With Turkey set to reopen schools, educators and health experts urge caution amid pandemic

Turkey will resume widescale face-to-face education March 1 as some educators and health experts warn premature normalization measures could spur a rise in coronavirus cases.

Diego Cupolo | Coronavirus | Feb 25, 2021
al-monitor Students wearing protective face masks attend a lesson at a private school in Ankara, amid the crisis linked with the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey, Feb. 15, 2021. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP via Getty Images.

Vaccine pass required to attend Israeli concert

The Israeli government has launched a "Green Pass" program that allows vaccinated individuals to go to concerts, the gym, hotels and more.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Feb 25, 2021

Lebanon’s vaccination campaign stumbles at launch

As politicians skip the line to receive their coronavirus vaccine, questions arise about the quantity of vaccine doses Lebanon has and will receive and if it’s enough to inoculate the local and refugee population.

Sarah Abdallah | Coronavirus | Feb 25, 2021

World Bank warns Lebanon after politicians, staff cut line for vaccine

Lebanese lawmakers have denied any wrongdoing, say underlying medical conditions were the reason for their early shots.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Feb 23, 2021

Qatar Airways to introduce touchless entertainment technology

Qatar's flagship airline will allow passengers to access in-flight entertainment without touching the screen in March as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Feb 22, 2021