Euronews 23 Nov 2020

Coronavirus: Is vaccine scepticism the next hurdle to overcome in the fight against COVID-19?


In France, for example, little more than half of adults plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a recent survey.

The G20 has wrapped up its annual summit with a closing statement emphasizing the "important mandates of the United Nations systems", but little in the way of a breakthrough announcement.
It was hosted by Saudi Arabia this year, virtually.
There was a call to ensure fair access for all to the vaccines for coronavirus, and developing nations want a plan for extending debt relief.
But there was no firm commitment to that in the final communique.
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In a small room in the Iraqi city of Najaf, men are getting small scratches on their backs, with small glass cups placed over them to suction out their blood.

This is an alternative medicine treatment known as cupping, and many Iraqis say their lingering symptoms after contracting the coronavirus have improved thanks to this method.

Alternative medicine practitioner, Hussein al-Maliki says cupping helps the body get rid of deoxygenated blood, helping improve its function.

One recovered COVID-19 patient said his shortness of breath, and pain in his legs dissipated after two sessions.

Cupping therapy can be traced back more than 6,500 years to ancient China, and has a long history in the Middle East and Egypt. But it has been less popular among more skeptical medical societies.

In the French overseas department of Guadeloupe, fighting the Covid-19 pandemic is more difficult than in mainland France. Hospitals on the Caribbean archipelago lack sufficient medical staff and equipment. Meanwhile, hand washing, an important way of preventing transmission of the coronavirus, is often impossible due to regular water shortages in some regions. Our reporters travelled to the islands to meet healthcare workers and residents.

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