THE NEW Covid vaccine app is being trialled in the next two weeks on routes between London and Singapore, with hopes to launch more widely soon after. Created by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the app, which will store evidence of a negative coronavirus test as well as proof of vaccinations, has raised hopes of summer holidays resuming. Nick Careen, the industry trade body's senior vice president for airport passenger cargo and security, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that "quite a few" governments have shown an interest in the app. Asked whether UK passengers would be able to use paper records as proof of vaccination or would need to upload digital evidence, Mr Careen said: "The chances are it will be a combination of the two. "Speaking specifically for the UK, there have been discussions and there have been some announcements in terms of digitising, and there is a digital record through the NHS of your vaccination regardless of how it is being … [Read more...] about Boost for holidays as new vaccine passport app for international travel launches in next two weeks
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Two Senate committees were hearing evidence on Tuesday from the officials in charge of security when the US Congress was attacked by supporters of Donald Trump. Some former security officials have blamed apparent intelligence shortcomings for the failure to anticipate the violence of the mob. The invaders, intent on interrupting a session to certify Joe Biden's presidential election victory , smashed through the barriers at the perimeter. Five people died as a result of the violence, including a Capitol Police officer and a woman whom police shot as she tried to smash through the doors of the House chamber with lawmakers still inside. Watch video 02:23 Share US democracy under assault Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3pCJF Impeachment managers show chilling images of violence Trump was criticized and impeached … [Read more...] about US Capitol attack: Senators probe security and intelligence failures
Malawi's opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has won Malawi's rerun elections held on Tuesday to become the country's new president. The Malawi Election Commission declared him the victor on Saturday with a dominant 58.57% of the vote ahead of incumbent President Peter Mutharika. Mutharika, who has been in power since 2014, won 38% of the vote in last year's discredited elections in which Chakwera garnered 35%. Mutharika was even sworn into power, but evidence of electoral irregularities later led to the courts annulling the results . The scrapping of Mutharika's 2019 victory by the courts was historic as it made Malawi just the second sub-Saharan African country to have presidential poll results set aside, after Kenya in 2017 . Malawians queue for voting. This year's election has passed largely without major incident A rocky road to 2020 elections Both the Constitutional and Supreme Courts were harshly critical of how the Malawi Electoral Commission handled the … [Read more...] about Who is Malawi’s new leader Lazarus Chakwera?
More than 40% of the over-80s have broken lockdown rules after getting vaccinated against coronavirus, new data suggests. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) asked more than 2,000 people over 80 in England about their attitudes toward COVID-19 . Some 43% said they had met up with someone outside their household, support or care bubble indoors after getting their first jab. And 41% admitted they did so less than three weeks after getting their first dose, "appearing to break lockdown regulations". Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement Public health officials advise that coronavirus vaccines only start to offer protection two to three weeks after they are administered. Government scientists have also warned people against breaking lockdown rules despite getting their vaccines, as they could still pass the virus to someone else and cause it to mutate in the other person. More from Covid-19 … [Read more...] about COVID-19: More than 40% of over-80s have broken lockdown rules since getting vaccinated, ONS says
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to "get on with the job" after answering eight hours' of questions over her government's handling of harassment claims against her predecessor Alex Salmond. A day after her lengthy evidence session before a Scottish parliament committee, Ms Sturgeon said she would now "rest on that". Mr Salmond, who was first minister from 2007 until 2014, was awarded a pay-out of more than £500,000 by the Court of Session after it ruled in January 2019 that the Scottish government had acted unlawfully. He was acquitted of 13 charges in March 2020 following a criminal trial. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Sturgeon 'sorry' to women and taxpayers As well as the Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints investigation, a separate inquiry is under way to consider if Ms Sturgeon breached the ministerial code in any way. Advertisement Speaking at … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon vows to ‘get on with the job’ as she awaits Alex Salmond inquiry ruling