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Mar 19 2021 - 04:16 PM
Daily News from Around the World: 3/19/21

Welcome to the daily news! Today’s headlines primarily center around the global coronavirus vaccination effort. The AstraZeneca vaccine has been reapproved in Europe, the US is planning to share their doses with Mexico and Canada, the Philippines has closed its borders and Guam is planning to prioritize vaccinating its tourism workers. These front page stories are courtesy of FreedomForum.org



China Daily, Published in Beijing, China

Imported bumblebees expected to boost yields


China has been increasingly importing bumblebees from a biotech company in Belgium in order to improve pollination in agriculture. Currently, three thousand queen bees are being quarantined for a month by customs before they are released and able to create three thousand individual bee swarms. 

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Pacific Daily News, Published in Hagatna, Guam

GHRA discusses reopening tourism


The Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association has put together a task force for reopening tourism on the island. Plans are underway for special clinics dedicated to vaccinating tourism industry workers. The governor is also expecting to ease quarantine requirements for incoming travelers in time for summer. 



Irish Examiner, Published in Cork, Ireland

Period of days’ before AZ jab resumes


After the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine was briefly halted in a number of European countries due to incidences of blot clots, the European Medicines Agency has reapproved it for use. In Ireland it is expected that the vaccine will begin to be given again in the next couple days. 



Manila Bulletin, Published in Manila, Philippines 

Banning return of Filipinos an inhumane act


Due to the surging coronavirus cases in the country, the Philippines is closing its borders for the next month in order to help control the spread. The ban on arrivals also includes Filipino nationals who were overseas. The chairman of the Senate labor committee is arguing that returning Filipinos should be allowed into the country. 

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The Hamilton Spectator, Published in Hamilton, Canada

Deal with United States could send 1.5M doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Canada


While the AstraZeneca vaccine has not yet been approved by the FDA, it has been approved in Canada and Mexico. Plans are in the works for the United States to send 1.5 million doses to Canada as well as 2.5 million doses to Mexico since the US has 7 million doses not currently being used.



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