Nine dead following fire incident at nursing home in eastern Bulgaria

Nine people were killed in a fire at a nursing home in the eastern Bulgarian village of Royak and some of its elderly residents were gassed, a senior interior ministry official said on Monday. The fire, which broke out from the wooden rooftop of the home late on Monday, has been put out and the… Read More Nine dead following fire incident at nursing home in eastern Bulgaria

French PM Jean Castex tests positive for coronavirus

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating himself, the prime minister’s office said on Monday. Castex, who is fully vaccinated against the virus, learned his daughter had tested positive after he returned from Belgium, where he met his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo. Castex then tested positive himself.… Read More French PM Jean Castex tests positive for coronavirus

Two critically injured as police fire at anti-lockdown protesters in Netherlands

Two people were being treated in hospital in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday after they were seriously injured when police fired shots during a violent protest against COVID-19 measures, authorities said. Crowds of several hundred rioters torched cars, set off fireworks and threw rocks at police during the protests on Friday evening. Police… Read More Two critically injured as police fire at anti-lockdown protesters in Netherlands

Pfizer signs $5.3billion U.S. deal for supply of ten million courses of coronavirus antiviral pill

Pfizer Inc said on Thursday it had signed a $5.29 billion deal with the U.S. government to deliver 10 million courses of its experimental COVID-19 antiviral drug, as the country rushes to secure promising oral treatments for the disease. The deal is roughly twice the size of the contract the U.S. government has with Merck… Read More Pfizer signs $5.3billion U.S. deal for supply of ten million courses of coronavirus antiviral pill

Nigeria set to kick off mass coronavirus vaccination campaign

Nigeria will start a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign later this week, aiming to inoculate half of its targeted population by the end of January, government officials said. Africa’s most-populous country has a goal to vaccinate 111 million people to reach herd immunity. Under the initiative to start on Friday, 55 million doses or more than… Read More Nigeria set to kick off mass coronavirus vaccination campaign

All vaccinated Ukrainians to receive 1,000 hryvnia

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday said in a video statement that all Ukrainians who were vaccinated against COVID-19 would receive a 1,000 hryvnia (an equivalent of $38) payment. Ukraine has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe and is grappling with its worst phrase of the pandemic, with deaths hitting a new daily… Read More All vaccinated Ukrainians to receive 1,000 hryvnia

Israel says children aged five to eleven eligible for coronavirus vaccination

Israel said on Sunday that children aged five to 11 would be eligible for vaccination against COVID-19, and that a starting date for the campaign would be made public within days. The decision, announced by the Health Ministry, followed approval by its expert panel on vaccinations last week, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… Read More Israel says children aged five to eleven eligible for coronavirus vaccination

Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to group of talented expatriates

Saudi Arabia has granted citizenship to a group of expatriates including doctors, clerics and academics, becoming the second Gulf Arab state to introduce a formal naturalization programme for foreigners with exceptional skills this year. The announcement follows a royal decree issued last Thursday which grants citizenship to “experts and exceptional global talents” who will contribute… Read More Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to group of talented expatriates