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Israeli DM moves to halt plan to share virus vaccines

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister on Thursday called for an immediate halt of plans to ship surplus coronavirus vaccines to a group of friendly nations, suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using vaccines to wield international influence “behind the backs of relevant bodies.” Netanyahu’s plan has illustrated how at a time of global shortages, … Read more

China’s food security at core of Beijing’s new five-year rural-revitalisation plan

China is placing greater emphasis on food security and self-reliance to feed its 1.4 billion people, according to its annual blueprint for rural policies amid the pandemic, with an emphasis on utilising new agricultural technologies. The new plan puts a comprehensive revitalisation of the countryside at the heart of the national agricultural strategy in the … Read more

Iran warns Biden as it pushes ahead with plan to cut nuclear inspections

TEHRAN — President Joe Biden is pursuing the same policy against Iran as his predecessor, the country’s foreign minister said Sunday, two days before Tehran has threatened to cut back United Nations inspections of its nuclear facilities. Mohammad Javad Zarif said former President Donald Trump‘s policy of “maximum pressure” was still being applied to Iran … Read more

UPDATE 1-U.S. does not plan sanctions relief, other steps before Iran talks

(Recasts, adds quotes, background) ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The United Stateshas no plan to ease sanctions or take other steps such asissuing an executive order about returning to the 2015 Irannuclear deal before possible talks with Iran and major powers,White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday. Speaking to reporters on … Read more

Covid-19: Scotland schools return plan to be announced by Nicola Sturgeon

Gaza City is the Strip’s main administrative and commercial hubImage caption: Gaza City is the Strip’s main administrative and commercial hub Palestinian officials have accused Israel of blocking coronavirus vaccines for health workers in the Gaza Strip, after a batch of 2,000 doses was turned back at a checkpoint in the West Bank. Immunisation has … Read more

UN vaccine plan for poor countries nears rollout

GENEVA (AP) — It’s nearly launch time for COVAX, the United Nations’ unprecedented program to deploy COVID-19 vaccines for hundreds of millions in need around the globe. More than two months after countries like Britain and the United States started immunizing their most vulnerable people, the U.N.’s health agency gave its approval Monday to a … Read more

Congress Still Faces Pandemic Risks As It Meets Without Testing Plan : NPR

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks before the start of a House Natural Resources Committee in June. Grijalva recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Bill Clark/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bill Clark/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks before the start of a House Natural Resources Committee in June. … Read more