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Weekly News – 18th Week


COVID update

China has been experimenting with a new vaccine against the new COVID 19 virus. The vaccine was approved by the WHO. The vaccine was developed by the Chinese company Sinopharm. It is the only vaccine to get the WHO approval made by a eastern country. It is recommending that the vaccine be administered in two doses to those aged 18 and over. Prior to the WHO approval, the Sinopharm vaccine was already being widely used, with an estimated 65 million doses administered, according to reports.

Rwanda had decided to work with international partners to produce COVID 19 vaccines within the country. Rwanda’s Health Minister Tharcisse Mpunga said discussions were at an advanced stage to open a vaccine plant to aid the vaccination campaign in Africa.

Reports shows that only 2% of the global vaccines count are administered by the countries in African region. While some countries struggle to get a vaccine some countries have thousands of expired vaccines. Malawi has been left with 16,400 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and South Sudan has 59,000. Both are expired on 13th April. The spokesmen from the both countries have said that they will soon destroy these expired doses of vaccines but WHO had asked them to wait while it investigates whether the expiry date can be safely extended.

Chernobyl Spirit

The first ever batch of spirit made out of apples grown near the Chernobyl plant has been seized by the Ukrainian authorities. The production company says that it is the first production ever after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The batch was destined to send to UK.

Firing Squad

Lawmakers in South Carolina have voted for a firing squad to be added to the executions. The southern state had not held an execution since 2011. South Carolina currently offers death row inmates the choice to die either by lethal injection or in the electric chair. This option was proposed by a Democrat, State Senator Richard Harpootlian, who said it would be more humane than the “extraordinarily gruesome, horrendous process” of electrocution, where people do not die immediately. After 10 years the state now has 37 men on death row, with three who have exhausted all appeals, officials said.

The Yellow Star

Anti-lock down protesters in Berlin have used a yellow star in their protests and German authorities have decided to ban it. But the specialty in this yellow star is that during the WWII the Nazis made wearing the yellow Star of David badge mandatory throughout territories they occupied. Some protesters have replaced the word “Jude” (Jew) with the phrase “ungeimpft” (unvaccinated), equating Covid restrictions with the persecution of Europe’s Jewish population. The yellow star have appeared beyond the German borders. The yellow Star of David has also been seen in protests in London.

Flood in Yemen

The flood due to heavy rain have left several people to their death. Thousands of families have been affected by the flooding, which started in mid-April and has worsened as rainfall intensified in recent days. The homes of 167 families were also either partially or completely damaged. Last Tuesday UN said that initial field report indicated there are more than 3000 families were affected.

England’s List

England had issued a list of 12 countries that people can travel. Travelers do not need to quarantine when returning to the country after their traveling these countries. But they still have to get tested before returning. These are the 12 countries that had been added to the Green country list. 1. Portugal 2. Israel 3. Singapore 4. Australia 5. New Zealand 6. Brunei 7. Iceland 8. Gibraltar 9. Falkland islands 10. Faroe islands 11. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 12. St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island.

A New Way to Tip

Twitter has added a new feature to take donations into another level. Twitter has launched the next phase of its creator payment program, with a live test of a new tip jar option on selected user profiles, which will enable individuals to collect payments from their audience, as a means to support their work.The function supports payment via Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal and Venmo.

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