Canada has authorised the use of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15. Canada is the first country to do so for that age group. Pfizer says its jab works well in the age group. Canada has already authorised the use of the Pfizer vaccine in people over the age of 16. The country has recorded more than 1.2 million coronavirus cases and about 20% of those have been in people under the age of 19.
In the United States, President Joe Biden plans to vaccinate 70% of US adults by 4 July. He also plans on vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds as soon as possible.
Biden: "Two months from today, two months from today families across the country are
going to celebrate the fourth of July. Our goal by July 4th is to have 70 percent of adult Americans at least one shot and 160 million Americans fully
vaccinated. That means giving close to 100 million shots. Some first shots other second shots over the next 60 days. Of course Americans can still get shots after July 4th but no one should wait and let's try to hit that 70 percent mark at least with one shot before that day. It's another huge goal."
In Colombia, yesterday a number of police stations were attacked as protests continued for a second week. Mayor Claudia López requested the help of the army to protect the police stations. At least 24 people, including a police officer, have died since the protests started. More than 800 people have been injured in attacks between the police and protestors. The protests to oppose a tax reform started on 28 April.
In Indonesia, a pharmaceutical company has allegedly been washing and reselling used Covid nasal swab test kits. Several employees have been arrested. Up to 9,000 passengers at an airport in Medan, Indonesia, may have been tested with reused swab sticks. Police said the reusing of swab tests have been happening for 6 months. The pharmaceutical company, Kimia Farma, may not be facing a lawsuit.
In Nepal, authorities at the Mount Everest base camp say they have seen a rising number of climbers with Covid-19 symptoms and positive tests. The authorities say there may be a serious outbreak. There has been 17 confirmed cases from hospitals in the capital Kathmandu.
In Nigeria, there are protests in the south-eastern city of Enugu. The protests are over the disappearance of a popular Catholic preacher. Just days ago Father Ejike Mbaka called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign. His video asking the president to resign has been widely shared. Father Mbaka, who is known for his strong political views, has not been seen in two days .
In South Africa, the African National Congress has suspended secretary general Ace Magashule. Mr Magashule denies charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering in a case involving tens of millions of dollars disappearing. The African National Congress has warned other members charged with corruption that they too face suspension if they don't resign in the next 30 days.
In Scotland, today Scottish voters will head to the polls. It is said that today is the most important Scottish election since its parliament was formed in 1999. The SNP, currently led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, is looking to win again. The SNP plans to get Boris Johnson into allowing a second referendum. The referendum will be about Scotland gaining independence from the United Kingdom. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he feels now is not the time to have a 2nd referendum.
BJ: "I think that most people in Scotland, most people around the whole of the UK, feel that this is not the time, as we're coming forwards out of a a pandemic together, this is not the time to have a reckless and I think irresponsible second referendum. We had one only a few years ago. I think what most people want is to focus on the country."
In Kosovo, health workers began receiving the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine yesterday. This is after they refused to take the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Recent figures say only 1% of Kosovo's population has been vaccinated and that supplies are very low.
And finally, a bottle of French wine that orbited the Earth for more than a year has been put up for sale. The bottle spent 14 months in orbit as part of a study on food and agriculture. The bottle is estimated to be sold at $1 million.
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