U.N. Agency Heads Call For ‘Open Science’ In COVID-19 Response, Beyond; WHO Announces Record 2.8M New Cases Over Past Week

U.N. News: U.N. agency chiefs appeal for ‘open science’ beyond COVID-19, citing dangers of secrecy and denial
“The heads of three U.N. agencies joined forces on Tuesday to appeal for a global push towards ‘open science,’ citing the value of cooperation in the response to COVID-19 and the dangers of treating evidence-based knowledge as an exclusive asset, or simple matter of opinion. Audrey Azoulay, the director general of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Michelle Bachelet, U.N. human rights chief (OHCHR), said it was time to ensure the benefits of science could be shared by all…” (10/27).

VOA News: WHO Reports Record 3 Million New COVID-19 Cases Over Recent Seven-Day Period
“The World Health Organization says a record 2.8 million new COVID-19 cases have been reported globally over the past seven days ending Tuesday, including 40,000 new deaths. The U.N. health agency says Europe accounts for the greatest proportion of reported new cases for the second consecutive week with more than 1.3 million, an increase of 33% compared to the previous week. The region accounted for nearly half of the new COVID-19 cases during the seven-day period…” (10/28).

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