26 March 2021

Morning headlines – March 26th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: More than 1.8 million people got vaccinated (more than 883.000 with both doses). In the last 24 hours, more than 58.000 people got the vaccine (more than 28.000 with both doses).
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 6.651 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 140 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.348 people hospitalized.
  • EU summit. The European Union states and bloc’s institutions leaders have warned, on Thursday, that the epidemiologic situation is still serious, asking, at the EC’s reunion, for the acceleration of the vaccination, which is “critical” for overcoming the pandemic crisis.
  • Moldova wants the Russian vaccine. Maia Sandu has stated that she had, on Thursday, a meeting with Oleg Vasnetov, the Russian Federation ambassador to Republic of Moldova, to discuss about the possibility to get the Sputnik V vaccine.
  • Romania sends vaccine doses to Moldova. Romania will send to Moldova, this weekend, more than 50.000 COVID-19 doses, according to the decision of the Bucharest’s Executive, said on Tuesday prime-minister Florin Citu.

Global political and military events

  • The US is warning North Korea. President Joe Biden has warned, on Thursday, North Korea that the US will “respond” if the military testing will grow, after the Pyongyang has tested two ballistic missiles close to the Japan’s coasts, being the first such challenges Biden faced since becoming president.
  • China is sanctioning Great Britain. China has announced, on Friday, that it will sanction nine British officials and four civilian groups, as a response to United Kingdom’s sanctions on Uyghur’s treatment. Almost 1 million Uighurs have been displaced in detention camps, but China says that is an internal issue.
  • Attack in Saudi Arabia. A missile launched by the Houthi rebels from Yemen has provoked a huge fire, on Thursday, at an oil facility in South Saudi Arabia, says AP.

Romania’s defence and security

  • Visit to Slovenia. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, is visiting Slovenia, on Friday, responding to an invitation made by his counterpart Anze Logar. This is a huge opportunity to coordinate with Slovenia as the country will take, on 1st of July 2021, the Presidency of the EU’s Council, therefore both countries can advance the European agenda and promote the common interest topics, said the FAM.
  • Romanian Intelligence Services Day. On March 26th, through the Decree no.181, it was founded the Romanian Intelligence Service, a state institution which is dedicated to collecting intelligence on national security matters.
  • Spontaneous strike at the subway. The subway trains’ activity was stopped on Friday morning due to a spontaneous protest of representatives of the USLM union, at the Unirii Square station, as they got into the tunnel and stopped the trains’ activity, says Metrorex.