Street preacher Artur Pawlowski was stopped & arrested Saturday on a Canadian highway after holding a religious service in Calgary amid COVID-19 restriction across the nation. Artur’s brother, David, was also arrested for his participation. Although the service was held outdoors, Canadian health law currently restricts gatherings of this nature & several churches in Canada have also been closed.
India is under increasingly serious attack by coronavirus. Indian authorities are trying to persuade Narendra Modi to fully lock down the country amid Covid-19 battle. Dr. Randeep Guleria, a government health official, said a complete lockdown is necessary, especially where the positive Covid-19 case rate surpassed 10 percent. Even the US official Anthony Fauci advised a total shutdown for India.
While hospitals in India plead for life-saving oxygen and Covid-19 casualties remain on a rise, India’s PM Modi is pushing ahead with a $1.8B parliamentary revamp, including a new home for himself. The decision to continue with the project, categorized as an ’essential service,’ has infuriated the public and opposition politicians. India registered a record 4,187 casualties in the last 24 hours.
India’s surge in COVID-19 cases is having a dangerous effect on neighboring Bangladesh. Health experts warn of imminent vaccine shortages just as the country should be stepping up its vaccination drive, and as more contagious virus variants are beginning to be detected
Pfizer is asking the Food and Drug Administration for full approval of its vaccine for people 16 and older, which would allow direct marketing to consumers and make it easier for employers to require vaccinations for workers.
The Biden administration has now agreed to back a proposal to suspend intellectual property protection for COVID-19 vaccines. These protections are codified in the World Trade Organization’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreements.
European countries separated themselves from the US about Covid-19 vaccine waivers. French leader Macron said that IP rights is not the issue of the day. All the leaders of 27-nation bloc discussed the proposal of the US to share vaccine IP rights. But EU leaders were divided on its usefulness. According to experts, waiver negotiation will take years and cannot be covered for immediate needs.
The owner of a Northern California bar, which made and sold fake COVID-19 vaccination cards for $20 each, has been arrested in what officials call the first such foiled operation they are aware of nationwide. Todd Anderson was arrested on Tuesday and charged with identity theft, forging government documents, falsifying medical records and having a loaded unregistered handgun.
President Biden said that April’s lower than expected job growth reveals that the US economy is still struggling to recover from the Covid pandemic. Earlier, the Labor Department reported that unemployment rate rose to 6.1%. ’This month’s job numbers show we are on the right track. But we still have a long way to go,’ Biden said. He added that 1.5M jobs have been created since he took office.
Japanese hold an online petition to postpone Tokyo Olympics over the course of global pandemic in order to prevent disease. More than 187,000 signs were gathered in only two days since the campaign has started. The goal is to bring the number over 200,000 to show concerns over the largest sport events in the world. Japan fights with 4th wave of Covid-19 pandemic and sluggish vaccination push.
British officials have said that people under 40 should be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot where possible due to a small risk of blood clots. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said this was suggested given low levels of Covid-19 infection in Britain and the availability of other vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.
Japan has extended a Covid state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas until at least the end of the month in an attempt to arrest a surge in cases. PM Yoshihide Suga said the measures would remain in place in the capital, Osaka prefecture, and the neighboring prefectures of Hyogo and Kyoto. So far 2.2% of the population has received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine.
Due to brutal impacts of Covid-19, many TV shows were put to an end. But Stranger Things is a highly-expected to be watched over pandemic. 3rd season left viewers with a herd of question marks, cliffhangers, It’s highly likely that this season will answer all of questions. Netflix has revealed exceptional trailers of season 4. Martin Brenner seems to be well and alive, and the experiments goes on.
Covid cases in Nepal are skyrocketing, a situation that is raising fears that the outbreak in the country could mimic that of India. The country recorded 8605 new cases on 5th May, the highest number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic. Fears of a strained health system have been raised, given the country of 30M people has only 1,595 intensive care beds and 480 ventilators.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to arrest anyone not wearing a mask properly, including below the nose. Duterte issued the directive after a meeting with his Covid-19 task force, where everyone except him was seen following the mandatory face covering. Earlier, the country’s health dept. announced that six cases of a highly infectious Covid strain have been detected.
The US government has indicated a temporary waiver for intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines. This proposal aims to boost coronavirus vaccines to stop global pandemic and to be eligible for poor nations. The pharmaceutical industry has complaint about this decision to protect their copyright. The EU is ready to discuss details and oppose complaints of big companies.
Several world leaders applauded the US call to remove patent protections on Covid-19 vaccines to help poor countries. But the proposal brings some hurdles, including resistance from the pharmaceutical companies. Activists congratulate the US after Biden called for waiver on intellectual property rights on the vaccine. If a country rejects this plan in WHO, this plan will be a garbage.
Scotland is holding another local and regional elections on May 6. Scotland’s pivotal point is another referendum of independence from the UK again. Ruling Scottish National Party seeks for a vast majority to legalize the independence. Scottish National Party’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has gained much popularity during coronavirus pandemic. She told that this crisis is her priority.
India on Friday reported a record daily rise in Covid cases of 414,188. Deaths from Covid swelled by 3,915, according to health ministry data. The total infections in the country now stand at 21.49M, while its total fatalities have reached 234,083, a figure which remains contentious. The principal scientific adviser to the government has warned of an ’inevitable’ third wave.
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to 10 months in jail in Hong Kong for participating in an unauthorized vigil marking the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. The annual vigil was banned for the first time last year by police citing Covid measures. Nevertheless, tens of thousands showed up including Wong. Wong is already in prison for a separate unauthorized assembly conviction.
China suspended an economic dialogue with Australia, stepping up a pressure campaign that began over Australian support for a probe of Covid-19. ’It’s certainly an important and symbolic move, but in terms of substance, the impact here is limited,’ said Caitlin Byrne, a specialist on Australia’s diplomatic relations in the Asia-Pacific region. She added that officials haven’t met since 2017.
US has announced support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, offering hope to poor nations that have struggled to access the doses. India has been leading the fight within the WTO to allow more drugmakers to manufacture the vaccines, a move pharma giants oppose. The head of the WHO said the US decision marked ’a monumental moment in the fight against Covid-19.’
The United States backs waiving intellectual property rights on COVID vaccine to speed up production and distribution, a move welcomed by WHO chief.
A federal court has ruled to vacate a nationwide moratorium on evictions, which was put in place to protect renters during the pandemic. The ruling places millions of people who have fallen behind on rent due to the Covid-19 crisis at risk of eviction. President Biden had previously extended the ban on evictions through June. The DOJ said it would appeal the order.