The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 11 July 2020
A vial of remdesivir. (File photo). Photo:AFP
Australia Approves Remdesivir COVID-19 Treatment As Country's First
BLUF: Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved remdesivir for the provisional treatment of adult patients with COVID-19.
This follows the recent spike in cases, particularly in the city of Melbourne, that resulted in the shutting of the state of Victoria's borders with other states, a second lockdown and the locking in of thousands high-density apartment block residents.
Remdesivir has also been approved in Japan, Singapore and the European Union.
Treated patients were reported to have a 74.4% recovery rate by day 14, over the 59% recovery rate by patients receiving standard care.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 11 July 2020
The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.
BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.
FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.
1. UNITED STATES, CHINA - Economic/Political: Trump says he is not thinking about a 'Phase 2' U.S. - China trade deal
FYSA: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday his not currently thinking about negotiating a “Phase 2” trade deal with China as relations between Washington and Beijing sour over the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. Trump, asked by reporters aboard Air Force One about the possibility of second phase trade deal following implementation of a Phase 1 agreement this year, said “I don’t think about it now,” adding that he has many other things on his mind. “The relationship with China has been severely damaged. They could have stopped the plague, they could have stopped it. They didn’t stop it,” Trump said. (Reuters. See link in heading)
2. COLOMBIA - Security (Health): Colombian capital to renew lockdowns by neighborhood as cases rise
FYSA: Colombian capital Bogota will initiate strict, rolling two-week quarantines in certain neighborhoods starting Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases rise and intensive care units fill, the mayor said on Friday. The Andean country has reported just under 134,000 cases of COVID-19 and 4,714 deaths. More than 32% of cases have occurred in the capital, along with a fifth of deaths. (ANSA. See link in heading)
3. TURKEY - Political: UNESCO 'deeply regrets' Turkey's conversion of Hagia Sophia into mosque
FYSA: The UN's cultural agency UNESCO said it deeply regretted Turkey's decision to turn the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from a museum into a mosque, lamenting there had been no prior dialogue on the status of the former Byzantine cathedral. UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay "deeply regrets the decision of the Turkish authorities, taken without prior dialogue, to modify the status of the Hagia Sophia," the UN agency said in a statement,
It added that she had expressed her concern to the Turkish ambassador to the body. The Hagia Sophia was first a cathedral, then made into mosque after the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottomans, but then a secular museum for all in modern Turkey. It is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of an area of the city designated as "Historic Areas of Istanbul. "UNESCO warned that the move risked harming the universal nature of Hagia Sophia as a place open to all of civilisation, a key aspect of its World Heritage status. (SBS. See link in heading)
4. KUWAIT - Security (Health): Kuwait advises against travelling abroad due to coronavirus pandemic
FYSA: Kuwait advised its citizens and residents against travelling abroad at the moment due to the instability of the coronavirus pandemic, and the spread of the virus despite strict measures applied worldwide, the health ministry announced in a statement on Twitter on Friday. Last month, Kuwait’s communications office said that commercial flights at Kuwait International Airport will resume from Aug 1, after being suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters. See link in heading)
5. AUSTRALIA - Political: Remdesivir approved as Australia's first Covid-19 treatment only for severe cases
FYSA: AThe drug received provisional approval for use in adults with severe Covid-19 symptoms as a promising treatment option to reduce hospitalisation times. However, it will not be available to everybody, and can only be used in adults and adolescents in hospital with severe infections. While the approval is a major milestone in Australia's struggle against the pandemic, it has not been shown to prevent coronavirus infection. Australia is one of the first regulators to authorise the use of remdesivir for treatment following on from recent approvals in the European Union, Japan, and Singapore. (RNZ. See link in heading)
6. NEW ZEALAND - Economic: Covid 19 coronavirus: Government reverts to 'Unite Against Covid-19' campaign name
FYSA: The New Zealand Government's official pandemic campaign has changed its name back to "Unite Against Covid-19". But it says not to panic - the change does not signal any increased threat of the virus in this country. The quiet reversion to the original campaign slogan last night also does not appear to be related to concerns the new name was too political. The campaign was changed to "Unite for Recovery" in mid-June as New Zealand's focus shifted from elimination to economic recovery. It was changed back to the original slogan last night on the Government's website and social media pages. A statement on the Government's Covid-19 Facebook page said the name was being switched back until the international threat of Covid-19 was eliminated. (NZH. See link in heading)
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