Friday 26th February 2021
In Armenia there were large protests against and supporting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan yesterday. Pashinyan has accused the military of an attempted coup d’état, after they demanded his resignation. Yesterday Pashinyan lead his own demonstrations, through the capital city Yerevan. Protests against Pashinyan started in November, when an agreement was signed with Azerbaijan to finish a 6-week war. Protesters are angry that Pashinyan agreed to give part of the Nagorno-Karabakh area to Azerbaijan in order to stop the war.
India has now vaccinated over 12 million people against COVID19, however 90% of those are using the British-designed and Indian-produced Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Only 10% have taken the Indian designed Barath Biotech vaccine. Khadija Tahir tells us why...
In India, healthcare workers are reportedly refusing to take a locally made covid19 vaccine. There is a lack of confidence in the vaccine manufactured by Bharat biotech since the Indian government approved it before it had completed stage 3 trials. Bharat Biotech has said that these results will be available in 2 weeks. The controversy surrounding the locally made vaccine will affect India's plan to vaccinate 300 million people by august. India has the second-highest number of covid19 cases in the world and has seen a rise in cases since many states reduced social distancing measures.
In Spain the last statue of dictator Francisco Franco has been removed in the city of Melilla, in north Africa. Spain passed a law in 2007 to remove all symbols of the Franco regime. Melilla is one of two Spanish enclaves in Africa surrounded by Morocco.
In Nigeria at least 36 people have died in attacks in Kaduna and Katsina states since Wednesday. Attacks are common in the north of Nigeria, because of both Islamist Jihadists, and inter-ethnic violence.
Ghana has become the first country to receive COVID19 vaccines from the COVAX scheme. COVAX is funded by richer countries, and private donors and is intended to distribute 2 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines around the world this year. Cote d’Ivoire is expected to receive vaccines from COVAX this weekend.
In South Africa athlete Caster Semenya is challenging restrictions on testosterone in the European Court of Human Rights. In 2019 the World Athletics body banned Semenya and other female athletes from competing in certain races unless they take drugs to lower their testosterone levels. Semenya was born female but with high testosterone levels. She says that asking her to take medicine is a human rights violation.
In the United States President Joe Biden attended a ceremony yesterday to mark 50 million doses of COVID19 vaccinations. Biden said that this was a great accomplishment but that now is not the time to relax...
“My goal was to get 100 million COVID vaccine shots in people’s arms in my first 100 days as president. And today I’m here to report that we’re halfway there. 50 million shots in just the first 37 days since I’ve become president.”
Also in the US, a dog-walker for Lady Gaga has been shot, and two of her dogs have been stolen. The dog-walker Ryan Fisher is recovering in hospital. Lady Gaga has offered half a million dollars reward for the return of the dogs.
In Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez has said that United States allegations against him could affect cooperation on stopping drug trafficking. Hernandez is accused of accepting a million-dollar bribe from Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman. President Hernandez’s brother was found guilty of drug trafficking by a US court in 2019.
In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the European Union must prepare for more coronavirus variants in the coming years. The leaders of the 27 countries of the EU met virtually yesterday to talk about how to improve the vaccination campaign in the EU, which has been criticised for being too slow. French President Emmanuel Macron said that the EU will have to learn to live with the virus.
And in Spain a driverless bus has started operating in the city of Malaga. The bus is operated by sensors and cameras. It can hold 60 people and will drive 8 kilometre loop around Malaga.
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