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through its inhumane, colonial and apartheid policies.” They also urged the United Nations to take swift action to decrease tensions in the area, and return to negotiations for a two-state solution.

The current tensions started on May 7, as Israeli police dispersed Palestinians carrying out tarawih prayers during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Israeli authorities were also evicting Palestinian residents of the East Jerusalem district of Sheikh Jarrah to make way for Jewish settlements.

Indonesia Halts Use of an AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Batch After Death of Vaccine Recipient

Indonesia will temporarily halt the distribution and use of a batch of Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by the AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company, nearly two weeks after the set was implicated in the death of a vaccine recipient earlier this month.

“The Food and Drug Agency [BPOM] will run tests on AstraZeneca batch number CTMAV547, which will take one or two weeks. The move is part of efforts to ensure that the vaccine is safe for use,” said Ministry of Health spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi on Sunday.

“The National Commission for Post Immunization Incidents or KIPI’s report also recommended the BPOM test, though data on the batch has yet to confirm the recommendation.”

Nadia added that KIPI has yet to find evidence of people in Indonesia who died as a result of a Covid-19 vaccination. “In a number of similar incidents, the deceased died from other factors unrelated to the vaccine.”

She assured that “the move will not affect other AstraZeneca batches aside from CTMAV547. The other batches are perfectly safe for use, so the public do not need to question their quality.”

Nadia asserted that “the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine will continue because they are shown to have substantial benefits.”


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