Day: February 20, 2021
Nepal approved on Thursday the emergency use of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by an affiliate of China’s Sinopharm, a government official said, the second vaccine cleared after Oxford-AstraZeneca’s product. The move paves the way for China to donate 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to the Himalayan nation, which last month received one million AstraZeneca doses from India.
The Quad nations- US, India, Japan and Australia- held four-way naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in November 2020. Australia participated in the exercise for the first time in more than a decade.
Internet services were hampered in Pakistan on Thursday as the country’s telecom authority said one of its six international undersea cables developed a fault. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said the international submarine cable system near Abu Talat, Egypt, developed the glitch on Wednesday.
In addition to signaling a willingness to talk with Iran, the administration also reversed Trump’s determination that all UN sanctions against Iran had been restored. And, it eased stringent restrictions on the domestic travel of Iranian diplomats posted to the United Nations.
The first dose of Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine is 85% effective, a study of healthcare workers at an Israeli hospital has found, potentially fuelling a debate over the recommended two-dose schedule as governments try to stretch out supplies.
The armed men opened fire on Zaman Khan check-post which resulted in the death of four Frontier Corps soldiers. One soldier was injured in the attack, sources said. Balochistan has been battling an insurgency for more than a decade by separatists demanding complete autonomy or a larger share of the province’s gas and mineral resources.