02 March 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- FBI Director: No Evidence Left-Wing Activists Attacked US Capitol VOA 02 Mar 2021 -- FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday defended the bureau against criticism that it missed warning signs about the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and failed to adequately sound the alarm about the possibility of violence by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.
- FBI Chief Says Riot at US Capitol Was 'Domestic Terrorism' VOA 02 Mar 2021 -- The director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation told a Senate panel Tuesday that the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building aimed at preventing the certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory over Donald Trump was domestic terrorism.
- FBI chief says Trump supporters committed 'terrorism' in Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill Press TV 02 Mar 2021 -- The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says the acts of a mob of former President Donald Trump supporters during an attack on the US Capitol building on January 6 constituted "domestic terrorism."
- CISA Issues Emergency Directive Requiring Federal Agencies to Patch Critical Vulnerability CISA 02 Mar 2021 -- The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued Emergency Directive (ED) 21-02 today requiring federal civilian departments and agencies running Microsoft Exchange on-premises products to update or disconnect the products from their networks until updated with the Microsoft patch released yesterday.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Weekly Epidemiological Update WHO 02 Mar 2021
- COVAX Program to Roll Out Tens of Millions of Vaccine Doses Globally VOA 02 Mar 2021 -- The global COVAX vaccine distribution plan aims to deliver tens of millions of vaccine doses to low-income countries -- many of them in Africa â€“ in the coming months, top global health officials say, describing this as a turning point in the quest to quash the coronavirus pandemic.
- Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners UN News 02 Mar 2021 -- The equitable coronavirus vaccine delivery initiative COVAX that has delivered its first doses to West Africa and Latin America in the past few days, is a credit to international solidarity, but potential obstacles must be overcome if a fully global rollout is to be achieved, UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday.
- Remarks by President Biden on the Administration's COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts The White House 02 Mar 2021
- Biden: Enough Vaccine for Every Adult American by End of May VOA 02 Mar 2021 -- Merck will help its pharmaceutical competitor Johnson & Johnson make the single-shot coronavirus vaccine. That was announced on Tuesday by President Joe Biden.
- US Drug Maker Merck to Help Produce Rival's COVID Vaccine VOA 02 Mar 2021 -- U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck has agreed to help manufacture rival Johnson & Johnson's new coronavirus vaccine to help speed production of millions of new doses of the single shots to inoculate more Americans in the coming months, White House officials said Tuesday.
- Air Force update for COVID-19 US Air Force 02 Mar 2021
- DOD Announces $9.98 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement With Hardwick Tactical Corporation to Strengthen the Domestic Clothing and Textile Industrial Base DoD 02 Mar 2021 -- As part of the national response to COVID-19, the Department of Defense (DOD) entered into a $9.98 million agreement with Hardwick Tactical Corporation to sustain critical industrial base production of US Military dress uniforms.
- U.S. CDC warns ruin of progress against COVID-19 if health measures roll back People's Daily 02 Mar 2021 -- Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rochelle Walensky warned Monday the country is at risk of losing its recent progress in the battle against COVID-19 if states are rolling back health measures.
- U.S. starts rolling out newly-approved Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine People's Daily 02 Mar 2021 -- The United States started rolling out Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine to states on Monday, after the single-dose vaccine got green light from regulators to be administered to people 18 and older.
- Shanghai to expand free COVID-19 vaccination for people aged 60 and above: source Global Times 02 Mar 2021 -- Shanghai is expected to inoculate all people aged 60 and above with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of September for free. The measure aims to expand immunization of the population based on the national vaccination plan, the Global Times confirmed on Tuesday.
- Beijing has vaccinated 5m people with 7.65m doses Global Times 02 Mar 2021 -- Beijing has vaccinated more than 5 million people against COVID-19 as of Tuesday using 7.65 million doses since the city rolled out the vaccination to nine key high-risk groups on January 1, media reported citing the city's vaccination working group.
- China to administer 40 doses of COVID-19 vaccines per 100 people by June: Zhong Nanshan Global Times 02 Mar 2021 -- China plans to administer 40 doses of COVID-19 vaccines per 100 people by the end of June, China's top respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan said on Monday.
- Hong Kong reports 14 new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 02 Mar 2021 -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 14 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking its total tally to 11,019.
- Finland Reintroduces State of Emergency Measures as COVID-19 Infections Surge VOA 02 Mar 2021 -- Finland's government has reintroduced a state of emergency, which allows the closure of restaurants and other measures, as COVID-19 infections surge in the Nordic country.
- France Reverses Course on Using AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine on Citizens Over 65 VOA 02 Mar 2021 -- France will now vaccinate people aged 65 years and older with the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca.
- Number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients surges in Sweden: report People's Daily 02 Mar 2021 -- The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care has increased dramatically in Sweden. In ten days, their number has jumped from 197 to 240, with many of them admitted in the past two days, the TT news agency reported on Monday.
- Presence of COVID-19 variant detected in Britain growing in Poland: minister People's Daily 02 Mar 2021 -- The recently accelerated new wave of COVID-19 infections in Poland is primarily caused by the variant first identified in Britain, Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Monday.
- Surge testing underway in parts of England after coronavirus variant of concern found in UK: health secretary People's Daily 02 Mar 2021 -- British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Monday that surge testing has been put in place in parts of England after six cases of the coronavirus variant first found in Brazil have been identified in Britain.
- Estonia's incidence rate of coronavirus rises to record level People's Daily 02 Mar 2021 -- Estonia's 14-day incidence rate of the coronavirus rose to a record high level and exceeded 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days, official statistics revealed on Monday.
- Italy's COVID-19 infection rate inches higher again as officials call for diligence People's Daily 02 Mar 2021 -- Italy's coronavirus infection rate has started to climb over the last week for the first time since December, as the head of the country's coronavirus task force was sacked and other health experts called for greater diligence from the public in order to slow the spread of the virus.
- 'Infodemic,' Politicization Dampen Early Success Of Serbia's Vaccine Rollout RFE/RL 02 Mar 2021 -- Serbia's hard-fought head start using an early embrace of non-Western vaccines at the risk of jilting its EU neighbors could be disintegrating at a crucial phase of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Russia Reports 10,565 New COVID-19 Cases, 441 Deaths SPA 02 Mar 2021 -- Russia reported 10,565 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, including 1,277 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 4,268,215, according to Reuters.
- Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu & Gujarat witness an upsurge in Daily New Cases India PIB 02 Mar 2021 -- India's total Active Caseload stands at 1.68 lakh (1,68,358) today as the country added 12,286 new cases in the last 24 hours. The country's present active caseload now consists of 1.51% of India's total Positive Cases.
- COVID19 Vaccination-Day 46 India PIB 02 Mar 2021 -- The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 1.54 Crore today.
- Update on COVID19 Vaccination India PIB 02 Mar 2021 -- Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary along with Dr. Ram S Sharma, Chairman of Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (Co-WIN) and member, National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of COVID-19 (NEGVAC) chaired a high-level review meeting today with Addl. Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries (H&FW) of States and UTs through a video conference (VC) today.
- Official: Iran COVID-19 death toll drops to 86 IRNA 02 Mar 2021 -- Some 86 more Iranians have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 60,276, Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Tuesday.
- MOH: Tawakkalna and Strict Precautionary Measures Reduced the Spread of COVID-19 in Medina by Over 86% SPA 02 Mar 2021 -- Ministry of Health (MOH) Spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulaali, announced the success of the precautionary and preventive health measures that the ministry implemented in cooperation with other authorities in reducing the number of cases infected with Coronavirus in Medina region by more than 86%, acknowledging the influential and pivotal role of the Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA) in supporting these efforts through utilizing technology in the epidemiological control, and the accompanying strict preventive measures that necessitate confirming the health condition via Tawakkalna in order to enter workplaces, shops, and malls.
- 302 New Confirmed Covid-19 Cases, 286 Recoveries Reported, in Saudi Arabia SPA 02 Mar 2021 -- Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Health Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulaali said in a press conference today that 302 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; thus bringing the total number to 378,002 confirmed cases, including 2,571 active cases receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 486 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- UAE Announces 2,721 New COVID-19 Cases, 1,666 Recoveries, 15 Deaths in Last 24 Hours SPA 02 Mar 2021 -- The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 225,159 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
- UAE announces 2,526 new COVID-19 cases SPA 02 Mar 2021 -- The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced 2,526 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 394,050.
- COVAX Supplied Coronavirus Vaccinations Underway in Africa VOA 02 Mar 2021 -- A mass vaccination effort against COVID-19 is getting underway in Africa this week through the World Health Organization's COVAX initiative.
- 1st COVID-19 vaccinations using doses provided by COVAX begin in Africa: WHO People's Daily 02 Mar 2021 -- The first COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa using doses provided by COVAX, a global initiative for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, began on Monday in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
- Zimbabwe Relaxes Lockdown as Coronavirus Cases Decrease VOA 02 Mar 2021 -- President Emmerson Mnangagwa has relaxed Zimbabwe's coronavirus lockdown, saying new infections continue to decrease. Vendors welcome the move but say they need help buying protective equipment so they can safely operate. Meanwhile, the main opposition party says more needs to be done to help the country bounce back from the pandemic.
- Jamaica Begins New Restrictions to Curb Spread of COVID-19 VOA 02 Mar 2021 -- Officials in Jamaica say citizens and visitors to the island must now present a negative COVID-19 test result no greater than three days before their travel date this week.
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