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Why Caucasians Bank On the WHO-Covax Vaccine Programme
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Why Caucasians Bank On the WHO-Covax Vaccine Programme

WHO-Covax Vaccine Programme: If you are a part of the Caucasia region, chances are you will need a strong friendship with the more powerful nations around you, to get hold of the best efficacy Covid-19 vaccine

The South Caucasian nations like Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, have realized that they have to remain in good terms with Russia, Turkey and the rest of the West. All of them are aware that they will probably meet the first anniversary of the novel virus, when it hit their counties. But they might still have to wait their turn for the vaccine to start their respective immunization drives. 

In comparison, Turkey, Russia and the rest of West are already underway running their respective immunization drives. While Russia is experimenting dangerously with its own pathogen version (Sputnik V), Turkey has befriended Chinese Sinovac. Other Western regions are making use of either their own vaccine candidates or the ones which have been recognized by prominent medical boards worldwide. 

However, the Caucasian region is going to have to shake hands with one of the top players in the market. The other tunnel to take is the COVAX route. Under the Covax scheme, these nations that actively participated in the development of the vaccine will be given priority under a vaccine ration system. 

This would mean that the Caucasian regions countries that are primarily poor or struggle to get back on their feet after civil wars, could look forward to 2 billion doses. But this will only come through by Spring. They will need more supplies for which they have to knock the right doors. 

While the World Health Organisation’s COVAX scheme was meant to help poor nations secure covid-19 vaccines, it has run into problems due to lack of funds. The COVAX facility currently has 190 participating economies. This includes 98 higher-income economies and 92 low- and middle-income economies eligible. Of these, countries like Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia have expressed their interest in securing the vaccines, and have also paid up hefty amounts to receive required dosages. 

Azerbaijan has contributed the largest $21 million, while Georgia made an advance payment of $4.5 million. But Georgia has its own apprehensions and reservations, if the Covax programme decides to include Russian vaccine candidate to its lot. 

The Caucasian region is banking on the Covax programme heavily and continues to have its fingers crossed. 

Democrat Warnock defeats Republican Sen. Kelly Loefflerin US Senate elections in Georgia
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Democrat Warnock defeats Republican Sen. Kelly Loefflerin US Senate elections in Georgia

US Senate elections: Democrat candidate Raphael Warnock has defeated Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in firmly watched runoff polls. 

“Tonight, we demonstrated that with trust, hard work, and the citizens on our side, anything is possible,” Warnock told supporters in an online speech. 

On Wednesday, Warnock, who is a 51 years old pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta declared a historic victory. He becomes the state’s first Black senator by defeating Republican Kelly Loeffler.

As a pastor, he has worked for 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. also preached.

According to the AP, the focus presently shifts to the second election among Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The candidates have secured a tight competition and it was too soon to announce a winner. Under Georgia law, the trailing candidate could request a recount of votes if the margin of an election is fewer than or equal to 0.5 % points. 

However, if Ossoff wins, the Democrats will have full control over Congress, reinforcing President-elect Joe Biden as he plans to take office on 20th Jan. 

The two parties had invested a huge amount in Georgia in a quest for Senate. On Monday, Biden had campaigned in the state in support of Warnock and Ossoff.

“There were speculations that we won’t win this race, yet tonight we demonstrated that with hope, hard work, and the people’s support, the sky is the limit,” Warnock stated. 

Warnock said that he was honored by the confidence that the people of Georgia had shown in him and promised to work for the entirety of Georgia as a Senator, irrespective of who cast their ballot in favor of in this election race.”

Donald Trump: “They rigged the presidential elections. Georgia last line of defense to save America”
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Donald Trump: “They rigged the presidential elections. Georgia last line of defense to save America”

Georgia last line of defense: Trump exhibits a reckless balancing act: many Republicans fear that his fraud allegations will end up demotivating some right-wing voters, reducing turnout. But he manages to support the two opposites: that the elections are rigged, and that Americans must go and vote anyway to save this great nation. Kelly Loeffler, outgoing senator and Republican candidate, is with him on the stage and supports him unreservedly: “Wednesday when Congress meets in Washington to validate the election, I will oppose it.”

“We cannot allow the Democrats to steal the Senate as well” after attempts to steal the White House. The Democrats will not take this White House. We will fight.” The U.S. outgoing president Donald Trump said in Georgia a few hours after the ballots that will decide who among the Democrats and Republicans will control the Senate. The Republican candidate has already unveiled that, in the event of a winning, she will oppose the certification of Biden’s victory in the Senate.

Kelly Loeffler, the Republican seeking reconfirmation in the Senate for Georgia, will oppose the trial to certify Biden’s victory in Congress. “The Americans deserve a platform in Congress, provided for in the Constitution, to raise electoral problems. It is for this that on January 6, I will vote to allow President Trump and the Americans to be heard, and I will support the opposition to the process to certify the vote of the great voters “. She said, shortly after the opening of polling stations in Georgia for the expected ballot that will decide the majority in the Senate.

“Rigged elections, there is no way we have lost.” Donald Trump attacked, speaking in Georgia, in the last rally before the vote. It is one of the “most important ballots in history. The whole world is watching you,” Trump told his supporters. “I hope Mike Pence will side with us. He is a good person. I like him very much. In recent weeks we have shown that we have won the election with an avalanche of votes.” Trump added, referring to the fact that the vice president will preside over Congress in the process to certify the vote of the great voters and who instead declared that he did not want to help the tycoon in his move against Biden.

The Georgia ballots are for Trump “the last way to defend and save the America we love, the last line of defense.” Donald Trump said that if the Democrats win in Georgia, they will transform the country by opening up to immigrants. “They will take away your health coverage. If we don’t act now, there will be no more fair elections. Religious freedom will disappear, as will the Second Amendment and the police: the damage they could do is permanent and irreparable.” The stakes could not be higher in these ballots, added Trump in what appears to be the latest attempt to overturn the electoral result and urged his supporters to vote.

“Find” me the votes: Trump stoops to new level of desperation as he calls Georgia’s Secretary of State to tilt elections
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“Find” me the votes: Trump stoops to new level of desperation as he calls Georgia’s Secretary of State to tilt elections

Trump stoops to new level: The latest revelation showcases a desperate Donald Trump who is willing to cross any limit and willing to say anything to tilt the 2020 election results in his favor. But in the process one can also witness a few officials who are denying to support all his tantrums and stand by democracy instead. The fact that these officials are blatantly refusing to come over to Trump’s side are highlighting his corrupt and illegal means of presidency even more. 

The audio recording of Trump calling Georgia election officials which was first reported by the Washington Post and obtained by CNN, showcases a United States President sounding like a dictator. In the audio clip Trump is heard springing from bullying to flattering and to frantically and desperately trying to convince the officials to close in the deal in his favor. 

The hour-long call on Saturday to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, President Trump can be seen pressing him to overturn Democratic Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. The call was recorded by Raffensperger’s office. Raffensperger has said to have told his advisers to hold on to the recording or its transcript unless Trump tried to attack or misrepresent the call. On Sunday morning Trump tweeted directly attacking the Republican official. He took on Twitter “…he was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the ballots under table scam, ballot destruction, out of state voters, dead voters, and more, He has no clue!” 

To this, Brad Raffensperger replied through a cryptic tweet, “Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out.” Soon after the audio recording was released. 

In one part of call recording, Trump is heard saying, “The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.” Raffensperger responed, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.” 

Trump in another part said, “So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.” He also said, “You should want to have an accurate election. And you’re a Republican.” 

Raffensperger replied, “We believe that we do have an accurate election.” Trump responded, “No, no you don’t. …Not even close. You’re off by hundreds of thousands of votes.” 

During call the President is also heard falsely claiming that state votes were scanned three times. Rejecting the allegation Raffensperger said, “We did an audit of that and we proved conclusively that they were not scanned three times.” 

White House has declined to comment on the exchange as of now. 

Raffensperger has consistently rejected Trump’s claims of rigged elections. The Republican has overseen three separate votes recounts and many other reviews in the complete process. 

Amid strong criticism over President’s call to Raffensperger, Biden’s senior adviser, Bob Bauer said, “We now have irrefutable proof of a president pressuring and threatening an official of his own party to get him to rescind a state’s lawful, certified vote count and fabricate another in its place.”

The call highlights the extraordinary limits to which Trump and his allies are willing to reach to alter the elections that he has clearly lost in a free and fair democratically held presidential election. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has took on this opportunity to call on the Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas that he and GOP allies must investigate President of his consistent actions. 

Georgia Senate runoff for two seats puts crucial fight between Republicans and Democrats
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Georgia Senate runoff for two seats puts crucial fight between Republicans and Democrats

Georgia Senate runoff: As the stakes go higher, so does the election campaign fund. Democrats doesn’t seem to be in mood for leaving any stone unturned with respect to the ongoing race for two Senate seats for Georgia. Two of the Democrat candidates who jumped in the election race, due on January 5, included Jon Ossoff, who is competing against Republican Senator David Perdue, and Raphael Warnock, who is taking on Senator Kelly Loeffler. 

According to their campaign finance report, both the Democrats raised over $100 million in two months time. The report revealed that Ossoff raised $106 million between October 15 and December 16, while Warnock wasn’t war behind with $103 million. Whereas for Republicans the figures have been on a lower side as Perdue took in about $68 million over the same time period, and Loeffler reported a little under $64 million. 

It is imperative for Democrats to win both the seats, as these two seats would determine which party gained a greater influence in Senate. In case both of GOP’s senators win, or even if one of the Republicans win, they would gain majority in Senate, whereas Democrats would need both the seats to hit the 50-50 mark. In latter scenario, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would gain the power to deliver tie-breaking votes.

 “We’re humbled by the grassroots support and generosity that continues to power Reverend Warnock’s campaign to represent all Georgians in the U.S. Senate,” Jerid Kurtz, Warnock’s campaign manager, said in a statement.

Whereas Ossoff campaign expressed satisfaction with the recent voter turnout. Last time Ossoff, despite running a formidable campaign couldn’t convince people enough to vote for him and failed to ask Republicans the tough questions related to key issues including health care. Three years down the line, he is back in the ring and this time putting against Republican Senator David Perdue. 

The 33-year old Democrat candidate, if elected, would become the Senate’s youngest member. He said that he has worked a little harder this time on his attacks and defences and gained confidence in communicating with voters as compared to the last time. In an interview Ossoff said in an interview “The lesson that I learned is about the power of ordinary people, well organized and passionately committed to making change, to build power. And the infrastructure that we built in that campaign has been of lasting value.”

Millions of dollars riding over the election has been used for extensive advertising and door-to-door campaigning to win the seats. Senate election for Georgia are not only important for all the four candidates but also both the parties as it would define who controls the Senate.

As per the budget report, Ossoff and Warnock have already spent over $179 million, and as of December 16 they were left with about $40 million on hand for the  campaigns’ homestretch. Whereas Perdue and Loeffler had spent more than $106 million and were reportedly left with about $37 million on hand.

Interestingly the fundraising figures doesn’t always convert into victory as in November Democrat Jaime Harrison raised the record-figure of $57 million in one quarter in his bid to beat US Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. But Harrison lost that race.

Trump makes futile attempts to overturn the election results as Michigan backs Biden win, narrowing down President’s options
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Trump makes futile attempts to overturn the election results as Michigan backs Biden win, narrowing down President’s options

Trump makes futile attempts to overturn the election results: On Friday, President Donald Trump could be seen as making few of his last but futile and dangerous attempts to overturn the November 3rd Presidential election results – something unprecedented in American history. The desperate desire to stay in White House reflects poorly on his ego and detrimental to the nation which is struggling amid Coronavirus pandemic. 

State of Georgia, after by-hand re-counting, has officially confirmed the victory of Joe Biden on Friday, thereby giving a massive blow to Trump who was hopeful of winning Georgia, the traditionally red state. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said, “Like other Republicans, I’m disappointed, our candidate didn’t win Georgia’s electoral votes. I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie.” Biden won the state by 12,670 votes, becoming first Democratic candidate to win Georgia since Bill Clinton won in 1992.

Another blow came in as two White House republicans pledged of following normal power transition process and validating the vote. President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to officially enter the White House as 46th President of United States of America on January 20, 2021. 

President Trump has been making widespread allegations since the voting claiming of rigged elections and has claimed his own victory. He said, “I won, by the way.” The claims have been without any evidence and rejected by election officials. Trump’s administration filed a series of lawsuits in all key states but have since been rejected by courts, making his options skim for further course of action. Trump camp hoped to convince the state legislatures, where Republicans hold power, to ignore the result and announce Trump as winner. 

Overturing of the election result is a long shot with razon thin-chances of any such strategy to work in favour of Mr. Trump, as per Michigan Senate majority leader Mike Shirkey. Michigan is another state that was initially confirmed to remain red but emerged with Biden’s win after a neck-to-neck competition. Shirkey and Michigan’s speaker of House, Lee Chatfield have dismissed any plans to help Trump’s efforts of overturning the Presidential election results. Michigan is a key state where Biden is projected to lead and win by 154,000 votes. 

Shirkey and Chatfield said in a joint press statement post the routine White House meeting, “We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election.”

Trump’s attempts in other states are too turning futile. Arizona’s judge has rejected lawsuit filed by the Republican Part in the state. The party was evidently seeking ballot audit in Maricopa county. In Pennsylvania too Trump lost the lawsuit and his bid to reject over 2000 mail-in ballots.

Trump’s trials to tilt the results to his favour are turning futile and sour one after the other. President-elect Joe Biden, who just turned 78, will be the oldest US President in history to take the office in January. 

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