Car bomb explodes at entrance to Iraq’s northern Tikrit

Displaced Iraqis wait next to their vehicles as they get ready to return home to Tikrit in this July 22, 2015 photo after government forces retook the city from Daesh a few months earlier. (AFP)
Updated 08 January 2019

Car bomb explodes at entrance to Iraq’s northern Tikrit

BAGHDAD: A car bomb killed at least two police officers and injured five civilians in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Tuesday, a hospital source said.
The blast - described by the military as a terrorist attack - went off at a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad.


Israel to examine Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, minister says

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Israel to examine Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, minister says

  • Russian health minister dismissed allegations that the vaccine was unsafe on Wednesday
  • Israel is developing its own vaccine candidate and intends to begin human trials in October
JERUSALEM: Israel will examine Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine and enter negotiations to buy it if it is found to be a “serious product,” Israel’s health minister said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday his was the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine, after less than two months of human testing. His health minister on Wednesday dismissed allegations that the vaccine was unsafe.
“We are following vigilantly every report, no matter what country,” Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein told reporters. “We have already discussed the reports from the research center in Russia about the vaccine development.
“If we are convinced it is a serious product, we will also try to enter negotiations. But I don’t want to delude anyone. The ministry’s professional staff is working on this all the time. The vaccine will not come tomorrow,” he said.
Israel is developing its own vaccine candidate and intends to begin human trials as early as October. It has also signed with Moderna and Arcturus Therapeutics for the option to buy their potential vaccines.