12 February 2021

Morning headlines – February 12th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Profimedia

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Romania has vaccinated more than one million people. Romania started the administration of the anti-COVID19 vaccines on December 27th, and on Tuesday it has reached one million administrated doses, said the National Committee for the Activities on COVID-19 Vaccination. Romania has the third place in Europe when it comes to the number of administrated doses per 100 people, says a message posted by RO Vaccination Facebook page.
  • The US buys another 200 million vaccine doses. The US government has completed the contract for the acquisition of 200 million additional vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna, part of its mass vaccination campaign, said, on Thursday, the president Joe Biden, quoted by AFP.

Global political and military events

  • Russia threatens the EU. Moscow has warned the EU on Thursday on the imposition of new sanctions against Russia, underlining that the Russian Federation will answer with similar measures each time, says Tass.
  • Saudi Arabia, attacked by drones and missiles. Saudi Arabia has intercepted on Thursday a ballistic missile and two drones launched towards its territory by the Houthi rebels from Yemen, one day after the rebels’ attack on a Saudi airport.
  • BBC, banned in China. The Beijing authorities have announced on Thursday that they are cancelling the BBC World News in China because they say the British radio-TV channel is now a „source of rumors” and its information no longer corresponds to the journalism „truth and impartiality” principles.
  • Turkey is not withdrawing its troops from Libya. The Turkish Presidency’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Kalin, has stated, on Thursday, that the Turkish troops will stay in Libya as long as the agreement with the Tripoli Government is available, says Reuters.

Romania’s defence and security

  • The Government has published the budget project for 2021: The MoND has 22.7 billion lei, 3% more than 2020; the Ministry of Home Affairs has 21.5 billion lei, 3,8% more than 2020. The ministers to have the biggest decreases are the Ministry of Health, 17,5 billion lei, 11% less than in 2020, and the Ministry of Development, 7.9 billion lei, 14% less than in 2020.
  • The European Commission will help Romania develop its infrastructure. The European Commissary for transports, Adina Valean, has announced on Thursday evening, while being invited at Digi24, that a group of experts will be sent to Bucharest to help the Government to develop transports projects with European funding, especially railways.