Tuesday 27th April 2021
In India, yesterday, for the fifth straight day, the country set a global daily record of new coronavirus infections. Here’s how the world has responded:
Yesterday, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organisation was rushing to help India.
DR. Tedros: "The situation in India is beyond heartbreaking. WHO is doing everything we can, providing critical equipment and supplies; including thousands of oxygen concentrators, prefabricated mobile field hospitals, and laboratory supplies."
Russian pharmaceutical firm Pharmasyntez yesterday said it was ready to ship up to one million packs of COVID-19 treatment to India by the end of May. The pharmaceutical company is waiting for approval from the Russian government. Also yesterday, Ireland’s Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said Ireland would donate 700 oxygen concentrators to India. Germany’s health ministry said yesterday that Germany will be sending hospital equipment, medication, and face masks to India. On Sunday, President Joe Biden said the US would send India materials for vaccines, medical equipment and protective gear. Pakistan has also offered to send medical equipment and supplies after Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted prayers for a “speedy recovery”.
In Iran, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been sentenced to a further year in prison and a one-year travel ban. Nazanin is an Iranian-British dual citizen who has been detained in Iran since 2016. She was sentenced to five years' in prison after being found guilty of "plotting against the Iranian government”. Prime minister Boris Johnson said the UK will be working on freeing her.
In Chad, yesterday Albert Pahimi Padacké was made interim Prime Minister. Padacké was runner-up in this years presidential election. His appointment follows last week's death of President Idriss Déby. Mr Déby was killed the day after he won the presidential election.
In South Sudan, the Health Ministry say they will destroy 60,000 vaccines that have expired. However, The World Health Organization (WHO) have told South Sudan not to destroy the expired Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccines. The WHO has asked governments not destroy the vaccines yet, as they could be used up to 36 months after being made.
In Tanzania, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has released more than 5,000 prisoners to celebrate Union Day. President Samia told the released inmates to practice the lessons they learnt in prison and be responsible citizens. Union Day marks the coming together of Tanganyika and Zanzibar to form the Republic of Tanzania. Releasing prisoners on Union Day is an annual tradition.
The European Union has said they plan to sue coronavirus vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca.The European Commission said it was suing the company for not following its vaccine supply contract, and for not having a good plan for delivering the vaccines. AstraZeneca said it would defend itself in court.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being questioned about an alleged comment he made during a discussion last year. On Monday, the Daily Mail reported that Mr Johnson had said he would rather let a thousand people die than set a third lockdown. When asked if he made these comments, Prime Minister Johnson said no, and spoke about the success of lockdown.
BJ: "No. But again, I think the important thing, I think, that people want to us to get on and do as a government is to make sure that the lockdowns work. And they have, and I really pay tribute to the people of this this country this whole country of ours that that have really pulled together and working with the vaccination program we've got the disease underground. I mean the numbers of deaths, the number of hospitalisations, are currently very low."
In Peru, former President, Martín Vizcarra, has tested positive for coronavirus. He has tested positive six months after he said he had been vaccinated against Covid-19. Mr Vizcarra said he was a volunteer in a vaccine trial, but the university that ran the trial said he asked to be vaccinated. Peru has had many scandals involving politicians receiving vaccines earlier than they should.
And finally, in the United States, the 93rd oscars took place on Sunday. The Oscars is a movie award ceremony that takes place every year. This year, Chloé Zhao became the first woman of colour - and only the second woman at all - to win best director. It was also the first year that two women were nominated for best director. Also for first time, an all-Black producing team was nominated for best picture.
And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. Please leave us a review on your podcast app. If you do, we will read it out on the podcast. You can read transcripts at send7.org Also, follow us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Namitha Ragunath and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.