Kenyan doctors grapple with virus - After four doctors passed last week, the doctor’s union in Kenya accused the country’s government of not protecting workers who are treating COVID-19 patients. It is unknown if the deceased had contact with COVID-19 patients. The union is asking for more PPE and comprehensive medical coverage as it threatened a strike.
Two men killed by Nigerian police - Amnesty International has called for an investigation into an incident in Nigeria that left two young men dead after an encounter with police. Officers allegedly shot one victim and stabbed another to death at a tea shop after a disagreement when they came to arrest a suspect. Protesters against the incident gathered over the weekend to demonstrate. The officers involved have been arrested.
IOC confident fans can attend 2021 Olympics - The International Olympics Committee said it is very confident that fans will be able to attend the Tokyo Olympic Games next year. The games were originally scheduled for this past summer but were postponed because of the coronavirus. The International Olympics Committee and Japan have both made it clear the games will go on as planned next year.
South Australia reports first COVID-19 outbreak since April - South Australia recently reported 18 coronavirus cases with 13 infections being linked to a hotel quarantine worker. It is the area’s first outbreak since April as it prepares to increase testing and introduce new restrictions. Australia shutdown its borders to international travelers in March, but one-fifth of the country’s cases are linked to returning travelers.
EU COVID-19 fund blocked - Hungary and Poland have blocked a European Union Budget that includes a $888 billion COVID-19 recovery fund. The two countries have been scrutinized for violating democratic standards in the EU’s treaty. In order for the budget to pass, it needed unanimous support from all countries involved. The EU is investigating both countries for undermining the independence of courts, the media and other organizations.
Afghan migrant charged over son’s death in Greece - Greek authorities have charged an Afghan asylum seeker who is accused of having endangered his six-year-old son’s life. The child drowned when a boat they were using to cross from Turkey capsized. The father faces a six-year prison sentence if he is found guilty. Thousands of migrants have been traveling to Greece from Turkey this year.
Peru president resigns - Peru Interim President Manuel Merino has resigned from office after only being in the position for less than a week. Protests against the government recently resulted in the death of two people. Politicians had called for him to resign after violent crackdowns against protesters. Merino had replaced President Martin Vizcarra after he was removed in an impeachment.
Brazil continues COVID-19 vaccine trial - After a Chinese coronavirus vaccine trial was canceled for two days after a death of a volunteer, Brazil has resumed vaccine trials. Health officials reported the death had no connection to the vaccine. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro called the cancelation a victory and said he would not purchase the vaccine for the country. The vaccine is in the final stage of testing.
Trump refuses to concede - Two weeks have passed since Election Day in the United States, and President Donald Trump still has not conceded the election. However, Trump did tweet that President Elect Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.” There is no evidence that the election was rigged as Trump has launched numerous lawsuits in key states. All of his lawsuits have failed.
COVID vaccine proves to be effective - The U.S. company Moderna announced that a new vaccine that protects against the coronavirus is nearly 95 percent effective. The company said they plan to apply for approval to use the vaccine in the next few weeks. Trials of the vaccine involved 30,000 people in the United States as participants received two doses of the vaccine, four weeks apart. Moderna expects to have 20 million doses of the vaccine available in the country.