Covid19 North America 

Canada’s foreign minister shouldn’t have financial obligations to China

In less tumultuous times, revelations about the foreign affairs minister being deeply indebted to a state-run bank controlled by one of Canada’s main adversaries might be very big news indeed. As it turns out, dealing with the pandemic in addition to focusing on important issues around racism and police brutality have relegated the plight of François-Philippe Champagne to the proverbial back pages. Understandably so, perhaps — the latter might be somewhat scandalous, but the former issues are much more impactful on so many levels. But this matter concerning the minister…

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Covid19 South America 

US sends Brazil 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus despite link to deaths

Donald Trump’s administration says it has sent 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil to help fight coronavirus, despite a lack of solid evidence for its efficacy and even some suggestions it could be harmful. The US president claimed last month that he was taking the anti-malarial drug as a prophylactic, after weeks of touting it from his White House podium as a magic bullet. Trials are underway to determine whether hydroxychloroquine can in fact help prevent or treat Covid-19, while some research has already reported that it can be…

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Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

Foreign Affairs Minister explains why returning Nigerians have to pay

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said the Federal Government has no resources to foot the bill of returning Nigerians. Onyeama said this on Friday, May 15, 2020, at the media briefing by the Presidential task Force on COVID-19. The minister while addressing complaints about the directives that returning Nigerians from abroad have to pay N290,000 for their isolation and feeding ahead of their evacuation, said the government would have evacuated all Nigerians that desire to return home if it had the resources. According to The Punch, Onyeama…

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Covid19 South America 

Venezuela Suspends Rent Payments, Protects Wages as Coronavirus Cases Rise to 77

Mérida, March 23, 2020 (venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan government announced a series of measures on Sunday in attempts to protect the population from the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis. Speaking on a live televised address, President Nicolas Maduro instructed that all commercial and residential rent, as well as all capital and loan interest payments, are to be suspended for six months. Public- and private- sector workers will receive a special government bonus, and wages of small and midsize companies will be paid by the state until September. A pre-existing…

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Covid19 South America 

US Sanctions Undermine Coronavirus Response In Iran and Venezuela

While the world is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has decided to intensify its sanctions against countries such as Iran and Venezuela, dealing a serious blow to those countries with regard to their ability to cope with the disease. When it comes to the number of coronavirus cases, Iran is in third place in the world after China and Italy, with 18,400 reported cases as of this Thursday. Over a thousand new cases are being reported every day in Iran, and so the virus is still far…

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