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The Latest: Hong Kong starts virus jabs at community centers

The Latest: Hong Kong starts virus jabs at community centers

Health
HONG KONG — Hong Kong has begun administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public, kicking off its mass inoculation targeting all 7.5 million residents.People age 60 and older and health care workers are among some 2.4 million people prioritized to receive vaccines at community centers and outpatient clinics across Hong Kong.The government said Friday registrations for the first two weeks of the program are full.Participants so far will be receiving the vaccine by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac. A million doses arrived in the city last week, and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other top government officials were vaccinated first in a bid to bolster confidence in the program.Hong Kong has struck deals to buy 22.5 million doses of vaccines from Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Fosun Ph...
Iran starts limited COVID vaccinations with Russian shots

Iran starts limited COVID vaccinations with Russian shots

Health
Iran has launched a coronavirus inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle EastByThe Associated PressFebruary 9, 2021, 9:40 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTEHRAN, Iran -- Iran on Tuesday launched a coronavirus inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East with its death toll nearing 59,000.At a ceremony marking the start of the campaign, Parsa Namaki, son of Health Minister Saeed Namaki, received his first dose. The minister said the vaccination would be simultaneously carrie...
AU Small Finance Bank starts operations in eastern India

AU Small Finance Bank starts operations in eastern India

Finance
Kolkata: AU Small Finance Bank, a scheduled commercial bank, started its operations in Eastern India with the setting up of a branch in the metropolis on Thursday. Since the start of banking operations three and half years ago, AU has presently 710 touchpoints in 13 states and two UTs, a bank spokesman said. Executive director of AU Bank Uttam Tibrewal said that the banking entity has started its journey in eastern India beginning with Kolkata. The city has been the hub of trade and commerce ever since the days of Independence, he added. Tibrewal said AU has built a net worth of Rs 4,900 crore with a deposit base of Rs 27,000 crore and loan of Rs 30,500 crore. Let's block ads! (Why?) Banking/Finance-Industry-Economic Times
Investigation of water-borne contaminants starts at former Reese AFB, Texas

Investigation of water-borne contaminants starts at former Reese AFB, Texas

Business
July 31 (UPI) -- Investigative field work began on contaminants in the groundwater of the former Reese Air Base, Texas, the U.S. Air Force said. The base near Lubbock was closed in 1997 after a 50-year history. Like most U.S. air bases, it had relied since 1970 on foam, to put out fires, containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances [PFAS] regarded as hazardous materials. Repeated use of the foam led to contaminants seeping into groundwater. Advertisement Research has linked PFAS to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, and endocrine disruption. Unusual clusters of serious medical effects in communities with heavily PFAS-contaminated water, many near military bases, have been discovered. The investigation was announced by the Air Force in a statement on Thursday. "We didn't do this in negle...
UK’s first e-scooter trial starts in Middlesbrough

UK’s first e-scooter trial starts in Middlesbrough

Technology
Middlesbrough has become the first place in the country to trial e-scooters in a bid to ease pressure on public transport amid the coronavirus crisis.Fifty rentable electric scooters are available from around the town and can be hired by anyone over the age of 18 with a full or provisional driving licence.The vehicles, which are banned on pavements, are limited to 11.5mph and cost £2 to hire for 20 minutes.The pilot, which will run for a year, will be rolled out across all five boroughs of the Tees Valley later this month.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology