#COVID-19

  • Highest risk patients for severe COVID-19 least likely to get monoclonal antibodies, says study

    Ever sincethe COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, researchers have been giving every possible information to help in better treatment. According to new research, people over age 65 at the highest risk for severe COVID-19 have often been the least likely to receive monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). -- a highly effective treatment for the disease -- both across and within US states.

  • Highlights from Premier Li's news conference

    Premier Li Keqiang met the press on Thursday after the closing of the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress.

    The premier took questions from Chinese and foreign reporters via video link.

    Here are the highlights.

  • HKSAR gov't to ban commercial passenger flights from India, Pakistan, Philippines for 14 days

    The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced on Sunday evening that it will implement the place-specific flight suspension mechanism to India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, banning all incoming commercial passenger flights from them from landing in Hong Kong for 14 days from April 20.

    Meanwhile, the HKSAR government will specify these areas as extremely high-risk over COVID-19 and restrict people who have stayed there from boarding planes to enter Hong Kong. The suspension will last 14 days.

  • Homophobia in the military, a Covid-proof Christmas and traffic-loving monkeys: Finland in the world press

    File image of Finnish conscripts in training / Lehtikuva

    The Finnish military was the target of international criticism this week for using a training manual that described homosexuality as an “obstacle” to service and categorised it as a mental disorder. 

    A report by the Finnish Parliamentary Ombudsman attributes the controversial material to the Centre for Military Medicine, which is responsible for the health of conscripts and the Finnish Defence Forces personnel. The Defence Command maintained that the military does not consider homosexuality to be a mental illness. 

  • Hong Kong embraces pride, confidence, ends disorder, chaos

    A prospering China and a legally secured Hong Kong are what Hong Kong citizens aspire to, as well as a reality in today's world. However, such a reality is making the foreign supporters of the anti-China forces all hot and bothered.

    On July 7 local time, the White House unexpectedly announced the so-called "continuation of the national emergency with respect to Hong Kong" and the extension of relevant Hong Kong-related sanctions, claiming that the recent actions taken by China with respect to Hong Kong pose a threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the U.S.

  • Hong Kong researchers discover new antiviral strategy to treat COVID-19

    The University of Hong Kong on Monday announced that a class of metallodrugs currently used in the treatment of other infectious diseases can potently suppress the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

    According to researchers from the university, ranitidine bismuth citrate (RBC), a commonly used anti-ulcer drug which contains the metal Bismuth, has been demonstrated to greatly reduce viral loads by over 1,000-folds in SARS-CoV-2-infected cells.

  • Hong Kong scientists develop world's first anti-COVID steel: Report

    Scientists from the University of Hong Kong have developed the world's first stainless steel capable of eliminating the SARS-Cov-2 virus on its surface, Russian media citing the university's press office reported on Thursday.

  • How China has lifted nearly 800 mln people out of poverty

    SOLEMN COMMITMENT DELIVERED

    The Chinese nation had long been plagued by poverty at a scale and a level of severity which were rarely seen anywhere else in the world.

    Since its founding in July 1921, the CPC has always taken the happiness of the people and rejuvenation of the nation as its aspiration, said the white paper titled "Poverty Alleviation: China's Experience and Contribution."

    The founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 and the establishment of the socialist system have provided basic institutional guarantees for addressing the root causes of poverty. The reform and opening up, which started about four decades ago, has accelerated the country's development and poverty alleviation.

    "Ensuring that poor people and poor areas will enter the moderately prosperous society together with the rest of the country is a solemn promise made by our Party," President Xi Jinping was quoted as saying.

    Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the Party Central Committee, with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, has fought a decisive battle against poverty that has been unprecedented in scale and intensity, and has benefited the largest number of people in human history, according to Xu.

    To fulfill the commitment, the leadership has mobilized the energies of the whole Party, the whole country, and the whole of society. More than 3 million first Party secretaries and resident working team members have been selected and dispatched to carry out targeted poverty reduction since 2013.

    Poverty relief assistants Liu Ying (1st L) and He Changle (2nd L), as well as village officers, help carry melons planted by villagers in Dongqin Village, Congjiang County of southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

    Through continuous efforts, the final 98.99 million impoverished rural residents had all been lifted out of poverty, and all 832 impoverished counties and 128,000 villages had been removed from the poverty list by the end of 2020.

    The historic achievements came with huge sacrifices. More than 1,800 CPC members and officials have lost their lives in the cause of poverty reduction, according to the paper.

    TARGETED STRATEGY

    "To help the poor, we must know who they are," the paper said.

    During its poverty alleviation practices, China has developed a set of standards and procedures to accurately identify the poor, the causes of their poverty and their needs. These were summarized as targeted efforts in six areas, referring to efforts to identify the poor accurately, arrange targeted programs, utilize capital efficiently, take household-based measures, dispatch first Party secretaries based on village conditions, and achieve the set goals.

    For instance, poor households are identified primarily based on their incomes, with consideration given to other factors including housing, education and health, while for villages, consideration is given to the incidence of poverty, the per capita net income of the villagers, and income from businesses run by village collectives.

    The individuals and villages confirmed as poor were then registered and a national poverty alleviation information system was created.

    "Through this registration system, for the first time in the history of poverty alleviation, China has identified every poor individual in every village," the paper said.

    The strategy of targeted poverty alleviation is China's strongest "weapon" in its final battle against poverty, and a major innovation in the theory and practice of poverty reduction, which highlights the CPC's sound approach whereby all actions are based on actual conditions and conform to the needs of development, it said.

    PEOPLE-CENTRED PHILOSOPHY

    China's success in poverty alleviation has proven that the problem of poverty, in essence, is how the people should be treated: the people-centered philosophy is the fundamental driving force behind this cause.

    Combo photo taken between July and October 2020 shows villagers, who used to be registered as impoverished households in over 20 cities and counties of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, smiling as they have benefited from the businesses under poverty alleviation program. (Xinhua)

    "The root cause of poverty is inadequate development," the paper said, adding that development is the most effective way to eradicate poverty.

    During its fight against poverty, China has taken five measures, including boosting the economy to provide more job opportunities, relocating poor people from inhospitable areas, compensating for economic losses associated with reducing ecological damage, improving education in impoverished areas, and providing subsistence allowances for those unable to shake off poverty through their own efforts alone.

    Over the course, investment from the central, provincial, city and county governments have totaled nearly 1.6 trillion yuan (about 244 billion U.S. dollars), including 660.1 billion yuan from the central budget.

    China's successful practice and valuable experience in eliminating extreme poverty have deepened human understanding of poverty reduction trends, enriched the theory of international poverty reduction, and boosted the confidence of other countries, especially developing ones, in eradicating extreme poverty.

    Aerial photo taken on June 14, 2020 shows a relocated area by the Gaqu River in Chido Township of Dengqen County in Qamdo, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Qadom City has witnessed a total of 194,600 residents, 38,400 households, 1,127 villages and 11 counties get rid of poverty thanks to the poverty alleviation efforts. (Xinhua/Tian Jinwen)

    Poverty is not predestined, nor is it unconquerable, the paper said. "China's experience in poverty alleviation indicates that courage, vision, sense of responsibility, and the eagerness to take on challenges are the most essential."

  • How Le Monde pretended a French reporter didn't exist

    Several days ago, French media outlet Le Monde ran a story claiming that China-based journalist Laurène Beaumond, who had contributed to CGTN's reporting on Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, apparently "did not exist," insinuating that she was a fictional and her story was fabricated for propaganda purposes.

    The claims gained specific traction on social media and were also pushed in a tweet by anti-China ideologue Adrian Zenz, who has been a key figure in pushing the U.S.-led Xinjiang narrative concerning events in the region.

  • Immune system early responder can combat COVID-19: Study

    A simple RNA molecule jumpstarts the immune system's 'first responders' to viral infection and can even eradicate the SARS-CoV-2 virus in mice with chronic cases of COVID-19, a new Yale School of Medicine study found.

  • Impact of COVID on violence against healthcare

    Survey results show that the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened violence against healthcare, with a documented increase of incidents in many countries.

    Health personnel and their patients, as well as healthcare facilities and ambulances, are subject to persistent acts of violence in all regions of the world. The results of a global survey conducted in 2021 reveal an increase in reported incidents since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

  • In July, 420 400 people have retrieved the EU Digital COVID Certificate from My Kanta Pages

    The majority of Finnish citizens can get the COVID-19 certificate easily from My Kanta Pages. However, still last week, some certificates of recovery were not produced, but the situation is now significantly better due to technical updates. In July, a total of 420 400 people have retrieved the EU Digital COVID Certificate from My Kanta Pages.

  • Infant COVID-19 patient receives proper care in China's Dalian

    The parents of a 3-month-old infant with COVID-19 infection told Xinhua Saturday that their child is receiving proper care and treatment at a designated hospital in northeast China's Dalian City.

    The family of three were all confirmed as locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Friday and are currently undergoing medical treatment in the same ward at the designated Dalian Sixth People's Hospital Affiliated to Dalian Medical University. All of them are in stable condition.

  • Innovative X-ray imaging shows COVID-19 can cause vascular damage to the heart: Study

    A research team from the University of Gottingen and Hannover Medical School has detected significant changes in the heart muscle tissue of people who died from COVID-19.

    The study has been published in the 'eLife Journal'.

  • International Airline Trade group calls for simplified COVID-19 rules to revive travel

    The revival of global air travel to pre-pandemic levels requires that governments develop practical and predictable measures to mitigate the threat of COVID-19, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Tuesday.

  • Interview: China-Africa cooperation has revitalized war against malaria: WHO official

    The realization of zero malaria status by African countries by 2030 could be within reach thanks to technical support provided by China to help combat the tropical disease, a World Health Organization (WHO) official has said.

    Akpaka Kalu, Team leader, Tropical and Vector-borne Diseases Program at WHO Regional Office for Africa said strategic collaboration with China has reinvigorated the continent's battle with malaria.

  • Interview: China's experience in poverty fight helps Afghanistan to end war: expert

    China can play a pro-active role in bringing peace to Afghanistan by sharing its experience in fighting poverty, Afghan expert said.

    "In my opinion a consensus on Afghanistan issue is essential among China, U.S. Russia, Iran and Pakistan to bring the relevant powers together to jointly work for ending the war in the war-riddled country," Arianfar told Xinhua.

  • Interview: Extension of China-Russia treaty reflects closer bilateral ties -- expert

    "Putin is reaffirming its ties to China" and the two countries are without doubt getting closer, said the expert.

     The extension of the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation reflects closer bilateral ties, a scholar has said.

    The joint statement on the extension of the treaty, issued during Monday's talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin via video link, reflects the deepening of China-Russia relationship, Andre Liebich, honorary professor of international history and politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, said in an interview with Xinhua.

  • Interview: Sweden hopes for great results at Beijing 2022

    With less than one year left before the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the level of excitement is rising within the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOC).

    In the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, Sweden won a total of 14 medals -- of which seven golds -- making it the most successful winter Olympics in the country's history. With this winter's successes in mind, this record could be broken next year, SOC's chief executive Peter Reinebo told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.

  • Italy confirms WHO asks for re-checks of research on when coronavirus first surfaced

    Milan Cancer Institute (INT) in Italy on Friday confirmed to China Media Group that the World Health Organization (WHO) has requested it to re-check blood samples collected in 2019 that were reported to have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

    INT authorities said no further details will be provided for now, and a press release will be issued on the matter in the next few days.

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