CNN’s Becky Anderson speaks to Moldovan President Maia Sandu as the country becomes the first in Europe to receive the coronavirus vaccine under COVAX, an entity run by a coalition of partners including the World Health Organization. Its mission is to buy coronavirus vaccines in bulk and send them to poorer nations that can’t compete with wealthy countries in securing contracts with the major drug companies.
The World Health Organisation's regional director for Europe, Dr Hans Kluge, reports that new cases of Covid-19 in Europe rose 9% last week to just above one million. This has brought a six-week decline in new cases to an end with more than half of the region seeing increasing numbers of new infections.
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A new study has found that pandemic-related anxiety, boredom, and irregular routines were cited as major drivers of increased nicotine and tobacco use during the initial Covid-19 lockdown. The findings of the study were published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. The research was led by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The study highlighted the ways that public health interventions and policies can better support quit attempts and harm reduction, both during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Decreased use, while less common, was prevalent among "social" tobacco users, who cited fewer interpersonal interactions during the lockdown and a fear of sharing products. At the community level, retail access impacted cigarette and ENDS use differently. While cigarettes were universally accessible in essential businesses, such as convenience stores and gas stations, access to preferred ENDS products was more limited, since "vape shops" and other specialty ENDS retailers were typically deemed non-essential and required to close or limit hours. This drove some ENDS users to order their products online, which often resulted in long wait times due to shipping delays, or product backorder as a result of high demand. As a result, some dual users of cigarettes and ENDS increased their use of readily-available cigarettes.
This impressive tower is set to be the largest piece of art ever created. The Clothespin Tower, designed by famous Israeli artist Zygo is the first conceptual building of its kind that turns the mundane clothespin into 'an icon of eternal love and unity'. Zygo and his team plan to build the 50-floor Clothespin Tower in the city of Dubai. One side of the tower is designated to serve as a luxury hotel for guests with 1,200 rooms. The opposite side continues the theme of luxury with 300 high-end apartments in addition to commercial space. A shopping center houses contemporary art galleries, upscale restaurants as well as a mezzanine with a lounge, fitness center and luxury spa. Zygo's team plans to start building the tower in 2023.
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