After delay, vaccination of Palestinian workers in Israel to kick off Monday | The Times of Israel

The full vaccination program for some 120,000 Palestinians who are legally employed in Israel and in West Bank settlements was supposed to start Sunday, at Sha’ar Efraim and seven other checkpoints, as well as four settlement industrial zones. However, on Friday, the military liaison to the Palestinians said the plan was being put on hold “due to administrative delays, which are supposed to be solved in the near future.” Source: After delay, vaccination of Palestinian workers in Israel to kick off Monday | The Times of Israel

Covid-19 vaccine: Government has purchased enough for every New Zealander | RNZ News

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement at a post-Cabinet briefing about 4pm.

Ardern said the decision to make Pfizer New Zealand’s primary vaccine provider was based on it being shown to be about 95 percent effective at preventing symptomatic infection.

“Whilst the Pfizer vaccine does need to be kept at ultra-cold temperatures, this challenge is offset by only having to deal with one vaccine, rather than multiple vaccines with multiple protocols. It will simplify our vaccine roll out.”

Source: Covid-19 vaccine: Government has purchased enough for every New Zealander | RNZ News

Myanmar police occupy hospitals in Yangon ahead of national strike | Myanmar coup | The Guardian

Police in Myanmar have occupied hospitals and universities and reportedly arrested hundreds of people involved in protesting last month’s military coup, while a coalition of labour unions called a nationwide strike for Monday.

Tension was high in the country’s biggest city, Yangon, on Sunday night, where gunshots from heavy weapons could be heard in several areas after the 8pm curfew. The sounds of what apparently were stun grenades could also be heard on videos posted on social media.

Some of the shooting was heard near hospitals, where reports said neighbourhood residents sought to block the entry of police and soldiers.

Security forces have previously targeted medical personnel and facilities, attacking ambulances and their crews. There are fears the police presence in hospitals would allow authorities to arrest wounded people presumed to be protesters.

Source: Myanmar police occupy hospitals in Yangon ahead of national strike | Myanmar coup | The Guardian

Threats to call ICE lobbed at Picos Mexican restaurant after it required masks – The Washington Post

“This has been ongoing through covid,” O’Sullivan said. “We’ve had threats of calling ICE. I had one guy just stand there and berate one of my bartenders and tell her ‘you’re an absolute idiot, you don’t know what you’re doing. If you think these masks are going to save your life, you’re stupid’ blah, blah, blah. Nobody wants to deal with that stuff.” One employee of Grand Prize Bar in December had to get stitches after he was hit in the head with a glass by a maskless customer he approached, Houston Police said. Reacting to the potential violence that could ensue from confusion or disagreements over mask rules, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo reminded residents this week that businesses have the right to implement their own mandates. Acevedo also encouraged “common decency,” saying in a video that wearing a mask can save lives.

Source: Threats to call ICE lobbed at Picos Mexican restaurant after it required masks – The Washington Post

50 retired nuns, including a 100-year-old sister, get coronavirus vaccines – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Monterey Park Hospital nurse Liliana Ocampo gives Sister Virginia Stehly her second COVID-19 vaccine at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet independent living center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 during a pop-up vaccination clinic. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the West San Gabriel Valley, in partnership with Monterey Park Hospital AHMC, coordinated coronavirus vaccinations for more than 50 retired nuns at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet independent living center.

The club’s RV rolled up in front of the center to administer the second Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to residents at the center, not far from Los Angeles’ Historic Koreatown. The sisters range in age from 65 to 100 years old.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the club recently turned its RV into a mobile pop-up vaccination clinic on wheels, perfect for such missions of pandemic mercy.

Source: 50 retired nuns, including a 100-year-old sister, get coronavirus vaccines – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Ruling Party Official Suffers Grisly Torture Death in Myanmar’s Yangon Amid Violent Raids — Radio Free Asia

The bloodied body of a National League for Democracy local chairman was returned to his family Sunday, a day after he was taken away in a series of violent house-to-house raids on residences in Yangon, Myanmar’s second-largest city and tortured, witnesses and local media reports said.

As protests rejecting the Feb. 1 military coup that deposed Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD government raged on in major cities despite shootings and beatings, video shared on social media showed police raiding homes of politicians late Saturday with guns blazing, while witnesses said police were beating and arresting those on the scene.

Khin Maung Latt, 58, the NLD chairman in Yangon’s outlying Pabedan township, was taken away by the army and police Saturday night and the next day local police told his family he was dead.

The Irrawaddy online news outlet quoted Tun Kyi of the Former Political Prisoners Society, as saying that Khin Maung Latt was tortured to death. Tun Yi helped the family arrange his funeral Sunday evening, the report said.

The Irrawaddy also reported that two people, including the local chair of the ousted NLD in the central region of Magway were hacked to death Friday by members of the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party. The army-proxy USDP is at the center of the unsubstantiated claims of election fraud in last November’s polls that the military cited as the reason for the coup last month.

According to RFA’s tally of verified protest deaths, at least 54 people had died in the protest crackdown and related police brutality.

Source: Ruling Party Official Suffers Grisly Torture Death in Myanmar’s Yangon Amid Violent Raids — Radio Free Asia