resolution gives WHO the freedom to decide how to proceed and does not single out China, the UN agency is facing increased pressure from Washington.
The United States and Australia have for weeks been demanding an investigation into how the pandemic was handled by the WHO and China.
Beijing rejected the idea of a China-centred investigation, calling instead for an assessment of the global health response.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, branded by Washington as being too close to China, also stressed the need to deal with the pandemic first.
He said the investigation would be launched at the right moment -- without being more specific.
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On Monday, an independent WHO advisory committee released its first report on the pandemic, suggesting that countries contact the organisation more quickly, provide greater resources and improve their alert systems.
- Reforming the WHO -
Many countries and outside experts have stressed the need to reform the WHO, born in the ashes of World War II, so that it can better respond to the health challenges of the 21st century.
Celebrated US epidemiologist Larry Brilliant told AFP that the WHO's structure was complicated by the fact that countries vote on every subject, meaning the UN agency itself has no independent authority.
Tuesday's resolution underlines that the review of the WHO's performance must ultimately improve the global capacity for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.
It also calls on the international community to provide the WHO with sustainable funding in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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- Virus animal origins probe -
While the resolution makes no mention of the virus outbreak first being recorded in China in December, it calls on the WHO to work with member states other UN agencies "to identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population".
That work, also looking at the possible role of intermediate hosts, should include "scientific and collaborative field missions".
China has said it is open to an independent inquiry -- but only once the pandemic is over.
Business owners stand holding signs as they protest against restrictions set by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, as shops, restaurants and bars are allowed to reopen but under strict social distancing rules, in Catania, Italy, on May 19.
Motorbike riders are stuck in traffic during the morning peak hour on May 19, in Hanoi, Vietnam. Though some restrictions remain in place, Vietnam has lifted the ban on certain entertainment facilities and non-essential businesses, including pubs, cinemas and spas & other tourist attractions to recover domestic tourism.
A group of paragliders arrive to perform demonstration flights with a special permission from Governorate of Van, for commemoration of Youth and Sports Day in Van, Turkey, on May 19. They also gave a message to people of Van - "Stay at Home", due to the novel coronavirus pandemic during their flights.
A man being monitored for COVID-19 disease symptoms looks at his mobile phone inside an isolation tent at a quarantine facility in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 19.
Servicemen of Russia's Emergencies Ministry disinfect Moscow's Leningradsky railway station, on May 19.
A police officer urges migrants who are trying to go home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, to get off from an overcrowded ferry, after a boat capsized, in Munshiganj, Bangladesh, on May 19.
A Palestinian school girl, Fajr Hmaid, 13, teaches her neighbours' children an Arabic language lesson as schools are shut due to the coronavirus disease restrictions, at her family house in Gaza, on May 19.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern bumps elbows with Albert Te Pou, Master Carver during a tour of Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute on May 19, in Rotorua. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is visiting the Rotorua region to meet with tourism and hospitality operators to discuss how the region is recovering from COVID-19.
Hotel guests in quarantine, a mandatory protocol for travelers returning to Australia to curb the spread of the coronavirus, watch a musical performance from their rooms in Sydney, on May 18.
Nurse couple, Maria Rosa Iglesias and Alfonso Garcia, both 58, wearing protective masks, kiss each other as they pose for a photo next to a wall painting in a street, in support of healthcare workers, as most Spanish provinces are allowed to ease restrictions during phase one amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in Malaga, Spain, on May 18.
Workers of Ministry of Emergency Situations wearing protective suits disinfect themselves after the disinfection of Vitebsky railway station to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on May 18.
Women wearing protective masks work on the nails of customers at a beauty salon, as Italy eases some of the lockdown measures put in place during the coronavirus outbreak, in Rome, Italy, on May 18.
Dizengoff Square fill with people with drinks from home and from the surrounding bars as it is not allowed yet to sit at the bars on May 18, in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Commuters on a westbound Jubilee line train into central London, on the second week of the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown, in Engalnd, on May 18.
Children and their parents wait at a safety distance from each other before entering a primary school in Kranj, Slovenia, on May 18, as they return to schools after two months of lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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A woman cleans metal barriers as site employees stand in front of ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis hill of Athens, Greece, on May 18.
A health worker sprays disinfectant on a woman outside the Palmasola prison, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on May 18.
A man shouts as activists and supporters of opposition parties attend a protest against the demolition of the National Theatre, in Tirana, Albania, on May 18.
A dog is seen in a tent with its owner while living on the street, in Cape Town, South Africa, on May 18.
A member of the Mexican National Guard wearing a protective face mask stands next to passengers at a sanitary checkpoint, during a media tour to show sanitary measures taken against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Apodaca, Mexico, May 18, 2020.
A student holds a bag with a face mask, which reads 'clean,' as she waits in a line before entering the classroom at Les Magnolias primary school during the partial lifting of the lockdown regulations, in Brussels, Belgium, on May 18.
Stranded Colombian citizens remain outside Colombia's consulate in Santiago, Chile, on May 18, as they wait for a solution after the borders were closed.
People swim in the sea, as Lebanon is gradually reopening its economy following a four-day shutdown imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beirut, Lebanon, May 18, 2020.
A woman has her temperature taken in front of a store as Italy eases some of the lockdown measures put in place during the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Rome, Italy, on May 18.
A municipal officer adjusts the face mask of a motorist after he was stopped by municipal authorities for not wearing mask in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on May 18.
A child stands surrounded by shoes, after Civil disobedience group Extinction Rebellion laid out 1,500 pairs of children's shoes in Trafalgar Square in central London in a protest to demand the government adopts a climate-friendly economic recovery plan, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in London, on May 18.
Palestinians ride a boat with flags during an event to show solidarity with countries affected by the coronavirus disease, at the seaport of Gaza City, on May 18.
Placards on benches read "Security distancing, do not seat in this space" prior to a mass at the church of Santa Maria in Rome, Italy, on May 18.
Migrant workers rest as they wait to cross the border to reach their home state of Uttar Pradesh, during an extended nationwide lockdown, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, on May 18.
Medical staff from Fundacion Jimenez Diaz hospital embrace each other while people applaud from their balconies in support for healthcare workers in Madrid, Spain on May 17.
Two school children and their parents make their way to school after the government allowed schools to re-open under Level 2 guidelines in Wellington, New Zealand on May 18.
Increased traffic is seen in the city center following the easing of restrictions in Sydney, Australia on May 18.
The Hassebroek family enjoys an outing at Domino Park during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brooklyn, New York on May 17.
People enjoy the Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 17.
Bayern Munich substitutes wearing protective face masks maintain social distance in the stands, as play resumes behind closed doors on May 17.
A couple wearing protective masks walks next to police officers at the Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 17.
George Washington University graduate Catalina Perez (R) receives a paper copy of her diploma from neighbor Paula Lytle as they keep a social distance at a surprise graduation party. Perez completed her undergraduate studies in International Affairs across the span of ten years only to miss her commencement due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington, D.C. on May 17.
Members of Extinction Rebellion take part in a socially distanced bicycle ride to campaign for more cycling and cycle lanes and fewer vehicles on the roads, in London, England, on May 17.
Slippers claiming a position in the queue for food aid during Ramadan, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 17.
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People sit on the banks of the river Seine after France began a gradual end to a nationwide lockdown, in Paris, France, on May 17.
A barber wearing a facemask cuts a customer's hair along a street, in Shenzhen, China, on May 17.
People wait in a queue for their coffee at a restaurant during the reopening of the Central Westgate shopping mall, in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 17.
A medical staff member wearing protective gear takes the temperature of a young resident while going door-to-door for health check-ups on May 17 in Yangon.
Barbegon, mascots of the "Bar.B.Q Plaza" restaurant occupy the seats as part of social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the restaurant reopened after the easing of restrictions on May 17 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Migrant workers and their families wait for transport to reach to a railway station to board a train to their home state on May 17 in Ahmedabad, India.
Orthodox faithful attend the first service open for believers following the easing of measures against the spread of the coronavirus on May 17 in Athens, Greece.
French archbishop of Chalons-en-Champagne Francois Touvet waves to people after France's first ever drive-in mass in Chalons en Champagne, after the country began a gradual end to the nationwide lockdown, near Reims, France, on May 17.
Visitors wait in line to ride the ferris wheel at the Tochinoki Family Land amusement park on May 17 in Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan.
Torrey Pines High School graduating student Phoebe Seip (18, center), and her sisters Sydney (22, left) and Paisley, 6, watch former President Barack Obama deliver a virtual commencement address to millions of high school seniors who will miss graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. They were celebrating Phoebe's canceled prom night at home in San Diego, California on May 16.
A protester is detained by police officers during a demonstration in Hyde Park, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) London, England on May 16.
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- Universal access to vaccines -
The resolution "recognises the role of extensive immunisation against COVID-19 as a global public good".
It calls for the "universal, timely and equitable access to and fair distribution of all quality, safe, efficacious and affordable essential health technologies and products".
While it signed up the to resolution, the United States later disassociated itself from this part, saying the likes of "patent-pooling" would "send the wrong message to innovators who will be essential to the solutions the whole world needs".
For Anna Marriott, health policy spokeswoman for the Oxfam aid agency, the resolution "leaves too many barriers standing in the way of a vaccine for all", because pharmaceutical corporations are not required to pool their patents.
- Taiwan spat -
Early on day one, member states unanimously decided to kick the can down the road on whether to grant Taiwan observer status.
They put the decision off until later this year, when the World Health Assembly resumes for a longer session.
The row on Taiwan had threatened to overshadow this week's brief gathering.
Beijing is vehemently opposed to the participation of Taiwan, which it considers part of its territory.
It warned that calls by the United States and more than a dozen other countries for Taiwan to be allowed to participate as an observer risked "seriously violating relevant UN and WHO resolutions and undermining global anti-epidemic efforts".
Washington said Taiwan's continued exclusion "further damages the WHO's credibility and effectiveness".
MP Aurélien Taché and other ex-Walkers create their political movement .
It's called #NousDemain. The stated ambition is to "bring together all free and uninhibited humanists and democrats in front of the reactionaries who are well established. This new movement intends to present first proposals before summer © NICOLAS MESSYASZ / SIPA Aurélien Taché at the Assembly , February 20, 2018. NEW MOVEMENT - It's called #NousDemain. The ambition is to "bring together all free and uninhibited humanists and democrats in front of the reactionaries who are well established.