03 February 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- Government of Canada lists 13 new groups as terrorist entities and completes review of seven others Public Safety Canada 03 Feb 2021 -- Canadians expect their government to take all necessary steps to keep them safe, while safeguarding their values, their rights and freedoms and the open, inclusive character of our country. The Criminal Code listing regime is an important tool for countering terrorism in Canada and globally, and is part of that commitment.
- Canada Designates 'Neo-Fascist' Proud Boys as Terrorist Entity VOA 03 Feb 2021 -- Canada became the first country Wednesday to formally designate the Proud Boys a terrorist entity, according to the nation's public safety ministry.
- Member of Proud Boys Charged with Obstructing an Official Proceeding, Other Charges Related to the Jan. 6 Riots USAG - DC 03 Feb 2021 -- A member of the Proud Boys, a nationalist organization, was arrested today and charged in federal court in the District of Columbia with obstructing or impeding an official proceeding, among other charges.
- Austin Orders Military Stand Down to Address Challenge of Extremism in the Ranks DoD News 03 Feb 2021 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered a DOD-wide stand down to discuss the problem of extremism in the ranks, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said today.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- Key workers in 145 countries to receive COVID vaccines under UN-backed initiative UN News 03 Feb 2021 -- Key workers and other vulnerable people in 145 countries should receive COVID-19 vaccines in the first half of this year, under the joint UN-led COVAX initiative for fair access to coronavirus-beating jabs, it's been confirmed.
- 1.1 Billion-Dose Vaccine Deal Announced for Poorest Countries VOA 03 Feb 2021 -- UNICEF has announced a deal with the Serum Institute of India to produce 1.1 billion doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford and Novavax vaccines at a cost of $3 per dose.
- Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials The White House 03 Feb 2021
- More than half of US citizens to refuse or delay COVID vaccine Press TV 03 Feb 2021 -- About 51 percent of Americans are still hesitant or opposed to getting the COVID vaccine, a new poll found.
- 'Many Questions' After WHO Team Visits Wuhan Virology Lab VOA 03 Feb 2021 -- The World Health Organization's (WHO) international team of investigators Wednesday visited a virology laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, a research center that has been the subject of speculation about the origin of COVID-19.
- WHO Team Visits Wuhan Institute of Virology on COVID-19 Origins Investigation Mission Sputnik 03 Feb 2021 -- The team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology on Wednesday, as part of their mission to investigate the origins of COVID-19, local media reported.
- Update: WHO team visits P4 lab in Wuhan Institute of Virology Global Times 03 Feb 2021 -- The WHO expert team visited the P4 lab inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) on Wednesday, a place that became target of a storm of Western public opinion following a massive smear campaign led by some US politicians. The visit came after days of intensive field work looking for the origins of the novel coronavirus.
- Chinese FM confirms WHO experts' visit to Wuhan lab, calls for similar probes in other countries Global Times 03 Feb 2021 -- A group of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) visited on Wednesday the Wuhan Institute of Virology and Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province where they exchanged important information with Chinese scientists on the origins of the coronavirus, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
- Beijing vows to defend against imported COVID-19 cases during New Year holiday Global Times 03 Feb 2021 -- China's capital city has vowed to apply comprehensive measures to face the challenge of COVID-19 in the upcoming Chinese New Year, including strictly controlling those entering Beijing to avoid imported cases.
- China to offer 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX, to boost equitable access to all countries Global Times 03 Feb 2021 -- At the request of the World Health Organization (WHO), China decided on Wednesday to offer 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the COVAX, a WHO-backed international vaccine distribution program, for developing countries in urgent need, a move to boost fair distribution of the vaccines globally.
- China, Russia vaccine development offers hope to ease white-hot global vaccine scuffle Global Times 03 Feb 2021 -- The impressive 92 percent protection rate of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine offers an opportunity for China and Russia, the two shepherds of global COVID-19 vaccine developers, to join hands on world vaccine distribution, help ease the white-hot global vaccine scuffle, and offer hope to control the pandemic, Chinese scientists said.
- Chinese analysts confident in vaccine redesign to handle coronavirus mutations Global Times 03 Feb 2021 -- A new coronavirus variant found in the UK that shares characteristics with variants dominant in South Africa and Brazil are causing many Westerners to worry about reduced vaccine efficacy, but Chinese experts reassured the public that the redesign of both mRNA and inactivated vaccines can be completed within two months.
- Chinese mainland reports 15 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 03 Feb 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 25 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 15 locally transmitted, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- China to provide 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX PLA Daily 03 Feb 2021 -- China has decided to provide 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX to meet the urgent needs of developing countries, at the request of the World Health Organization (WHO), a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.
- UK Study Finds AstraZeneca Vaccine Cuts COVID Transmission by 2/3 VOA 03 Feb 2021 -- A coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University cut transmission of the virus by two-thirds, according to a study released by the university Wednesday.
- Johnson rules out stricter border controls to stem Covid-19 pandemic Press TV 03 Feb 2021 -- Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has refused to completely close the UK's borders on the grounds that it is "not practical".
- Czech Republic Passes 1 Million COVID-19 Cases VOA 03 Feb 2021 -- The Czech Republic health ministry reported Wednesday the nation passed one million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
- Czech Republic's Coronavirus Cases Surpass One Million SPA 03 Feb 2021 -- The Czech Republic reported 9,057 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections in the country since last March to more than one million, according to Reuters.
- India becomes the fastest country to reach 4 million COVID19 vaccination mark in 18 days India PIB 03 Feb 2021 -- India's trajectory of leaping across landmarks in its fight against the global pandemic continues.
- Pakistan administers Chinese COVID-19 vaccines to health workers People's Daily 03 Feb 2021 -- A drive to administer the China-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to frontline healthcare workers was formally kicked off across Pakistan on Wednesday, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said.
- Pakistan kicks off COVID-19 inoculations with Chinese vaccines PLA Daily 03 Feb 2021 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan launched COVID-19 vaccination drive with China-donated vaccines on Tuesday as part of the country's efforts to bring the pandemic under control.
- Health Minister: Iran to import AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine soon IRNA 03 Feb 2021 -- Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said on Wednesday that AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical company announced that it will start delivering 4.2 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Iran in the form of COVAX as of February 2021.
- Iran-Cuba COVID-19 vaccine to start 3rd phase of trial in next few weeks IRNA 03 Feb 2021 -- Head of Pasteur Institute of Iran declared Wednesday the start of third phase of double-blind clinical trial of Iranian-Cuban COVID-19 vaccine in future weeks.
- Some 79 deaths caused by COVID-19 in Iran IRNA 03 Feb 2021 -- Some 79 deaths were caused by COVID-19 in Iran over the past 24 hours, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Sadat Lari said on Wednesday.
- Health Ministry: 306 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Saudi Arabia SPA 03 Feb 2021 -- The Ministry of Health said in a statement today that 306 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; thus bringing the total number to 368,945 confirmed cases, including 2,159 active cases, receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 379 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- Two new imported COVID-19 cases recorded in Taiwan CNA 03 Feb 2021 -- Taiwan on Wednesday reported two new imported cases of COVID-19, both of which are Indonesian nationals employed as fishermen, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- Taiwan COVID measures drive drop in pneumonia, influenza deaths: study CNA 03 Feb 2021 -- Behavioral changes in Taiwan aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 have likely had a "positive spillover effect," driving deaths from pneumonia and influenza to their lowest levels in 10 years, according to the results of a recent study.
- School openings after winter break to be delayed due to COVID-19 CNA 03 Feb 2021 -- The reopening of schools in Taiwan at the high school level and below following the winter break will be postponed for four days to Feb. 22 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Education Minister Pan Wen-chung (æ½˜æ–‡å¿ ) said Wednesday.
- Emergency Anti-epidemic Work Intensified in DPRK KCNA 03 Feb 2021 -- Emergency anti-epidemic units at all levels are further intensifying the anti-epidemic work.
- Israel's blockade of Gaza worsening coronavirus crisis, study warns Press TV 03 Feb 2021 -- The lives of nearly two million Palestinians are at risk as Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip complicates the coronavirus crisis in the coastal enclave, a study has warned.
- Israel Immunizes Against Coronavirus as Palestinians Wait VOA 03 Feb 2021 -- Israel has announced it is opening its coronavirus vaccination campaign to anyone over the age of 16, as one-third of the population has already received the first dose. But in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Authority has received just 2,000 doses from Israel that went to front-line health care workers. Palestinians hope to start receiving larger quantities of the vaccine later this month.
- Mexico reports 4,384 new coronavirus cases SPA 03 Feb 2021 -- Mexico's health ministry on Tuesday reported 4,384 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 433 additional fatalities, bringing the total to 1,874,092 cases and 159,533 deaths.
- Mexican Regulator Authorises Emergency Use of Russia's Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine Sputnik 03 Feb 2021 -- Mexico's Deputy Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell said Russia's COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, has been authorised by the local regulator for importation and emergency use.
- Mexico Grants Emergency Use of Russia Vaccine to Fight Coronavirus VOA 03 Feb 2021 -- Mexico's regulatory agency approved emergency use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, shortly after Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell announced Tuesday the country's plan to combat the novel coronavirus would involve use of the vaccine.
- Iraq's daily COVID-19 cases hit year's new record; Israel to gradually lift lockdown restrictions next week People's Daily 03 Feb 2021 -- Iraq set a new record of daily COVID-19 cases in 2021 with 1,135 infections confirmed on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Israel said it will start gradually lifting the lockdown restrictions next week.
- New COVID-19 Outbreak Spurs Vietnam to Order Citizen Health Declarations Radio Free Asia 03 Feb 2021 -- Vietnam's national COVID-19 task force on Wednesday ordered citizens to publicly declare their health status or risk losing access to telecommunications, state media reported as the communist country of 95 million people grappled with new outbreaks in several regions.
- UAE Announces 3,977 New COVID-19 Cases, 4,075 Recoveries, 12 Deaths in Last 24 Hours SPA 03 Feb 2021 -- The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 173,952 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
Israel / Palestine
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|