18 June 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- Inquiry Details 9 Missed Opportunities to Thwart British Concert Bombing VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- Families of the 22 people who died in the 2017 terrorist bombing of a concert at Britain's Manchester Arena are urging authorities to mount corporate manslaughter prosecutions against the firm responsible for security on the night of the attack and the company that runs the arena.
- S. Korean Nuclear Power Research Institute Reportedly Targeted by Pyongyang-Linked Hackers Sputnik 18 Jun 2021 -- North Korean hackers reportedly launched a cyberattack against the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), a Seoul-funded research institute in Korea, in May, resulting in a possible leak of valuable technologies to Pyongyang, Nikkei Asia said on Friday.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- COVID-19: Vaccines donated next year, 'too late for those who are dying today' UN News 18 Jun 2021 -- Millions more COVID vaccines need to be donated now to save lives and help the UN health agency reach the key global target of having 70 per cent of all national populations vaccinated, by the middle of 2022.
- Remarks by President Biden on the COVID-19 Response and the Vaccination Program The White House 18 Jun 2021
- Biden Touts US COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- President Joe Biden announced Friday that 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in the United States since he took office January 20.
- Over 966 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in China People's Daily 18 Jun 2021 -- More than 966.65 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in China as of Thursday, the National Health Commission said on Friday.
- Chinese mainland reports 1 new locally transmitted COVID-19 case People's Daily 18 Jun 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported one new locally transmitted COVID-19 case in Guangdong Province, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Friday.
- China refutes accusation of COVID-19 leak from Wuhan lab People's Daily 18 Jun 2021 -- The first identification of the gene sequence of COVID-19 by Chinese scientists does not mean that Wuhan is the source of virus, nor can it be inferred that the virus was made by Chinese scientists, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday.
- French, German Leaders Urge Vigilance Against COVID-19 Variants VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron urged European Union countries Friday to be vigilant against the spread of new coronavirus variants and called for the bloc to coordinate its COVID-19 border reopening policies.
- Austria To Provide 1 Million Additional COVID Vaccine Doses To Balkans RFE/RL 18 Jun 2021 -- Austria says it plans to send a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Western Balkans in addition to the doses it is funneling toward the region on behalf of the European Union.
- Kremlin Blames COVID Surge On 'Nihilism' As Moscow Extends Restrictions RFE/RL 18 Jun 2021 -- The Kremlin on June 18 blamed a fresh surge in COVID-19 infections on "overwhelming nihilism" among Russians.
- COVID-19 Vaccination Update- Day 154 India PIB 18 Jun 2021 -- India achieved a significant milestone in its ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive today
- COVID-19 Vaccination Update India PIB 18 Jun 2021 -- As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost
- COVID-19 UPDATE India PIB 18 Jun 2021
- Oxygen Expresses deliver more than 17700 MT LMO in southern states of the country India PIB 18 Jun 2021 -- Overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions, Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country.
- COVID-19 kills 127 more Iranians over past 24 hours IRNA 18 Jun 2021 -- The number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran increased to 82,746 with 127 more Iranians killed by the deadly disease over the past 24 hours, Iran's Health Ministry announced on Friday.
- Taiwan reports 188 new COVID cases, most patients freed from isolation CNA 18 Jun 2021 -- Taiwan on Friday reported 188 new cases of COVID-19, all but one of which were domestically transmitted, as well as 21 deaths, marking the sixth straight day with fewer than 200 cases, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- Taiwan's legislature passes US$9 billion COVID-19 relief package CNA 18 Jun 2021 -- Taiwan's lawmakers passed a new round of COVID-19 economic relief on Friday, bringing the total relief budget to NT$679.39 billion (US$24.44 billion), as the impact from the past month of Level 3 near lockdown measures affects many businesses.
- EU recommends lifting travel restrictions for Taiwan's residents CNA 18 Jun 2021 -- Residents in Taiwan could soon be allowed to visit member-states of the European Union (EU) for fun after the regional bloc included Taiwan on its safe travel list on Friday.
- Taiwan to authorize TSMC, Hon Hai to negotiate BNT jab purchases CNA 18 Jun 2021 -- Taiwan's government will authorize two of the country's top technology firms to represent it in negotiations to purchase up to 10 million doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
- U.S. expects COVID-19 vaccine delivery to Taiwan soon CNA 18 Jun 2021 -- The 750,000 COVID-19 vaccines the United States pledged to donate to Taiwan are expected to be delivered soon, a senior State Department official said Thursday during a Senate hearing, but the official did not provide a firm date.
- Gov't, Hon Hai, TSMC reach consensus on Pfizer-BNT vaccine purchase CNA 18 Jun 2021 -- Taiwan's government and two of the country's top technology firms reached a consensus on the procurement of the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) COVID-19 vaccine after a three-way meeting held at the Presidential Office in Taipei on Friday.
- Taiwan receives second batch of 240,000 Moderna vaccine doses CNA 18 Jun 2021 -- Taiwan took delivery of the second shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine containing some 240,000 doses Friday afternoon.
- Palestinians scrap COVID-19 vaccine exchange deal with Israel, citing 90K 'about-to-expire' doses Press TV 18 Jun 2021 -- The Palestinian Authority (PA) says it has scrapped an agreement with Israel on the transfer of one million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines from the regime to Palestinians in exchange for a similar number of doses from Palestinians later this year, saying Israel's first batch of vaccines are unusable as they are about to expire soon.
- Zimbabwe Imposes 12-Hour Curfew on Districts on Zambian Border VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- Zimbabwe has announced stricter coronavirus measures along its northern border with Zambia after a spike in confirmed infections. The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights says the strict regulations should be followed by efforts to secure more vaccines once the situation is contained.
- Malawi Facing COVID Vaccine Shortage after Burning Expired Doses VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- Malawi authorities say the country is quickly running out of coronavirus vaccines as confirmed infections surge to nearly 35,000 and 1,200 deaths in a third wave of the pandemic. The shortage comes just weeks after Malawi destroyed about 20,000 doses that expired, partly due to vaccine hesitancy.
- New COVID Restrictions Imposed in Kenya's Lake Basin Region VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- Kenya has imposed restrictions on gatherings and a curfew in the country's western Lake Basin region after a spike in coronavirus infections. Kenya's Ministry of Health declared 13 counties a hotspot zone with 60% of the country's new infections and more than double the average positivity rate.
- Tanzania to Join COVAX Vaccines Sharing Facility VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- Tanzania has asked to join the COVAX global vaccine sharing facility and start its first coronavirus immunization campaign - more than 15 months after the start of the pandemic. The new policy is a major departure from the policies of late president John Magufuli, who denied coronavirus existed in Tanzania and dismissed the vaccines as dangerous.
- Delta Coronavirus Variant Appears in Sri Lanka VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- The Delta variant of the coronavirus, first detected in India, has been detected in neighboring Sri Lanka.
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