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Interfor International - Weekly Security Matters Digest -November 8

Interfor International – Weekly Security Digest – November 8, 2022

Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest – November 8, 2022

Global Security Matters

  • North Korea’s military said it was practicing to attack South Korea and the US.  Last week, North Korea fired missiles and flew jets near its shared border with South Korea in protest of the US-South Korea “Vigilant Storm” air force drills.  In response, the air force drills, which were supposed to end on Friday, were extended an extra day.  On Monday, North Kora announced they were practicing to strike US and South Korean air bases and operation command systems.

Covid-19 Updates

Total Deaths: 6,578,245 (1,068,667 in United States) 

US Hospitalization Rate: 1% decline in the past week

  • Moderna and Pfizer are beginning trials to assess the safety, efficacy, and dosage of their candidate vaccine that combines four flu strains and two coronavirus strains. 
  • China reported its highest daily Covid-19 caseload in six months, despite grinding lockdowns that have heavily disrupted manufacturing, education, and day-to-day life.
  • Pfizer said that the immune responses against Omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants were “substantially higher” in people who got its new bivalent booster.
  • Australia is experiencing a new Covid-19. Over 40,000 new cases were reported in the past week, representing a nationwide new case jump of roughly 20%.

Monkeypox

Global cases: 78,379              US cases: 28,709

  • New Jersey health officials announced the state’s first monkeypox-linked death, the 10th death case in the US. 

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