Russia becomes first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, says Putin

Russia becomes first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, says Putin

The development paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population, even as the final stage of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy continue. The speed at which Russia is moving to roll out its vaccine highlights its determination to win the global race for an effective product, but has stirred concerns that it may be putting national prestige before sound science and safety. Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin said the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters. “I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin. He said he hoped

Oil prices fall as U.S. fuel demand remains weak

Oil prices edged lower on Friday after the U.S. inventory data showed lacklustre fuel demand in the world’s largest oil consumer while worsening U.S.-China tensions weighed on global financial markets. Brent crude slipped 25 cents, or 0.7 per cent, to $35.04 a barrel by 0334 GMT and the U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was at $33.18 a barrel, down 53 cents, or 1.6 per cent. Still, both contracts are set for a fifth weekly gain, helped by production cuts and optimism about demand recovery in other countries. “The rally needs a breather. “It has been four weeks of gains and the market needs to buy time for downstream prices to catch up,’’ OCBC economist, Howie Lee, said. “Beyond the short term, the bullish momentum still

Become payment facilitator, Fulfilment facilitator and earn up to $1,000 daily with the Black Wall Street programs to redefine African commerce from colonial past

The Black Wall Street has unleashed two programs to redefine African commerce from the colonial past. This is to further the Economic War to set Africa free from European invaders who structured African trade to suit their selfish interests. Colonialism had a huge impact on the lives of Africans. Economic policies were adopted by Europeans who destroyed the colonies, rather than help them. Africa was damaged economically, politically, and culturally. Africa’s traditional lifestyles and culture were destroyed. The Europeans had no interest in traditional African culture and had no concern for the Africans. There were several negative effects of colonialism that became evident after many African nations became independent. The economic structure of African society was changed by European invaders. Cash crops were

Covidiot cuts hole in face mask to make it ‘easier to breathe’

Footage posted on TikTok showed a gas station clerk stunned to see the woman enter the convenience store with her face mask slashed to expose her nose and mouth. “Where did you get that mask from?” he asked the woman as she approached the counter. “Well, since we have to wear them and it makes it hard to breathe, this makes it a lot easier to breathe,” she replied. Joking, the bemused clerk responded, “Cutting it? Yeah, I’ll do that too, thanks for the advice.” The footage, which has received more than 796,000 likes since Friday, comes after Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that shoppers will be requested to wear masks while in public starting May 11. “While it’s gonna seem strange and is probably

Coronavirus spreads among Indian Police enforcing world’s largest lockdown

Hundreds of Indian Police have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days, raising alarm among an over-stretched force as it attempts to enforce the world’s largest lockdown to contain the pandemic. Some three million police are trying to ensure that the vast majority of India’s 1.3 billion people stay home. TV footage early in the crisis showed the Police beating back migrant workers as they tried to board city buses to reach their villages, making a mockery of social distancing. India has been under lockdown since March 25 and confirmed nearly 50,000 coronavirus cases and some 1,694 deaths. A senior officer in the western state of Maharashtra said the number of cases had nearly doubled in the Police force there in the last

Britain records Europe’s highest COVID-19 death toll

 Britain’s death toll linked to the novel coronavirus has risen to 29,427, the government said on Tuesday, meaning it has overtaken Italy in recording Europe’s highest total. The total includes only deaths reported through the Health Ministry following tests in hospitals and care homes, with many experts estimating that at least 40,000 people have died following infection with the virus. An official report on Monday in Italy, which has recorded 29,315 deaths, suggested it could have a similar total to Britain. Britain ranks fourth in the world for COVID-19 deaths per capita, behind Belgium, Spain and Italy, according to official totals. The U.S., which has reported 69,079 deaths, has the ninth-highest per capita death toll, according to data consultants Statista. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told

Trump claims information indicates Wuhan lab behind outbreak

U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that he has seen information indicating the Wuhan Institute of Virology is behind the coronavirus outbreak, but would not provide any details. Speaking with reporters from the White House Trump was asked if he has seen any information that gives him a “high degree of confidence” the virus originated in the Wuhan lab. “Yes I have,” Trump responded, adding that the “World Health Organisation should be ashamed of themselves.” When asked to provide details on the information Trump said: “I am not allowed to tell you.” (dpa/NAN)

PHOTOS: Man Who Had 281 Children From 47 Wives Dies At 73

Thousands of mourners and sympathisers flouted Angolan’s directive banning large gatherings as a measure to curtail the spread of coronavirus to pay their last respects to one Francisco Tchikuteny Sabalo, a man who fathered 281 children from 47 wives at Mungongo Island in Angola on April 19. According to report, he passed away at the age of 73 after battling prostate cancer for over a year, he was initially taken to the country’s capital city of Luanda as well as other places for treatment, but was returned home when his condition worsened to ensure that “if God called him, at least he would die beside the children and their mothers,” one of his sons said. A dedicated family man and respected personality

Global Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 180,000

More than 180,000 people in the world have died from the novel coronavirus, nearly two-thirds of them in Europe, since it emerged in China last December, according to an AFP tally based on official sources. In total, 180,289 deaths have been recorded worldwide for 2,596,383 infections, according to the tally at 1740 GMT. There were 112,848 deaths in Europe for 1,263,802 cases on the hardest-hit continent. The United States is the country with the most deaths at 45,153, ahead of Italy with 25,085, Spain 21,717, France 21,340 and Britain with 18,100.

60 Nigerians imprisoned in Tanzania regain freedom

The Nigerian Government has now finalized arrangement for the release of 60 out of the 73 Nigerians imprisoned in Tanzania on different charges. Their repatriation was made possible by the Nigerian ambassador to Tanzania. The Head, Media and Public Relations Unit, Nigeria in the Diaspora Commission, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, made this known through a statement in Abuja on Wednesday. “Ever before COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian Mission had been working on repatriation of Nigerian prisoners in Tanzania. “The Ambassador, Dr Sahobi Gada, was in Nigeria in January 2020, specifically for this purpose after having successfully secured a release of 60 out of 73 Nigerians in various prisons in Tanzania. Arrangements were then being made by the Ambassador for their repatriation”, the statement read. Balogun further stated that