first_imgIn Switzerland, the Indonesian delegation met with GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI); and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to discuss equality between countries in the procurement of a hoped-for COVID-19 vaccine.During the visit to Switzerland, Indonesia said it would help ensure equal access to vaccines globally. Retno said Indonesia was able to participate in the provision of a potential future vaccine because state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma had a large production capacity.”A collaboration like this shows Indonesia’s commitment and leadership to support multilateralism and access to vaccines for all,” Retno said.Read also: Bio Farma teams up with CEPI to mass produce COVID-19 vaccine Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir visited the United Kingdom and Switzerland earlier this week to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation on COVID-19 handling and vaccine procurement.“Our trip to the UK and Switzerland adds to our efforts to secure vaccine cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally,” Retno said during a virtual conference from Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday.Indonesia met directly with British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which is testing a COVID-19 candidate vaccine. “We will continue our coordination and communication with [the WHO, UNICEF, GAVI and the CEPI]. Once again, cooperation is key,” she added.Erick echoed Retno’s statement, saying the visit aimed to ensure a future vaccination program in the country and reiterate Indonesia’s global role in health efforts.“It is very important for us to take part in global COVID-19 handling to ensure safety for all Indonesian citizens,” he said in a press statement.Indonesia has been working with China to procure a potential vaccine through pharmaceutical companies Sinovac and Cansino, with the United Arab Emirates through the G42 in collaboration with Sinopharm and with the United Kingdom through AstraZeneca.Vaccine candidates from Sinovac, Cansino, G42 – Sinopharm and AstraZeneca are currently undergoing phase three clinical trials. The clinical trial for the vaccine candidate from Sinovac is being held in Bandung, West Java. (aly/dis)Topics :last_img read more


first_imgLondon: Pakistan fans have made their displeasure known on social media ever since the team’s poor show against arch-rivals India in their World Cup encounter in Manchester and a fresh video has surfaced wherein skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has been compared to a fat pig.Sarfaraz was walking in a mall in England with his son on his lap when a fan stopped him and asked why he was looking like a fat pig. The fan then posted the video on social media.This is not the first time when fans have crossed the line and gotten personal with the Pakistan players. In fact, photos of Shoaib Malik, his wife Sania Mirza and Wahab Riaz partying on the eve of the India-Pakistan game started doing the rounds soon after their loss to Virat Kohli and boys on June 16.In a game that was completely dominated by India, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir was the only bright spot as he returned figures of 3/47 from his 10 overs. And while the fans were not pleased and took to social media to ridicule the players, Amir had requested them to not use bad words even though they were free to criticise the players.Taking to Twitter, Amir wrote: “Pls dont use bad words for the players yes u guys can criticise our performance we will bounce back InshAllah we need ur support (sic).”Shoaib Malik also added his bit on Twitter and wrote: “On behalf of all athletes I would like to request media and people to maintain respect levels in regards to our families, who should not be dragged into petty discussions at will. It’s not a nice thing to do.”Interestingly, the Pakistan Cricket Board had come out with a clarification that the photos of the players dining and partying till late on the eve of the high-voltage clash was actually not from the eve of the game.“The cricketers did not violate their curfew,” a PCB spokesperson told DawnNewsTV.“The videos and photographs that went viral (on social media) are from two days before the match. The day before the match against India, all the players were in their hotel rooms by curfew time.” IANS Also Read: Fan apologizes for derogatory personal remark on Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmedlast_img read more


first_imgUEFA said on Saturday it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the soccer federations of Croatia and Turkey for crowd trouble during two games at the Euro 2016 tournament in France this week.They could face sanctions due to fans “throwing objects and setting off fireworks” during Friday’s matches and a hearing into the unrest will take place on Monday, UEFA — European soccer’s governing body — said in a statement.Croatia faces additional charges over alleged “racist behaviour”, while Turkey faces charges linked to a pitch invasion by supporters.The incidents took place when Turkey played Spain in Nice and during Croatia’s clash with the Czech Republic in Saint-Etienne, the latest crowd trouble to hit the tournament.Friday’s match in Saint-Etienne was held up for several minutes after Croatian fans threw flares onto the pitch and began fighting among themselves.Eight flares and other objects landed on the pitch near to riot police, who had been deployed in front of the section housing Croatia’s supporters.The trouble broke out in the dying minutes of a game that Croatia were leading 2-1. The final score was 2-2.Croatia, sanctioned three times during the qualifying competition, was already facing a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday after fans threw flares and ran onto the pitch during the team’s opening match at the finals against Turkey in Paris.A police official told Reuters on Saturday 11 hardcore fans known as “ultras” — some of them carrying neo-Nazi banners — had been detained in Nice before Friday’s Spain vs Turkey match.advertisementPhilippe Castanet, a deputy prefect for the region, said some of them would be sent home.Inside the stadium, five fans were arrested for the possession and throwing of flares.Euro 2016 has been marred by violence, especially in Marseille last weekend when Russian fans clashed with English supporters before, during and after the Russia vs England game.On Saturday, a Reuters witness saw dozens of Russian fans leave a Marseille detention centre under police escort. Shortly afterward, another witness saw them arrive at Nice’s international airport.In Lyon, two Ukrainian fans were filmed on Thursday during the Ukraine vs Northern Ireland game with tattoos similar to the swastika. The region’s prefect said he had contacted a judge about the matter.Earlier this week, French riot police sprayed tear gas and charged England fans in Lille before the England vs Wales match.France has enlisted more than 90,000 police, soldiers and private security agents nationwide to ensure safety in the face of intelligence agency warnings of potential militant Islamist attacks and the threat of hooliganism.last_img read more