23 March 2021

Morning headlines – March 23th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: More than 1.7 million people got vaccinated (more than 798.000 with both doses). In the last 24 hours, more than 47.000 people got the vaccine (more than 23.000 with both doses).
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 3.743 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 60 deaths and in ICU there are 1.339 people hospitalized.
  • On the waiting list there are now 769.000 people, and only 46.500 of them have been scheduled.

Global political and military events

  • The EU-China sanctions war. David Sassoli, the president of the European Parliament, has stated, on Monday evening, after China fought back to the EU’s imposed sanctions due to the abuses committed by the Beijing administration against Uyghur that the European institutions will not get intimidated. He stated that China’s sanctions on some EU entities and officials will provoke some consequences.
  • Canada and the US are joining EU in sanctioning China. The United States and Canada have announced, on Monday, sanctions against some Chinese officials, due to the abuses against the Uighur ethnics from the Xinjiang Chinese province.
  • China and Russia are showing their unity. The Foreign Affairs ministers from China and Russia are meeting on Tuesday to show their unity against the Western sanctions, says AP. Wang Yi and Sergey Lavror have rejected the Western accusations related to the authoritarian regimes and the breach of the human rights and stated that they will work together for the global progress and pandemic’s end.
  • NATO decides the future of the Alliance. The State Secretary Antony Blinken will make its first visit to Europe to participate at the two-day Reunion of the Foreign Affairs ministers from the NATO members, where the future of the Alliance will be decided and the withdrawal from Afghanistan, where there are 9.500 military, 2.500 of them being Americans.
  • NATO will fund Afghanistan until 2024. The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said on Monday that the Alliance will fund Afghanistan until 2024 to make it able to provide its own security and state functioning. According to a report of SIPRI, published last week, without foreign funding, the Afghan state would collapse.
  • Great Britain is giving up people and classical technique for drones. The British Armed Forces will give up some equipment, like aircrafts and tanks, and will reduce the number of the personnel to welcome the drones, says the “Defence in a Competitive Age” report, which announced the acquisition of new technologies, worth of 3 billion pounds. Out of the 144 aircrafts to be out, 14 of them are the Hercules C-130, 24 Typhoons, 35 training Hawks, 7 E-3D Sentry research aircrafts, 20 Puma helicopters and 9 Chinook. On the personnel’s number decrease, the Land Forces will be decreased with 10.000 people out of the 82.000 active military.

Romania’s defence and security

  • NATO reunion. The Foreign Affairs minister, Bogdan Aurescu, is participating, on Tuesday and Wednesday, in Bruxelles, at the reunion of the diplomacy chiefs from the NATO member states. He will reiterate the “full support” of Romania for the NATO 2030 reflection process.
  • Environment conference. The Minister of Environment, Water and Forests, Barna Tanczos, will have a media conference on the programs to be funded this year from the Fund for Environment.