US Congress Remains Stuck on Virus Relief as Time Runs Short

WASHINGTON – U.S. lawmakers are closing another week of work on Capitol Hill without reaching an agreement on a second round of coronavirus aid. Leadership in both parties warned Thursday that time is running out to break the deadlock on extending programs that are helping millions of Americans weather the economic impact of closures due […]

US Panel Recommends Approval of First COVID-19 Vaccine 

  After nine hours of deliberation Thursday, a special panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration endorsed for emergency use a coronavirus vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. The decision came as the United States recorded a one-day record of deaths from the coronavirus, with more than 3,100 lives lost […]

Myanmar Reports 1,308 New COVID-19 Cases, 19 More Deaths

Myanmar reported 1,308 more COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the tally to 101,739, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. A total of 19 more COVID-19 deaths were reported yesterday, bringing the death toll to 2,151 in total, the release said. According to the ministry’s figures, 80,726 patients have been discharged from hospitals. A total […]

Chinese-made COVID-19 Vaccine Nearly 90% Effective, UAE Says

One day after Britain became the first Western nation to begin mass COVID-19 vaccinations, the United Arab Emirates says a Chinese-made vaccine has proven to be 86% effective in preventing moderate and severe cases of the disease. The Emirates’ Health Ministry announced the news Wednesday about the vaccine developed by China’s state-owned pharmaceutical company Sinopharm. […]

Cruise Ship Returns to Singapore After Coronavirus Case Discovered

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to port in Singapore Wednesday, cutting short a four-day cruise after a passenger was diagnosed with the coronavirus. In a statement, Royal Caribbean said a guest on the Quantum of the Seas ship “tested positive for coronavirus after checking in with our medical team.” The cruise line said they […]

Myanmar To Hold New Parliamentary Session In Feb 2021

  Myanmar will hold the next parliamentary session in the first week of Feb, 2021, state-run media reported today. The term of the current parliamentary session is set to conclude at the end of Jan next year. According to the 2008 Constitution, the first regular session of a new term of parliament begins with the […]

Europe Targets Human Rights Abusers With ‘Magnitsky’ Laws

LONDON – Human rights abusers will face asset freezes and travel bans under new legislation adopted by the European Union. The so-called Magnitsky laws, officially titled the EU Human Rights Global Sanctions Regime, would target those accused of crimes including genocide, torture, assassination and arbitrary detentions. The European Union officially adopts the legislation on December […]

Britain Officially Launches COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

Britain has vaccinated its first citizen against the COVID-19 virus. Ninety-year-old nursing home resident Margaret Keenan received the first of two doses of a vaccine jointly developed by U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. The vaccination campaign, dubbed “V-Day” by Health Secretary Mark Hancock, began nearly a week after the government’s medical regulatory agency […]

Morocco to Kick Off Mass Vaccination Plan with Chinese Drug

RABAT, MOROCCO – Morocco is gearing up for an ambitious COVID-19 vaccination program, aiming to vaccinate 80% of its adults in an operation starting this month that’s relying initially on a Chinese vaccine that has not yet completed advanced trials to prove it is safe and effective. The first injections could come within days, a […]