WASHINGTON -- International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday urged governments to take strong policy actions to prevent the dangerous divergence between and within countries when climbing out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Most of the world is facing a slow rollout of vaccines even as new virus mutations are spreading -- and the prospects for recovery are diverging dangerously across countries and regions," Georgieva said in a blog, as Group of 20 (G20) finance ministers and central bank governors meet virtually this week.
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GENEVA -- Turning a blind eye to facts, certain countries fabricated and spread lies about Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong in vicious vilification of China, a Chinese diplomat said here Wednesday.
"What they have done has only fully exposed the fact that, for them, human rights are nothing but a tool for political manipulation," Chen Xu, head of the Chinese Mission to UN at Geneva, said at the high-level Segment of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
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HOUSTON -- The southern U.S. state of Texas is moving aggressively to probe the power grid fail and making sure massive blackout will not happen again, Governor Greg Abbott said in a statewide address Wednesday evening.
In a televised address at the State Emergency Operations Center located in the state capital of Austin, Abbott blamed the state's electric grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), for false assurance.
"Before the storm hit, ERCOT repeatedly assured the state and the public that ERCOT was prepared. Those assurances turned out to be false," he said.
"We now know that power generators of all sources were not prepared for this severe winter weather. We have also learned that ERCOT operators should have acted quicker to stabilize the grid and to prevent power generators from being knocked offline," the governor said.
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LA PAZ -- Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Bolivia on Wednesday for the largest vaccination drive ever in the Latin American country.
"Bolivia now has the vaccines. We have the solution ... Now we are going to vaccinate everyone," Bolivian President Luis Arce said at Viru Viru International Airport, where a plane carrying the vaccines from Beijing landed in the morning.
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UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that human rights must not only be available to the privileged few and joint efforts must be made to deliver them.
"Much like COVID-19 vaccines, human rights will not lead to a healthier world if they are only available to the privileged few," the UN chief told the UN General Assembly briefing on the Call to Action for Human Rights.