In international news, Indian authorities have started distributing COVID-19 vaccine doses in its effort to administer shots to 1.3 billion people in what officials are calling the “world’s biggest vaccination drive.”
Malaysia has suspended its Parliament and state legislatures, declaring a state of emergency amid a new lockdown. Rights groups say the extraordinary measure is an attempt by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to hold onto power by blocking elections and removing parliamentary oversight.
In the Middle East, Israel has refused a request from the World Health Organization to make coronavirus vaccines available to Palestinian medical workers. Israel rolled out its vaccine at record speed but has come under fire for neglecting to vaccinate Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.