15 March 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- Two Men Charged with Assaulting Federal Officers with Dangerous Weapon on January 6 US Dept. of Justice 15 Mar 2021 -- Defendants Sprayed U.S. Capitol Police Officers B. Sicknick and C. Edwards, and Metropolitan Police Department Officer D. Chapman with a Chemical Substance
- Surge in Migrants at US-Mexico Border Reignites Washington Debate VOA 15 Mar 2021 -- Thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the Mexican border into the United States have quickly reignited the contentious immigration debate in Washington, with Republicans and Democrats at odds over who is to blame for what both parties describe as a crisis.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- More European, Asian countries stop AstraZeneca vaccine rollout due to side effects Press TV 15 Mar 2021 -- The Netherlands, Ireland, Indonesia, France and Germany have become the latest countries to stop using AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine over fear of deleterious side effects after a number of other countries, including Norway, did the same.
- COVID-19: WHO and European Medicines Agency to meet on AstraZeneca vaccine UN News 15 Mar 2021 -- Health officials from the UN and the European Union will meet this week on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after several more countries suspended its use, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
- COVID-19 has exposed endemic gender inequality, Guterres tells UN Women's commission UN News 15 Mar 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on women and girls, and the fallout has shown how deeply gender inequality remains embedded in the world's political, social and economic systems, UN chief AntÃ³nio Guterres said in his address to the Commission on the Status of Women, on Monday. This year's Commission will focus on charting a global roadmap towards achieving full equality in public life but, as Mr. Guterres recalled in his speech, gender equality in all walks of life is a long way off and has been further undermined by the pandemic.
- Experts Question AstraZeneca Vaccine Pause VOA 15 Mar 2021 -- A growing list of countries, mostly in Europe, have put the AstraZeneca vaccine on hold following reports of blood clots in a handful of patients following vaccination.
- Fauci Says US Going In 'Right Direction' With COVID VOA 15 Mar 2021 -- The top U.S. infectious disease expert said Sunday the country is going in the "right direction" with millions of Americans receiving coronavirus vaccinations, but he was cautious about the high plateau of U.S. cases.
- Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials The White House 15 Mar 2021
- White House COVID-19 Team Expresses Concern About US Travel VOA 15 Mar 2021 -- The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expressed concern Monday about the number of people traveling in the United States in recent days, saying the pandemic is far from over, and people should not act as though it is.
- Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Announces Three Additional Mass Vaccination Sites to Open on Long Island this Week New York State 15 Mar 2021
- COVID-19 continues to deepen health disparities in U.S. People's Daily 15 Mar 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States, and continues to deepen health disparities in the country, according to data of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Wisconsin Guard marks first anniversary of COVID response Army News 15 Mar 2021 -- Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in Wisconsin one year ago, a day after the World Health Organization said COVID-19 had become a pandemic.
- China approves fourth COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use Global Times 15 Mar 2021 -- China has approved the fourth COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, a Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell vaccine jointly developed by experts from the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (China's CDC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the academy announced Monday.
- Smooth production and sufficient capacity for China's homegrown COVID vaccines: Ministry Global Times 15 Mar 2021 -- China's current production of the four domestically developed COVID-19 vaccines in use in China can meet the combined demand of domestic inoculation, foreign aid and exports, a senior official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on Monday.
- 65m vaccine doses administered in China; production capacity will meet domestic and overseas needs: officials Global Times 15 Mar 2021 -- A total of 64.98 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in China, with the country's current production capacity large enough to meet the combined demand of domestic vaccinations, foreign aid and exports, Chinese officials said on Monday.
- 7 post-inoculation deaths in HK not directly linked to COVID-19 vaccine: expert committee Global Times 15 Mar 2021 -- Hong Kong health experts said on Monday that seven deaths cases and one seriously ill patient were not directly linked to the COVID-19 vaccine they had received. And the eight people were all suffering from severe coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction and pulmonary edema.
- Chinese vaccine recipients to enjoy easier visa application step Global Times 15 Mar 2021 -- More Chinese visa issuing authorities have offered facilitation to visa applicants who have been inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, which is believed to be a vital step for China to promote vaccination certificates and resume exchanges while the country still has strict quarantine policies on international arrivals.
- European States Halt AstraZeneca Vaccine Over Blood Clot Fears VOA 15 Mar 2021 -- Germany, France and Italy became the latest European countries to halt the rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine Monday, as scientists investigated reports of possible adverse side effects among several people in Norway who received the injection.
- Austrian Health Minister Calls on EMA to Make Final Decision Regarding Use of AstraZeneca Jabs Sputnik 15 Mar 2021 -- Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober says the final decision on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe should be made by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
- Russia 'Reaches Agreement' On Sputnik Vaccine With Firms From Italy, Spain, France, And Germany RFE/RL 15 Mar 2021 -- The head of Russia's RDIF sovereign wealth fund says it has reached "agreements with companies from Italy, Spain, France, and Germany to launch production" of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
- EU Nations Considering Starting Talks With Producers of Russia's Sputnik V, Reports Suggest Sputnik 15 Mar 2021 -- Some European countries are considering starting talks with the creators of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, an EU official in charge of negotiations with the vaccine's developers told Reuters.
- Russia's RDIF Agrees With Italy, Spain, France, Germany on Joint Sputnik V Production Sputnik 15 Mar 2021 -- Last month, Hungary became the first nation in the European Union to approve the Russian vaccine. In March, the RDIF said that it could supply the bloc with the vaccine after approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
- Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to report a spike in Daily New Cases India PIB 15 Mar 2021 -- Five States of Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to report a surge in the COVID daily new cases. They cumulatively account for 78.41% of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
- COVID19 Vaccination-Day 59 India PIB 15 Mar 2021 -- India has crossed an important milestone in its fight against the COVID19 pandemic. In the world's largest vaccination program, the cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 3.17 crore today.
- Digital process for tracking Coronavirus India PIB 15 Mar 2021 -- The Government has taken a number of steps for tracing / tracking of patients with corona and other infectious diseases in the country, as given below :-
- COVID-19 claims 100 lives in past 24 hours in Iran: Official IRNA 15 Mar 2021 -- Some 100 more Iranians have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 61,330, Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Monday.
- President Rouhani lauds supplying COVID19 vaccine in Iran IRNA 15 Mar 2021 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said producing coronavirus vaccine in difficult conditions is an honor for Iran.
- First Iranian COVID-19 vaccine starts clinical trial IRNA 15 Mar 2021 -- Phase 2 and 3 of clinical trial for the first Iranian coronavirus vaccine, COVIran Barakat, began on Monday with two voluntary receivers.
- Studies show Iran's Coviran Barekat coronavirus vaccine 90% effective: Health official Press TV 15 Mar 2021 -- An Iranian health official says the latest studies carried out on Iran's Coviran Barekat coronavirus vaccine have proven its effectiveness to stand at 90 percent after volunteers received a 5-microgram dose.
- South Korea Reports 31 More Cases of COVID-19 Variants SPA 15 Mar 2021 -- South Korea on Monday reported 31 more new cases of COVID-19 variants, including 12 local infections, prompting health authorities to stay on guard against the spread of the more transmissible strains here, Yonhap News Agency reported.
- Ministry of Health: 345 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Saudi Arabia SPA 15 Mar 2021 -- The Ministry of Health announced today that 345 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; thus bringing the total number to 382,752 confirmed cases, including 3,253 active cases receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 567 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- Taiwan reports five new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 15 Mar 2021 -- Taiwan on Monday confirmed five new imported cases of COVID-19, including a Taiwanese fugitive who tested positive after being arrested in the Philippines and sent back, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- Taiwan COVID-19 drug gets positive review, clinical trials to advance CNA 15 Mar 2021 -- Taiwanese drug developer Senhwa Biosciences said Sunday that its investigational drug for the treatment of severe COVID-19 infections has received positive reviews from an independent monitoring group in the United States, and its clinical trials can go forward.
- Brazil reports more than 11 million COVID-19 cases People's Daily 15 Mar 2021 -- Brazil has reported a total of 11,483,370 COVID-19 cases, with 278,229 deaths, the health ministry said on Sunday.
- Georgia Starts AstraZeneca Vaccine Drive Amid Safety Concern RFE/RL 15 Mar 2021 -- Georgian authorities have launched a national coronavirus vaccine rollout by inoculating medical workers with the shot produced by Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca, rejecting rising concerns over side effects.
- Lebanon Reports 1,505 New Cases of Covid-19 SPA 15 Mar 2021 -- Lebanon recorded 1,505 new infections with the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19), during the past 24 hours, bringing the number of lab-confirmed infections to 419,953.
- Kuwait Reports 1,332 New Cases of Covid-19 SPA 15 Mar 2021 -- Kuwait reported 1,332 new cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases to 210,855.
- UAE Announces 1,898 New COVID-19 Cases, 2,438 Recoveries, 7 Deaths in Last 24 Hours SPA 15 Mar 2021 -- The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 205,579 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment, WAM News Agency reported today.
- Somalia Receives Its First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines VOA 15 Mar 2021 -- Somalia's government on Monday announced the arrival of 300,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the international COVAX vaccine initiative. Inoculations could start as early as Tuesday, according to the health ministry.
- Australia Plans to Restart International Travel With COVID-19 Bubble with Singapore VOA 15 Mar 2021 -- Australia is working on an ambitious plan to establish Singapore as a COVID-19 quarantine gateway and potential vaccination hub for returning Australians, international students and business travelers.
- Tanzanian VP Implies President is Sick, Says Nothing about Coronavirus Rumors VOA 15 Mar 2021 -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli has remained out of sight since late February, amid rumors he has COVID-19. Officials have insisted he is well, but the country's vice president said Monday it is normal for people to get sick. She asked Tanzanians to ignore outside information that may cause confusion.
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