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A wave of anti-transgender bills across the country would ban health care providers from offering gender-affirming care to minors. Kai Shappley, a 10-year-old transgender girl from Austin, speaks before the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs on April 12, 2021. “It’s misconstruing the medical standards of care. Health care providers who offer such care could lose their license to practice in the state and face civil litigation. Research indicates that gender-affirming medical care can reduce depression and suicidal ideation among trans youth, according to The Trevor Project a nonprofit that provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ youth.
Persons: grandad, Sen, Charles Perry, , ” Perry, Brian Klosterboer, Gov Dan Patrick, , Kai Shappley, ” Kai, It’s, ” Klosterboer, “ It’s, , Chris Erchull, Asa Hutchinson, Hutchinson, Trevor, Dr, Lee Savio Beers Organizations: Texas Senate, Republican, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, Gov, Texans, Lawmakers, State Affairs, New, ACLU, Republican Gov, Health, Research, American Academy of Pediatrics, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Texas, Austin, New Hampshire, New England, Arkansas
Lithuania to introduce 'COVID-19 passports' for certain groups
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Andrius Sytas | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania on Wednesday agreed to roll out national digital COVID-19 immunity certificates by early May to allow some people to bypass restrictions on certain activities including dining indoors, attending sporting events and holding large parties. “This will be an incentive for the decision to get vaccinated”, Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte told a televised government meeting. Simonyte shot down a similar initiative in January, saying then it could encourage people who wanted additional freedoms to get infected on purpose. As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines gathers pace, countries are exploring how documents, mostly digital, could help reopen borders by identifying those who have protection from the virus. Denmark is easing its own COVID-19 restrictions this month contingent on the use of similar coronavirus “passports.”Lithuania has sharply reduced its COVID-19 infection rates since the beginning of the year, when it reported the highest rate of infection in the 27-member EU.
Persons: Ingrida Simonyte, Simonyte Organizations: Reuters, European Union, EU, European Centre for Disease Prevention Locations: VILNIUS, Lithuania, Denmark, Baltic
Hungary to re-open restaurant terraces next week, PM Orban says
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask walks next to closed restaurants in downtown Budapest, after Hungarian government imposed a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Hungary, November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Bernadett SzaboBUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary will allow restaurant terraces to re-open once 3.5 million people, about a third of the population, are inoculated against COVID-19, a target expected to be hit sometime next Wednesday or Thursday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. Orban also said schools can be re-opened gradually, meaning kindergartens will re-open from next Monday. Last week, the Teachers’ Democratic Trade Union said classroom teaching should not resume next Monday. As of Wednesday, Hungary had reported 24,265 COVID-19 deaths and 731,675 total cases.
Persons: Bernadett Szabo, Viktor Orban, Orban, ” Orban Organizations: REUTERS, Bernadett Szabo BUDAPEST, COVID, Teachers ’ Democratic Trade Union, Local Locations: Budapest, Hungary, Hungarian
Cuba loosens regulations on killing cows and selling beef
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Marc Frank | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
HAVANA (Reuters) - Communist-run Cuba announced that it was loosening a decades-old ban on the sale of beef and dairy products except to the state and allowing the killing of one’s own cow for personal consumption or sale after meeting state quotas. FILE PHOTO: Cuban farmhand Bienvenido Castillo, nicknamed Lilly, takes the cows to a pasture on his neighbour's dairy farm in Aranguito near Havana, before sunrise on April 13, 2012. The number of cattle and milk production improved through 1989 when the Soviet Union collapsed. Since then, the herd has remained stagnant at around 70% of the 1963 level, and powdered milk imports have increased. Agricultural production has stagnated in recent years and declined dramatically in 2020, though the government has yet to publish any data.
Persons: Bienvenido Castillo, Lilly, Desmond Boylan, Hurricane Flora Organizations: REUTERS, Communist Party, Cuban, Hurricane Locations: HAVANA, Cuba, Aranguito, Havana, Soviet Union, Caribbean
Cuba loosens ban on cattle slaughter, sales of beef, dairy
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Marc Frank | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
HAVANA (Reuters) -Cuba announced that it was loosening a decades-old ban on the slaughter of cattle and sale of beef and dairy as part of agricultural reforms as the Communist-run country battles with food shortages. In 1963 the government made it illegal for Cubans to slaughter their cows or sell beef and byproducts without state permission after Hurricane Flora killed 20% of the country’s herd. The number of cattle and milk production improved through 1989 when the Soviet Union collapsed. Since then, the herd has remained stagnant at around 70% of the 1963 level, and powdered milk imports have increased. Agricultural production has stagnated in recent years and declined dramatically in 2020, though the government has yet to publish any data.
Persons: Bienvenido Castillo, Lilly, Desmond Boylan, Hurricane Flora Organizations: Communist, REUTERS, Communist Party, Hurricane, Farmers Locations: HAVANA, Cuba, Aranguito, Havana, Soviet Union, Cuban, Caribbean
Spain confident on vaccination targets despite J&J suspension
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: eople queue to receive the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a new mass vaccination centre in WiZink sports arena in Madrid, Spain, April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio PerezMADRID (Reuters) -Spain is confident it can maintain its current vaccination targets despite a U.S. suspension of the Johnson & Johnson shot and delays to its European rollout over clotting concerns, Industry Minister Reyes Maroto said on Wednesday. “Stopping the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine creates uncertainty but we are confident the volume of vaccines Spain is due to receive allows us to be optimistic about hitting our objectives,” Reyes told a conference. U.S. federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended suspending use of the vaccine after six women under 50 developed rare blood clots. Shortly afterward J&J announced it would push back the European deployment of the shot, which it began delivering to European Union members on Monday.
Persons: Sergio Perez MADRID, Johnson, Reyes Maroto, Janssen, ” Reyes, J, Pedro Sanchez Organizations: AstraZeneca, REUTERS, Industry, , European Union, European Medicines Agency Locations: Madrid, Spain, U.S, Europe
EU sets out five-year crime cooperation, anti-trafficking plans
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will seek to increase police cooperation, target human trafficking and establish new rules to counter money laundering, according to plans detailed by the European Commission on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2021. The executive, whose proposals need approval from EU countries and the European Parliament, said it would establish a new police cooperation code and negotiate a Europol-Interpol cooperation agreement. It would set new anti-money laundering rules and update those for confiscating criminal profits. In the area of human trafficking, it will seek to set minimum EU rules on criminalising the knowing use of services exploiting trafficked people.
Persons: Yves Herman The Organizations: European Union, European Commission, REUTERS, Commission Locations: BRUSSELS, Brussels, Belgium, Yves Herman The EU
Laschet stands his ground in Merkel succession showdown
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: German Christian Democratic Union Party Leader Armin Laschet briefs the media after a meeting of the party's board at the headquarters in Berlin, Germany, April 12, 2021. “I have no sign of movement in any of the candidates so far,” said one CDU lawmaker who supports Soeder. Pressure is mounting on the conservative bloc to agree a candidate to succeed Merkel as its ratings wallow near a one-year low, hurt by the government’s chaotic handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Laschet, 60, is a centrist widely seen as a candidate who would continue Merkel’s legacy, but he has clashed with her over coronavirus restrictions. Laschet still wants to be the candidate, the source added.
Persons: Armin Laschet, Angela Merkel, Markus Schreiber, Markus Soeder, , , Merkel, Laschet, Soeder Organizations: BERLIN, Germany’s Christian Democrats, Bavarian, Christian Democratic Union Party, Reuters, Christian Democrats, CDU, Bavarian CSU, CSU, RTL, ntv Locations: Berlin, Germany, Laschet, Bavarian
EU's von der Leyen says EU to receive 50 million more Pfizer shots in Q2
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Doctor Oezge Kaya holds a pharmaceutical phial containing six doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a doctor's practice in Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Alessia CoccaBRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union countries will receive 50 million more COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and BioNTech in the second quarter, the head of the EU Commission said on Wednesday, as deliveries expected at the end of the year will be brought forward. Ursula von der Leyen said the earlier deliveries, which will start this month, will take total supplies to the EU from Pfizer to 250 million doses in the second quarter of this year. She also confirmed the Commission was in talks with the two companies for a new contract for 1.8 billion doses to be delivered in 2022 and 2023, confirming a Reuters report last week. The EU has already signed two contracts with Pfizer and BionTech for a total of 600 million doses to be delivered this year.
Persons: Oezge Kaya, Cocca, Ursula von der Leyen Organizations: Pfizer, REUTERS, Union, BioNTech, EU, BionTech Locations: Berlin, Germany, Cocca BRUSSELS
FILE PHOTO: Doctor Oezge Kaya holds a pharmaceutical phial containing six doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a doctor's practice in Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Alessia CoccaBRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union countries will receive 50 million more coronavirus vaccines produced by Pfizer and BioNTech in the second quarter, the head of the EU Commission said on Wednesday, as deliveries expected at the end of the year will be brought forward. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the earlier deliveries, which will start this month instead of in October, will take total supplies to the EU from Pfizer to 250 million doses in the second quarter in a move meant to compensate for lower supplies from AstraZeneca and possible problems with Johnson & Johnson. The EU has already signed two contracts with the two companies for 600 million doses to be delivered this year. She also said on Wednesday that 100 million doses of vaccine had been so far administered in the 27-nation bloc, which has a population of nearly 450 million, since the beginning of the rollout in late December.
Persons: Oezge Kaya, Cocca, Ursula von der Leyen, Johnson, , ” Von der Leyen, ” von der Leyen Organizations: Pfizer, REUTERS, Union, BioNTech, EU, AstraZeneca, Johnson Locations: Berlin, Germany, Cocca BRUSSELS
EU countries move towards COVID passes to reopen summer travel
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteBRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union countries formally agreed on Wednesday to launch COVID travel passes as a step towards reopening to tourism this summer and will negotiate details with the bloc’s lawmakers in May, two diplomatic sources said. The 27 EU member states “underlined their commitment to have the framework ready by the summer of 2021,” said a document endorsed by national envoys and seen by Reuters. EU countries are working in parallel to ensure “that the necessary technological solutions are in place”, the EU27 decision read, so that the new digital or paper certificates can be put to use once approved. While member states would be obliged to recognise EU-approved vaccines, specific countries could also issue certificates covering jabs Russia’s Sputnik or China’s Sinovac vaccines that are only authorised on their territory. Other EU countries would decide whether to accept a certificate referring to a vaccine not approved by EU regulators.
Persons: Rafael Marchante BRUSSELS, , Organizations: REUTERS, Union, Reuters, EU Locations: Albufeira, Portugal, COVID, , EU
UK to respond to EU legal action over Northern Ireland by mid-May
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Johanna GeronLONDON (Reuters) - Britain has agreed with the European Union that it will respond to the bloc’s legal action over how it has introduced new trading rules for Northern Ireland by mid-May, a spokeswoman for the government said on Wednesday. The EU launched legal action against Britain in March for unilaterally changing trading arrangements for Northern Ireland that Brussels says are in breach of the Brexit divorce deal agreed with London last year. Britain has denied that the move undermines the part of the Brexit deal that governs trade to the British province, saying it extended the grace period for checks on goods moving to Northern Ireland to ease their passage. “In line with precedent that typically allows two months to respond to proceedings of this kind, we have agreed with the EU that we will respond to the Letter of Formal Notice by mid-May,” the spokeswoman said. The difficulties stem from the terms of Britain’s withdrawal agreement, which leaves Northern Ireland in the EU single market for goods and so requires checks on goods arriving there from other parts of the United Kingdom.
Persons: Boris Johnson's, Ursula von der, Johanna Geron LONDON, , “ We’ve Organizations: European, British, REUTERS, European Union, Northern Ireland, EU, Britain, Northern, London Locations: European Union, Brussels, Belgium, Britain, Northern Ireland, British, United Kingdom, London
European Union unveils recovery fund financing plan
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Aris Oikonomou/Pool via REUTERS(Reuters) - The European Union adopted a funding strategy for its 800 billion euro coronavirus recovery funding plan on Wednesday, the EU commissioner for budget and administration said. The EU will raise 800 billion euros from this year to the end of 2026 through the plan, Johannes Hahn told reporters in a virtual press conference. The funding infrastructure backing the issuance should be ready by June with funding to start in July, Hahn said. The EU will borrow an average of around 150 billion euros per year under the programme, which will include up to 250 billion euros of green bonds financing environmentally beneficial projects, Hahn said, in line with expectations. The EU will issue bills, medium and long-term bonds under the programme using a combination of syndications and auctions, as announced previously.
Persons: Johannes Hahn, Hahn Organizations: Aris Oikonomou, REUTERS, Reuters, European Union, EU Locations: Brussels, Belgium
Costs for retail fund investors in EU remain high, says regulator
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Huw Jones | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Retail investors in mutual funds pay costs that are 40% higher than big institutional investors pay, making it harder for the European Union to attract broader support for its capital market, the bloc’s securities regulator said on Wednesday. Retail investors have about 4.5 trillion euros ($5.38 trillion) saved in UCITS, funds that are regulated by the EU. (Graphic: ESMA UCITS Graphic 2, )Investment in funds that tout their “green” or environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials has increased in recent years. Net assets in EU 27-based ESG funds amounted to 564 billion euros at the end of 2019 across nearly 1,600 funds. (Graphic: ESMA UCITS Graphic 1, )($1 = 0.8358 euros)
Persons: Yves Herman, ” ESMA, ESMA Organizations: European Union, European Commission, REUTERS, European Securities and Markets Authority, , EU Locations: Brussels, Belgium, UCITS
European Union Orders Extra BioNTech-Pfizer Vaccines Amid J&J Suspension
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Daniel Michaels | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
The European Union, grappling with the potential loss of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines, will buy an additional 50 million doses from BioNTech and Pfizer Inc. for the quarter, and is in talks to purchase up to 1.8 billion more doses over the next two years. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the new order would bring total deliveries of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine for the quarter to 250 million doses. The EU also expects 35 million doses from Moderna Inc. and 70 million doses from AstraZeneca PLC during that period. J&J’s vaccine requires only one shot, compared with two shots for all the others, so its deliveries had represented an even larger proportion of total effective vaccinations. Before Wednesday’s announcement of new BioNTech-Pfizer deliveries, the J&J shots had accounted for between 15% and 25% of current-quarter vaccinations.
Persons: Johnson, Johnson Covid, Ursula von der Leyen, Daniel Michaels Organizations: European, Pfizer Inc, Pfizer, EU, Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca PLC Locations: European Union, Europe
Bulgaria's PM Borissov says he will not lead new govt his party seeks to form
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov attends a news conference in Vienna, Austria March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria’s long-serving Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Wednesday he would not be a candidate to lead the next government after his centre-right GERB party won most seats but fell well short of a majority in an April 4 election. The five other political groupings in the new parliament have rejected Borissov’s initial proposal for a broad, technocrat government. If GERB fails to form a government, the new, anti-systemic party of TV host Slavi Trifonov will be given a mandate to try. Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest member state, may face another election if the parties do not manage to bury their differences and forge a coalition government.
Persons: Boyko Borissov, Leonhard Foeger, Borissov, GERB, Rumen Radev, ” Borissov Organizations: Bulgaria's, REUTERS, European Union Locations: Vienna, Austria, SOFIA, Bulgaria, NATO, Veliko Tarnovo, Borissov
UK asks for more time to respond to EU Brexit legal action: RTE TV
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Flags of the Union Jack and European Union are seen ahead of the meeting of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in Brussels, Belgium December 9, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERSDUBLIN (Reuters) - Britain has asked for more time to respond to legal action taken by the European Union over its unilateral decision to ease requirements of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Ireland’s RTE television reported on Wednesday. “The request came in two letters from the UK’s chief Brexit minister David Frost,” RTE correspondent Tony Connelly said in a Twitter post.
Persons: Union Jack, Ursula von der Leyen, Boris Johnson, Olivier Hoslet, , David Frost, , Tony Connelly Organizations: Union, European, British, REUTERS DUBLIN, Reuters, European Union, Northern, RTE, ” RTE Locations: European Union, Brussels, Belgium, Britain
EU regulators set July 27 deadline for deadline on Aon, Willis deal
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Aon, which announced the deal a year ago to create the world’s largest insurance broker ahead of world No. 1 Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc, offered last Friday to sell assets in five European nations to resolve EU competition concerns. The EU antitrust watchdog is now seeking feedback from rivals and customers before deciding whether to demand more concessions, clear or block the deal. Aon has offered to sell Willis Re, its biggest concession, and Willis’ German retirement benefits and consulting business, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters. It is also prepared to sell Willis’ insurance broking activities in France, including French unit Gras Savoye, as well as in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, they said.
Persons: Loren Elliott, Willis Towers Watson, Aon, Willis, Willis ’ Organizations: Central Business District of, REUTERS, Union, McLennan Companies Inc, Willis Re, Reuters Locations: Central Business District of Sydney, Australia, BRUSSELS, EU, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File PhotoBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Amnesty International, Privacy International and 28 other civil and human rights groups on Wednesday urged EU lawmakers to take a strong stand on privacy rights in proposed rules governing Facebook’s WhatsApp and Microsoft’s Skype. The call by the group in a letter to the European Parliament, whose members are spread out across Europe, is in response to what they said are attempts by EU countries to weaken privacy rights. These clauses had been proposed by EU lawmakers as a basis for the talks. EU lawmakers should restore these clauses because privacy has become a paramount issue during the COVID-19 pandemic as people move online for everyday activities and exchanges, the group said.
Persons: Yves Herman, Facebook’s WhatsApp, , ” Eva Simon Organizations: European Commission, REUTERS, Amnesty, Privacy, Wednesday, Skype, EU, Commission, Civil Liberties Union for Europe Locations: Brussels, Belgium, BRUSSELS, Europe
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s most prestigious university has recommended that a group be set up to “protect academic freedom ... in conformity with national security law (NSL) provisions”, according to a letter sent to senior faculty staff seen by Reuters. It also advised that a separate group be set up to monitor legal developments within the national security law. “It will be more difficult to attract international scholars in Hong Kong ... people will be less vocal,” said the employee, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. Beijing imposed the law on Hong Kong last June after anti-government and anti-China protests roiled the global financial hub, with some of the most violent clashes erupting on university campuses. Critics of the HKU letter say it underscores the pressures universities face as the former British colony navigates the new security law.
Persons: The University of Hong Kong’s, Ian Holliday, ” Holliday, , Holliday, Fung, Kevin Yeung, ” Yeung Organizations: Reuters, The University of Hong, Teaching, NSL, University, UGC, British, Hong Kong Professional Teachers ’ Union, , ” Hong Kong University, 22nd, QS, Education Bureau Locations: HONG KONG, , Hong Kong, Beijing, China,
Amazon Vote Won’t Deter Union Goals, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh Says
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Amara Omeokwe | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
com Inc. and other large companies should expect to see future labor-organizing efforts despite the rejection of a union at the e-commerce firm’s Bessemer, Ala., warehouse, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said. Mr. Walsh, who took office last month, said the vote doesn’t change President Biden’s goal of increasing union jobs in the U.S.“I don’t think you can judge the fate of labor on one vote,” Mr. Walsh said Tuesday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “I think there will be other conversations as we move forward in the country, in other companies as well as Amazon.”Mr. Walsh noted that the vote in Alabama was the first of its kind. The election marked the first time Amazon warehouse workers who fill customer orders held an election, and the group was the largest number of Amazon employees to vote on unionizing. The vote in Alabama failed by a wide margin despite support from Mr. Biden and other prominent Democrats and efforts by organizers to link the election to civil-rights causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement.
Persons: Marty Walsh, Walsh, Biden’s, ” Mr, Mr, Biden Organizations: Inc, Labor, Wall Street Locations: Bessemer, Ala, U.S, Alabama
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. trade czar Katherine Tai is meeting with unions, industry executives and advocacy groups as Washington faces mounting pressure to back a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations around the world. Tai met with representatives from more than 20 unions, including the AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Association of Flight Attendants, her office said. She underscored the Biden administration’s commitment to increasing COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution, both at home and worldwide, USTR said, seeking the organizations’ views on increasing vaccine availability and preventing the emergence and spread of new variants. Okonjo-Iweala told Reuters on Monday she believed members could break the current deadlock on the IP waiver issue, but no details of a possible compromise have emerged. Big drug companies oppose patent waivers and say appropriate patent protections ensure that private investors have an incentive to pump money into research and development.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Katherine C, Bill O'Leary, Trade Representative Tai, Tai, USTR, Ngozi Okonjo, Iweala Organizations: WASHINGTON, United States Trade, Trade Representative, South Korean, Trade Organization, AFL, Brotherhood of Teamsters, Association of Flight, Biden, Public Citizen, Oxfam America, Human Rights Watch, WTO, Reuters, COVID Locations: Washington, Washington ,, India, South Africa, United States, Britain
Australia flags mass inoculation amid COVID-19 vaccine turmoil
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Renju Jose | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia’s national cabinet will begin meeting twice a week from Monday to help mobilise the country’s battle against COVID-19 as authorities consider mass vaccinations to ramp up its coronavirus inoculation efforts. “We will have AstraZeneca vaccines that we believe we might be able to ramp up the pace of vaccination for those aged between 50 and 70. Australia created a national cabinet of federal, state and territory leaders early last year to coordinate measures to combat the pandemic. Australia has fared much better than many other developed countries during the pandemic, with just over 29,400 COVID-19 cases and 910 deaths. Trade Minister Dan Tehan is due to travel to Europe this week to seek the release of about 3 million doses of previously promised AstraZeneca vaccines for Australia.
Persons: Sandra Sanders, Scott Morrison, ” Morrison, Morrison, , Dan Tehan Organizations: SYDNEY, COVID, REUTERS, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Union, . Trade Locations: Melbourne, Australia, Perth, Europe
Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is “deeply disappointed” by Somalia’s approval of legislation that extends the terms of the president and members of parliament by two years, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Tuesday. “Implementation of this bill will pose serious obstacles to dialogue and further undermine peace and security in Somalia,” Blinken said. Somalia’s lower house of parliament voted on Monday to extend President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s four-year term, which expired in February, for another two years. Lower House speaker Mohamed Mursal Sheikh said the measure would let the country prepare for direct elections. The African Union, European Union, United Nations and regional bloc the Intergovernmental Authority on Development said in a joint statement on Saturday that they would not support any extension of the president’s term.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Gina Abercrombie, Winstanley, Benjamin Franklin, Mandel Ngan, ” Blinken, , Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s, Ayub Ismail Yusuf, Ilyas Ali Hassan, Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Organizations: State Department, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Federal Government, Reuters, African Union, European Union, United Nations, Authority, Development Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, United States, Somalia, Shabab, European
Six years ago, after days of painstaking negotiations, world leaders managed to thrash out a deal on climate change. The result was the Paris Agreement, decided at the COP21 summit in Paris. Now, years later, politicians are — pandemic permitting — preparing to meet once again for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26. The European Union is considered a "party" to the Paris Agreement in its own right, as are its 27 member states. Meanwhile, teenage activist Greta Thunberg – a hugely influential figure in the climate change movement – recently cast doubt on her attendance.
Persons: It's, Jake Woodier, Helen Clarkson, COP26, General António Guterres, Patricia Espinosa, Greta Thunberg, Greta Thunberg –, Woodier, Prince William, Duke, Cambridge, William Organizations: United Nations, UN, U.K, of, European, European Union, BBC, EU, Zero, COP26, Climate Coalition, CNBC, Climate Group, Sky News, International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group Locations: Paris, Scottish, Glasgow, COP26, Glasgow . Italy, Milan, Spain, China, India, U.S
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