NAIROBI -- The World Health Organization (WHO)'s latest bid to reopen investigations into the origin of COVID-19 should be devoid of geopolitical maneuvers aimed at distorting the outcomes, a Kenyan scholar said Wednesday.
"There appears to be a build-up of political acts by some countries that now threaten the gains made in both pandemic source tracing and response," said Cavince Adhere, an international relations expert, adding that politicizing the probe by some western powers will hamper global efforts to tame its severity.
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BRASILIA -- The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted Brazilian society and economy, which is certain to dominate the political debate ahead of the general elections in October 2022, said political scientist Paulo Kramer.
"The impact on the economy, as well as health, will be the great subject of the presidential election debate next year," Kramer, retired professor at the University of Brasilia, told Xinhua in a recent interview, noting that COVID-19 came at a time when Brazil "was preparing to resume growth," while the paralysis of many activities caused recession and unemployment.
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CANBERRA -- China is not imposing its political system or values on other countries, said Hugh White, a professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University.
"The Communist Party of China will do whatever it can to protect its own system from being undermined from without, but ... it does not seem to believe that this requires the rest of the world to adopt its model," he said in an article published earlier this week on the website of Australian think tank the Lowy Institute.