The first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was taken by President-elect Joe Biden, who said he was having the jab to show Americans that it is “safe to take.”
Mr. Biden, including Vice-President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, joins a rising number of political leaders having the jab.
On Sunday, the roll-out of Moderna’s second vaccine, which was approved last week, began.
It is said that more than 500,000 Americans have already been vaccinated.
“I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it’s available to take the vaccine,” Mr Biden said from Newark, Delaware, where he got the jab live on TV.
“There’s nothing to worry about.”
He said the Trump administration deserves some credit for the country’s vaccine program being initiated.
The President-elect said that Mr. Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, got her first dose earlier in the day. It is predicted that Mr. Biden’s running mate, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will get their first shots next week.
During the administration’s first 100 days in the White House, the Biden team set a target of 100 million Covid-19 vaccinations in the US.
The US has reported more than 18 million cases and 319,000 deaths during the pandemic.
President Donald Trump, who was in a coronavirus hospital in October for three days, has not said when he plans to get the vaccine.
The president is also one of the few top elected leaders in the world not to have earned the first of two jabs.
“I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time,” Mr. Trump wrote in a tweet on December 13.
Some of his advisers have defended the delay, saying he is still protected by the treatments he received to beat the virus.
According to the CDC, about three million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been delivered and more than 500,000 Americans have so far been vaccinated. And the distribution of the Moderna vaccine also started in the country on Sunday, with around six million doses of vaccine available for immediate shipment.
On Saturday, the army general in charge of administering Covid vaccines in the US apologized for a “miscommunication” with some states over the number of doses to be distributed in the initial distribution stages.
More than a dozen states expressed concern about a decrease in the number anticipated. On Friday, more than 100 doctors protested against the university’s vaccine delivery plan at Stanford Medical Center.
They state that in the first round of 5,000 doses, only seven of the more than 1,300 residents – recent medical school graduates – were chosen to receive the vaccine. According to the demonstrators, hospital managers and doctors operating from home were given preference over those working directly with Covid-19 patients.
Officials from Stanford later apologized, saying the university was trying to fix the shortcomings in its proposal.
Malaysia Remembers MH370
KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — Today, March 8, marks the 7th anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370 that went missing under mysterious circumstances while enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
How and why a sophisticated Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers of different nationalities and 12 crew vanished from the radar screen without a trace remains an enigma till today, with the extensive search never seen before in aviation history.
In remembering the ill-fated flight, Bernama revisited the incident and interviewed some of the next-of-kin in Malaysia who find the lack of closure on the episode to be disappointing.
“I feel exactly like how it had been seven years ago when I was 17, …things are pretty much the same but we are doing ok,” said the daughter Andrew Nari, the chief steward on the ill-fated flight, to Bernama.
The brother-in-law of Goh Sock Lay, chief stewardess on board, told Bernama that the family did not want to talk about the incident as they felt sad each time they recalled the tragedy.
Family members of passengers also have moved on and felt there is nothing more to talk about the tragedy.
Even the conspiracy theories have abated. The initial theories, such as hijacking and diversion of the plane to US Military base on the Diego Garcia atoll, seizure of control of the aircraft from the pilots via remote methods, and catastrophic systems or airframe failure – are all have yet to be proven.
However, the aircraft’s flaperon that washed up on the beach on Reunion Island a year later pointed to the fact that the Indian Ocean is the final resting place of flight MH370. However, there is no way to pinpoint the exact resting place of the aircraft in the vast ocean.
Australia, China, and Malaysia ended a fruitless US150 million search across a 120,000 square-kilometre area in the Indian Ocean in 2017. Subsequently, Houston-based group Ocean Infinity also failed to locate the aircraft and its search ended in 2018.
The Malaysian Transport Ministry had said that it has yet to receive any credible evidence to initiate a new search. Till the aircraft is found and the mystery surrounding its disappearance is deciphered, the MH370 call sign will remain an enduring mystery of aviation.
JPJ Is On The Hunt For Vehicle Owners That Use Modified Horns With Rhythmic Tones
Lately, the trend of using modified horns with rhythmic tones can be seen to be on the rise especially among bus and also lorry drivers and this irresponsible action has been disturbing other road users. Therefore, the Selangor State Road Transport Department (JPJ) has carried out the enforcement operation to hunt drivers that are still using this type of horn around Selangor. This operation is done so that this disturbing type of horn will never be used again.
Selangor State JPJ also has stressed that a fine of up to a total of RM2,000 and also imprisonment of up to 6 months awaits road users with vehicles that use modified horns. According to a statement, the enforcement operation against the use of these modified horns has been done within the state since 1 March after receiving complaints from the public.
According to the Selangor State JPJ, enforcement against vehicles that install these rhythmic horns as an accessory has been sued under Rule 24 (i) of the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Rules 1959, namely installing horns more than one tone. Vehicles installing this kind of horn have also been taken action with the issuance of a Notice of Prohibition of the Use of Vehicles (PG1).
Vehicle owners who have been compounded must attend an inspection at any nearby JPJ Office to ensure that the vehicle has been taken corrective action by removing the installed rhythmic horns and a Vehicle Use Prohibition Withdrawal Notice (PG2) will be issued after the vehicle inspection is made. The compound also needs to be clarified or the case was taken to court for further action.
JPJ stated that continuous enforcement will be done against any offenses to make sure that road users obey the rules and regulations on the road.
Sources: Facebook JPJ Negeri Selangor.
Malaysia Appointed As Member Of UNSC’s Advisory Group
KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — Malaysia has been appointed as a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission’s (UNSC) advisory group (AG).
The appointment was made at the 52nd UNSC session held virtually from March 1-5, 2021.
In a statement today, the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM) said Malaysia as one of the AG members will modernise the management and organisation of the national statistical system, thus contributing valuably to the advancement of the global statistical community.
The UNSC is the highest decision-making body consisting of more than 190 UN member states and international organisations, and members of the committee meet annually with a mandate to promote official statistics.
During the 52nd UNSC session, Malaysia was also selected as one of the pilot countries under the 12 Tranche of the UN Development Account for 2020 – 2023 projects.
DoSM said Malaysia’s commitment and leadership role in developing the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) in the Asian region is being recognised by the UNSD.
“As a continuation, Malaysia has executed MySEEA extension for the year 2021 – 2025, prioritising the development of Land and Ocean Accounts,” it said.
It said the fully-funded project aimed to strengthen the capacity of National Office of Statistics (NSO) in building SEEA in measuring progress towards sustainable development and formulating integrated evidence-based policies.
Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin led the Malaysian delegation for the 52nd UNSC session.
“DoSM, as the official government agency, will continue to be actively involved and supportive in the UNSC in order to improve coverage of many important statistical indicators, as well as to provide reliable official statistics that are relevant to policy that will benefit the whole National Statistical System and the well -being of society,” said Mohd Uzir.
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