04 May 2021

Morning headlines – May 4th 2021

Florin Jipa

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 Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 66.000 people got vaccinated (more than 42.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 3.3 million people got vaccinated, with more than 2 million getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 682 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 98 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.214 people hospitalized.
  • The vaccination marathon in MoND’s centers starts on Tuesday. On Tuesday, in the vaccination centers from the military hospitals in Brasov, Bucharest, Craiova, Cluj, Constanta, Iasi and Timisoara the innoculation marathon starts, which includes non-stop vaccinations between 4 and 11 may.
  • Romania got the biggest AstraZeneca vaccine batch. We are talking about 643.200 vaccine doses which entered the country around 8pm through the Nadlac II Border, says Mediafax. The doses will go to the National Stocking Center, and then these will be distributed to the regional centers in the entire country. Until now, Romania received 1.558.000 vaccine doses produced by the AstraZeneca pharmacy company, and starting with February 15th 591.881 doses were already used for people’s inoculation.
  • Romania will get around 700.000 Pfizer doses. A new batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will get to Romania, on Monday, composed of 697.320 doses. The vaccines will be delivered through air and will get to Otopeni and Cluj-Napoce airports. Until now, our country got 5.122.709 vaccine doses made by the Pfizer company, and 4.279.531 doses were already used to immunize the population.

Global political and military events

  • The G7 countries’ foreign affairs ministers are discussing about threats coming from Russia and China. The British foreign affairs minister, Dominic Raab, will lead, today, the discussions on the threats against democracy, liberties and human rights, preparing the leaders’ summit from June, says AP. Besides the G7 members (Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US), there were also invited in London the ministers of Australia, India, South Africa and South Korea. They are trying to create a global alliance between the countries which love freedom, said the US State Secretary Antony Blinken.
  • Russia is dislocating more troops to Armenia. Russia dislocated more troops in Armenia and says the increased military presence there is an “additional security guarantee” after the military conflict that took place last year between the two countries, says Mediafax, quoting a statement by prime-minister Nikol Pashinian from Armenia. The Russian armed forces sent more troops in two bases from South of Armenia, in Syunik region, which is a strategic area, being placed near Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani enclave Nahcivan and Iran.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu offers the prime-minister position to the leader of a radical party. Prime-minister Netanyahu has offered the radical-right party leader from Israel, Naftali Bennet, the prime-minister position. Netanyahu has he has to created a governing coalition until Tuesday, says AP. The right party led by Netanyahu, Likud, won 30 of the 120 positions from Knesset at the parliamentary elections that took place on March 23th.

Romania’s security and defence

  • The Senate is debating the Criminal Procedure Code. According to the amendment project which will be debated today by the Senate, the judges will have, in exceptional cases, a maximum of 120 days (comparing to 90 days, as foreseen in the law proposal by the initiators or 30 days, the current form of the Criminal Procedure Code) to motivate their decision, says Agerpress.