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Palestinian vaccine rollout controversy, and other stories…

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout by the Palestinian Authority (PA) has come under scrutiny as senior officials and football players move ahead in the queue of medical workers and the elderly. 

Credit: “Flu Vaccination Grippe” by Daniel Paquet is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Independent Commission for Human Rights have called for the Palestinian government to clarify exactly how they are distributing the vaccinations. 

Currently, the PA have only stockpiled enough does to fully vaccinate 6,000 people in a population of nearly five million. 

The Health minister, Mai Alkaila, has said that they have “focused from the beginning on health workers, but there are around 100,000” and that vaccines were given to the National Football team so they could represent Palestine in international games. 

The PA are now waiting on tens of thousands more doses in a programme provided by the World Health Organisation to help poorer countries acquire vaccines. 

Security forces kill at least six in Myanmar

New reports from social media claim that a total of at least 6 civilians have been shot and killed by security forces in Myanmar. 

Those killed have been protesting peacefully against the military coup that began on February the first. 

French anti-migrant group dissolved for ‘inciting hatred, violence and discrimination’

The French government have formally announced the dissolution of Generation Identity, a notorious far-right anti-migrant group, for inciting “an ideology inciting hatred, violence and discrimination of individuals based on their origin, their race or their religion”. 

Gérald Moussa Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, published the official government decree on his twitter this morning.

In 2012, Generation Identity claimed a “declaration of war” with a mission to preserve French and European civilisation, seen as undermined by newcomers, notably Muslims.

Since then, they have waged a campaign to try and stop migrants from entering the country.

Clement Gandelin, leader of the far-right group, told reporters that even if Generation Identity is dissolved, “the militants will still be there” and that they will continue to fight back in court.

Dolly Parton sings during her Vaccine 

Dolly Parton has become one of the latest celebrities to publicly confirm that they’ve had the vaccine.  

The 75-year-old country music star sang a new rendition of Jolene, replacing the red headed lady with the words “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.” 

The jab was administered by a friend of the singers who knocked something off the table while he was preparing.  

Dolly Parton has contributed $1million dollars to the Moderna vaccine and encourages others to come forward and “get the shot”. 

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