>China to produce 3b vaccines in 2021
China is expected to produce more than 3 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses this year, an official said Tuesday. The country's current production capacity is about 5 billion vaccine doses annually, said Zheng Zhongwei, head of the working group for vaccine development under the State Council joint prevention and control mechanism against COVID-19. Speaking at a sub-forum of the Boao Forum for Asia annual conference, Zheng said that, when the outbreak happened, China immediately focused on research and development for a COVID-19 vaccine. The country chose to conduct research work on 12 types of vaccines from 10 research units across the country, Zheng said.
China will supply more vaccines globally in the latter half of 2021, he added.
>Tech giants shine at auto show
Technology companies, ranging from Huawei to Baidu, are stealing the limelight at this year's Shanghai auto show, which was until now the purview of global automakers.
The world's first-ever vehicle featuring Huawei's operating system, chips and autonomous driving solution is making its debut at the event that started on Monday.
The model, called the Huawei Inside, has been made in collaboration with BAIC's Arcfox brand and will be delivered later this year.
Baidu's autonomous driving unit, Apollo, is present at the auto show as an independent exhibitor, and its intelligent driving solutions are among the highlights.
The company said Apollo will come preinstalled with at least one mass-produced car model each month in the second half of this year.
Drone giant DJI also is showcasing its autonomous driving solutions at the event. Baojun, a local Chinese brand, is one of the first carmakers to adopt its software and sensors, and the first model is scheduled to roll off the assembly lines later this year.
>US boosts 'Do Not Travel' advisories
The US State Department said on Monday it will boost its "Do Not Travel" guidance to about 80 percent of countries worldwide, citing "unprecedented risk to travelers" from the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting to 80 percent would imply adding nearly 130 countries.
The State Department already listed 34 out of about 200 countries as "Level 4: Do Not Travel".
The State Department said the move does not imply a reassessment of current health situations in some countries, but rather "reflects an adjustment in the State Department's Travel Advisory system to rely more on (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's) existing epidemiological assessments."
The White House has given no timeline for when it might ease those restrictions.
>US jury finds Chauvin guilty
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the judge presiding over the high-profile trial announced Tuesday, reading the jury's verdict.
Judge Peter Cahill revoked Chauvin's bail after the conviction and said the defendant will be sentenced "eight weeks from now."
Since Chauvin has no previous criminal record, he would avoid the maximum sentence for each of the three charges, which is 40 years for second-degree murder, 25 years for third-degree murder, and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd, aged 46, died on May 25, 2020 after Chauvin, a white police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes.
Video footage of Floyd's brutal killing triggered nationwide reckoning over race, and the call for racial justice resonated all around the world.
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