Coronavirus live news: global cases near 30m as WHO warns of more deaths in European autumn
Global deaths pass 925,000; Jordan to shut schools and places of worship; 14 refugees test positive after Lesbos fire. Follow the latest updates
- WHO warns of more deaths in European autumn
- People in England’s 10 worst-hit Covid hotspots unable to get tests
- French regions to announce new restrictions
- American accused of ignoring quarantine to go on Bavaria bar crawl
Would you be willing to have a dose of Sars-CoV-2 sprayed up your nose for medical research? For thousands around the world, the answer is yes. Eager volunteers have already signed up to take part in human challenge trials, where participants would be deliberately infected with the virus in order to better understand the disease, and rapidly develop a treatment or vaccine. But should such studies go ahead with a dangerous and relatively new virus?
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The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out progress on lofty goals such as ending world poverty and hunger in the next decade, but the economic damage of Covid-19 shows how badly such global development is needed, philanthropist Bill Gates said in remarks accompanying Monday’s release of a global development report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The report outlines ways in which Covid-19 has wreaked economic damage and derailed progress on many of the global development goals adopted by the United Nations five years ago.
“The Covid-19 pandemic not only stopped progress, it kicked it backward,” said Gates, who co-founded Microsoft Corp, in a conference call with reporters. He and his wife Melinda set up the philanthropic foundation in 2000.
UN members unanimously passed 17 Sustainable Development Goals, known as SDGs, in 2015, that read like a blueprint of ambitious tasks from ending hunger and gender inequality to expanding access to education and health care.
The goals had a deadline of 2030.
The number of people living in extreme poverty had been dropping for two decades, but the coronavirus crisis has pushed nearly 37 million more into the category, the report said.
It said the pandemic has widened inequality between men and women in terms of unpaid work, with women handling more child care and housework than ever before.