GENEVA: The World Health Organization's emergency committee will meet two weeks early on Thursday to discuss the new coronavirus variants from South Africa and Britain that have rapidly spread to at least 50 countries and sparked widespread alarm.The newly identified variants, which appear to be significantly more infectious than the strain that emerged in China in 2019, come as spiking virus numbers force many nations to enforce new lockdowns.The committee normally gathers every three months but the WHO said the director-general pulled the meeting forward "to consider issues that need urgent discussion"."These are the recent variants and considerations on the use (of) vaccination and testing certificates for international travel," the global body said Wednesday.There are concerns that the new mutations may render certain vaccines less effective, undermining hopes that inoculations offer the best hope of recovery from the global pandemic.The committee of experts is overseen by France's Didier Houssin and its recommendations will be published after the meeting.The meeting comes as global infections soared past 91 million and deaths approached two million, with governments around the world reimposing painful economic lockdowns and social restrictions.The newly discovered variants can only be identified by sequencing their genetic code, an analysis that is
WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - The unprecedented violence that President Donald Trump's supporters wreaked on the US Capitol on Wednesday (Jan 6) spurred a wave of Republican criticism of the president, suggesting the potential for the GOP to increasingly distance itself from Mr Trump as he leaves office. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina pinned the blame for the mob that broke into the Capitol squarely on Mr Trump. "The President bears responsibility for today's events by promoting the unfounded conspiracy theories that have led to this point," Mr Burr said in a statement, noting that courts had already rejected Mr Trump's efforts to overturn his November election loss to Democrat Joe Biden. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the chamber's GOP leadership team, told reporters: "It's a tragic day, and he was part of it." Former New Jersey Governor and Trump supporter Chris Christie flagged that the president and his son had spoken to the crowd, and the subsequent violence "is the result of their words", whether intended or not. He said on ABC that Mr Trump's initial response to simply call for protesters to be peaceful was "not good enough". Republicans who have
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