This has put the President in an awkward position: He will probably show up to his own summit empty-handed.
“However, let me be clear: as vital as it is to help Ukraine combat Russian aggression, it is equally vital to help Americans combat Covid. Without timely Covid funding, more Americans will die needlessly,” he wrote, adding that failing to approve the funding also risked stalling the global pandemic response.
As Biden prepares to address the world, cases are rising in the US and the nation’s death toll is edging closer to a grim milestone: 1 million.
WHO has been calling on world leaders to commit to vaccinating 70% of the global population within a year — a goal that Biden echoed at the first Covid-19 summit last September. “Yes, it’s hard. Yes, some countries won’t manage it by mid-2022. But if we deprioritize based on these factors we’d be risking waves of death that can knock out health systems and cause further backsliding on all other health issues,” Tedros said.
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Q: Why does the US need more Covid-19 funding?
The projection — derived from a range of outside models — is based on an underlying assumption of no additional resources or extra mitigation measures being taken, including new Covid-19 funding from Congress, and no dramatic new variants arising, administration officials said.
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CDC investigating Covid-19 outbreak on board a Carnival cruise ship
The CDC says it isn’t permitted to share the numbers of quarantined or infected passengers and crew, but the ship is labeled as orange status, indicating that 0.3% or more have tested positive, according to CDC guidelines.
When the pandemic started in spring 2020, cruise ships became coronavirus epicenters, and were turned away from ports as Covid cases rose on board and escalated on land.
“Our health and safety protocols exceed CDC guidelines and were closely followed including vaccination requirements and pre-cruise testing of all guests. Our crew are also vaccinated and wear masks,” Carnival said in a statement to CNN.
Take extra caution when traveling
As summer holidays draw nearer, more of us are looking to set off to exotic destinations. But before you book your flights, check what the infection rate is like in your intended vacation spot, and how your own country currently categorizes it.
On Monday, the CDC added the British Virgin Islands — a relaxed Caribbean playground — to its “high” category for Covid-19 risk.