• 01/16/2021

    Health Minister Jan Blatný has expressed serious concern over the news that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer-BioNTech will cut back on vaccine deliveries to Europe in the coming weeks due to changes to its production site.

    Mr. Blatný said this was an unexpected complication in the inoculation process and expressed the hope that deliveries would be back on track as soon as possible.

    According to information available to the Czech health authorities, there will be a reduction in deliveries from Pfizer by about 40 percent next week. Originally, the Czech Republic was to have received 70,000 doses of vaccine from Pfizer / BionNTech every week.

    Six other EU nations have decried the situation as "unacceptable" and urged the European Commission to demand a public explanation.

    EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said  Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had promised to do everything possible to reduce delays.

  • 01/15/2021

    Saturday should be partly cloudy to overcast with heavier snow in the mountain regions and day temperatures between -2 and -6 degrees Celsius.

  • 01/15/2021

    The Jeseníky Mountain rescue service has called a second-degree avalanche alert, following heavy snowfall in the last two days. The service said strong winds and the blanket of fresh snow of up to 70 centimetres in places presented a serious danger. Although most ski resorts are not in operation due to the coronavirus restrictions, Czechs have taken the slopes by storm, skiing, bobbing and cross-country skiing despite the fact that ski lifts are not working.

  • 01/15/2021

    Motorcycle rider Martin Michek of Orion Moto Racing Group took 9th place at the Dakar Rally with the best Czech result in the history of the sport on Friday. He thus beat the old Czech record set by Stanislav Zloch in 1998, who placed 10th. “I’m ecstatic – we just rewrote Czech motorcycle history!” the 32-year-old rider told journalists.

  • 01/15/2021

    The Czech Republic registered 8,032 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, roughly half the number registered on the same day a week ago. The number of positive cases amounted to 28.3 percent of the overall number of tests conducted. The Covid-related death toll has now crossed 14,000.

    The Czech Republic is on the fourth level of the five-tier Covid risk-scale, the risk index having dropped from 75 to 72 in 24 hours. It has been dropping for three days in succession.

  • 01/15/2021

    The internationally recognized Czech archaeologist Evžen Neustupný has died at the age of 87. Neustupný was born in Prague in 1933. He studied prehistory and Egyptology at Charles University in Prague and received his Ph.D. in prehistoric archaeology in 1957. He worked at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, specializing in archaeological theory and method, and the prehistory of Central Europe ranging from the Neolithic to the Medieval periods.

  • 01/15/2021

    Six out of ten Czechs consider the state's response to the spread of Covid-19 to be adequate, according to the results of a poll conducted by the CVVM agency.

    61 percent of respondents said the measures taken against the epidemic were appropriate, roughly a fifth of people rate them as exaggerated and 13 percent consider them insufficient.

    The majority of respondents said the measures were poorly communicated by the government.

    People rate the work of doctors, nurses, paramedics and emergency crews exceptionally high, but are more critical of the performance of the government, the media and the World Health Organization.

  • 01/15/2021

    People aged over 80 have started registering in the reservation system for inoculation against Covid-19 ( registrace.mzcr.cz ) . The system opened to them as of 8 am, January 15, and enables them to select a preferred vaccination site.

    They will be asked enter their name, permanent residence, date of birth and the number of their health insurance company as well provide a telephone number where they will receive a security pin code.

    In the second stage, when the respective vaccination centre lists the  available vacancies, the registered applicant will be able to book a term. People who have a problem registering online or need advice can call the special helpline 1221.

    Over 65,000 people have registered so far, but only 3,000 of them were able to book a term.

  • 01/14/2021

    Friday should be partly cloudy to overcast with snow showers across the country. Day temperatures between -3 and 1 degrees Celsius. More snowfall is expected at the weekend.

  • 01/14/2021

    The international team of scientists working to try to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction has managed to create two more embryos from the nearly extinct breed.

    In total, scientists now have five frozen embryos at their disposal which they intend to place in Southern White Rhino surrogate mothers.

    The last two females of the Northern White Rhino on the planet live in the Ol Pejeta reserve in Kenya. Both belong to the Dvůr Králové ZOO, which is spearheading the international effort to save the breed.

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