Ancient beer factory found in Egypt - Archaeologists in Egypt uncovered a beer factory that is believed to be at least 5,000 years old. Around 40 pots inside the brewery were discovered that were used to heat grain and water to make beer. The brewery likely dates back to King Narmer’s era.
Zimbabwe receives vaccine - Zimbabwe announced it received 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines were donated from China and another 600,000 doses are expected to arrive in March. The country has been on a lockdown for the past six weeks and saw cases and deaths fall by over 90 percent.
Japan’s economy shrunk in 2020 - Japan’s economy shrank by 4.8 percent in 2020 because of the pandemic. However, in the second half of last year, it picked up, thanks to consumption and exports. Japan is currently lagging behind western countries in vaccine distribution, and experts believe that will cause the country’s economic recovery process to slow down.
India activist arrested - Disha Ravi, a 22-year-old climate activist in India, was arrested over the weekend for sharing a document with farmers. Tension has been high in the country as farmers have been protesting against new agricultural laws. The documents were intended to support farmers, Ravi said in court. Officials like Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the arrest an attack on democracy.
Only one shot for people previously infected with COVID-19 - People who have recovered from COVID-19 are being recommended by France health authorities to only receive one COVID-19 vaccine shot. The country said people who have had COVID should have some immunity. Typically, people are required to have two jabs of the vaccine. France is the only country offering this recommendation.
Mario Draghi sworn in - Mario Draghi has been sworn in as Italy’s new prime minister. He is the former head of the European Central Bank and recently put together a unity government of Italy’s main political parties. Draghi inherits the responsibility of helping Italy fix its worst economic outlook in decades. The country is still fighting the virus and has recorded over 90,000 deaths.
Former Argentina president dies - Former Argentina President Carlos Menem has passed away. He served as the country’s president from 1989 to 1999. He was known for his luxurious lifestyle and was often photographed with expensive cars and women. Menem opened the country to foreign investment and helped reestablish a relationship with Britain.
Cuba prepares to test own vaccine - Cuban researchers are working on a domestically-produced COVID-19 vaccine. In the coming weeks, the vaccine will be tested on thousands of volunteers. Recent tests from first clinical trials were described as encouraging and very important. The country hopes to vaccinate all of its citizens by the end of the year.
Commission to investigate capitol riot - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Congress will create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6th U.S. Capitol riot. The attack was orchestrated by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The Commission will be similar to one that was created to investigate the 9/11 attacks. Trump was recently acquitted by the Senate.
Former NFL player and Colorado star athlete found dead* - Vincent Jackson, who played football for the University of Northern Colorado, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was found dead on Monday. He attended Widefield High School in Colorado Springs. Police in Florida are investigating his death.