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WHO approves China’s 2nd COVID-19 vaccine.

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World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the Sinovac Vaccine making this the second Chinese vaccine to be approved by WHO in the fight against COVID-19. Previously the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine was approved and has been tested effective against COVID-19.

According to WHO, the new vaccines is an “Inactivated Vaccine” which has very few requirements for storage hence making it ideal for countries without such facilities. “The world desperately needs multiple COVID-19 vaccines to address the huge access inequity across the globe, we urge manufacturers to participate in the COVAX Facility, share their knowhow and data and contribute to bringing the pandemic under control.” Mariangela Simao, WHO Assistant Director-General for Access to Medicines and Health Products said in the statement.

Maldives is also having a shortage of Vaccines after India banned the export of its vaccine for which the Maldives was heavily dependent on. According to the Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem statistics there are 109,737 people or a quarter of the population are awaiting the second dose of the Indian Covishield Vaccine. Concern have been raised that they may need to administer a third dose of the since the 12 weeks  threshold has already passed for some individuals.

So far china has exported vaccines to more than 43 countries including Maldives. Only the Sinopharm vaccines are available in Maldives after the other vaccine stocks ran out. However, the Delhi friendly Health minister Ahmed Naseem recently revealed in an interview with the “Time of India “ that he has no plans to purchase vaccine from China to the ire of.  Meanwhile an additional stock of 700,000 dose of AstraZeneca  are still pending reportedly due to transportation difficulties..

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Microsoft’s Windows 11 is officially on the way.

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Microsoft has officially announced the next version of Window today, which will be Windows 11. After months of teases and leak, Windows 11 is expected to arrive in the last quarter of this year. Microsoft has promised to make it available as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 users and to new PC’s from this year’s holiday.

Microsoft redesigns the user interface for Windows 11, with a centred Start menu and Taskbar. Live tiles are replaced with a grid of icon that can be rearranged and pinned to Start. There are also new Widgets feature that houses things like your calendar, weather, sports leaderboard, and latest news. System Tray also was improved with a new split Notification and Quick Action user interface.

Microsoft’s Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows + Devices wrote on Microsoft blog “We’ve simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautiful. From the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, font and icon, everything was done intentionally to put you in control and bring a sense of calm and ease. We put Start at the center and made it easier to quickly find what you need.”

One of the surprises of the event was Microsoft’s announcement that it will be using Amazon’s Appstore to bring Android apps to Windows 11. Microsoft will be utilizing Intel’s Bridge technology to make Android apps work on Windows 11.

During the closing remarks, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said “Windows recognizes that there is no personal computing without personal agency. Personal computing requires choice, and we need to nurture and grow our own agency over computing itself. We want to remove the barriers that too often exist today and provide real choice and connection.”

He laid out his vision for Windows 11 as a “platform for platform creators,” and in doing so, he issued a subtle but nonetheless stinging critique of Apple.

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In Videos: Chinese FM Wang Yi chairs high-level meeting of BRI Asia-Pacific.

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E-Learning programme launched by Visit Maldives in the German market

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Visit Maldives has launched an e-learning programme with FVW Akademie, one of the leading media channels for the travel industry in Germany, targeting the travel trade of the German speaking markets.

The programme which is set to run from June till November 2021 will educate the participants by showcasing the Maldives as a safe destination, information on the products, travel guidelines and the latest updates of the current situation said Visit Maldives.

According to the article published in the official Visit Maldives website, Approximately 400 attendees are expected to take part in the programme. To incentivize participation, Maldives will also set to feature in two monthly newsletters of FVW with a raffle draw sponsored by Nakai Dhiggiri Resort at the end of the programme.

“This campaign with FVW e-learning is in line with Visit Maldives strategy to strengthen the destination brand as well as the focused promotion of individual products and experiences.” Said Visit Maldives

Visit Maldives also participated in the virtual edition of ITB Berlin held this March, and is currently in a year-long campaign with Connoisseur Circle targeting the luxury segment in the German speaking countries.

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