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Jessica Valbuena named Marketing Manager, at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
woensdag 20 oktober 2021 12:27

Jessica Valbuena has just been promoted to Marketing Manager after assisting the revenue department as coordinator for the past four years and supporting the US-based Marketing Manager, in all local related marketing matters.

She will officially start her new role in December, when she returns from her maternity leave.

Jessica is a graduate of the Universidad di Aruba, where she obtained a BA in Hospitality & Tourism, as well as an MBA, completing the additional two-year program, there.

She was a university student when she first joined the team at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino in 2017, as a Marketing Intern, and later filled in at the executive office as a clerk, two positions that gave her great insight into the workings of the resort, even before finishing her studies.

As she graduated, she was officially hired to help coordinate the activities of the revenue department, generating the best financial reports possible, for management to set the right price at the right time for the resort’s premier vacation product, and accurately reading the global travel and accommodation trends.

She was working full time at the resort, researching her MBA thesis and having her first baby boy, all at the same time, befitting a rising hospitality star.

Jessica is excited about the next phase of her career supporting the resort’s brand, helping grow and build a greater client base and capture more market share.

Congratulations Jessica, for a well-deserved promotion, you have our full support in your new role.

Jessica Valbuena

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Aruba’s #1 Steakhouse Will Now Feature the Island’s Largest Collection of Premiere Wines by the Glass
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
woensdag 20 oktober 2021 12:19

L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House located inside Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort today announced the launch of their new Coravin wine preservation system. Rated the No. 1 steakhouse in Aruba on TripAdvisor, L.G. Smith’s has a longstanding reputation of providing guests and locals alike with the sophistication and elevated culinary experience of the world’s most discerning steakhouse restaurants, including an award-winning wine list by Wine Spectator. With the introduction of this new system, the renowned steakhouse will now add the ability to serve 120 wines by the glass to their extensive menu of elevated culinary offerings and interactive cocktail experiences.

“We’ve built a truly unique, entertaining and most importantly, a delicious dining experience unlike anything else in Aruba and arguably most steakhouses around the world,� said Heidi Michiels, Restaurant Manager and Junior Sommelier at L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House. “The introduction of the Coravin wine preservation system allows us to go a step further. We were already offering an elaborate and sought-after wine list, but now we can offer the opportunity to taste a wide variety of wines in one sitting.�

The Coravin wine preservation system extends the life of a bottle after a single glass service through the injection of inert gas allowing the venue and taste testers to maximize the wine tasting experience that was once limited by price and accessibility. At L.G. Smith’s, prices range from $14-$58 per glass and allow guests to curate their individual wine tasting. Whether sticking to one favorite or testing the menu, wine lovers can try everything from Caves D’Esclans ‘Whispering Angel’ or a glass of Chateau Montelena Chardonnay before moving on to a Barolo or a Bordeaux.

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“Our mission is and always has been to craft great experiences for our guests at Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort,� said Paul Gielen, General Manager at Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort. “L.G. Smith’s has been at the forefront of that mission, allowing us a stage to be creative and test the boundaries of common gastronomy, wine, and spirits. The new Coravin system will add yet another opportunity to provide our guests with an experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else in Aruba.�

From Coravin to craft cocktails, L.G. Smith’s mixologists have created signature cocktails for spirits enthusiasts that embody the elements: Water, Fire, Smoke, Earth and Mist. Each cocktail is carefully crafted to perfection and incorporates fresh organic juices, local Aruban aloe; premium whiskey, bourbon, gin, port and cognac; and/or herbs such as lavender, sage and sweet bay leaf, among other ingredients. The unexpected presentation of each drink is what takes the cocktails to the next level, incorporating all the trends of modern mixology and is taken to new heights with the restaurant’s Cocktail Trolley available with our mixologist on hand to provide the perfect craft cocktail tableside ensuring our guests’ satisfaction and delight.

Both L.G. Smith’s wine list and craft cocktail menus have been curated to showcase the sophisticated cuisine that often steals the show. Known for its USDA-inspected, aged-prime steaks and house specialties, including rack of lamb and fresh local seafood, L.G. Smith’s features local flavors and international ingredients that enhance each dish taking their menu beyond the standard steakhouse selection. 

L.G. Smith’s Steak and Chop House is open nightly for dinner from 6 pm to 11 pm. Guests interested in making a reservation can do so here.

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Raynold Semeleer named Director of Catering & Events, at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
woensdag 20 oktober 2021 12:04

August 16th seems to be Raynold Semeleer’s lucky day. On that date, 8 years ago, he was named Event Manager at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, and in 2021, Director of Catering & Events.

“It is my pleasure to share with you,� says General Manager Vasco Baselli, “that our colleague Raynold Semeleer has been promoted to the position of Director of Catering & Events.  Raynold began his career at our resort almost 17 years ago, at the Front Desk as a Guest Service Representative. After a promotion to Front Office Supervisor, he followed two management development programs, focusing on Food & Beverage and the Rooms Division. His diligence paid off, as he launched a very successful career as Events Manager, a position in which he developed an extraordinary rapport with guests and event planners, particularly with some of the resort’s large repeat groups. Congratulations, Raynold, on a job well done, you will also have our full support in your new role.�

According to Raynold, hospitality was supposed to be a brief episode on his way to becoming an expert in criminology, but then he fell in love with the profession and made an about-turn. Raynold reports loving every aspect of his job: Taking care of clients, and their clients, exceeding guests’ expectations, and improving the resort’s bottom line. It’s all in a day’s work, he states.

Over the past 17 years, Raynold traces his trajectory through his department, exploring its many aspects from leisure based clients to large incentive groups, many romantic weddings, the local market with its seasonal planning, corporate functions, and catering big and small. In his new role as Director, he is responsible for his department’s financials, and budget, and says he is forever learning new skills, grateful for the opportunity to show his abilities and develop his potential.

Raynold Semeleer

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Cuba and UK to strengthen bilateral ties
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
zaterdag 16 oktober 2021 11:53

Cuba’s deputy foreign minister Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo and the permanent undersecretary of the UK Foreign Ministry, Philip Barton, recently held a virtual meeting, where they reaffirmed the willingness to strengthen bilateral relations.

On Twitter, the Cuban official reported that in the exchange they ratified the mutual interest in advancing in the negotiations of the draft bilateral agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation.

This agreement, said Rodriguez Camejo, will facilitate high-level exchanges and a solid and systematic political dialogue between both nations.

Multilateral issues such as climate change and human rights were also discussed.

The Cuban diplomat thanked the United Kingdom for its support for the United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the US Government.

For his part, Philip Barton, on the same social media, expressed his pleasure at meeting the deputy minister, and described the exchange as “far-reaching, covering the breadth of the UK-Cuba relationship.�

In recent years, both countries have strengthened, at the highest level, actions to deepen the political dialogue between the two countries and deepen bilateral relations in all areas.

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CARPHA calls for affordable healthy food on World Food Day
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
zaterdag 16 oktober 2021 08:00

Media Release – “Key public health threats to the food and agriculture sector in the Caribbean include foodborne and waterborne disease outbreaks, weather uncertainties, flooding and other natural disasters, and now, the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Region struggles with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, more persons are facing limitations, and in some cases struggling to meet their food and nutritional needs which decreases their options for healthy food choices,â€� stated Dr Lisa Indar, Director Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at CARPHA in observance of World Food Day.

World Food Day celebrated annually on 16th October, brings attention to and advocates for topics in food security, sustainability, and nutrition, and highlights the multiple stakeholders working to provide safe, healthy, affordable, nutritious food, for all.  This year the theme is, “Our Actions are Our Future,â€� with a focus on Agri-Food Systems – strengthening local food systems for host communities and displaced communities.

An estimated 2.37 billion people or 30% of the world population were lacking access to adequate food in 2020, representing an increase of 320 million persons being classified as hungry in just one year [1]. In the English-speaking Caribbean, the COVID-19 pandemic has now left an estimated 2.7 million “food insecure� persons.[2] Furthermore, a CARICOM survey reported that 71% of respondents reported higher than usual food prices. Low-income households and refugees and migrants are some of the most vulnerable groups to food insecurities.[3]

People have transitioned their food choices in recent years to consume diets higher in unsaturated fats, oils, sweeteners, salts and those lower in nutrients. [4]  Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cancer and asthma are often associated with consuming poor nutritional options. Persons living with these conditions are at higher risk of hospital admission and complications from COVID-19 infection and even death from the virus.

Climate change directly affects all aspects of the food chain. Changes in environmental temperatures have affected crop yield and the health of livestock and poultry, and in turn, disrupt food production and availability. During and after disasters, persons are at higher risk of contracting foodborne illnesses from contaminated foods. Persons who are relocated to national shelters may not always have access to their specific diets and nutritional requirements.

The Caribbean has made significant progress in recent years in addressing undernourishment and response to food insecurity and food safety concerns. However, obesity is now the leading public health and development issue. CARPHA has developed the 6-Point Policy Package to create a healthy food environment towards reducing childhood obesity and NCDs.  

CARPHA, in collaboration with its regional and international partners, has long supported the development and implementation of sustainable agri-food systems. Through the Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) programme, the Agency implemented a range of projects in CARPHA Member States. These interventions accounted for increased technical capacity in agro-processing, implementation of sustainable agricultural practices such as rainwater harvesting, seed saving, production of natural (non-synthetic) farm inputs, as well as the introduction of farmers to biogas digesters, which can be used to produce energy and improve the quality of water released into the environment from piggeries.

As a co-executing Agency for the Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management (IWEco) project, CARPHA’s Environmental Health Laboratory performed water quality monitoring to monitor the impact of farming practices for, inter alia, schools, farm holdings and backyard gardens throughout the watershed and coastal environment.

CARPHA also, implements and promotes the “one health� integrated farm to table approach to foodborne disease (FBD) surveillance and response linking the laboratory, epidemiological, environmental, and veterinary aspect of FBD to trace FBD to the farm source and effect relevant prevention and control and improve food safety and security

Countries are urged to find innovative solutions to the continuous and emerging threats to regional food security. Further, the Region needs to integrate food security and nutrition into resiliency plans to address growing poverty rates.

  • Work with community stakeholders to develop resilient food systems during disasters and when facing the shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Promote low-cost healthy, local, nutrient-dense food options.
  • Develop sustainable measures to promote culinary tourism at stay-in accommodations and national food festivals.
  • Provide affordable healthy options to populations

As the Region tackles food and nutrition concerns during the pandemic, CARPHA calls on Member States to act now to ensure that Caribbean people have access to affordable, nutritious and safe food by moving towards more efficient, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems. Countries should seek to promote food safety by developing and enforcing international standards and control systems and implementing a ‘One Health Approach to tackling health threats to animals, humans, plants, and the environment.

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COVID-19 caused rise in TB deaths for first time in a decade, gains ‘reversed’
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
vrijdag 15 oktober 2021 15:33

UN NEWS—Deaths from tuberculosis – one of the top infectious killers in the world – have increased for the first time in a decade, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. 

New data from the UN health agency highlighted how years of global progress in tackling the preventable disease had been “reversedâ€� since the pandemic overwhelmed health care systems in 2020, preventing vulnerable people from seeking help. 

Lockdowns had also stymied many people’s access to essential health care services, WHO’s 2021 Global TB report insisted, before issuing the additional warning that the death toll from the disease “could be much higher in 2021 and 2022â€�, according to latest projections. 

“This report confirms our fears that the disruption of essential health services due to the pandemic could start to unravel years of progress against tuberculosis,â€� said WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “This is alarming news that must serve as a global wake-up call to the urgent need for investments and innovation to close the gaps in diagnosis, treatment and care for the millions of people affected.â€� 

1.5 million victims 

Covering the response to the epidemic in 197 countries and areas, the TB report found that in 2020, some 1.5 million people died from TB in 2020 – more than in 2019
This included 214,000 patients with HIV, the UN agency said, noting that the overall TB increase was mainly in 30 countries which include Angola, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Zambia.  

Because of the new coronavirus pandemic, “challengesâ€� which made it impossible to provide and access essential TB services left many people undiagnosed in 2020.  

In a worrying development, WHO noted that the number of people newly diagnosed people with the disease fell from 7.1 million in 2019 to 5.8 million in 2020, meaning that far fewer people were diagnosed, treated or provided with TB preventive treatment compared with 2019.  

Overall spending on essential TB services also fell, WHO said, adding that the highest drop in TB notifications between 2019 and 2020 were India (down 41 per cent), Indonesia (14 per cent), the Philippines (12 per cent) and China (8 per cent).  

“These and 12 other countries accounted for 93% of the total global drop in notifications,â€� said WHO.  

There was also a reduction in provision of TB preventative treatment. Some 2.8 million people accessed this in 2020, which was a 21 per cent reduction since 2019. In addition, the number of people treated for drug-resistant TB fell by 15 per cent, from 177,000 in 2019 to 150,000 in 2020, equivalent to only about one in three of those in need. 

Known unknowns 

Today, some 4.1 million people suffer from TB but have not been diagnosed with the disease or their status has not been reported to national authorities. This is up from 2.9 million in 2019.  

The report’s recommendations include a call for countries to put in place urgent measures to restore access to essential TB services, a doubling of investment in TB research and innovation and concerted action across the health sector and others to address the social, environmental and economic causes of TB and its consequences. 

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Haitians flee to Dominican Republic for safe refuge
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
vrijdag 15 oktober 2021 15:19

The situation in Haiti has not been getting any better, and Dominican Republic is one to know.

Many rich Haitians are now seeking visas to come to the neighboring Caribbean nation, the Dominican Today reported.

Violence instigated by local gang groups has caused terror among Haitians. Most of them vie control over neighborhoods, streets of Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haïtien, and other cities of Haiti, triggering an onslaught of adversities such as lack of security, jobs, food and fuel, and the bankruptcy of businesses.

But Dominican Republic can only do so much; it also has its own concerns to deal with. For starters, the country is still on UK’s Red List, along with Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. Since January last year, the country has recorded 368,131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 4,082 deaths, according to data gathered by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The administered doses for COVID-19 in Dominican Republic recorded to 12,072,407.

The local paper further reported that a “Dominican diplomatic source in Cap-Haïtien has confirmed that in the consular legations operating in Haiti, there has been an increased flow of people from all social strata who want to obtain their visas to enter Dominican territory.”

George Bazin, a Haitian business owner who was forced down to close their chocolate factory after a local gang’s raid, fled with his wife and two minor children to Dominican Republic.

“They gave (the visas) to us for six months and we have been here for two and a half months now; we like this country very much and we don’t want to go back,� Bazin said.

“Why live in Haiti, if there is no security for anyone or anything, and these kidnappings have people scared,� he added.

According to the report, Bazin is now looking for a place in Santiago to start his medium-sized chocolate industry once again with a partner of the exact origin.

Available statistics and reports show that there are 76 known gangs in Haiti, and roughly 500,000 illegal weapons are said to be circulating in the ailing country.

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Women from Latin America and the Caribbean launch network for disaster risk reduction
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
donderdag 14 oktober 2021 15:59

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction—Women from across Latin America and the Caribbean came together on October 13, the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), for the virtual launch of this regional network to unite in their efforts to reduce and mitigate risks and ultimately prevent disasters in the region.  

Through the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Women for Disaster Risk Reduction, women and girls will come together to share experiences, ideas and innovative and transformative solutions to the challenges posed by disaster risk in one of the most hazard-prone areas of the world.  

At the time of the official launch, more than 700 women from all age groups and from 28 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean had signed up for the network. They include representatives of national and local governments, United Nations system agencies, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, the media and civil society. 

“It is so important that this network creates a space for the exchange of information, mutual support and knowledge that can influence disaster risk policies in the region,â€� said Raul Salazar, head of the Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).  

Disaster reduction is especially important in Latin America and the Caribbean, where one in four of the world’s disasters occur and where almost 300 million people have been affected by these catastrophic events in the past 20 years. 

Panellists highlighted that even though they are frequently first responders when disasters strike, women continue to face regular discrimination in preparedness, prevention, response and recovery efforts.  

Maria-Noel Vaeza, Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women; Claudia Herrera, Executive Secretary of the Coordination Centre for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC); and Tania Triminio Quintanilla, Director of the Honduran Green Cross; through their different perspectives, stressed the need to foster the leadership roles of women in disaster risk reduction.  

Although particularly vulnerable in times of disaster, women have demonstrated time and again to be highly effective protagonists when it comes to prevention. Women in local communities bring to the equation invaluable insight for effective disaster risk reduction action, yet far too often they are ignored when decisions are being taken, panellists said. “The only effective response to disaster risk is to recognise that women must take a central part in decisions,â€� said Maria-Noel Vaeza. 

Increased knowledge sharing through this network will undoubtedly strengthen the role of women and their ability to exert influence.  

Participants in the launch also highlighted the opportunity for sharing of knowledge within the upcoming VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean. This important virtual four-day conference, which starts on November 1st, is being hosted by the Government of Jamaica under the theme – Building Resilient Economies. 

COVID-19 has in many cases worsened the situation for women. Not only have they often suffered more economically from the crisis, but restrictions placed in response to the pandemic have triggered a rise in domestic violence against women and girls as well as their disparate access to essential services in many countries, the panellists added. 

The particular vulnerability of women and girls but perhaps more importantly their role as agents of change is highlighted in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global roadmap for disaster risk reduction adopted in 2015. 

Among the key aims of this new network are the promotion of women-led and women-centred synergies and collaboration as well as in the fostering of national and regional collaboration on disaster risk. To substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support is the theme of this year’s international day for disaster risk reduction.  This focus along with the remarkable transformative potential of women for enhancing cooperation was inherently evident throughout today’s launch. 

“Women may have borne the brunt of the global pandemic in many ways, but this has only sharpened their understanding of disaster risk and accentuated their importance as drivers of change. Whether as heads of household or heads of State, women have excelled in their response to the global pandemicâ€� Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, said in her video address. 

This virtual launch event was organized jointly by the regional offices and representatives of the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), UN Women and UNDRR.  The network itself presents a unique opportunity in the Americas and the Caribbean for a gender-sensitive and truly transformative disaster risk informed sustainable development agenda.   

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Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Caribbean women—study
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
donderdag 14 oktober 2021 15:48

More women in the Caribbean have succumbed to breast cancer in the last two decades than from countries with higher incidence rates, a recent study has found.

In a new study published in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science, breast cancer was revealed to be the “leading cause of cancer death among women in 21 out of the 23 Caribbean territories” for the decade 2003-2013.

According to the study, the Caribbean suffers higher mortality than that of Africa, North America, and Europe.

In 2020 alone, a total of 15,000 new cases of breast cancer patients were recorded in the Caribbean, and a five-year prevalence of 219 per 100,000. The disease has been the second leading cancer in the Caribbean after prostate cancer.

Several recommendations have been laid out to curb the rates of Caribbean women developing or succumbing to breast cancer.

The study revealed that there needs to be an “implementation of national screening programs combined with education initiatives to promote breast cancer awareness.” Early disease detection has apparently shown a significant effect on mortality rates, contributing to “decreased mortality rates in screened populations where incidence is higher than in the Caribbean.”

“Comprehensive breast cancer control involves prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care,” the study said, adding that more education on palliative care “may improve disease outcomes through resource-stratified palliative care training for Caribbean healthcare providers.”

There also needs to be a “rigorous standardized monitoring and reporting of outcomes through state-of-the-art cancer registries” and “variability in the standard of care to accurately capture the true status of breast cancer in the Caribbean.

The study has also suggested to look into the genetic and ethnic predisposition of breast cancer, “as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has approximately 83% Afro-Caribbean people (6% East Indian, 9% mixed, and 2% others).”

In order to examine the dynamics of breast cancer in the Caribbean and find out which areas of the field need further investigations, the authors of the study did a meticulous and thorough literature review of all available publications and journals about breast cancer within the last 63 years (1958 to April 2021).

“This study provides essential foundational support to researchers, healthcare planners, and administrators who are interested in the status of the Caribbean breast cancer population of diverse ethnicities, environmental influence, immigrants, socioeconomic status, and sociocultural practices,” the study stated.

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WHO establishes new scientific group to study COVID origins and prevent future pandemics
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
donderdag 14 oktober 2021 04:02

UN News – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday launched an expert group that will examine the origins of new pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

The proposed members of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) were selected for their expertise in areas such as epidemiology, animal health, clinical medicine, virology and genomics.  

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the news during his regular briefing from Geneva. 

“SAGO will advise WHO on the development of a global framework to define and guide studies into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens with epidemic and pandemic potential, including SARS-CoV-2,â€� he said. 

“The emergence of new viruses with the potential to spark epidemics and pandemics is a fact of nature, and while SARS-CoV-2 is the latest such virus, it will not be the last.� 

Next ‘Disease X’ 

The 26 scientists come from several countries and were selected from over 700 applications following a global call. 

A two-week public consultation period will take place for WHO to receive feedback on the proposed SAGO members. 

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO Technical Lead on COVID-19, said the world must be better prepared for any future “Disease X�. 

Responding to a journalist’s question, she anticipated that SAGO will recommend further studies in China, and potentially elsewhere, to understand the origins of the new coronavirus

While SAGO will advise WHO, any future missions will be organized by the UN agency and the country in question. 

“I want to make it very clear that the SAGO is not the next mission team. There’s been some misrepresentation about that going forward,� she said.

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