17 May 2021

Morning headlines – May 17th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 101.000 people got vaccinated (more than 59.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 3,9 people got vaccinated, with more than 2,8 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 565 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 38 deaths and in ICU there are now 777 people hospitalized.
  • Romania gets almost 700.000 vaccines. Romani will get on Monday a new batch of vaccines, composed of 697.320 doses, from the Pfizer/BioNTech company, said the National Coordination Committee of Activities on the COVID-19 Vaccination.
  • The Minister of Health is counting the COVID-19 deaths. The Minister of Health, Ioana Mihaila, will participate, on Monday, starting 4pm, at the “Government hour” to present the report of the Commission on the counting of COVID-19 deaths.

Global political and military events

  • The Palestinian-Israeli war. On Sunday, the Israeli Defense Forces continued to target Hamas in Gaza. Since the crisis started, 197 Palestinian people were killed, among them at least 58 kids. On the Israeli side, 10 people were killed, including one kid.
  • The UN’s SC reunion was not a success. The Sunday emergency reunion of the UN Security Council was not a success. According to many diplomats who talked to AFP, the US, which has a position few people understand, have continued on Sunday to oppose a common statement that could lead to a ceasefire.
  • The US is trying to stop the hostilities. The chief of the US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, had phone talks with Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia counterparts to try to stop the missiles attack from the Gaza Strip.
  • The Czech Republic’s chief has accused Russia of silliness.  Milor Zeman has criticized Russia’s decision to include the Czech Republic on a so-called `list of unfriendly states` says Mediafax. `The Russian side is acting silly because it is a mistake to turn old friends into enemies`, said on Sunday the Czech chief of state, aged 76, for the radio Frekvence 1. President Milos Zeman argued that if friendship is not possible, then at least they should reestablish `fair relationships’. According to Moscow’s decision, the number of local personnel the Czech Republic can Embassy can have was reduced to 19 Russian citizens, which will make it difficult for the activity of the Czech Cultural Centre in Moscow.
  • The representative of Miss Universe for Myanmar drew the attention on the situation in her country. Thuzar Wint Lwin asked, on Sunday, help for the Myanmar people from the international community: `Our people are dying, people get shot daily by the military’.

Romania’s defence and security

  • The MFA chief wants an information campaign for those applying for US visas. The US is refusing approximately 10% of the visas demanded by Romanians. The refusal percentage should be at least 3% in order to get rid of the visas.
  • The `TOMIS 21` military exercises came to an end. Between 10 and 15th of May, the crew of `Marasti` ship conducted, together with other crews of 5 Romanian military ships, artillery shoots from board, wherein they used hundreds of ammunition units and, the end of the week, the ship executed a series of joint drills with the Bulgarian ship `Bodri` and the USCGC `Hamilton` patrol ship, said the Romanian Naval Forces.