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DUBAI: Social media platform Instagram has teamed up with Bahraini artist Hala Al-Abbasi on three new stickers for Ramadan that were released on Monday. The first sticker is an illustration of a mosque against the backdrop of star and a crescent. The second picture is a visual of tea and dates to represent Ramadan traditions. The last image is also an illustration of a
DUBAI: Bahrain-based investment firm Arcapita Group Holdings on Sunday announced it had bought a Texan distribution facility used by FedEx, bringing the total value of its US industrial real estate portfolio to over $200 million. The latest acquisition of the Cedardale Distribution Center in Dallas brings to 16 the number of industrial facilities it has bought in Cleveland,
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has announced that only vaccinated or immune worshippers will be allowed to enter the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah and that pilgrims who perform Umrah without a permit during Ramadan will be fined SR10,000 ($2,666) in a bid to prevent spread of the coronavirus. An official source in the Ministry of Interior said that a fine of SR10,000 will be imposed on
ANKARA: Turkey has posted record daily numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the past 10 days, including 55,941 new infections reported late Thursday. Keen to minimize the pandemic’s repercussions for Turkey’s ailing economy, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan eased infection-control measures in early March. The recent spike forced him to announce renewed restrictions, such as
A memorial siren brought traffic to a halt in Israel on Thursday as it honored six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust, and gave thanks for its swift rollout of COVID-19 vaccines as a lifesaver for elderly survivors. With around 57% of the population having already received at least one vaccine dose, Israel's infection rate has dropped dramatically. That has allowed care and nursing homes to open their doors to visitors again, reuniting many of the country's 180,000 survivors with their loved ones. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said 900 in that community had died as a result of the
Germany's vaccine regulator said on Thursday it would stick to its guidance to limit the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to those aged over 60. The European Union's drug regulator on Wednesday left it up to individual countries on how to handle the risk of rare blood clots from AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. The Paul Ehrlich Institute said in a statement its recommendation was based on intensive analyses of the current data situation, as well as the current pandemic situation.
RIYADH: Bahrain Bourse is expected to attract two new public offerings this year, its CEO told Asharq Business. The first is a logistics company and the second an oil company, Sheikh Khalifa bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, told the website However, he said that the pandemic had prompted some companies to shelve planned offerings. He said that the exchange was focused on easing the
The COVAX vaccine sharing facility aims to deliver one third of a billion COVID-19 doses by mid-year, Seth Berkley, ceo of the GAVI vaccine alliance said on Friday. The programme has delivered nearly 38.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 102 countries across six continents, six weeks after it began to roll out supplies, GAVI said in statement on Thursday. World Trade Organization (WTO) director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, speaking at the same World Bank forum, said that developing countries that export commodities have faced plummeting prices and tourism has collapsed in the pandemic.
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The country where covid-19 first emerged is championing a string of vaccines, both domestically and abroad. But opacity surrounding data makes for a fractured picture, reports Chris Baraniuk There are about a dozen Chinese vaccine candidates for covid-19, but five front runners have received emergency use approval in China as well as several other countries. Sinopharm, a state owned enterprise, is currently working on two different jabs, both of which are based on an inactivated form of SARS-CoV-2. The first was developed at Sinopharm’s Beijing institute while the second was developed in Wuhan. A third vaccine called CoronaVac was developed by the Beijing based pharmaceutical firm Sinovac. It is also based on an inactivated form of SARS-CoV-2. All three of these require two doses but the fourth front runner, from vaccine developer CanSinoBIO, is single dose. Unlike the others, it uses a human adenovirus, Ad5, to deliver SARS-CoV-2 proteins into the body. (Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine also uses a form of Ad5 as well as another adenovirus.) CanSinoBIO previously used the same approach to develop an Ebola vaccine that was approved for emergency use in China. A fifth vaccine candidate,1 from pharmaceutical firm Anhui Zhifei Longcom, was given emergency use approval on 16 March. This one requires three doses and uses proteins based on the receptor binding domain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. All five of these vaccines can be kept at normal fridge temperatures, a big advantage over others that require storage at extremely cold temperatures. Randomised, double blinded phase I and II trial results for CoronaVac in two age groups—18-59 and 60 …
TOKYO — Tokyo’s governor has asked Japan’s central government for permission to implement emergency measures to curb a coronavirus variant ahead of the Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says he plans to place Tokyo under emergency virus measures after consulting with experts on Friday. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says she asked the government to allow
The Bahrain Football Association was fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($21,530.84) by FIFA for various offences including the booing of the Iranian anthem during a World Cup qualifier between the nations in Riffa in 2019, which the hosts won 1-0. Iran striker Mehdi Taremi last month raised questions about the extreme heat in Bahrain in May and June and alleged that the AFC, which is led by Bahraini royal Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, was routinely biased against his country.
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Bahraini regime forces arrested families of several distinguished political prisoners, after they took part in rallies across the Persian Gulf kingdom over the past days to show solidarity with their jailed loved ones and demand their immediate release amid the coronavirus pandemic.
DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 1,875 new coronavirus cases after conducting 244,357 tests, state news agency WAM reported. The total number of infections in the country now stands at 480,006 since the pandemic began, the health ministry said. It added that three people died from coronavirus complications, raising the number of fatalities to 1,526. The UAE has also confirmed 1,939
NEW DELHI: India reported another record number of new COVID-19 infections on Friday with daily deaths also hitting their highest in more than five months as the country battles a second wave of infections and states complain of a persistent vaccine shortage. The world’s second most-populous country reported 131,968 new infections and 780 deaths on Friday – the biggest daily
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has hit a new coronavirus infection record for the third straight day, reporting 22,586 new cases. The country is grappling with a spike following the Persian New Year holiday. Iran, is in the midst of a major surge after millions defied government guidance to gather and travel during Nowruz, the nation’s…