Is the UK falling apart? Elections on Thursday could expose divides and strengthen a push for Scottish independence

Upcoming regional votes on May 6 could expose those divides further and the parliamentary election taking place in Scotland could even set the stage for a second referendum on independence, although public opinion on the debate is on a knife-edge. How Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party fares in Thursday’s election could largely determine how easily… Continue reading Is the UK falling apart? Elections on Thursday could expose divides and strengthen a push for Scottish independence

U.S. to discuss wider Covid vaccine licensing as India calls to waive patent protections

millions of Americans have received their doses. In recent weeks, India has grappled with a staggering rise in new coronavirus infections. Over the weekend, India reported 400,000 daily cases, bringing the nation’s cumulative total to 19,557,457 cases, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins. The spike may have been triggered by a highly contagious Covid… Continue reading U.S. to discuss wider Covid vaccine licensing as India calls to waive patent protections

Gottlieb says U.S. Covid decline will accelerate, calls vaccination campaign ‘monumental achievement

Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottleib on Sunday said that a precipitous drop in new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. was likely to continue, predicting a “relatively quiet summer when it comes to coronavirus spread.” “Look, the situation in the U.S. continues to improve, and I think in the coming weeks we are… Continue reading Gottlieb says U.S. Covid decline will accelerate, calls vaccination campaign ‘monumental achievement

U.S. begins Afghanistan withdrawal, deploys military assets to protect troops

WASHINGTON – The White House confirmed Thursday that the U.S. military has begun its withdrawal from Afghanistan and proactively deployed additional troops and military equipment to protect forces in the region. “Potential adversaries should know that if they attack us in our withdrawal, we will defend ourselves, [and] our partners, with all the tools at… Continue reading U.S. begins Afghanistan withdrawal, deploys military assets to protect troops

Senators ask Google about phone call to Match on day before testimony

The two top senators on the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust sent a letter to Google Tuesday asking about an alleged call to Tinder-maker Match Group the day before its top lawyer was set to testify about treatment on the Google Play app store. Match’s chief legal officer, Jared Sine, told senators during last week’s… Continue reading Senators ask Google about phone call to Match on day before testimony

U.S. Pledges Medical Aid To India, Where COVID-19 Is Overwhelming Hospitals

The United States will make more medical aid available to India in an effort to fight an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases. The pledge came during a phone call between White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval on Sunday, as India has become the epicenter of the global… Continue reading U.S. Pledges Medical Aid To India, Where COVID-19 Is Overwhelming Hospitals

U.S. to give India raw materials for vaccines, medical supplies to help fight Covid surge

The Biden administration said that it will immediately make raw materials needed for India’s coronavirus vaccine production available as the country works to counter the surge of Covid-19 infections. In recent weeks, India has grappled with a staggering rise in new coronavirus infections. Over the weekend, India set another global record for daily cases, bringing… Continue reading U.S. to give India raw materials for vaccines, medical supplies to help fight Covid surge

PM Modi says India shaken by coronavirus ‘storm’, U.S. readies helpPUBLISHED SUN, APR 25 20216:54 AM EDT

India set a new global record of the most number of COVID-19 infections in a day, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged all citizens to be vaccinated and exercise caution, saying the “storm” of infections had shaken the country. The United States said it was deeply concerned by the massive surge in coronavirus… Continue reading PM Modi says India shaken by coronavirus ‘storm’, U.S. readies helpPUBLISHED SUN, APR 25 20216:54 AM EDT

U.S. Covid vaccinations slow as more states pass half of residents jabbed

shot. U.S. vaccine shots administeredThe United States is averaging 2.9 million reported shots per day over the past week, CDC data shows. The daily average had held above 3 million for more than two weeks straight and hit a peak of 3.4 million reported shots per day on April 13. One reason for this slight… Continue reading U.S. Covid vaccinations slow as more states pass half of residents jabbed

Rich countries are refusing to waive the rights on Covid vaccines as global cases hit record levels

The U.S., Canada and U.K. are among some of the high-income countries actively blocking a patent-waiver proposal designed to boost the global production of Covid-19 vaccines. It comes as coronavirus cases worldwide surge to their highest level so far and the World Health Organization has repeatedly admonished a “shocking imbalance” in the distribution of vaccines… Continue reading Rich countries are refusing to waive the rights on Covid vaccines as global cases hit record levels