06 April 2021

Morning headlines – April 6th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 51.000 people got vaccinated (more than 30.000 with both doses). The total number of people who got vaccinated reaches 2.1 million, more than 1.2 with both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 3.611 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 120 deaths, and in ICU there are now 1.478 people.
  • Companies in Cluj are vaccinating their employees at their expense. The Cluj prefecture has announced that it has created four centers where the county’s companies can vaccinate more than 20.000 employees, using their own medical personnel, at their expense, with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Global military and political events

  • The US reaffirms its support for Ukraine against the Russian aggressions. On Monday, through the US State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, the Unite States have reaffirmed their support on Ukraine given the Russian troops’ actions at the border of the country, says Reuters. Price has avoided giving a direct answer when being asked if Russia is getting ready to invade Russia.
  • Russia is denying the tensions. The Russian Federation has admitted on Monday that it is dislocating troops on its territory, but it denied that these would be a threat for Ukraine.
  • China is developing military drills near Taiwan. A group of six ships led by the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning is developing military drills near the Taiwan island, these days, said AP. The Chinese Marine did not specify how long the maritime maneuvers will last, but it specified that such activities will continue in the future as well.

Romania’s security and defence

  • The EU is investigating Romania in terms of excessive deficit. According to the Finances Minister, Alexandru Nazare, the European Commission will analyze Romania in terms of its excessive deficit, in April and the beginning of May. He said that “it must be positively assessed; it cannot fail in this procedure”.
  • Appointment at the Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalization. Alexandru Bologan was appointed secretary of state at the Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, through a decision made by prime-minister Florin Citu. The decision was published on Monday in the Official Journal, says Agerpress.
  • Slovakia recognizes Romania’s merit in freeing the country. Slovakia’s president, Zuzana Caputova, has posted, on Monday, on a social media platform, a message saying that the “greatest merit” in Bratislava’s liberation, 76 years ago, was of the Red Army and the Romanian soldiers, said Agerpress.