February, 2021 Archive
Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics says some 900 people who survived the Holocaust died from COVID-19 in Israel last year. The bureau reported Tuesday that about 5,300 survivors of the World War II-era mass murder of European Jews and other groups by the Nazis were infected in 2020 with the coronavirus. The pandemic began its global rampage about a year ago. About 17% of those Holocaust survivors died of the virus, similar to the percentage of others of the same age. All Holocaust survivors are at least 75 years old and COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, is especially lethal to seniors.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has defended its flagging coronavirus vaccine program, which has come under criticism from the World Health Organization, EU states and recently departed member Britain. A European Commission spokesman acknowledged Monday that mistakes were made with plans that could have triggered border controls between the United Kingdom’s Northern and the EU’s Republic of Ireland. But the EU says it remains confident member states can achieve the commission’s goal that 70% of the bloc’s adult population will be vaccinated by the end of the summer. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country wants to offer all adults the shot by Sept. 21. She says there were “good reasons” why the EU was slower off the bloc on its vaccine campaign, such as requiring regular approval.