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Schools Call In!

As thousands of students across Antigua and Barbuda return to the classroom today, the Ministry of Education says its objective is to have all students return to active and meaningful learning while adopting measures that will mitigate health and safety risks to the school community. Director of Education, Clare Browne said based on in-depth data collection, analysis and deliberation, the...

Xpress 26th February 2021 – Issue 196

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Myanmar coup: Violence flares as rival protesters clash in Yangon

Supporters of Myanmar's military have tussled with anti-coup protesters, as turmoil over the ousting of the country's elected government spills onto the streets. Myanmar has been jolted by unrest since the military seized power in a coup on 1st February. Since then, mass protests have been seen across the country, with many calling for a return to democracy. More anti-coup...

T&T to get COVAX rollout info within days

By Anna-Lisa Paul (Trinidad Guardian): Trinidad and Tobago will know within the next two days just when and how much COVID-19 vaccines it will receive via the COVAX facility. According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram – the number of two-dose AstraZeneca vaccines will vary between one hundred and eight thousand and one hundred and seventeen thousand. The World Health Organization (WHO)...

St Kitts-Nevis rolls out vaccination programme

The vaccination programme for COVID-19 is set to begin today at the Newtown Health Centre where the first doses will be given to people here in St. Kitts and Nevis. Minister of Health, Akilah Byron-Nisbett, in an address on Sunday noted that the vaccine rolls out with a launch this afternoon. “To initiate our vaccination rollout and awareness of the campaign,...

Medical oxygen scarce in Africa, Latin America amid virus

DAKAR, Senegal (AP): A crisis over the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck nations in Africa and Latin America, where warnings went unheeded at the start of the pandemic and doctors say the shortage has led to unnecessary deaths. It takes about twelve weeks to install a hospital oxygen plant and even less time to convert industrial oxygen...

Biden call with Saudi king expected ‘very soon’ White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters): U.S. President Joe Biden should talk “very soon” with Saudi King Salman, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Thursday, ahead of the expected release of a U.S. intelligence report on the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A person familiar with the issue told Reuters that the report’s release was awaiting the call. The release also...

ECCB to implement action for recovery, resilience and transformation of ECCU

(Dominica News Online):  Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine, says the institution has received approval to implement a programme of action for recovery, resilience and transformation of the ECCU. He said the move is a regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic and contains several themes that are all aligned with a strategic plan that the ECCB plans...

High-rises for Portmore

The densely populated municipality of Portmore should transition to high-rise living as one of the fastest-growing regions in Jamaica. That is one of the proposals that is being mulled by a joint select committee examining the prospects of Portmore being designated the island’s 15th parish. Peter Knight, chief executive officer of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), said during his...

Coronavirus: EU urged to adopt joint ‘vaccine certificates’

(BBC): Greece and Austria are urging other EU states to adopt a common COVID vaccination certificate, which could help revive Europe's stricken tourist industry this summer. In a virtual meeting EU leaders are also discussing how to speed up vaccinations. The EU's slow vaccine rollout has been widely criticized. Greece and Israel already have digital vaccination certificates. But France and Germany...

Security forces start vaccination exercise

Close to three hundred members of the security forces have been vaccinated over the past several days as efforts to inoculate frontline units are ramped up under the national vaccination exercise. Led by members of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) who started their vaccination process on Tuesday when seventy-five members were vaccinated, other security agencies have since joined...

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