19 May 2021

Morning headlines – May 19th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Mediafax

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 96.000 got vaccinated (more than 62.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 4 million people got the vaccine, with more than 2.9 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 681 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 91 deaths and in ICU there are now 716 people hospitalized.
  • Iohannis is asking the mayors to get involved in the vaccination campaign. President Klaus Iohannis underlined, on Tuesday, the necessity to accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, underlining that the mayors and other local authorities, regardless of the political color, should be actively involved, says Agerpress.

Global political and military events

  • The Israeli-Palestinian war: On Tuesday, the Israeli Armed Forces continues to strike HAMAS targets from Gaza, especially tunnels and HAMAS leaders’ houses, says CNN. Since the crisis has started, there were killed 217 Palestinians with at least 58 kids among them. More than 1.500 people were wounded. On the Israeli side, there were 12 people who got killed, among them a kid. The Israeli Armed Forces announced that they have destroyed 90% of the HAMAS missiles. Thousands of Palestinians protested, on Tuesday, in the West Bank, where they asked for bombs to stop.
  • The EU asked for an immediate ceasefire. The Foreign Ministers of EU’s countries, except for Hungary, asked on Tuesday the two parts involved in the conflict to immediately stop the conflict. Hungary criticized these positions, calling them “biased and unbalanced”. The HAMAS leaders would be willing to negotiate a ceasefire, but Israel asked them to give up, especially the missiles and projectiles attacks, says CNN.
  • The UN General Assembly will meet on Thursday. The UN General Assembly will meet, tomorrow, to discuss the recent developments in the Middle East, especially the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant groups, says The Hill. The US has postponed, until now, issuing a joint statement on the conflict, says CNN.
  • Mircea Geoana does not believe in Europe’s independent defence. Geoana, the deputy Secretary General of NATO, stated on TVR that `The Alliance and the European Union are two faces of the same coin. There is no trustable defence of Europe without the transatlantic relationship`.
  • Discussions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The discussions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two regional powers in the Persian Gulf, are in an `exploratory` phase, said, on Tuesday, the Saudi minister of Foreign Affairs, Faisal bin Farhan, according to AP. The two countries have suspended the 2016 relations and are involved in the Yemen conflict where they support different sides.
  • The Czech Republic’s president apologized for the NATO bombings from 1999 over Serbia. Milos Zeman has stated in a meeting with the Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, that the support was a trauma he wants to set free by publicly apologizing, says Digi24. In 1999, he was prime-minister of the Czech Republic.

Romania’s defence and security

  • MoND webinar on coronavirus. The MoND is organizing, on Wednesday, an online seminary on the activities developed to limit and prevent the spread of SARS CoV-2 virus.