Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest – May 10, 2022
Global Security Matters
- The highly anticipated Victory Day celebration and parade in Moscow passed without much fanfare. After reports that Vladimir Putin had ordered his generals to provide a victory by May 9th, it was speculated that he would mark the day by announcing a major escalation, initiate a new vector of attack, or attempt to claim a Russian victory.
- The US has requested a UN Security Council meeting to discuss potentially increasing sanctions against North Korea. North Korea increased the number of missile launches in recent months, holding 15 tests this year.
- Early vote counting indicates Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will likely win a highly contested presidential election in the Philippines. Marcos is the son of the former dictator of the Philippines, who was forced from office in 1986.
- China’s President Xi Jinping reportedly told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that all efforts should be directed toward ensuring the conflict in Ukraine does not become unmanageable.
- Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed Qatar’s Emir will visit Iran, among other countries, to discuss the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal. Additionally, Qatar’s Emir is expected to discuss energy security in Europe.
Total Deaths: 6,252,137 (996,612 in United States)
At least one dose administered: 67.2 % globally (United States: 78.4% of population)
- Following weeks of increasing infection rates, the number of virus-positive Americans being admitted to the hospital is up by 17%. Areas that have avoided the worst of the pandemic are coping with elevated cases and hospitalizations.
- The Biden Administration is issuing a new warning that the United States could potentially see 100 million Covid-19 infections this fall and winter, as officials publicly stress the need for more funding from Congress to prepare the nation.
- A group of former heads of state and Nobel laureates are calling on the United States to immediately commit $5 billion to combat the global coronavirus pandemic.
- US Navy separations due to refusal of the Covid-19 vaccine rose by 70 sailors, now at 884, the second highest number of separations, behind the Marine Corps’ 2,117.
- Authorities in Shanghai have again tightened anti-virus restrictions, just as the city was emerging from a month of strict lockdown due to a Covid- 19 outbreak.
- Taiwan launched the Covid-19 “new Taiwan model,” shifting from a strategy of elimination to one of mitigation, despite soaring case counts.