Myanmar’s army has begun disrupting access to Facebook as it attempts to stamp out signs of dissent, days after it ousted the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Facebook, one of the most popular means of communication in Myanmar, has been used to coordinate a civil disobedience campaign that saw health workers at dozens of hospitals walk out of their jobs on Wednesday to protest against the army’s actions.
Patients taking part in a clinical trial launched Thursday in the United Kingdom will receive different vaccines for their first and second doses: the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, followed by the one from Pfizer and BioNTech, or vice versa. The U.K.’s Department of Health said it was the first study of its kind — normally patients receive two doses of the same vaccine.
Doctors in New York have performed the world’s first successful face and double hand transplant. Joe DiMeo, 22, underwent the 23-hour surgery, performed by a team of more than 140 healthcare workers last August. Two face and double hand transplants have taken place before but both were unsuccessful. One patient died from complications and the other had their hands removed after they failed to thrive, the hospital said.
Britain’s media regulator on Thursday revoked a Chinese TV licence after it concluded that the Chinese Communist Party had ultimate editorial responsibility for the channel while Beijing lodged an official complaint over the BBC’s COVID-19 coverage. Britain and China have been exchanging barbs for months over the crackdown in Hong Kong, concerns over the security of Huawei technology and the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China’s remote Xinjiang region.
The head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee has apologized for making sexist remarks about women, but he said he would not resign, despite calls for him to step down on social media. Yoshiro Mori, who is also a former prime minister of Japan, was reported to have said during an online meeting of the committee’s board of trustees that women talk too much.