The last rites in Catholicism are the last prayers and ministries given to an individual of faith, if possible, just before death. They can be administered to those who are waiting to be executed, who are fatally injured or terminally ill. The last rites cannot be performed on people who have already died.  The EU has free trade agreements with many countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, on more or less advanced Mercosur projects, as well as with Canada and Japan. The bloc also has plans for new agreements with several other countries. The EU places this type of agreements with third countries under the label of multilateralism and believes, in this regard, that the bilateral agreements desired by the US Government run counter to the spirit of multilateralism. This is one of the many factors exacerbating the already tense relations between the two major transatlantic players in trade, diplomacy and others (see below). The fact is that negotiations on this type of trade with the EU are complex and laborious. Indeed, the agreement must receive positive opinion from each of the 27 countries of the bloc, and then some 40 local parliaments must be submitted for ratification before being submitted to the European Parliament for validation and final signature. The procedure is therefore long and laborious, can take many years and can be delayed or blocked by one of the many activist groups in either EU country. The blockade may also come from the high authorities of a country which, for example, follows people`s quarrels, as recently reported in the international press about a dispute between the French and Brazilian presidents. But the noisiest European interest groups are probably the Players in the French Agricultural Sector, who do not want to hear about a free trade agreement that would call into question the privileges acquired by these French activists since the creation of the European single market and the implementation of the CAP (common agricultural policy). The COVID 19 pandemic affects all countries of the world and does not discriminate against their victims.
Since December 2019 and the first identification of this new coronavirus, thousands of people have died, hundreds of thousands of people have been infected with the virus and millions have been put in containment conditions to limit its spread and reduce the number of victims. States around the world have stepped up emergency measures to combat the virus and its serious consequences. In the coming weeks, there will inevitably be many more deaths, regardless of these measures, and the suffering of individuals, their families and their communities will be severely felt. Millions of people around the world have travelled as undocumented refugees and migrants, many are forcibly dispersed or have made informal migration trips. Living in camps and slums, locked up, without status and access to the facilities and rights of the sedentary community, all are at higher risk.