Albania Has Obtained 1.6 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Says Institute of Public Health

Albania has currently obtained 1.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Chief of Epidemiology at the Institute of Public Health (IShP) Silva Bino announced that 800 thousand people can be vaccinated as a result. She also stressed that the country had sufficient capacities to vaccinate the entire population within the end of the year. Bino said that, by the end of February, more than 450 thousand vaccines will have arrived in Albania. The first 10 thousand doses will arrive in the third week of January, 30 thousand more will arrive in February. She also warned that people who have recovered from COVID-19 should nonetheless receive the vaccine. The Chief of Infectious Diseases Service at the main Albanian hospital, Najada Çomo was the first to receive the first dose of the vaccine. Prime Minister Edi Rama was the second. https://exit.al/en/2021/01/13/albania-has-obtained-1-6-million-covid-19-vaccine-doses-says-institute-of-public-health/
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Germany Is Not the Donor of COVID-19 Vaccines to Albania, Embassy Suggests

Prime Minister Rama’s claim that about 1,000 Pfizer vaccines being administered in Albania were donated by an EU country was followed by suggestions that it could be Germany. The claims were fed by customs clearance documentation published by Balkanweb on Tuesday, which showed Germany as the country of production. Rama has maintained that the donor country provided the vaccine doses as a personal favor to him, seeking in return his word not to reveal the name of the country. Still, the lack of transparency by the government and Public Health Institute has raised questions not only regarding these claims, but whether the transportation and storage of the Pfizer vaccine has complied with established protocols. Countries that have started administering the vaccines have made it a point to be as open as possible in regards to their storage and/or transportation, as it concerns the public’s credibility in the face of accelerated procedures being applied to approve them for mass use. Based on such information, Exit News sent a request for comment to the German Embassy, to which they responded that they have no information about the vaccines that arrived on  January, 11th. The German Embassy having no information on the alleged arrival of vaccines from their country means that, although they have been produced there, vaccines were not donated by Germany. In an apparent response to Prime Minister Rama’s criticism of the lack of EU assistance for vaccines, not unlike EU Ambassador Luigi Sorecca earlier on Tuesday, the German Embassy couldn’t help mentioning the assistance they have provided to Albania during the pandemic.. Below is their response to Exit News’ request for clarification: “The embassy has no information so far regarding the vaccines sent on January 11, 2021. Germany has supported Albania in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic in various ways. This has happened (and is still happening) through material donations and training in the medical field, helping with direct assistance to those in need and through the package of more than 10 million euros, used between other things to help small and medium-sized enterprises to reorganize in the frame of crisis, as well as additional financing of  Rural Credit Guaranteed Foundation. ” https://exit.al/en/2021/01/13/germany-is-not-the-donor-of-covid-19-vaccines-to-albania-embassy-suggests/
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Facebook to remove all 'stop the steal' content ahead of Biden inauguration

Facebook, as part of its preparations ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration, is removing all content containing the phrase “stop the steal,” and is treating the two weeks leading up to the ceremony as a “major civic event.” Facebook's Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen and Vice President of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert said the company began preparing for Inauguration Day last year, but said the planning “took on new urgency after last week’s violence in Washington D.C.” “We’re taking additional steps and using the same teams and technologies we used during the general election to stop misinformation and content that could incite further violence during these next few weeks,” they said in a statement. “We are now removing content containing the phrase “stop the steal” under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram,” they continued.   Facebook removed the original “Stop the Steal” group in November, and has continued to remove Pages, groups and events that violate its policies, including calls for violence. Company executives did say, though, that they have been “allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome and that will continue.” “But with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration,” they said. “It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step but we have already removed a significant number of posts.” “Stop the Steal” refers to President Trump’s baseless charges of widespread voter fraud and claims that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him. Facebook, on Monday, said they have continued to “proactively reach out to federal and local law enforcement” and are providing information “in response to valid legal requests.” “As always, we will continue to remove content, disable accounts and work with law enforcement when there is a risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety,” they said.   https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/facebook-remove-stop-the-steal-content-biden-inauguration
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