Interfor International - Weekly Security Matters Digest -November 16th

Interfor International – Weekly Security & Covid Digest – November 16th

Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest – November 16th, 2021

Global Security Matters

  • The US State Department announced that Iran-backed Houthi rebels breached the US embassy compound in Yemen.  Reportedly, the majority of the US Embassy staff who were detained have been released. In 2015, the US diplomatic mission suspended operations in Yemen due to an ongoing civil war.
  • On Thursday at the UN Security Council, several Western countries accused Belarus of manufacturing the migrant crisis on the border with Poland.  A few of these countries believe Belarus’s authoritarian leader, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, is attempting to destabilize the region for political gain.
  • An FBI-run online portal was compromised on Friday and used by hackers to send what seemed to be a legitimate emails to over 100,000 email addresses.  The email reportedly warned recipients they were at risk of a “sophisticated chain attack.”
  • A joint naval exercise between Israel and several Gulf states coordinated by the US has concluded.  The exercise follows the signing of the Abraham Accords in September 2020, and signals a shared concern over Iranian military activities.  

Covid-19 Updates

Total Deaths: 5,104,856 (763,178 in United States) 

At least one dose administered: 53.6% Globally (United States:  68% of population)

  • Covid vaccine access – Pfizer will allow its Covid pill to be made and sold cheaply in poor countries.
  • Cases are again on the rise in the US – Some hospitals in the West and the Upper Midwest are already dealing with a big influx of patients, and some experts worry it’s the beginning of a nationwide surge. 
  • US booster directive – Health officials in California, New Mexico, Colorado, New York, and Arkansas directed all providers not to deny booster shots to any adults, ahead of the federal regulation. 
  • Covid is surging in Europe – Case numbers have risen by more than 50 percent, new restrictions have been imposed throughout the continent.
  • Russia reported a new daily record of COVID deaths while the total number of coronavirus infections in the country during the pandemic has topped 9 million.
  • New Egyptian vaccine – Egypt announced clinical trials of its own COVID vaccine, ‘COVI VAX.’