Interfor International - Weekly Security Matters Digest - January 11

Interfor International – Weekly Security & Covid Digest – January 11, 2022

Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest – January 11, 2022

Global Security Matters

  • A spike in fuel prices prompted mass protests in Kazakhstan, leading to the detention of almost 6,000 citizens. In an effort to prop up the pro-Moscow regime in Kazakhstan, Russia was asked to deployed troops to the area. 
  • To showcase its growing weapons capabilities, North Korea claims it tested a second hypersonic missile since September.  Hypersonic missiles fly at lower altitudes, making them more difficult to intercept.
  • The head of Denmark’s military intelligence service, Lars Findsen, has been jailed following charges of leaking highly classified information.  Findsen has been suspended since August 2020 after criticism of his agency’s role in a surveillance scandal. 
  • China said it will soon institute new regulations on Chinese platform firms hoping to list on overseas stock markets.  The rules will require platform companies with over one million users to submit to a mandatory security review before listing shares in other countries.   

Covid-19 Updates

Total Deaths: 5,493,841 (837,911 in United States) 

At least one dose administered: 60.8% globally (United States: 74% of population)

  • Covid hospitalizations in the United States reached a record high , as a surge in infections caused by the Omicron variant strains health systems across the US. Experts believe the wave will begin to taper off in the third week of January.
  • The WHO (World Health Organization) stated that more than half of the Europe population is on track to contract the Omicron variant in the next two months if infections continue at current rates.
  • Pfizer is aiming to have a Covid vaccine that specifically targets Omicron and other circulating variants by March.
  • Private insurers in the US will have to cover the cost of eight at-home coronavirus tests per member per month.
  • Protesters stormed across Germany, protesting the country’s pandemic restrictions. Meanwhile, vaccine rules tightened across much of Europe, as the number of cases soared.
  • Breakouts and lockdowns took place across China as final preparations for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic are underway.