DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Kuwait’s government is preventing undisclosed residents from going abroad later this month, the latest attempt to ward off a spiraling coronovirus outbreak in the Gulf Arab Sheikhomed.
The cabinet’s decision to take effect on 22 May immediately led to anger and confusion, with health officials announcing that a shortage of global vaccine supplies would force them to delay delivery of the second vaccine dose. Those who have received the first Pfizer-BioNotech dose will have to wait six weeks for their second, and Oxford-AstraZeneca recipients will have to wait 3-4 months.
The government said that those who are unable to take shots for any reason will be exempted from the new travel ban. Already, authorities have banned the entry of migrants to the Gulf state, leaving many foreign workers and their families stranded abroad.
Kuwait has been grappling with a surge in virus cases despite its vaccination campaign and strict restrictions, including a prolonged nighttime curfew. The country has recorded more than 277,800 infections and 1,590 deaths.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka has received the first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia due to the delay in obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine from India.
15,000 doses were administered at the beginning of Tuesday. Sri Lanka has ordered 13 million Sputnik doses, and Minister of State for Drug Regulation Channa Jayasuma said that she expected Sri Lanka to receive the total order in the future.
Sri Lanka is a small 600,000 dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. It has given the first pill to 925,242 people, but the Ministry of Health has about 350,000 doses, giving people a lower second dose than they needed after the delay in receiving vaccines from India.
Meanwhile, coronavirus infection has spread rapidly. Sri Lanka has banned public ceremonies and parties, schools are closed, and supermarkets and shopping complexes are limited to 25% of their customer capacity. It has counted 111,753 cases with 696 fatal cases.
SEOUL, South Korea – Isolated North Korea is warning its people to wage a prolonged struggle against coronoviruses, claiming that vaccinating outbreaks and dormant vaccination programs in other countries are not the final solution. .
In a column published by Pyongyang’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, questions have been raised as to when and how vaccines will arrive in North Korea.
A UN-backed program to ship COVID-19 vaccines worldwide said in February that North Korea could receive 1.9 million vaccine doses in the first half of this year. However, COVAX has warned of a global shortage as the Serum Institute of India, which is licensed to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine, is pouring its supplies into the domestic market, while India’s virus caseloid is on the rise.
The North claims a correct record in excluding COVID-19, but outside experts have doubted this claim, given its poor health structure and shared economic range with China, given its economic lifeline.
The state newspaper took a clear target on India’s anti-virus campaign without naming the country. It said that a certain nation “was now experiencing an explosive boom”, asserting publicly that it had exported the vaccines it produced, believing the bad virus to be defeated.
The newspaper wrote, “The cases in other countries provide further evidence that vaccines are not around a solution.”
Olympia, Wash. – Under the new guidance issued by the Washington government, if COVID-19 immunization classes are designated, more people will be allowed at indoor and outdoor spectator events and indoor religious services.
The changes on Monday affect capacity in sports events, graduations and other events for counties in the second and third phases of the state’s economic reopening plan.
Access to vaccination status will require a vaccination card or other documentation proving vaccination status.
Previously where there were only limited circumstances where audience events were allowed to reach 50% capacity, under the new guidance, outdoor facilities could add vaccination classes as long as their total capacity – including vaccinated and non-certified sections – 50% or less at 22,000 people, whichever is less. The outdoor event cannot have more than 9,000 unwanted people.
For indoor facilities, vaccinated classes may also be added, until their total capacity is 50% maximum, although the maximum number should not exceed 2,000 people, and the number of indoor unpublished viewers varies according to room size and state. The economic situation varies depending on the stage. There is a plan to open a county.
Geneva – The World Health Organization is set to decide this week whether to approve two Chinese vaccines for emergency use against a top WHO official, COVID-19.
Such approval would mark the first time that a Chinese vaccine has been given a so-called emergency use list from the United Nations Health Agency, and will trigger a wider rollout of Chinese vaccines that have already been used in some countries other than China Are going
Assistant Director General for Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals, Mariangela Simao, says some “final arrangements” have to be made before the WHO technical advisory group gets the key word on Sinopharm and Synovac vaccines.
“We hope to have both decisions by the end of this week.”
The WHO has stated that it hopes to decide on the Cyanopharma vaccine to come first, and then Cyanovac.
“We know that some countries depend on this decision to move forward with their vaccinations,” Simao said.
NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the New York City metro route will resume overnight and capacity restrictions for most types of businesses will expire in mid-May as COVID-19 transition rates continue to decline.
Cuomo announced last week that the subways would be closed from 1 am to 5 am, so trains and stations could be disinfected. The change was intended to make it easier to evacuate homeless people from trains where many were spending the night.
The overnight shutdown was returned from 2 to 4 pm in February.
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