26 April 2021

Morning headlines – April 26th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: AP

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 77.000 people got vaccinated (more than 23.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 3 million people are now vaccinated in Romania, 1.7 out of that number having both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 1.542 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 127 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.358 people hospitalized.
  • Romania gets, on Monday, the biggest quantity of vaccines, 725.400 Pfizer doses will get to Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj, Constanta, Craiova, Iasi and Timisoara.
  • Vaccination without scheduling. Today, a Drive-Thru vaccination centre will be opened in Cluj-Napoca, from 1pm, at Sports Hall `Horia Damian`. The vaccination will be made in the car, with no scheduling, with Pfizer vaccine. Between 7 to 9th of May, in Bucharest, at the National Library, people will also be able to get the vaccine without scheduling, says Ro Vaccinare.

Global political and military events

  • On Monday, president Erdogan might make an announcement on US’s decision to recognize the genocide against the Armenians, says Reuters. Based on sources, Turkey might stop the access of US soldiers in the Incirlik Base, used in the campaign against terrorism from Iraq and Syria.
  • Violent actions in Afghanistan 12 police officers were killed, on Sunday, in Afghanistan, by the Taliban people, says AP.
  • The US commander from Afghanistan; were have reduced the military operations. General Austin Miller said, on Sunday, in a press conference, that the US Military has started to reduce the military operations and the Afghan security forces will take over these responsibilities. Miller has stated that certain military equipment will be donated to the Afghan armed forces.
  • Iran is accusing Israel for attacking an oil tanker. The Iranians have accused Israel, on Sunday, for the missiles attack that took place on Friday against an Iranian oil tanker, close to Syria’s coast, hitting a tank and provoking a fire and the death of three sailors, says AP.
  • The strongest fleet in Great Britain’s history will sail to Asia. The Secretary of Defence, Ben Wallace, has stated on Monday morning that his country will dislocated in May the strongest fleet of Great Britain, led by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, in the Indo-Pacific region. Two of the ships in this fleet, a destroyer and a frigate, will also sail in the Black Sea. The mission will take six months and the group will visit 40 ports, said Wallace, according to BBC.
  • The military spending have increased in 2020. According to SIPRI, despite the pandemic, the military spending has increased in 2020, with 2.6%, reaching 2 trillion dollars, even if the global GDP has decreased with 4.4%. The US (39% of the spending – more than 700 million dollars) and China (13% - 250 billion dollars) are the counties with the biggest defence spending.

Romania’s defence and security

  • MFA’s reactions to the crisis in Moldova: the minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, has stated, on Sunday, that the Statement approved on Friday in the Chisinau Parliament, according to which the Constitutional Court of Moldova would encroach upon the rule of law shows disgrace on Court’s independence. Aurescu said that the PSRM and Sor parties actions’ (54 votes) on not following the decision of the Constitutional Court and giving a no-confidence vote for three judges of the Court is unconstitutional.
  • The Foreign Affairs Minister, Bogdan Aurescu, is warning against the Russian military equipment which is still at Ukraine’s border. Minister Aurescu warned, on Sunday, at a TV channel, that the withdrawal of the Russian armed forces from Ukraine’s border is not complete and the military equipment will stay there for future drills. Aurescu said that Russia kept some flight and sailing restrictions in the Black Sea Region.