11 February 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- Prosecutors: There's 'Clear, Overwhelming' Evidence Trump Incited Insurrection VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- Impeachment prosecutors contended Thursday that there was "clear and overwhelming" evidence that former President Donald Trump incited insurrection by sending a mob of his supporters to the U.S. Capitol last month to confront lawmakers as they were certifying that he had lost the November election to Democrat Joe Biden.
- Biden Ends US-Mexico Border Emergency VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden has rescinded a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border and halted the diversion of more federal funds for constructing a wall along the boundary.
- A Letter to the Speaker Of The House And President Of The Senate Regarding the Termination of the National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border The White House 11 Feb 2021
- DHS Announces Process to Address Individuals in Mexico with Active MPP Cases DHS 11 Feb 2021 -- Building on a series of Executive Orders last week, the Biden Administration is announcing another step in our phased strategy to reform the nation's immigration system. Beginning on February 19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin phase one of a program to restore safe and orderly processing at the southwest border. DHS will begin processing people who had been forced to "remain in Mexico" under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Approximately 25,000 individuals in MPP continue to have active cases.
- Myanmar Opium Production Drops as Meth Surges, UN Says VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- Opium production in Myanmar, the world's second-largest cultivator of the poppies that are the base ingredient for heroin, has dropped, according to a United Nations study released Thursday, as "Golden Triangle" drug lords focus on the more lucrative synthetic drug trade.
- Production, Demand for Opium in Myanmar Tanks on Rise of Synthetics in SE Asia: Report Radio Free Asia 11 Feb 2021 -- The expansion and diversification of Southeast Asia's synthetic drug market last year has led to a further decline in the production and demand for opium in Myanmar, although crime rings that traffic heroin continued to generate substantial profits, fueling conflict, a United Nations report said Thursday.
- S. Korea Reports another Case of Bird Flu SPA 11 Feb 2021 -- South Korea on Thursday reported one more case of avian influenza (AI), Yonhap News Agency reported.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- Biden Administration Purchases Additional Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines From Pfizer and Moderna DoD 11 Feb 2021 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DOD) have purchased an additional 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from both Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. to help meet demand for COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.
- Remarks by President Biden to National Institutes of Health Staff Remarks by President Biden to National Institutes of Health Staff The White House 11 Feb 2021
- Remarks by President Biden During Tour of the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory The White House 11 Feb 2021
- Fauci: COVID-19 Vaccinations Should Be Ready for All in US by Mid-April VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that by April, anyone in the United States who wants a COVID-19 vaccination should be able to get one.
- Biden Asks for Patience While Ramping Up Vaccinations VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday criticized his predecessor's vaccination program and urged Americans to be patient as he fixed it.
- COVID-19 Vaccinations Fall Short in African American Communities VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- As the race to get people vaccinated against the coronavirus accelerates, U.S. health officials worry Black Americans are lagging behind whites in getting shots in their arms, continuing a long history of racial disparities in the nation's health care system.
- Trump's 'insufficient' COVID-19 response caused thousands of unnecessary deaths: report Press TV 11 Feb 2021 -- The United States could have prevented almost half of the total number of the coronavirus deaths in the country, if mortality rates matched other high-income nations, said a commission assessing the Donald Trump era.
- U.S. CDC experiments show double masks substantially reducing exposure to virus Global Times 11 Feb 2021 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently conducted experiments to improve the fit of masks amid COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that combining cloth mask and medical procedure mask could reduce a wearer's exposure to virus by over 90 percent.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 11 Feb 2021 -- No new locally transmitted confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Thursday.
- WHO Europe Office, EU, Cooperate on Vaccines for Eastern Europe VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- The World Health Organization's (WHO) European office announced Thursday it will partner with the European Union to deploy COVID-19 vaccines in six eastern European nations.
- UK COVID Variant Will Likely 'Sweep the World,' British Scientist Warns VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- A British scientist says the coronavirus variant first discovered in that country late last year has "swept the country" and will "sweep the world in all probability."
- UK PM urges most vulnerable to get coronavirus vaccines People's Daily 11 Feb 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday called on around 2 million people in Britain's most vulnerable groups to come forward and get their COVID vaccines.
- Merkel Defends Extension of Germany COVID-19 Lockdown VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday defended her decision to extend the nation's COVID-19 lockdown, saying the variant strains of the virus pose a threat and she does not want to make the mistakes that led to a second surge last year.
- Germany extends COVID-19 lockdown to March 7 People's Daily 11 Feb 2021 -- Germany will extend lockdown efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic for three more weeks till March 7, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 federal state leaders decided on Wednesday.
- India becomes fastest in the world to reach 70 lakh vaccinations against COVID19 in only 26 days India PIB 11 Feb 2021 -- With yet another significant achievement, India has become the fastest country in the world to achieve over 70 lakh vaccinations against Covid-19.
- Update on COVID-19 Vaccination-Day 27 India PIB 11 Feb 2021 -- The number of healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated against COVID19 has reached 74.30 lakh on the twenty seventh day of the countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program.
- Number of COVID-19 Cases in India Rises by 12,923 SPA 11 Feb 2021 -- India has confirmed 12,923 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, with the total number of those infected having reached 10,871,294, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday, according to Sputnik News Agency.
- In Massive Rollout, Pakistan Plans To Vaccinate Two-Thirds Of Population Against COVID-19 RFE/RL Gandhara 11 Feb 2021 -- Like many countries around the world, Pakistan is strategizing how to most efficiently get a hold of enough doses of the vaccine against COVID-19. Faisal Sultan, Prime Minister Imran Khan's special adviser on national health services, spoke to Radio Mashaal about the country's plans to vaccinate a majority of its estimated 220 million population.
- COVID-19 kills 65 more people in Iran, official says IRNA 11 Feb 2021 -- Some 65 more Iranians have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 58,751, Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Thursday.
- Iran to become major regional hub of manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines: Health minister IRNA 11 Feb 2021 -- Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki said on Thursday that Iran will turn into a major hub of manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines in the region and one of the main exporters of vaccines in the next two or three months.
- S.Korea Reports 504 more COVID-19 Cases SPA 11 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported 504 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 82,434.
- As many as 364 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Saudi Arabia, reports Health Ministry Spokesman SPA 11 Feb 2021 -- Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Health Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdulaali said, in a press conference today, that 364 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing to 371,720 the total number of confirmed cases, including 2,658 active cases receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 437 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- Taiwan confirms one new imported COVID-19 case CNA 11 Feb 2021 -- Taiwan on Thursday confirmed one new imported case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 936, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Equatorial Guinea Global Times 11 Feb 2021 -- A batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, donated by China, arrived at the airport in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday. This is the first batch of vaccine China has donated to an African country.
- Singaporean PM calls on population to take vaccine People's Daily 11 Feb 2021 -- Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that he strongly encourages everyone to take the vaccine when it is his or her turn, when delivering the Chinese New Year Message 2021 on Thursday.
- No Sputnik Shot For Ukraine As Kyiv Bans Registration Of COVID Vaccines From 'Aggressor States' RFE/RL 11 Feb 2021 -- Ukraine's government has banned the registration of vaccines for COVID-19 from "aggressor states," a designation it has applied to Russia since 2015.
- WHO Recommends AstraZeneca Vaccine in African Countries Fighting Variant COVID-19 Strain VOA 11 Feb 2021 -- The World Health Organization says the Oxford - AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine can save lives and recommends using it even in African countries, where variant strains of COVID-19 are circulating. The WHO reports 3.7 million coronavirus infections, including nearly 100,000 deaths.
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