>Report on US human rights violations
China's State Council Information Office on Wednesday issued the Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2020. The report said Washington's incompetent pandemic containment led to tragic outcomes and that American democracy disorder triggered political chaos. Ethnic minorities suffered racial discrimination, and continuous social unrest threatened public security in the US, it said.
The report also drew attention to the growing polarization between the rich and the poor that aggravated social inequality in America. The US trampling on international rules resulted in humanitarian disasters, it added.
People of color faced an even greater threat of unemployment, the report said.
Figures released by the US Department of Labor in September showed the jobless rate for black people are almost double the white population.
Inequality between races worsened in the US, said the report, citing statistics that showed the median white household has 41 times more wealth than the median black family and 22 times more than the median Latino family.
>SH expats to get vaccinated
Shanghai announced that it will soon include foreign residents in its voluntary COVID-19 vaccination program.
Starting on March 29, appropriately aged expatriates will be able to apply for vaccinations, city authorities said.
This measure, announced on Tuesday, made Shanghai the second city in China to publicize COVID-19 vaccination plans for foreigners.
Expat residents aged 18 to 59 in Wuhan, Hubei province, have been able to apply for inoculations starting this month.
Workers at some Shanghai residential communities with a large proportion of foreign residents said on Wednesday they received inquiries from expat residents about how to reserve the inoculations.
Expats who are covered by the country's medical insurance will be entitled to the same treatment as insured Chinese citizens, while those who are not will pay 100 yuan per dose.
>Olympic Torch Relay kicks off
The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics began its 121-day journey across Japan on Thursday and is headed toward the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23.
The relay began in northeastern Fukushima prefecture.
The first runner with the torch was Azusa Iwashimizu, a player from the Japan team that won the Women's World Cup in 2011.
Fans were told to social-distance along the roadside as the torch passes, and they are to refrain from loud cheering.
Organizers have said they will stop or reroute the relay if crowding becomes a problem during the four-month parade.
About 10,000 runners are expected to take part, with the relay touching Japan's 47 prefectures.
>Prince Harry lands new job
Prince Harry has joined Silicon Valley startup BetterUp as its chief impact officer, the company said on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Harry also confirmed the prince's new role.
BetterUp provides coaching and mental health services to clients.
The company's website lists Harry as part of its leadership team, describing him as a "humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate, and environmentalist."
At BetterUp, Harry is expected to have input into product strategy decisions and charitable contributions, and advocate publicly on topics related to mental health.
BetterUp declined to comment on how much Harry would be paid.
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