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Moments You Missed As The G-7 Leaders Meet For The 1st Time Since COVID-19 : NPR

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For the first time since the pandemic halted in-person events, leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States have gathered for three-day talks in a British coastal city to try some of the most urgent Problems in the world.

The focus of the talks is on containing the coronavirus pandemic. But the summit also offers a glimpse into the dynamics between world leaders beyond their declarations and press conferences.

Here’s a look at some of the moments you might have missed on Day 1:

A royal gathering

For the first time, Queen Elizabeth II and her family are taking part in the G7, part of a diplomatic charm offensive. Along with Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen attended a Friday night reception with G-7 leaders and her spouses at the Eden Project, which claims to be the largest indoor rainforest in the world designated.

“Should you look like you’re enjoying this?” the Queen asked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as they sat down for a group photo, which made the other leaders laugh.

Prince Charles spoke to the leaders and applauded them for their urgent work. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are doing it for the pandemic. So if you don’t mind me saying this, we have to do it for the planet too, ”he said.

Most important meal of the day

“Multilateralism is back @ G7,” tweeted Charles Michel, President of the European Council, alongside a photo of heads of state and government gathered for breakfast before the day’s talks. French President Emmanuel Macron also shared a photo of the meeting on Twitter.

“The EU wants to make sure that the world is vaccinated as soon as possible. Only together can we achieve this by upholding our values,” wrote Michel, adding the hashtag “BuildBackBetter”, a phrase that the G-7 hosts Johnson took over and campaigned President Biden to outline his “rescue, recovery and rebuilding” agenda after the pandemic.

On Thursday, Biden announced that the US will donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to nearly 100 countries that are struggling to afford them. On the first day of talks, G-7 leaders are expected to announce their pledge to share 1 billion of their COVID-19 vaccine resources with low-income countries.

Shaking hands out, elbow greetings in

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted Johnson, the G-7 host, and his wife Carrie as he arrived for the summit on Friday. Phil Noble / Pool / AFP via Getty Images Hide caption

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted Johnson, the G-7 host, and his wife Carrie as he arrived for the summit on Friday.

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At the start of Friday’s summit, world leaders and their spouses took turns walking up a pier to snap a picture with Johnson and his wife, Carrie.

Exaggerated elbow kicks as a safety measure replaced the traditional handshakes between the guides.

“Everyone in the water,” joked Biden to the pool of photographers.

Family photo

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The G-7 leaders gather for the traditional group photo ahead of Friday’s talks.

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As usual, leaders gathered for an official photo before the talks began.

It didn’t take long for the moment to become a meme.

Harry and Meghan’s newborn baby is mentioned

First Lady Jill Biden and British Duchess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, England, on the sidelines of the G-7 summit on Friday. Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP via Getty Images Hide caption

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First Lady Jill Biden and British Duchess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, England, on the sidelines of the G-7 summit on Friday.

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On Friday, Duchess of Cambridge Catherine and First Lady Jill Biden toured a Connor Downs Academy classroom and held a round table on early childhood education.

That made for an uncomfortable moment.

Reporters traveling with Biden asked former Kate Middleton if she had any wishes for her new niece Lilibet Diana, the newborn daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who have withdrawn from British royalty in a very public way.

The baby was named in honor of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana of Wales, and Queen Elizabeth II. The name sparked some controversy over whether the Queen had given her blessing for using her childhood nickname.

“I wish her all the best. I can’t wait to get to know her,” said the Duchess of Cambridge. “We haven’t met her yet.

She was asked if she did FaceTime with her new niece. “No, I haven’t,” she said.

Johnson sees a “more feminine” world after COVID-19

Cameras were briefly admitted as the leaders began their formal meeting. Johnson made some introductory remarks, noting how refreshing it was to work with people in person.

He nodded on the subject of climate change and said, “We are united in our vision for a cleaner, greener world, a solution to the problems of climate change.”

As Frank Langfitt of NPR reported, any concrete action that was announced during the climate change talks could give impetus to the UN climate conference in the fall. Johnson is also hosting this meeting in Glasgow, Scotland.

“Build better together again … build greener and fairer and build more equitable, more gender-neutral, maybe more feminine”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson starts his “chimney chat” with other G7 leaders https://t.co/OfzwQgtI4G pic.twitter.com/TtSzcmbLUP

– BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) June 11, 2021

But he focused on COVID-19. “We need to make sure we learn the lessons from the pandemic,” he said.

“We are building better together again, and building greener and fairer again, and building again with more equality, more gender-neutral and perhaps more feminine. How about that? ”Said Johnson.

Body language contrast between Biden and Trump

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Part of Biden’s mission is to repair connections damaged after four years of former President Donald Trump’s rather discrete approach – an approach that forever changed the international summits that set it, as shown in this iconic photo of a G- 7 detained in Canada:

There’s less drama at this meeting than there was in the Trump years. Take, for example, the memorable images of Trump pushing himself to the top with handshakes and pushing the Prime Minister of Montenegro aside, obviously trying to get to the top in a photo op.

Some leaders were happy to turn the page.

Compare that to the “handshake wars” between French President Emmanueal Macron and Trump during the bilateral negotiations.

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New report shows quality of nursing home care spiked during COVID-19

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A new report shows the quality of care afforded to residents of long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic spiked significantly.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living says it released a new report on Thursday, March 26, which details data on the quality of care in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AHCA/NCAL said the data highlights the commitment of dedicated caregivers to raising the standard of care for the benefit of residents during an unprecedented global public health crisis. The report follows data the organization issued which highlights improvements over the last decade.

The Association said the report found long-term residents in nursing homes were hospitalized 15% less during the pandemic than they were before while 8% of short-term patients saw functional improvement during the same time period.

AHCA/NCAL also aid the report found 72% of more than 110,000 infection control focused inspections of nursing homes conducted during the pandemic were deficiency-free.

The organization said the report acknowledges the devastating effects of the pandemic had on nursing home residents, however, the tragic loss of life was due to the nature of the virus, not because of inadequate care from caregivers.

Thanks to life-saving vaccines and treatments, as well as enhanced infection control, AHCA/NCAL said nursing home residents are much safer from the virus. Specifically, it said nearly 60% of nursing home resident deaths due to the virus happened during the first 7 months of the pandemic – before vaccines were available.

The Association also said COVID uniquely targets elderly patients and those with underlying health conditions, with the risk of death for those 85 and older being 340 times higher than for those ages 18 to 29.

The report also found independent research from various academic institutions overwhelmingly found a high spread of the virus in the community is correlated with outbreaks in nursing homes. At the height of the Omicron surge in mid-January, it said nursing home residents were more likely to die of complications from the virus compared to the height of the winter surge in 2020 – before the availability of vaccines.

Lastly, the report found over 730,000 nursing home residents have recovered from COVID-19.

“Our heroic long-term caregivers never wavered from our commitment to our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “Nursing homes should be recognized for their efforts during this once-in-a-lifetime global crisis, and as we continue to focus on improving the quality of life for our residents, lawmakers and health policy officials must also work with us to implement lasting change by providing resources necessary to further enhance care.”

AHCA/NCAL said it also released a report which highlights federal data indicating the quality of care in nursing homes has risen over the past decade before the pandemic. It said the two quality reports underscore the significant strides providers have made and the continued commitment to better the lives of residents – no matter the challenges providers face.

To read the full Nursing Home Quality Improvement During COVID report, click HERE.

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Select Kroger pharmacies join national “Test to Treat” COVID-19 Initiative

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CARMEL, Ind. — A spokesperson for Kroger says 12 locations are now ready to participate in the Biden Administration’s “Test to Treat” initiative.

“Any store that has the “Little Clinic” sign with the pharmacy next door, basically,” said Eric Halvorson, a Kroger spokesperson.

White House officials announced the “Test to Treat” program earlier this month during President Biden’s State of the Union address. Back then, officials had said hundreds of COVID-19 treatment pills would be shipped out to pharmacies nationwide by the end of March.

“This is something that was created by the federal government and medical experts who were saying we needed another option to reduce the spread of COVID,” said Halvorson. “We’re making it available as quickly as we can to as many people as we can.”

Friday, Halvorson said select locations had finally received enough supplies to launch the program in their stores.

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That means Hoosiers can now go to a participating Kroger location, get a rapid COVID test, and then immediately get a COVID-19 treatment pill if they are eligible and their result comes back positive.

“If they have symptoms, they can come in and find out: Are they sick? Do they need something to reduce the severity? Because that’s ultimately another element of this is to make sure that the people who have the greatest risk of a severe condition get the treatment they need,” said Halvorson.

All 12 participating Kroger locations will carry either the Pfizer or the Merck COVID-19 treatment pill.

“That will be up to what’s delivered to the pharmacy. And everything we’re seeing right now indicates we will have plenty of supply. No reason to indicate that we would have to worry about any of that,” said Halvorson.

Officials with Kroger said only those who are considered high-risk would be eligible to get the treatment.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), conditions and factors that may place someone at high risk for severe COVID include, but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dementia or other neurological conditions
  • diabetes
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions
  • HIV
  • Immunocompromised state
  • Mental health conditions
  • obesity
  • pregnant
  • Sick cell disease
  • tuxedo
  • Organ or blood stem cell transplant recipient
  • stroke
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • tuberculosis

“Providing the anti-viral agents through our Kroger pharmacy is another way that we can help reduce the spread of COVID and fight it in a different way to make people healthier and safer from the pandemic,” said Halvorson. “We just want to make sure that people have access to another treatment, another option to protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors.”

Halvorson said he strongly recommends Hoosiers call ahead to check the availability of their store before they arrive. He also urged suspected patients to book an appointment online in advance.

Lastly, if you are unable to make it in for an appointment in person, Halvorson said Kroger is also offering virtual appointments.

“If somebody isn’t able to make it into the clinic, they can go to Kroger Health online and do a telehealth visit. There will be an expert on the other end of the screen who can guide them through doing the test at home and then they would be advised about getting a prescription from there,” said Halvorson.

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The surge of Covid cases across China, driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, is straining hospitals and prompting lockdowns of neighborhoods in Shanghai, which until recently had been held up as a crown jewel in the government’s strategy for fighting the pandemic.

Shanghai, China’s largest city, has seen few cases until recently. Now, it is reporting more than 1,500 a day, and many residents are expressing anguish and dismay about China’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus.

On Friday, anger and grief welled up online after a Shanghai hospital confirmed reports that a nurse who worked there, Zhou Shengni, had died from an asthma attack after finding the doors of its emergency department shut because of Covid restrictions.

“Due to pandemic prevention needs, the emergency department of our hospital’s southern campus had been temporarily closed,” Shanghai East Hospital said on its website. Ms. Zhou’s family rushed her to another hospital, but she died late Wednesday after “attempts to save her failed,” Shanghai East said.

“Just think, this happened in Shanghai, and it was a medical worker treated like this,” read one of many comments about Ms. Zhou’s death on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform. “What about regular folks? Not just in Shanghai, but other parts too.”

The outbreak has fanned a rising debate in China over whether the government should rethink its stringent “zero Covid” strategy of eliminating all infections with relentless force, rather than finding a way to cope with higher levels of infection, as most countries have.

But officials across China have given no indications that the government is reworking its strategy. Instead, they insist that any easing of restrictions could exacerbate the surge of infections and further strain the medical system.

“We hope that everyone slows down their life at this time, cutting down on outings and moving around,” Wu Jinglei, the director of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, said at a news conference on Thursday. “Pandemic prevention in our city has entered the most critical stage.”

On Friday, Shanghai’s health commission reported that it had identified 1,609 Covid cases the previous day, 1,580 of which were asymptomatic. China has recorded over 29,000 cases so far in March. That represents a significant spike for the country, which has kept cases low since quashing the world’s first outbreak, which began in the city of Wuhan, in 2020.

The current outbreak has strained Shanghai’s medical system as hospitals and isolation hotels are crowded with patients, residents have said on social media. The city government has started issuing a daily list of hospital clinics that have suspended outpatient and elective treatments and surgeries in order to cope with the Covid cases.

Zhang Wenhong, one of Shanghai’s leading infectious disease experts, told residents on Thursday to be patient while the authorities worked to curb the outbreak.

“All of a sudden medical resources are under strain” in Shanghai, Dr. Zhang wrote in a long post on Weibo. “If we don’t counter its speed with our own, we won’t have a chance to beat the Omicron race,” he wrote, adding that the government would need to ramp up its vaccination campaign.

Beneath his post, many commenters insisted that China rethink its approach to the virus.

“Exhausting social resources, degrading the quality of life and existence, dragging down economic development and urban vitality — where’s the sense in this pandemic prevention,” one commenter wrote. “The zero-infection strategy needs thinking over.”

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