17 March 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- Five Things To Know About The U.S. Intelligence Report On Russian Election Interference RFE/RL 17 Mar 2021 -- In late January 2020, as the U.S. presidential campaign started to take shape, a video documentary appeared on U.S. television -- part of an effort, according to the U.S. intelligence community, to bolster Donald Trump's reelection bid and denigrate one of his strongest challengers, former Vice President Joe Biden.
- Biden: Putin will 'pay a price' for 2020 election meddling Press TV 17 Mar 2021 -- US President Joe Biden says Russian President Vladimir Putin will "pay a price" for his interference in the US 2020 presidential election with the aim of undermining Biden's candidacy.
- Russia rejects allegations of Putin-directed meddling in 2020 US election Press TV 17 Mar 2021 -- Russia has rejected allegations of interference in the United States' 2020 presidential election, saying Washington is seeking to besmirch Moscow's image and blame others for its own problems.
- Tensions With Russia Flare As Biden Says Putin Will 'Pay A Price' For Election Meddling RFE/RL 17 Mar 2021 -- Already tense relations between Russia and the United States are fraying further as U.S. President Joe Biden suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin will soon "pay a price" for alleged meddling in U.S. elections and Russia summoned its ambassador to the United States back to Moscow for consultations.
- Russia Rejects U.S. Report That Putin Authorized Election Meddling, But Braces For More Sanctions RFE/RL 17 Mar 2021 -- The Kremlin has denied a U.S. report saying President Vladimir Putin authorized misinformation operations to try to influence last year's presidential election but said Russia is readying for new sanctions over the issues.
- Moscow Sees US Intelligence Report on 'Election Meddling' as Unsubstantiated Hoax Sputnik 17 Mar 2021 -- The US intelligence's claims about Moscow's interference in the 2020 presidential vote are nothing but an unsubstantiated hoax, as the report is just adjusted to some conclusions that were invented in advance, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Sputnik on Wednesday.
- Kremlin Denies Meddling in 2020 US Elections VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday a U.S. intelligence report indicating Russia meddled in 2020 U.S. elections was "wrong and has absolutely no foundation and evidence."
- ODNI, DOJ, and DHS Release Unclassified Summary of Assessment on Domestic Violent Extremism DHS 17 Mar 2021 -- The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released an unclassified summary of the joint comprehensive threat assessment on domestic violent extremism. The unclassified summary is attached and will be available on DNI.gov later today.
- Intelligence Agencies Warn Most Lethal Threat to US Is Homegrown VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- U.S. intelligence agencies are warning the country faces a substantial threat from within, fearing a range of domestic extremists could move forward with plans to carry out attacks against fellow citizens or the government itself.
- Statements by Press Secretary Jen Psaki & Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber Anne Neuberger on Microsoft Exchange Vulnerabilities UCG The White House 17 Mar 2021
- US Forms Task Force Group to Respond to Microsoft Hack, Other Cyberattacks Sputnik 17 Mar 2021 -- The United States has formed a multigovernment agency task force to work with the private sector in responding to the hack on the Microsoft Exchange servers and to respond to future cyberattacks, the White House said on Wednesday.
- US Officials Reject Claims Terrorists Trying to Enter from Mexico VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- U.S. homeland security officials are pushing back against claims that known and suspected terrorists are trying to sneak into the country from Mexico, calling such incidents "very uncommon."
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- WHO: AstraZeneca Vaccine Benefits Outweigh Risks VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement Wednesday, saying it believes the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations continue.
- Moderna Begins Testing its COVID-19 Vaccine in Young Children VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- U.S.-based pharmaceutical company Moderna has begun testing its two-dose COVID-19 vaccine in young children to determine if vaccinations should be expanded to people younger than 18 years of age.
- Health experts give green light to Janssen COVID jab, allay clotting concerns UN News 17 Mar 2021 -- The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine was publicly approved for international use on Wednesday by UN health agency expert advisory board, SAGE, which allayed concerns over clotting events being associated by some countries, without definitive evidence, with coronavirus jabs.
- Drugmakers Prepare COVID Vaccines Against Variants VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- Testing is under way for modified versions of COVID-19 vaccines that aim to deal with coronavirus variants.
- Brussels Proposes Health Pass to Improve Pandemic Travel VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- The European Union's executive arm rolled out plans Wednesday for a green certificate to ensure COVID-19-safe travel across the 27-member grouping by June, even as the region grapples with an uptick of the pandemic and a slow vaccination rollout.
- Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Takes Johnson & Johnson Vaccine at Mount Neboh Baptist Church Pop-Up Vaccine Site New York State 17 Mar 2021
- Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers On State's Progress During Covid-19 Pandemic New York State 17 Mar 2021
- DOD Health System Archives COVID-19 Vaccination Data DoD News 17 Mar 2021 -- MHS GENESIS, the Defense Department's new electronic health record system, has recently created a large digital record of COVID-19 vaccinations administered to service members and their families.
- Exclusive: Lead Chinese scientist of WHO joint team addresses key issues ahead of joint report release Global Times 17 Mar 2021 -- Liang Wannian speaks to GT on delayed release of joint report, sharing of early patient data, and ruling out lab leak
- Shanghai speeds up free COVID-19 vaccination focusing on population aged between 18 and 59 Global Times 17 Mar 2021 -- Shanghai announced on Tuesday it will speed up the COVID-19 inoculation program, after China's National Health Commission said nearly 65 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across the country as of Sunday.
- China to provide COVID-19 vaccines to UN peacekeepers at early date: FM spokesperson People's Daily 17 Mar 2021 -- China supports early COVID-19 vaccination for UN peacekeepers and will work with the UN Secretariat to make vaccines donated by China available to the UN peacekeepers at an early date, a foreign ministry spokesperson said here Tuesday.
- US Consulate in Hong Kong Closes For 'Deep' Clean, Denies Rule Breach Radio Free Asia 17 Mar 2021 -- The U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong was closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning after two of its employees tested positive for coronavirus, amid allegations from a ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-owned news site that staff had breached quarantine regulations.
- EU Threatens Vaccine Export Ban, Prompting UK, Australian Backlash VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- European Union officials say they are ready to invoke emergency powers, not used since the 1970s, to ban coronavirus vaccine exports and to seize factories in Europe making the vaccines.
- France enters third wave of coronavirus pandemic: PM People's Daily 17 Mar 2021 -- France has entered "a form of third wave (of the coronavirus pandemic) characterized by numerous virus variants," Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Tuesday, stressing that his government still considers vaccination a top priority of its strategy to stem the spread of the virus.
- Italy Reports 431 Coronavirus Deaths on Wednesday, 23,059 New Cases SPA 17 Mar 2021 -- Italy reported 431 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday against 502 the day before, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 23,059 from 20,396 the day before, Reuters cited the health ministry as saying.
- Bosnia Intends to Purchase Sputnik V Vaccine Sputnik 17 Mar 2021 -- The government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosnian part of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina, decided on Wednesday to buy 500,000 Sputnik V doses.
- Five States -Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu- continue to drive up India's Active Cases India PIB 17 Mar 2021 -- Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat andTamil Nadu continue to report a high number of daily new cases. They collectively account for 71.10% of the 28,903 new cases reported in the last 24 hours
- COVID19 Vaccination-Day 61 India PIB 17 Mar 2021 -- The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 3.64Crore today.
- India's records nearly 29,000 new COVID-19 cases, highest daily spike this year People's Daily 17 Mar 2021 -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 11,438,734 on Wednesday, as 28,903 cases were registered during the past 24 hours, the highest daily spike this year, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.
- India's Rising Infections Spark Concerns of Second Pandemic Wave VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for "quick and decisive steps" to immediately halt an emerging second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
- COVID-19 claims 65 lives in past 24 hours in Iran: Official IRNA 17 Mar 2021 -- Some 65 more Iranians have died from the the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 61,492, Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Wednesday.
- Ministry of Health: 393 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Saudi Arabia SPA 17 Mar 2021 -- The Ministry of Health announced today that 393 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; thus bringing the total number to 383,499 confirmed cases, including 3,553 active cases receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 566 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- Saudi Press: Health Ministry Announces Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign SPA 17 Mar 2021 -- Saudi newspapers highlighted in their editorials today a number of issues at local, regional and international arenas.
- AstraZeneca vaccines clear tests, administration could start Monday CNA 17 Mar 2021 -- The government aims to start administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine next Monday at the soonest after the drug cleared required testing Wednesday, according to Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (é™³æ™‚ä¸).
- Taiwan-Palau travel bubble to start April 1: CECC CNA 17 Mar 2021 -- A much-anticipated travel bubble between Taiwan and its diplomatic ally Palau will start on April 1, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday.
- Taiwan denies giving part of COVID-19 vaccine purchase to Paraguay CNA 17 Mar 2021 -- Taiwan's government on Wednesday denied news reports it has pledged part of the COVID-19 vaccine it ordered from the United States to Paraguay, in an effort to keep the South American ally from switching to China.
- More Taiwan compatriots on mainland to receive COVID-19 vaccines: spokesperson People's Daily 17 Mar 2021 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday said that relevant departments on the Chinese mainland are working on a policy to allow more Taiwan compatriots on the mainland to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
- Emergency Anti-epidemic Work Gets Brisk Together with Clean-up in DPRK KCNA 17 Mar 2021 -- The anti-epidemic atmosphere is growing stronger in the DPRK.
- Vietnam Vaccinates 20,000, Commits to Acquire 90 Million More Doses Radio Free Asia 17 Mar 2021 -- Vietnam has vaccinated more than 20,000 against COVID-19 as of Wednesday, and Hanoi has made commitments to get 90 million more vaccines while developing a homegrown version, state media reported.
- Tanzanian VP Confirms Death of President Magufuli, Aged 61, After Rumored COVID-19 Diagnosis Sputnik 17 Mar 2021 -- Previously, Tanzanian President John Magufuli was rumored to be infected with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, as he remained out of public sight since late February. "I want to assure the Tanzanians that their president is fit and working hard as usual," Prime Minister Kassim Majaliw said last week amid reports of his death.
- Brazil's Fourth Health Minister since Pandemic Expected to be Formally Appointed Wednesday VOA 17 Mar 2021 -- Brazil's fourth health minister in a year is promising a continuation of the anti-COVID restriction policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, ahead of his formal appointment on Wednesday.
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