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The Austrian Chancellor spoke about the possibility of registering Sputnik V

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus infection COVID-19 “Sputnik V” can be registered in Vienna at the national level if the approval process at the EU level takes too long.

He announced this during a live broadcast on Instagram.

“Of course, there is an opportunity to do this at the national level, if it takes too long at the European level,” Kurz said.

Kurz noted that all procedures at the European Medicines Agency take a very long time. In his opinion, including in this regard, Europe lags behind in the issue of vaccination from the United States and Great Britain.

Earlier, the Austrian Chancellor said that the government of the country in the coming days will discuss with doctors the possibility of self-registration of the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus “Sputnik V”.

UK quarantines are planning loosened

In the UK, which will soon begin testing COVID passports, authorities are planning to ease quarantine restrictions from April 12.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this during a briefing broadcast by Sky News.

“Today I can confirm that from Monday, April 12, we will move on to the second part of our plan (to ease the quarantine) … We do not see anything in the current data that could force us to move away from the current plan,” he said.

Thus, the following establishments will be working again in the country in the near future:

— the shops;
— sports clubs;
— zoos;
— campgrounds;
— hairdressing salons;
— beer halls;
— other places served outdoors.

From mid-May, Johnson said the UK could lift the ban on international travel.

“We hope that we can do this from May 17, but we would not like to become hostages of fortune and underestimate the difficulties faced by other countries that the British would like to visit,” he said.

Earlier it was reported that Britain set a record for vaccinations: more than 660 thousand people per day.

Seven Britons died of blood clots after the AstraZeneca vaccine

Seven people have died in the UK due to blood clots after being vaccinated with a drug from the Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca. This was reported by the newspaper (MARCA), citing data from the British medical regulator MHRA.

“Of the 30 cases in our statement, seven [people] have unfortunately died,” the statement said.

The regulator noted that no such cases were recorded in those who received the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine. Earlier it was reported that in Britain, 30 cases of thrombosis were detected after the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

It was specified that in the kingdom as of March 24, 18.1 million doses of the drug for the coronavirus infection AstraZeneca were administered. Prior to this, the German Paul Ehrlich Institute recorded 31 cases of thrombosis after vaccination against CAVID-19 with Vaxzevria from AstraZeneca.

On March 30, the website of the European medical agency EMA reported that the vaccine of the Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca.

More than €5 billion raised in aid to Syria

Donors have allocated 5.3 billion euros for the settlement of the Syrian crisis. 3.6 billion euros are subventions for 2021.

At the fifth donor conference Supporting the future of Syria and the region, held on March 29-30 in Brussels, donations were collected for the settlement of the Syrian crisis in the amount of 5.3 billion euros, according to the website of the European Commission.

“Commitments for 5.3 billion euros have been made. 3.6 billion euros are subventions for 2021. 1.7 billion euros for 2022,” said Janez Lenarcic, a member of the European Commission for Crisis Management.

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria in 2011, the EU has already allocated 24.9 billion euros for humanitarian assistance, stabilization processes, and refugee accommodation.

Meanwhile, Britain has launched an investigation into Bashar al-Assad’s wife.

The investigation was launched at the request of a group of lawyers who believe that Asma al-Assad, being the wife of the president and thus one of the most influential persons in Syria, “ incited terrorism.”

NATO fighters climbed 10 times during the day to intercept Russian aircraft

On Monday, March 29, NATO fighters took to the air ten times to escort Russian bombers and fighters over the North Atlantic, North Sea, Black, and Baltic Seas.

This is stated in a statement on the Alliance website.

NATO, in connection with the latest interception incidents, announced “an unusual level of RF air activity.”

Overall, NATO aircraft intercepted six different groups of Russian military aircraft near Alliance airspace in less than six hours.

“The interception of several Russian aviation groups demonstrates the readiness and ability of NATO forces to guard the skies of the Allies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” said Brigadier General Andrew Hansen, deputy chief of staff at Allied Air Command.

In the Far North, Norwegian F-16s took to the air after radars spotted two groups of Russian military aircraft flying off the coast of Norway. Norwegian jets intercepted two bombers, which continued to fly south over the North Sea, forcing Britain and Belgium to raise their Typhoon and F-16 aircraft, respectively. On the same day, Norwegian F-16s intercepted two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers.

NATO’s radars also detected three Russian military aircraft near Allied airspace over the Black Sea. Turkish, Romanian, and Bulgarian fighter planes took to the skies to track Russian planes until they left the area. Separately, an Italian fighter intercepted a Russian Il-38 naval patrol aircraft, accompanied by fighters.

Russian military aircraft often do not transmit a code indicating their position and altitude, do not submit a flight plan, or do not communicate with air traffic controllers, posing a potential risk to civilian aircraft, NATO notes.

The Alliance adds that on Monday none of the Russian aircraft violated the airspace of NATO countries.