Nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo – four orangutans and five bonobos – made history as the world’s first non-human primates known to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Each of the nine animals got two doses of an experimental vaccine originally intended for dogs and cats, with the apes showing no adverse reactions, and are all doing well, zoo spokeswoman Darla Davis said in an email to Reuters news agency.
Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad on Friday for a three-day visit to Iraq. His Alitalia flight was accompanied by U.S. aircraft from the Ayn al Asad military base after entering Iraqi airspace.He was welcomed by a small color guard and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
United Nations human rights experts have revealed concern over the Algerian authorities’ prosecution of individuals participating in the Hirak movement, Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville said in a statement on Friday.
“Hundreds of people have been prosecuted after the protests renewed on February 13 adding to the total of about 1,000 people prosecuted for participating in the Hirak movement,” the statement said. “We urge the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those arbitrarily arrested or detained for allegedly supporting Hirak, and drop all charges against them.
Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah on Thursday submitted his proposal for the new government for parliament approval in an effort to unite the country’s divided institutions, the prime minister’s office said.
At least 20 people were killed and 30 wounded by a suicide car bomb just outside a restaurant near the port in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu late on Friday, an emergency services official said.
A 16-year-old girl has passed away after emergency services were called to reports of a stabbing in a small Welsh village.
Two men have been detained in association with the tragedy in Ynyswen in Rhondda Cynon Taf and were themselves taken to hospital and receiving treatment for serious injuries.
South Wales police said on Friday night they are still trying to establish the cause of the girl’s death, which they described as “sudden and unexplained”.
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga affirmed on Friday that the state of emergency in the Tokyo area, introduced in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, will remain in effect for an additional period of two weeks.
Italy invoked European Union powers to block the export of 250,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Australia on Thursday, in a dramatic escalation of a dispute between the EU and drug giant AstraZeneca.
On its part,France said it may follow Italy in blocking Covid-19 vaccine shipments as concerns about vaccine nationalism rise.