OIC fund for Afghanistan
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation meets to discuss the situation in Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban takeover in August. The organization has agreed to establish a humanitarian trust fund to address the growing economic crisis in that country. The fund will be set up under the Islamic Development Bank to channel aid to Afghanistan. That’s according to Pakistan's foreign minister whose country hosted the OIC meeting. A final statement has stressed the need for allowing Afghanistan access to its financial resources to prevent economic collapse.
Chile presidential election
Official results show leftist Chilean candidate Gabriel Boric has won Sunday's presidential run-off. With over 99 percent of the ballots counted, Boric has won nearly 56 percent of the votes. His far-right rival, Jose Antonio Kast, garnered 44 percent. He has already conceded defeat and congratulated Boric on the victory in a tweet. Social justice was the main campaign pledge of Boric whereas; Kast was campaigning on law and order. Boric will take office for a four-year term starting from March next year. The new president will be dealing with some of the big challenges, including high inflation, the pandemic and social unrest. He will also be in power for a planned referendum on a new constitution that is in the process of drafting.
US Coronavirus crisis
In the United States, top health officials are urging Americans to get their COVID-19 booster shots amid an outbreak of the Omicron variant of the disease. Fauci warns that if the current trend of infections continues, hospitals across the US will be overwhelmed with patients again. The Omicron variant has been identified in 43 out of 50 states and is likely to become the dominant strain in the country. The government is scrambling for more vaccinations as over a quarter of the US population hasn’t received a single dose yet. Also, only 40 percent of eligible Americans have taken their booster shots. The US is the world’s worst-hit nation by COVID-19 both in terms of its caseload and fatalities. More than 800,000 Americans have already died from the respiratory disease.