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News and curiosities from the world Covid: testing of the new Italian vaccine, Takis, starts

Covid: testing of the new Italian vaccine, Takis, starts

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Press review from 22 to 28 February 2021.

The experimentation of the all-Italian Covid-19 vaccine starts hopefully: Takis. According to the government website, 1.400.262 people have been vaccinated in Italy so far, including boosters for the second dose.

The new vaccine was conceived by Takis of Castel Romano (Rome) and developed in collaboration with Rottapharm Biotech of Monza. The National Cancer Institute Pascale Foundation of Naples and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani of Rome and the San Gerardo Hospital of Monza are involved in the clinical trial, as reported by the Ansa agency.

The first of the 80 volunteers scheduled for phase 1 was vaccinated today, 1 March, at the San Gerardo hospital in Monza, in collaboration with the University of Milan-Bicocca.


In Burma, protests against the coup of February 9 continue, and violence continues to make the streets bloody. At least 18 protesters were killed today on the most dramatic day since the beginning of the protests, which counted around XNUMX total victims. This was reported by the BBC, citing medical sources in Yangon, Dawei and Mandalay, where the police used live and rubber bullets and tear gas.

Meanwhile, the leader of Burma, as reported by the BBC, deposed by the military coup, Aung San Suu Kyi, appeared in video link before the judge who will have to try her for "illegal import of walkie - talkies" and "for organizing a protest during a pandemic ”.

The charges are added with the "violation of the law on communication and incitement to public disorder". The next hearing has been set for March 15th.

The United Nations took a strong stand, condemning the violent repression and urging the military junta to stop using force on peaceful protesters. "We strongly condemn the escalation of violence against protests in Myanmar and call on the military to immediately stop the use of force against peaceful protesters," said Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Council.


It is an investigation by the BBC to reveal the scam happening in Brazil. Within the Facebook page it is possible to find some land offered for sale to speculators and traffickers, with the aim of destroying more and more "the lungs of the planet". Grounds the size of a thousand football fields. Of course, the sellers do not have a regular certificate of ownership and the land is very often part of protected areas reserved for indigenous people. An illegal activity for which Facebook does not intend to take sides by deleting the advertisements on the site. Even the local and national Brazilian authorities wash their hands, only NGOs and representatives of the Indians are protesting.

"We are facing such a shameless invasion that the invaders are not ashamed to go to Facebook to make illegal land sales”, Says Ivaneide Bandera, head of the environmental NGO Kanindé at the BBC.

The trafficker Fabricio Guimares, interviewed by Bbc, pretends to be an advocate for potential customers interested in buying and states: "In this part of the Amazon there is no risk of government agent inspections". 

The government of President Jair Bolsonaro promises "zero tolerance" for any violation of the law, but by cutting the 40% of inspection personnel in the Amazon is only facilitating the destruction of the planet's lung.


China in 1979 imposed a new family plan that focused on the possibility of having an only child. In the seventies Chinese couples had on average four children, the mouths to feed, according to the Party-State, were far too many and would have blocked the growth of production that in just a few years has led China to establish itself as an economic superpower.

Ms. Zhang Rongrong, 34, was fined heavily for her anti-government decision. The woman had seven children with her husband and had to pay one million yuan (130 euros) in "social support taxes"

Five of the seven children would not have been entitled to identity documents, would not have been able to go to school, would not have received health care. not paying would have condemned the five children to a life of clandestinity.

Zhang is an entrepreneur and for this reason alone she has been able to afford the luxury of choosing how many children to give birth to, which is not allowed for most of the Chinese population.

«When someone asks me if it's not too tiring, if I'm not exhausted, I answer that for me it's like dancing: if you like it, you like it even if it makes you sweat'. "Some say that it is the quality that counts, not the quantity. I also thought about this: children are healthy and happy, they always have someone to play with; with my husband we had done the math before, we knew we could afford it economically»Says the businesswoman from Guangdong.

In the 70s, banners were posted on the walls of country houses with the words: "Have fewer children and raise more pigs". In recent years, state doctors have performed 336 million abortions and sterilized 196 million men and women, as well as having implanted 403 million intrauterine spirals. The birth rate dropped to 1,05%; 2019 million babies were born in 14,65, 580.000 fewer than in 2018: the lowest number since 1961, when the Great Industrial Leap attempted by Mao Zedong plunged the empire into famine.

«We run the risk of getting old before we get richCai Fang, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the main government think tank, admitted in November.


For several years Portugal has had to face a real “genetic poverty” with prices to be paid too high for the citizens' pockets. The reduced financial possibilities of Portuguese households do not find light in meeting the expenses for minimal energy services, especially those for heating.

The costs of heating bills are very high due to poor energy efficiency in homes and many decide to do without it.

According to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, almost a fifth of the approximately 10 million Portuguese are unable to heat their homes properly. In Portugal, the cold also causes several deaths: in 2019 the Portuguese National Institute of Health had declared that 397 of the approximately 3.700 deaths were related to the cold, even at home, and to the flu in the previous year.

 In the buildings built in the second half of the last century, during the great migration from rural areas to cities, there is a lack of adequate thermal insulation and other energy efficiency criteria that were only introduced in the XNUMXs.

The prices of electricity and natural gas are among the highest in the European Union, 21 and 6 euro cents per kilowatt hour, considering that in Portugal the average monthly salary is around 970 euro.

The government finally, after years of silence, finds itself discussing a bill to combat energy poverty, establishing investments for a total of 8 billion euros in twenty years. 

A situation, it is hoped, that will bring improvements to the nearly 2 million Portuguese who live in homes without adequate heating.


The dissident Aleksey Navalnyj was transferred on February 28 to a prison colony two hundred kilometers east of Moscow, where he will serve his sentence of two and a half years in prison. According to the Tass and Ria Novosti agencies, he was interned in colony number two in Pokrov, in the Vladimir region.

"Initially it will be placed in quarantine, later it will be transferred to its colony“Alexei Melnikov, a member of the Moscow public commission that monitors the human rights of detainees, told the Interfax news agency.


On February 28, the Conservatives' Conference took place in Orlando. Former President Donald Trump began with a "I missed you ...”To a stage of supporters with a football fan style.

The message he wanted to communicate to the people was very clear and incisive "Joe Biden is a mess, his first month was terrible. And I could reapply. Our journey is far from over“, As reported by the Ansa agency.

Excluding the idea of ​​wanting to found a new party, which would split the Republican electorate, he hinted that he could run for the presidential elections of 2024. "We are engaged in a struggle for the survival of America as we know it", he has declared.

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