27 May 2021

Morning headlines – May 27th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Mediafax

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 71.000 people got vaccinated (more than 46.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 4.2 million people got the vaccine, with more than 3.3 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 379 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 52 deaths and in ICU there are now 493 people hospitalized.
  • Green certificate. STS announced that it has successfully tested the EU’s green digital certificate.
  • Biden does not believe in the transmission of the coronavirus from bats to pangolins. He gave the 17 secrete agencies from the US Intelligence Community 30 days to investigate if there is a possibility for the SARS CoV-2 virus to be created in a China laboratory.

Global political and military events

  • ICAO is investigating the Ryanaiar aircraft hijacking by Belarus. ICAO, based in Montreal (Canada) is holding a meeting, on Thursday, to investigate the situation of the aircraft diverted by Belarus, says AP.
  • Putin meets Lukashenka. Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, and his Belorussian counterpart, Aleksandr Lukashenka, will meet, on Friday, in Sochi, Russia. Kremlin is helping Belarus and believes the choice this country may to divert the Ryanair aircraft was justified, said Kremlin’s spokesperson, Dmitri Peskov.
  • China sells nuclear technology to North Korea and Iran. China continues to sell dangerous nuclear technology to several states, including North Korea and Iran, says a report of the Congressional Research Service. The documents show that full missiles systems were sold to those two countries.
  • Eight people killed in an armed attack in the US. At least eight people were killed, and others hurt, in the armed attack that took place on Wednesday, in San Jose, California. The suspect was an employee of the centre for the coordination of railway traffic, where he actually started to shoot, said sources from the police, quoted by Digi24.
  • The US wants to reduce the tension between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The US State Secretary, Antony Blinken, thinks that Egypt is a “real and effective partner” of the US and insisted, during his visit in Cairo, to continue the efforts on reducing the tensions between Israel and the Palestinians, said AP, according to Mediafax.
  • The talibans are warning the neighboring countries to not allow the establishment of US military bases. The taliban’s representatives published a press release wherein they are warning the neighboring countries to not allow the establishment of US military bases on their territory, referring to Pakistan, said Radio Free Afghanistan. The US mission Afghanistan spokesperson said the US and NATO do not plan on opening new military bases in Afghanistan or a neighboring country.

Romania’s defence and security

  • Government meeting, Thursday. The executive is about to approve in Thursday’s meeting a law project on Government’s ability to issue ordinances during the parliamentary holiday, July-August 2021, but also a law project on the amendment and completion of Article 36 from Law no. 218/2002 on the organization and functioning of the Romanian Police, through it is established a definite period of time to get a person to police’s department and develop other related activities, says Agerpress.
  • Bogdan Aurescu, at the EU reunion in Gymnich format. The Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister is participating on Thursday at the informal meeting of the diplomacy chiefs from EU’s member states (Gymnich format), which is held in Lisbon, within the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council. The agenda includes the extended conflicts from the Eastern Neighborhood (a topic proposed by Romania), the EU-Africa relations and EU’s strategic vision for the Indo-Pacific region, says Agerpress.