Scientists from the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences in
Ceske Budejovice have successfully tested a potential new vaccine which
could be used to treat lyme disease. The treatment, developed by American
pharmaceutical researcher Sanofi, currently holds a 100 percent success
rate in treating the illness. The results of the tests were published
earlier this month in the NPJ Vaccines journal.
Lyme disease is an illness transferred by ticks. Only in the Czech Republic, around 4,000 people a year are diagnosed with the sickness.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček has asked Poland to consider opening
further border crossings in the Liberec and Hradec Kralove regions after a
meeting with his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Mr Czaputowicz asked that the Czech Republic allow transit for Polish workers through Czech territory into other countries. The Czech foreign minister said he will discuss the request at the next government meeting.
Forward David Pastrňák from the Boston Bruins finished top in the goal
scoring rankings in this year’s season of the NHL. Pastrňák shares the
top spot with Alexander Ovechkin from the Washington capitals. Both players
scored 48 goals. Pastrňák in 70 games, Ovechkin in just 68.
The play-off round will now decide which of the 24 teams that progressed into the next stage will win this year’s Stanley Cup.
Several dozen people gathered in Prague’s Libeň neighbourhood this
Wednesday, commemorating Czechoslovak paratroopers Jan Kubiš and Jozef
Gabčík who assassinated Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich in this part of
the capital 78 years ago.
The commemoration was started by the playing of Scotland the Brave, a reminder that the paratroopers undertook their training in Scotland before being sent back to Czechoslovakia to carry out their mission.
Gabčík, Kubiš and five other paratroopers would die three weeks later after they were discovered the Germans while they were hiding in the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius. The assasination also led to a severe crackdown on the wider protectorate population.
The Deputy Chairman of the Christian Democratic Party, Jan Bartošek,
tweeted on Wednesday that he is planning to propose amendment to criminal
law which would allow the prosecution of individuals spreading Nazi symbols
or related propaganda material. The amendment would make such an act an
offence punishable by up to three years in jail, or through a fine.
The initiative comes after it was found earlier this week that a Czech publisher was selling a calendar featuring the faces of leading men of the Third Reich.
Czech scientists from the National Institute of Mental Health will take
part in a study exploring the mental and physical effects of the COVID-19
coronavirus pandemic. In total 100,000 anonymous individuals, including
medical personnel, from 110 countries across the world will be examined,
the Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday.
Researchers are hoping that the findings will help better prepare for future pandemics.
From Wednesday it is possible for people from the Czech Republic, Slovakia
and Hungary to travel freely between the three states without a negative
Covid-19 test or needing to go into quarantine, provided that they return
to their own country within 48 hours. The Czech minister of foreign
affairs, Tomáš Petříček, has described this as a half-step toward the
full opening of the frontiers between the states.
Mr. Petříček said his country’s citizens could receive confirmation of their time of entry onto Slovak territory; they could then use this to prove their return to the Czech Republic was within 48 hours.
The Czech foreign policy chief has discussed a similar system with Austria but it is as yet cool on the idea.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, has reassured
the Israeli ambassador to Prague, Daniel Meron, of the Prague
government’s interest in further developing relations between the Czech
Republic and Israel. The move follows a newspaper article by Mr.
Petříček and two of his predecessors, Lubomír Zaorálek and Karel
Schwarzenberg, opposing Israeli plans to annex Jewish settlements on the
Mr. Petříček said on Tuesday that he had explained to Mr. Meron that the article stemmed from a long-term position based on respect for international law.
President Miloš Zeman and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš criticised the article, with the latter saying it was unacceptable for individual cabinet members to make statements on such an important foreign policy issue.
Work to build a replica of a valuable wooden church that burned down in the
Guty district of Třinec in the Moravian Silesian Region began on Tuesday.
It should be completed by next spring, with the first mass set to take
place there on 23 May 2021.
The original 16th century church was burned down by three youths in 2017. They received jail terms of three and a half, eight and nine years respectively.