Airlifted 6m shots to 9 nations, will supply to WHO’s Covax facility, India tells UNSC
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 India has informed the UN Security Council that it will gradually supply vaccines to the Covax facility of the World Health Organisation and undertake contractual supplies to various countries in a phased manner, as more than six million doses have been airlifted to nine countries under New Delhi’s “vaccine diplomacy.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab explains how African countries including the Ivory Coast, are starting to vaccinate against Covid to the masses.He recognises that nobody "is safe until everyone is safe". He also explains how the UK's border restrictions are "robust" but "under constant review".
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India called on Myanmar leadership to resolve differences in peaceful and constructive manner. 'Rule of law and democratic process must be upheld and those detained be released'. It urged all stakeholders to restore democratic order. India has been steadfast in support to the process of democratic transition in Myanmar. At UNSC meet on the Middle East, India reaffirmed support to the Palestinian cause. It advised for establishment of a sovereign, viable and independent state of Palestine living side by side in peace and security with Israel. 'Recent diplomatic efforts to revive the stalled peace talks are encouraging'. India also acknowledged Egypt's efforts in facilitating the Cairo agreement. India is in the process of sending another batch of medicines as a grant to the Palestinian people. It will facilitate an early supply of Made in India vaccines to Palestine. At UNSC meet on Somalia, India condemned frequent terror attacks by Al-Shabaab. It said that Somali security forces and institutions need continued support to tackle Al Shabaab and other armed groups. India asked for transition of security from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to Somali security forces, keeping in mind ground realities.
“Climate change is the biggest threat to security” and “those with the least security are now certain to suffer,” Naturalist David Attenborough said to the UN Security Council on Tuesday. Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri breaks down the state of our planet.
WHO director general praised India’s efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and said he hoped other countries would follow India's example; Both benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty dropped by nearly 3 per cent around noon on Friday after a global selloff; Election Commission will announce poll dates for Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry later today. All this and more news at 2 pm.
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New cases of the Buruli ulcer, a flesh-eating disease have been detected in parts of Australia mainly in the areas of Melbourne. Alarm has been raised after multiple cases have been identified in Australia. According to the World Health organization, ‘at least 33 countries with tropical, subtropical and temperate climates have reported buruli ulcer in Africa, South America, and Western Pacific regions.
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In an analysis, the Lancet COVID-19 Commission has called for three urgent actions in the COVID-19 response. "First, all regions with high rates of new COVID-19 cases, including the USA and the European Union (EU), should intensify measures to minimise community transmission and deploy COVID-19 vaccines rapidly," read the Lancet medical journal in its latest publication. Second, governments should urgently and fully fund WHO and the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, including COVAX. Third, the G20 countries should empower the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and multilateral development banks to increase the scale of financing and debt relief. Success on all three priorities--containment of transmission, rapid vaccination, and emergency finance--will require improved global cooperation, it said. New lineages are increasing transmission of infection and raising risks in regions that have been less affected by COVID-19, including in sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, acquired immunity from earlier COVID-19 infections might be less protective against reinfection with some of the new SARS-CoV-2 variants. Mutant lineages might also reduce the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and require adapted vaccines or boosters."* The medical journal also pointed out that at least half of the world's population lacks access to essential health services.
The restoration work of Seto Macchindranath Temple, one of the 28 heritage sites which will be reconstructed with the help of India's assistance, has begun on Sunday in Kathmandu. Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra along with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyawali and Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sundar Shakya jointly carried out 'Bhoomi Pooja' for the restoration of Seto Machindranath temple. The conservation work of Seto Machindranath temple is the first of the 28 cultural heritage conservation and restoration projects being undertaken by the Indian government. New Delhi has committed a sum of 580 crores for cultural heritage sector. All the 28 sites were identified by Nepal Government and both India and Nepal signed Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) in August 2017. The Seto Machindranath Temple will be conserved as per Nepal's Ancient Monument Preservation Act, and the Department of Archaeology's Basic Guidelines and Manual for conservation and reconstruction of heritage affected by the 2015 earthquake using material close to the original building material at the time of its construction as per the traditional ethos, local traditions, and values that sustain and enriches such living heritage sites in Nepal. The temple located in the heart of Kathmandu city is visited by Hindus and Buddhist devotees to worship Seto Machindranath are considered to be one of the Protectors of the Kathmandu Valley.
Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh assumed office of Command of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) at Eastern Naval Command headquarters in Visakhapatnam. He took charge as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Eastern Naval Command from Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain. New ENC was honoured with a ceremonial parade at the Naval Base. The parade was attended by all Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of ships, submarines and naval establishments. Atul Kumar Jain has been transferred to New Delhi to assume charge as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at AIIMS in New Delhi. PM Mod also appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated. Sister P Niveda, from Puducherry, administered Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN to the prime minister, as per sources. “Took my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against Covid-19,” PM Modi tweeted after taking the vaccine shot. “I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India Covid-19 free!” he said. The prime minister also posted a picture of himself taking the first dose of the vaccine in which he is seen sporting a Assamese 'gamocha' and getting inoculated with a smile on his face. Watch the full video for more.
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