07 May 2021

Morning headlines – May 7th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 100.000 people got vaccinated (more than 59.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 3.4 million people got the vaccine, with more than 2.1 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 1.632 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 94 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.100 people hospitalized.
  • The Covid-19 vaccination marathon in Bucharest starts Friday at the Palace Hall and the National Library and will last until Monday, May 10th.

Global political and military events

  • Anti-drug operation in Brazil ends with 25 deaths. At least 25 deaths, among them a policeman as well, lost their lives on Thursday in a huge anti-drug operation in a district from Rio de Janeiro, said the Brazilian media and police, according to AP.
  • The Pentagon will not destroy the Chinese missile which is out of control. The Defence Secretary, Lloyd Austin, has stated, on Thursday, that the Pentagon will not destroy the Chinese rocket which is about to reenter the atmosphere on Saturday and has criticized Beijing for losing control of the rocket, says AP.
  • The US has dislocated military and aircrafts for a controlled withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Pentagon has announced, on Thursday, that six B-52 bombers and 12 F018 aircrafts have joined the group of aircrafts from the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier in the Gulf to support the troops during their withdrawal.
  • The EU wants a rapid military response team, but Romania is not among the countries which initiated the project. Many states in the EU, including Germany and France, have proposed the establishment of a quick intervention military unit, composed of 5.000 soldiers, to be ready anytime for EU a respond to international crises, says Reuters. The 14 countries which want a military unit within the EU are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.

Romania’s defence and security

  • The bureaucracy in Romania and the issues with a contract got the Magurele laser out of ERIC. The Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, Ciprian Teleman, says that Romania’s accession, with the Magurele laser, is “on the agenda” of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). Also, he admits that due to issues with a contract and the “bureaucracy in Romania, there were some questions on the project team’s capacity to deliver the project in due time – which is 2023”, says Agerpress.
  • Iohannis participates at the Summit on the social issue. President Klaus Iohannis participated, Friday and Saturday, in Portugal, Porto, at the Summit on the social issue, the informal reunion of the European Council, as well as to the UE-India Summit, through videoconference, with prime-minister Narendra Modi, said the Presidential Office.