27 April 2021

Morning headlines – April 27th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Mediafax

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 80.000 people got vaccinated (more than 26.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 3 million people got the vaccine, with more than 1.8 people getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 1.256 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 117 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.354 people hospitalized.
  • The prime-minister wants to accelerate the vaccination campaign. The COVID-19 vaccination campaign will be accelerated, both in the urban and rural environment to offer more people the chance to get vaccinated against the virus and to gradually return to a normal life, said, on Monday, the prime-minister Florin Citu, after meeting with the representatives of local authorities, announcing the intention to organize more drive-through vaccination centers.
  • The capital’s prefect disagrees with the prime-minister on the vaccination’s objective. Capital’s prefect, Alin Stoica, said, on Monday, that if the current vaccination rhythm is kept in Bucharest the objective of vaccinating 1,2-1,3 million people by autumn will no be accomplished, as the prime-minister Florin Citu said, on Monday.

Global political and military events

  • The US is criticizing the Parliament in Moldova. The US State Department has stated, on a press release, that the Moldavian parliament’s vote to dismiss the chief of the Constitutional Court is an “attack against democratic norms and the constitutional order of Moldova”, says Reuters. On Friday, the PSRM and Sor parties (54 votes) gave a no-confidence vote for three judges of the Court.
  • The Czech’s Republic president disagrees with its own government on Russia’s involvement in an incident. The Czech president, Milos Zeman, said on Monday that he has doubts on the recent idea of its own government that Russia was involved in the explosions of an ammunition deposit from the Czech Republic, for which the Prague government decided, on April 17th, to expel 18 Russian diplomats. He said there are no enough proofs to that end.
  • Putin-Macron discussion on the situation in Ukraine. President Emmanuel Macron had, on Monday, a phone talk with president Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine, says Tass.
  • Ukraine is expelling a Russian diplomat. Ukraine will expel a Russian diplomat as a reciprocity measure, after the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Monday that a Ukrainian diplomat was declared persona non grata.
  • Erdogan is asking Biden to withdraw its statement on the Armenian genocide. Recep Tayip Erdogan has stated, on Monday, that the statements of president Biden are unfair, that he should look in the mirror and he hopes the US president will reconsider his mistaken step.
  • HRW report: Israel is accused of apartheid. A 213 pages Human Rights Watch report, published on Monday, is accusing Israel for apartheid policies and persecutions against the Palestinians and its own Arab population, says AP. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister called the report fake and accused the HRW for having an anti-Israel agenda.

Romania’s defence and security

  • Meeting of the Supreme Council of National Defence. The members of the Supreme Council of National Defence, led by president Klaus Iohannis, will meet on Tuesday to talk about topics like the security condition in the Black Sea region, its the consequences on Romania and the completion of the NATO Resolute Support mission from Afghanistan.
  • The Russian diplomat expelled by Romania was working on creating an espionage network. The deputy military attaché of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest, Alexey Grishaev, was declared persona non grate on Monday. He is a GRU agent and wanted to recruit Romanian citizens to help him gather information about Romania’s foreign policy, the Armed Forces and the energy security system, says Digi24, according to government sources.m