The United States is deeply concerned by a massive surge in coronavirus cases in India and will race additional support to the Indian government and health care workers, a White House spokeswoman said on Saturday. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday called on the Biden administration to release millions of stored doses of AstraZeneca (AZN.L) vaccine for shipment to India, Brazil and other hard hit countries.
Joe Biden has become the first US president to issue a statement formally describing the 1915 massacre of Armenians as a genocide. The killings took place in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire. But the issue is highly sensitive, with Turkey acknowledging atrocities but rejecting the term “genocide”. Previous US administrations have not used the term genocide in formal statements amid concerns over damaging relations with Turkey, a Nato ally.
The wreckage of a lost Indonesian submarine has been located, according to the country’s military. The KRI Nanggala 402 went missing early Wednesday morning during a training exercise near Bali. The Indonesian navy said Saturday that it believed the ship had sunk and its crew of 53 were dead, an assessment later confirmed with underwater photos of the wreckage.
The United States will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday, following an 11-day pause. The joint announcement came after a CDC advisory committee voted to recommend lifting the pause, but advised adding a warning about the increased risk of very rare but severe blood clots.
The 2021 Oscars on Sunday saw “Nomadland” take home the top prize as best picture in an awards show that featured countless celebrities reference Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction and police brutality in the United States. Frances McDormand took home the award for best actress for the film. Another big winner was Anthony Hopkins, who took home best actor for his work in “The Father.”