On January 12, the senior leaders of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff broke the silence for nearly a week and issued a joint statement on the US Congressional riots on the 6th. They condemned the demonstrators participating in the riots for violating American laws and challenging the procedures established by the U.S. Constitution and emphasized that Biden has won the U.S. election and will soon become the new commander-in-chief of the U.S. military.
Reuters pointed out in the report that senior US military leaders usually do not make statements involving political issues. It is very rare for them to make such a joint statement this time.
The aforementioned joint statement first repeated the duties of the U.S. military, stating that the U.S. military has always obeyed the legal orders of civilian leaders, ensured public safety in accordance with the law, and is committed to “protecting the U.S. constitutional government from damage by enemies at home and abroad.”
The statement then condemned the riots in the U.S. Congress on the 6th, saying that the demonstrators directly attacked the U.S. Congress and the statutory procedures established by the Constitution, but the U.S. law did not grant them such rights, and the U.S. military would resolutely “defend the Constitution.”
“We have witnessed violations of the law in the Capitol. Free speech and freedom of assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition, and rebellion. As soldiers, we must embody the values and ideals of the country, and we support and defend the United States. The Constitution, any action that violates the procedures prescribed by the Constitution not only violates traditions, values, and oaths but also violates the law.” The statement reads.
At the end of the statement, the Joint Chiefs of Staff emphasized that in accordance with the US Constitution, after confirmation by states and courts and certification by Congress, Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, becoming the 46th commander-in-chief of the US military. They also reminded U.S. soldiers across the country to be vigilant and ready to perform their duties at any time.
According to the final signature of the document, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milly, Vice Chairman John Hayteng, and the leaders of the various services of the US military signed this statement.
CBS said that the Joint Chiefs of Staff is responsible for the work of the chief military adviser to the President of the United States and usually does not involve political matters. Although this statement did not issue any political declaration, it clearly shows that senior US military officials believe it is necessary to reiterate the responsibilities of the US military before the inauguration of the new president. Reuters also pointed out that such joint statements by senior US military officials are very rare.
The report pointed out that the statement made by the US military this time is in sharp contrast with what they did in June last year. At that time, during the protests after the black man Freud was “kneeled and killed,” Milly, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accompanied Trump to the church to take pictures. On the way, the National Guard used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters. Milli later apologized to the American people for this matter.
Since the U.S. military is mainly composed of white men, the “extremism” in the U.S. military has also received close attention after the Congressional riots. The US Army said on the 12th that they will cooperate with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate whether any US military personnel have also participated in the demonstration. “There is no place for extremism in the military. We will review every report and take appropriate action,” said a US Army spokesperson.
The US Department of Defense has announced that it may deploy up to 15,000 National Guard soldiers to be responsible for security during Biden’s inauguration. The U.S. military and the U.S. Secret Service will also conduct investigations on these National Guard personnel and decide whether it is necessary to conduct an in-depth background investigation on some of them as appropriate.
Germany starts ordering 2022 vaccines, local leaders suggest approval of Chinese vaccines
German Health Minister Jens Spahn revealed on Saturday (30th) that the country has now begun to order the 2022 vaccine, because the spread of the variant new coronavirus may require an increase in the dose in the future.
According to Reuters news on the 31st, Spann said in a video conference for medical staff on the 30th that Germany is currently ordering 2022 vaccines, and at least some of them must be obtained first because no one knows whether there is a need to increase the number of vaccine injections in the future, or In order to maintain immunity to the new coronavirus, vaccines must be purchased in advance as a preventive measure. Spann said that 2.3 million people out of the 83 million German population have received the first dose of vaccine, but because vaccine manufacturers such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Modena, and other vaccine manufacturers suddenly announced reductions in production, European governments faced a shortage of vaccines. Both are quite a headache. The German government has set up a new vaccination task force, and it is also expected to convene federal and local government representatives, pharmaceutical companies, and EU representatives for a vaccine meeting on the 1st.
Germany, as the largest economy in Europe, stalled during the second blockade in November. Many Germans envied the faster vaccination rates in Britain, Israel, and other countries. The German federal government has continuously received criticisms of too slow vaccination progress. German media described the government vaccine program as a “scandal.” Public opinion surveys show that people’s satisfaction with the government’s epidemic prevention has dropped to 49%, the lowest point since the epidemic.
Before the meeting of the new vaccination working group, some powerful regional leaders in Germany also expressed dissatisfaction with the federal epidemic prevention and control measures. The governor of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, put forward a new proposal that requires the federal state to allow the state to have more say in the supply of vaccines to the groups most in need. Soder said, “We need an emergency vaccine economy system, and the country must formulate clear rules,” he called on the authorities to consider approving Chinese and Russian vaccines for use in other European countries.
According to reports, as of the 30th, Germany had 13,321 new cases and 794 deaths in a single day, with a total of more than 2.21 million confirmed cases and 56,000 deaths. Although the number of cases per 100,000 people has dropped by 3 in the past 7 days to 91 cases. The government stated that the number must be less than 50 cases to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. In addition, the German Ministry of the Interior said that due to the growing domestic concerns about the mutant virus, it is currently preparing to impose restrictions on the entry of passengers from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa.
The U.S. and Russia reach an agreement on extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
On January 26, US President Biden had a telephone conversation with Russian President Putin for the first time after taking office. The Russian Kremlin stated that the two sides agreed to extend the arms control agreement “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty,” and the US White House also said that the two sides will work on extending the treaty.
Russian Satellite News Agency quoted the Kremlin News Service on the 26th as saying that Putin and Biden reached an agreement on extending the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” during a telephone conversation. The source said: “In the near future, both parties will complete all necessary procedures to ensure that this important international mechanism for mutual restriction of nuclear weapons continues to take effect.”
Reuters reported on the 26th that the White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s statement. However, the White House issued a statement saying that the leaders of the United States and Russia agreed to let their working groups urgently start work on the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The United States and Russia signed the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” in 2010, which aims to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles deployed by the two countries. After the US-Russia “China-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty” expired in 2019, the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” became the only arms control treaty between the two countries. The treaty will expire on February 5, 2021, but the validity of the treaty can be negotiated between the two countries It will be extended at most 5 years later. In 2020, the United States and Russia launched several rounds of negotiations on the extension of the treaty. In October of that year, the two sides proposed to extend the treaty for one year but ultimately failed to finalize the details.
U.S. COVID-19 patient dies hours after vaccination
A person infected with the new coronavirus in California, USA, died a few hours after being vaccinated with the new coronavirus on the 21st. The cause of death has not been identified, and it is not clear whether the deceased was vaccinated with Modena or Pfizer.
According to Fox News, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in California announced on Saturday (23rd) that a resident who tested positive for the new coronavirus in December 2020 will be vaccinated on January 21, 2021. Received the vaccine, but died a few hours later.
The sheriff’s office said that at present, many local, state, and federal agencies are actively investigating the case. It is too early to talk about the cause of death, and the results of the investigation are still pending.
According to the report, it is still unclear whether the vaccine for the deceased was Moderna or Pfizer.
According to previous reports, a report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 22nd showed that as of January 10, a total of 4,041,396 people in the United States had received the first dose of the covid vaccine developed by Modena in the United States, and a total of 1,266 cases of adverse effects were reported Reaction events (adverse reaction rate is about 0.03%), including 10 allergic reactions. Previously, the center reported that as of December 23, 2020, a total of 1,893,360 people in the United States had received the first dose of Pfizer’s covid vaccine, and a total of 4,393 adverse events were reported, including 21 allergic reactions.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in the past month, an average of 423 people died of new coronavirus every day in California. The state has currently recorded 36,362 deaths.