Afghanistan begins Covid vaccine campaign amid surge in violence

KABUL: The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15 percent last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by […]

U.S. and Novavax Will Aid Global Vaccination Campaign

WASHINGTON — An international effort to expedite the manufacturing and distribution of coronavirus vaccines around the globe got a lift on Thursday on two fronts: White House officials said the Biden administration would make good on a U.S. promise to donate $4 billion to the campaign over two years, and the pharmaceutical company Novavax committed […]

Mexico’s vaccination campaign stalls, AMLO still won’t wear mask

After record-high rates of infections and deaths throughout January, Mexico’s sprawling capital Mexico City lowered its danger level from red to orange on Friday, amid a drop in new coronavirus cases and hospitalisations. But the much-needed respite in cases, experts said, is likely short-lived as the nation confronts a stalled vaccination campaign and a president […]

77 Days: Trump’s Campaign to Subvert the Election

Mr. Barr had resigned in December. But behind the back of the acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, the president was plotting with the Justice Department’s acting civil division chief, Jeffrey Clark, and a Pennsylvania congressman named Scott Perry to pressure Georgia to invalidate its results, investigate Dominion and bring a new Supreme Court case […]

Brazilian city of Manaus halts vaccination campaign for 24h

The halt came as the capital of the Amazonas state received shots just to cover 34 percent of 56,000 health workers. The Brazilian city of Manaus has suspended for 24 hours its vaccination campaign in order for the state of the Amazonas to review its distribution plan. The suspension “which meets the recommendation of local […]

Under fire, the Netherlands is speeding up the start of its lagging vaccination campaign.

Facing broad criticism, the government of the Netherlands on Saturday said the country would speed up its lagging vaccination process and provide the first shots to frontline health care workers. Most nations elsewhere in Europe started their vaccination processes last week. The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in the Netherlands a week ago. […]

Argentina begins COVID vaccine campaign with Russian shots

Argentine officials stress safety of the shots after critics questioned Russia’s decision to approve the vaccine. Argentina began to vaccinate its citizens against the coronavirus on Tuesday, administering the first of 300,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine delivered last week, the government said. Latin America’s third-largest economy has been hard hit by COVID-19. […]

‘Message of hope’: Europe launches COVID vaccination campaign

Health care workers, the elderly and leading politicians got some of the first shots across the bloc to reassure the public that the vaccinations are safe. Europe has launched an enormous COVID vaccination drive, with elderly patients and medics lining up to take the first shots in hopes of seeing off the pandemic that has […]

E.U.’s Mass Vaccination Campaign Starts, With Nursing Homes as Focus

BERLIN — From nursing homes in France to hospitals in Poland, older Europeans and the workers who care for them rolled up their sleeves on Sunday to receive coronavirus vaccine shots in a campaign to protect more than 450 million people across the European Union. The inoculations offered a rare respite as the continent struggles […]

EU kicks off mass COVID vaccination campaign

Latest updates as EU nations launch coordinated vaccination campaign while fears grow over new coronavirus strain. European Union nations have kicked off a coordinated effort to give COVID-19 vaccinations to adults among their 450 million citizens, marking a moment of hope on the continent. Meanwhile, fears grow over a new variant of the coronavirus that […]

Qatar begins COVID vaccination campaign

First phase of vaccination to prioritise people over 70, healthcare workers and those with chronic conditions. Qatar has launched a free coronavirus vaccination campaign after the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in the country on Tuesday. The vaccine will be administered in two doses, three weeks apart at seven primary health centres in […]

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine begins rollout as US races to broaden injection campaign

DETROIT/LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK: US distribution of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine began on Saturday, with more than 3,700 sites due to start receiving and administering shots as soon as Monday, vastly widening the rollout started last week by Pfizer Inc.Amid record coronavirus infections and deaths, Moderna has already moved vaccine supplies from its manufacturing plants to […]

Trump campaign challenges over 100,000 votes in Georgia

New lawsuit is latest in long line of Trump challenges to US election results, most of which have been thrown out. President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed another lawsuit seeking to overturn United States election results, the campaign announced Friday, this time contesting more than 100,000 votes in the state of Georgia. The new lawsuit, […]

Uganda: Bobi Wine suspends election campaign over violence

Uganda’s singer and politician seeking to end decades-long rule of 76-year-old President Museveni in January 14 election. Bobi Wine, the Ugandan singer and presidential candidate, suspended his campaign on Tuesday after members of his campaign team were injured and his car shot at during clashes between security personnel and his supporters. The developments were the […]

Press freedom campaign issues monthly list of ‘most urgent’ cases

One Free Press Coalition (OFPC) has launched its monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of press freedom abuses around the world, focusing on cases relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each month, the coalition, which comprises prominent news organisations and publishers, including Al Jazeera Media Network, brings to the public’s attention the 10 most urgent cases of […]

Twitter suspends Thai royalist account tied to influence campaign

Twitter has suspended a Thai pro-royalist account linked to the palace that a Reuters analysis found was connected to thousands of others created in recent weeks that spread posts in favour of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the monarchy. Reuters News Agency found tens of thousands of tweets that an expert said appeared to be from […]