A Chinese coronavirus vaccine is set to be rolled out in Turkey later this month, with some Latin American country also in line to receive COVID-19 shots developed in the East Asian nation over the coming months. On Wednesday, Turkish health minister Fahrettin Koca said his country had ordered 50 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech pharmaceutical company, with the first shipment set to arrive on December 11, according to a statement. Turkish labs will assess the safety of the vaccine and initial results from Phase III clinical trials, with an emergency use authorization possible soon, he said. "If developments continue positively as we expect, Turkey would be among the first countries in the world to begin vaccinations in the early phase," Koca said. The vaccine is one of five COVID-19 shots being developed in China that are currently undergoing large-scale, Phase III clinical trials, which are typically required before regulatory … [Read more...] about China’s “vaccine diplomacy” begins as shots to be rolled out in Turkey, Latin America
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The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier ordered to monitor China's military activities around Taiwan says the warship will maintain the necessary readiness to win a fight. "Everything that we do onboard 'Warship 76' is oriented towards the common understanding that not only must we sustain our combat readiness in order to prevail in conflict, but that we also have a responsibility to maintain such a consistently high level of warfighting prowess that those who would otherwise threaten peace in our region understand without any ambiguity that today is not the day they dare pick a fight," said Captain Fred Goldhammer, commanding officer of USS Ronald Reagan , also known as CVN-76. The Japan-based Seventh Fleet released Goldhammer's statement over the weekend as the Nimitz-class supercarrier continued training exercises in the waters east of Taiwan. Kurt Campbell, the White House's top Asia policy adviser, told reporters last Friday that President Joe Biden had directed … [Read more...] about U.S. carrier watched by China will maintain “warfighting prowess”: Captain
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday handed over indigenously-developed equipment and systems to the Army which will enhance the operational preparedness of the defence forces and help them to deal with future challenges. These include Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS), new generation anti-personnel mine ‘Nipun’, rugged and automatic communication system with enhanced capabilities, upgraded sights system for tanks and advanced thermal imagers. The equipment/systems have been jointly developed by the Indian Army in collaboration with Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Industry, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to modernise the Armed Forces, under the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’, according to an official statement issued by the Ministry of Defence. Singh has exuded confidence that the equipment and systems will enhance the operational preparedness of the Indian Army and increase their … [Read more...] about Rajnath Singh Hands Over Home-grown Equipment to Army | Here’s All About the New Weapons Systems
Tesla billionaire Elon Musk wrote an article for a magazine produced by the chief censorship bureau of Communist China, despite being a self-described “free speech absolutist.” The world’s richest man penned an article in the July issue of China Cyberspace, a magazine produced by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the top internet regulator, responsible for enacting the strict censorship apparatus of the regime in Beijing. Elon Musk – CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and the Boring Company, and Chinese president/emperor Xi Jinping. Tesla CEO Elon Musk poses with Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicle owners (Photo by Ding Ting/Xinhua via Getty) So central to the power structure of the Communist Party, the director of the CAC, Zhuang Rongwen, is also the head of the Propaganda Department, and it is a subsidiary of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, of which Xi Jinping, himself, is the director of. While the CAC is mostly involved in laying out the censorship … [Read more...] about Free Speech? Elon Musk Writes Article for Chinese Censorship Bureau
For Sri Lanka, the month of July continues to remain a “black mark” on its history that it tries to wash off but to no avail. Call it coincidence, but several major developments that have marred the island country have taken place in this month. On July 9, Sri Lanka witnessed one of the biggest civil uprisings against a ruling government as protesters refused to budge from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s residence, a day after they stormed his home, forcing him to flee with the navy and announce he would resign. The dramatic events were the culmination of months of protests by people enraged by the country’s unprecedented economic crisis and the Rajapaksa clan’s incompetence and corruption. This is also the month that is observed as ‘Black July’ by Sri Lankan Tamils after the anti-Tamil pogrom. On the intervening night of July 23 and 24, 1983, 13 Sri Lankan soldiers were brutally killed, which sparked a civil war in the country that lasted 26 long years. As the war continued, the … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka’s July Jinx: From Anti-Tamil Pogrom to Latest Crisis, Nation’s Struggle With ‘Black Mark’ on History
Today’s forecast from Newsroom Meteorologist Gerry Díaz . hottest weather yet . A combination of two weather systems is helping drive this quick shot of hot and hazy air into the wider Bay Area. A ridge of high pressure in the Southwest is drawing heat from the Mojave into parts of the Bay Area that neighbor the Sacramento Valley. Meanwhile, northerly winds blowing around 2,000 feet (that’s about two Sutro Towers) above the Earth’s surface are bringing smoke from the Six Rivers lightning complex fire , burning in Humboldt and Trinity counties, into Central California and the Bay Area. The hot air will blast into the Bay Area today, bringing 90 to 100-plus degree temperatures to areas east of the Caldecott Tunnel, the Napa and Sonoma highlands, and South Bay cities along the 101 corridor between Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Balmy 70 to 80-degree temperatures will mix down into parts of San Francisco. After peaking today, the heat will begin to slowly subside tomorrow … [Read more...] about 100-degree temps and haze headed to the Bay Area. When will the heat break?
close Video One million fentanyl pills seized at Arizona border in one week Fox News' Bill Melugin reports from Eagle Pass, Texas, on the new fentanyl hotspot in Nogales, Arizona. NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! Seizures of the deadly drug fentanyl jumped over 200% in the month of July, according to government figures released Monday -- amid a continuing border crisis and widespread concern over overdose deaths. Over 2,100lbs of the drug, which can be fatal in small doses, were seized in July. That’s the highest amount seized in at least the last four fiscal years. The largest seizure before July was in April, where 1,300lbs were seized. The 2,100lbs seized in July is up 202% from the 640 lbs seized in June and also eclipses the 780lbs seized in July last year. The synthetic opioid is typically used for treating severe pain and is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. Illicit fentanyl is now primarily made in Mexico from … [Read more...] about Fentanyl seizures at southern border jumped over 200% in July
India is concerned over the visit of a Chinese satellite tracking ship to Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port as it signals an attempt by China to expand its maritime influence in the region, sources in defence and security establishment said on Tuesday. The ship, Yuan Wang 5, arrived at the strategically located port on Tuesday morning for a replenishment stay for a week, Sri Lankan officials said in Colombo. However, sources in the Indian defence and security establishment said the aim of the ship’s visit cannot be only replenishment and that it could be used to snoop on Indian installations. They said India has been conveying to Sri Lanka its opposition to such forays in the past as well and that India’s concerns were not limited to just one visit. The ship was originally scheduled to arrive at the Hambantota port on August 11 but it was delayed in absence of permission by the Sri Lankan authorities. Sri Lanka had asked China to defer the visit amid India’s concerns over it. On … [Read more...] about India’s Security Establishment Keeping Eye on Visit of Chinese Ship to Sri Lanka
Volatility continues in every aspect of the market, and many believe it will continue through Q4 2022 as the economy heads toward additional contraction. But even as the equities markets fall in and out of bear market territory, crypto and its close relative, the stablecoin, have taken a monumental beating, with Bitcoin down significantly since the beginning of the year. The Crypto Bill at a Glance A bipartisan bill proposed in June by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and the Wyoming Republican Cynthia Lummis is in part a response to the crypto crash, but also to a growing chorus of institutional market participants demanding more sensible guardrails to foster growth. Coined by the bill's authors, " the most substantial and comprehensive bipartisan effort to provide certainty and clarity to the growing digital asset and blockchain industries." The Responsible Financial Innovation Act (RFIA) attempts at conquering the following: Make transactions of less than $200 … [Read more...] about Could a Lack of U.S. Initiative Block Progress in the Crypto Space?
Last night Kanye West launched into a spectacular rant about his friend and mentor Jay Z, shocking fans of the pair. Kanye called out Jay for not visiting following his wife Kim Kardashian's burglary ordeal in Paris earlier this month. "Don't call me, after the robbery, and say 'how you feelin?' You wanna know how I'm feelin? Come by the house. Bring the kids by the house. Like we're brothers. Let's sit down." He continues: "I can't take this s*** bro. Our kids have never even played together." Jay Z and Kanye, before he slagged him off ( Image: Getty) They've been friends for years, but what's led to the bad blood, which Kanye ranted about on stage in Seattle on his Saint Pablo tour? Now reports are claiming Jay 'can't stand' his former collaborator, so it looks like it could be the beginning of a big old feud between the pair. Here's a look back at the boys' rollercoaster friendship: Meeting: BFFs from back in the day ( Image: Getty) … [Read more...] about As Kanye West disses longtime friend and mentor Jay Z, here’s a look back at their bromance