26 February 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- Islamic State Exploiting Security Gaps to Step Up Violence, US Partners Warn VOA 26 Feb 2021 -- The Islamic State terror group appears to be exploiting security gaps across Syria and Iraq to reposition its forces and help fuel an increase in violence that is reenergizing fighters and supporters.
- FBI Monitoring Domestic Extremists Who Might Threaten Biden's Speech to Congress VOA 26 Feb 2021 -- The FBI is keeping close watch on violent domestic extremists who might pose a threat to the U.S. Capitol when President Joe Biden delivers a speech before a joint session of Congress next month, a senior FBI official said Friday.
- Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin Delivers Remarks on Domestic Terrorism US Dept. of Justice 26 Feb 2021 -- Remarks as Delivered
- Southern Colorado Man Sentenced to More Than 19 Years for Plotting to Blow Up Synagogue US Dept. of Justice 26 Feb 2021 -- Defendant planned to carry out act of domestic terrorism
- U.S. Offers Reward For Russian Businessman Accused Of 2016 Election Interference RFE/RL 26 Feb 2021 -- The United States is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Kremlin-friendly Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin in connection with alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
- UK statement on the re-emergence of Ebola in Guinea UK FCDO 26 Feb 2021 -- The Minister for Africa stated he is deeply concerned about recent cases of Ebola reported in Guinea, and confirmed that the UK is already offering support.
- WHO Deems Human Spread of H5N8 Bird Flu Low VOA 26 Feb 2021 -- The World Health Organization on Friday said there is low risk of human-to-human spread of the H5N8 strain of bird flu, after a case of the virus being transmitted to people was recorded Feb. 20 in Russia.
- Pakistan Given Extension For Removal From Terror-Financing Watch List To Address 'Deficiencies' RFE/RL Gandhara 26 Feb 2021 -- A global money-laundering watchdog has given Pakistan an extension until June to be removed from a terrorism-financing list.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- UN Security Council demands COVID-19 vaccine ceasefires; WHO pushes for more action to speed up inoculations UN News 26 Feb 2021 -- The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously passed a resolution calling on all Member States to support a "sustained humanitarian pause" to local conflicts, in order to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations. Briefing journalists afterwards, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus argued that more could be done.
- One Dose of Pfizer Vaccine Reduces Transmission, Study Finds VOA 26 Feb 2021 -- Three new British studies show the Pfzier-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is considered a two-dose vaccine, reduced transmission of the virus after one dose, particularly in people who had previously tested positive.
- Real-world study of Pfizer's vaccine in Israel shows promising results against COVID-19 but requires long-term observation: expert Global Times 26 Feb 2021 -- The first real-world study of vaccine efficacy, conducted in Israel, has shown that those who were inoculated with BioNTech/Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine were 94 percent less likely to become ill.
- U.S. 5th Fleet Responds to COVID-19 Aboard USS San Diego and USS Philippine Sea US Navy Press Release 26 Feb 2021 -- U.S. 5th Fleet took immediate actions to identify, isolate, test, and treat affected Sailors and Marines aboard two ships.
- US Reports 73,610 New Coronavirus Cases SPA 26 Feb 2021 -- The United States reported 73,610 new infections, bringing the total number to 28,212,548.
- California tops 50,000 COVID-19 deaths People's Daily 26 Feb 2021 -- The California authority reported Thursday that the United States' most populous state had 50,991 deaths from COVID-19, about one-tenth of the U.S. total from the pandemic.
- U.S. records nearly 2,000 coronavirus variants infections as new variant detected in New York People's Daily 26 Feb 2021 -- Nearly 2,000 infection cases of coronavirus variants have been reported in the United States, according to the latest data of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- US Expert Panel Recommends Authorization of J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik 26 Feb 2021 -- The US Food and Drug Administration has already authorized the emergency use of two COVID-19 vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer. Both vaccines use mRNA technology, a relatively new type of treatment that works by providing instructions to healthy cells to generate antibodies for a certain virus or bacterium.
- Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials The White House 26 Feb 2021
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall The White House 26 Feb 2021
- WHO Probing Another Wuhan Wet Market for COVID-19 Origins, Reports Say Sputnik 26 Feb 2021 -- World Health Organization (WHO) experts are investigating possible links between COVID-19 and a wet market in China's Wuhan, different from the one initially blamed for being the virus' origin, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
- China to promote equitable global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines: foreign ministry People's Daily 26 Feb 2021 -- Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Thursday said dozens of countries have approved the emergency use of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, and China will continue to promote the equitable global distribution of vaccines.
- Over 10,000 in Macao inoculated with mainland-made COVID-19 vaccines People's Daily 26 Feb 2021 -- A total of 10,691 people in China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in the mainland as of Thursday, according to the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center of Macao.
- Russia Ready to Work on Initiative for Global COVID-19 Vaccination, Foreign Ministry Says Sputnik 26 Feb 2021 -- Russia is ready to cooperate on creation and implementation of a global COVID-19 immunization plan as proposed by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Friday.
- India's Cumulative COVID19 Vaccination coverage has crossed 1.34 crore India PIB 26 Feb 2021 -- India's cumulative COVID19 Vaccination Coverage has crossed 1.34 Cr.
- Update on COVID-19 Vaccination- Day 42 India PIB 26 Feb 2021 -- The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered to healthcare and frontline workers has crossed 1.37Crores today in the country.
- Health Minister: Iran nearly self-sufficient in COVID-19 management equipment IRNA 26 Feb 2021 -- Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said Iran is on the verge of becoming self-sufficient with regard to drugs and medical equipment for controlling coronavirus., adding that Iran is planning to export equipment to other countries.
- COVID-19 claims 69 lives in past 24 hours in Iran: Official IRNA 26 Feb 2021 -- Some 69 more Iranians have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 59,899, Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Friday.
- 346 New Confirmed Covid-19 Cases, 368 Recoveries Reported, in Saudi Arabia SPA 26 Feb 2021 -- The Ministry of Health announced, in a statement here today, that 346 new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) have been reported, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 376,723, including 2,549 active cases undergoing treatment.
- First batch of COVID-19 vaccine expected in Taiwan by April: premier CNA 26 Feb 2021 -- A total of 4.76 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine Taiwan has secured through the global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX are expected to become available by April, Premier Su Tseng-chang (è˜‡è²žæ˜Œ) said Friday.
- CÃ´te d'Ivoire takes delivery of latest COVAX vaccine shipment, in further boost for Africa UN News 26 Feb 2021 -- CÃ´te d'Ivoire received 504,000 doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine on Friday making it the second African nation in a week to benefit from the first shipments of shots from the UN-backed global COVAX initiative, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported.
- Ivory Coast Receives 500,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses VOA 26 Feb 2021 -- The World Health Organization said Ivory Coast received 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine Friday, the second nation to receive vaccines through the WHO-administered cooperative COVAX vaccine program.
- Argentinian Government Announces That Russia's Sputnik V Will Be Produced in Country Sputnik 26 Feb 2021 -- The Argentinian government announced on Friday that it will be manufacturing Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine following a deal signed between the representative of Moscow's Gamaleya Institute and Argentina's pharmaceutical company Laboratorios Richmond and India's Hetero Labs Limited.
- Dodon Says Moldova Registered Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V Sputnik 26 Feb 2021 -- Former Moldovan President Igor Dodon said on Friday that the country registered Sputnik V, a Russian vaccine against COVID-19.
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