Archive for November 19th, 2020

19/11/2020

‘People, Plants and Animals around the World Are Dying from Untreatable Infections Due to a Rise in Antimicrobial Resistance’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — People, plants and animals around the world are dying from untreatable infections – even with the best medicines available – due to a rise in antimicrobial resistance, the UN food agriculture agency said on Wednesday [18 November 2020], kicking off World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.

WHO/S. Ramo | WHO says that there are not enough antibacterial treatments in clinical development worldwide to fight the growing threat of drug-resistant bacterial infections.

Antimicrobial medicines, including antibiotics, have long been overused and misused, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which added that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is “spreading further and faster every day”.

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19/11/2020

Extortion, Bio-Warfare and Terrorism: Extremists Are Exploiting the Pandemic – UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

(UN News)* — Criminals and violent extremists are exploiting the pandemic to build their support networks, undermine trust in government and even weaponize the virus, according to a research report published on Wednesday [18 November 2020] by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

Unsplash/Markus Spiske | The COVID-19 pandemic is being exploited by criminals and violent extremists to build their support and undermine trust in governments.
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“Terrorist, violent extremist and organized criminal groups are trying to take advantage of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic to expand their activities and jeopardize the efficacy and credibility of response measures by governments”, UNICRI Director Antonia Marie De Meo wrote in the introduction to the report, entitled “Stop the virus of disinformation”.
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