On Twitter yesterday I saw that a new initiative is being launched by the United Nations to help combat the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Leading the charge is UN Secretary General António Guterres and the head of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The W.H.O. leader has been the subject of many recent news reports of criticism for being in Beijing’s back pocket when it came to failing to report the initial COVID-19 virus situation when perhaps it could have possibly been mitigated before becoming a global pandemic. We may never know what might have been due to the lack of transparency and parroting of the official China communist party talking points in the initial stages of the crisis.
Since then China has worked tirelessly to shift blame for the global pandemic from themselves to others. President Trump has now stopped funding to the W.H.O. until an investigation has been completed. Many are calling for Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to step down. It is also ironic that he basically got his job at the W.H.O. on the recommendation of China.
Two other interesting people that will be involved in the launch and development of the COVID-19 program will be French President Emmanuel Macron and Melinda Gates.
The UN put out the following release on their website about the initiative:
Secretary-General’s remarks at the launch of the Statement of Commitment and Call for Support for the Global Collaboration to Accelerate the Development, Production and Equitable Access to New COVID-19 Tools
This launch brings together world leaders, the private sector, scientific and humanitarian actors and other partners to promote health, keep the world safe and advance the public good. Human health is the quintessential global public good. And today, we face a global public enemy like no other.
In an interconnected world, none of us is safe until all of us are safe. COVID-19 respects no borders. COVID-19 anywhere is a threat to people everywhere.
The world needs the development, production and equitable delivery of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, therapeutics and diagnostics. Not a vaccine or treatments for one country or one region or one-half of the world — but a vaccine and treatment that are affordable, safe, effective, easily-administered and universally available — for everyone, everywhere. A world free of COVID-19 requires the most massive public health effort in history.
Data must be shared, production capacity prepared, resources mobilized, communities engaged, and politics set aside. I know we can do it. I know we can put people first. These new tools must be a very clear and essential example of a global public good. For too long, we have undervalued and underinvested in global public goods — a clean environment, cyber security, peace, the list goes on. So, let this be one vital lesson of this pandemic: the need for new urgency in support of global public goods and universal health coverage.
We are in the fight of our lives. We are in it together. And we will come out of it stronger, together.
As you may know by now, Melinda Gates is the wife of former Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. Together they run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which serves various “humanitarian” causes all around the world. The Gates Foundation website describes some of what they do:
“Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.”
As many of you know, Bill Gates has been in the news a lot lately in that he has been trying to help lead the charge for a COVID-19 virus vaccination. Bill Gates has been reported by many news outlets to be funding many different vaccination efforts with some reports saying up to seven different vaccines.
As one of the world’s richest person, Bill Gates and his wife have a lot of money to throw around in the COVID-19 vaccine efforts. Bill Gates’ influence in the computer and digital world have brought many people to question his attempts to promote a COVID-19 vaccine that could also include a digital means of identification, etc. It is quite possible that some sort of digital identification system could help lead up to further privacy concerns and security issues regarding the buying and selling of things in the future.