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Singapore has temporarily halted the use of two influenza vaccines as a precaution after some people who received them in South Korea died, becoming among the first countries to publicly announce a halt of the vaccines' usage. South Korea reported that 48 have died as of Saturday after getting flu shots, but said it would carry on with the state-run vaccination programme as they found no direct link between the deaths and the shots. No deaths associated with influenza vaccination have been reported in Singapore to date, but the decision to halt the use of SKYCellflu Quadrivalent and VaxigripTetra was precautionary, the health ministry and the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) said in a statement late on Sunday. The HSA is in touch with the South Korean authorities for further information as they investigate to determine if the deaths are related to influenza vaccinations. SKYCellflu Quadrivalent is manufactured by South Korea's SK Bioscience and locally distributed by AJ Biologics, while VaxigripTetra is manufactured by Sanofi and locally distributed by Sanofi Aventis. Two other influenza vaccines that have been brought into Singapore for the Northern Hemisphere 2020/21 influenza season may continue to be used, Singapore health authorities said.
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LAS VEGAS—The final weekend of early voting here was mostly sunny with orderly lines and most residents social distancing, but Clark County Registrar of Voters Joseph Gloria saw trouble on the horizon.Gloria, whose office is in charge of ensuring an orderly vote and an accurate count in the craziest presidential election year in memory, calls the same scene part of “a perfect storm” riddled with poll observers flouting the rules and some voters refusing to wear a mask in the middle of a deadly coronavirus pandemic. ‘Overwhelmed and Terrified’: Las Vegas’ Reopening Backfires TerriblyStoked by surging COVID-19 infections, a fast-tracked statewide absentee ballot option and presidential prevarication on the potential for voter fraud, Gloria’s usual election anxieties are now complicated by multiple lawsuits filed by Team Trump that appear to be aimed at jamming up a voting process the registrar’s team has worked months to fine tune.“I’m as comfortable as I can be because I have an excellent staff,” Gloria said. He also has three decades of election experience and has been registrar since 2013. After putting together an entire mail-in voting system in less than 90 days, “We learned some things in the primary and are feeling good about this cycle, but unfortunately we have people at the national level who are encouraging people to do things that disrupt the polling place and make it a challenge for us to process votes.”He mentions no names, but President Donald Trump’s irrational vote-by-mail rhetoric, fomenting of right-wing extremist activity, and downplaying of mask wearing clearly aren’t lost on Gloria. Attempts at voter suppression come in many forms. He points out the increased presence of overly aggressive poll observers who have crossed the line from watching the process to interrupting it.Rather than have the anti-maskers removed, and in an effort to avoid yet another lawsuit at a time the Republican Party is brooking for a legal fight in its voter suppression efforts, Gloria instead had the recalcitrant separated from the vast majority willing to follow the rules.“We pretty much have them at every location and one point or another,” Gloria says. “We don’t want to disenfranchise these people, so we’re allowing them to come in and vote, but they have to vote on a socially distanced machine.”The disruption of the voting process by partisan poll observers is an even greater concern. “They don’t follow the observer rules,” Gloria says. “It’s been more of a challenge this year than it’s ever been before.”Is it an organized effort?“I would definitely say so,” Gloria said.Although the Nevada presidential election has produced two lawsuits filed on behalf of the president, Team Trump has failed thus far to gain much traction in the courts. The first voter fraud lawsuit was so factually sketchy it was quickly dismissed. A second was filed Friday and aimed straight at Gloria’s registrar’s office.Just hours after the Trump campaign and the Nevada Republican Party alleged the mail-in vote count in Clark County needed to be stopped due to insufficient “observation,” Carson City Judge James Wilson declined to grant a temporary restraining order. The lawsuit names Gloria and Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske as defendants. Listed among the plaintiffs is “volunteer poll watcher” Fred Kraus, who The Nevada Independent reported appears to be a former vice president and general counsel at the Venetian, a casino resort owned by multibillionaire GOP donor Sheldon Adelson. Wilson has scheduled an evidentiary hearing for Wednesday morning, Oct. 28.The election process isn’t perfect, but a flaw doesn’t constitute fraud. Voter registration rolls are regularly updated, but ballot distribution isn’t without its glitches. After early voting in person at a well-organized site set up in a shopping mall parking lot in suburban Green Valley, Rita Carrillo explains that her house received an absentee ballot for her father, who has been deceased four years. Receiving the ballot was an error; casting it would have constituted fraud. Like the vast majority of people, she simply followed the rules.“We were concerned about the potential for fraud,” Carrillo said, but she found her own experience, “very brief, better than last year’s. Everyone practiced social distancing. I think everyone was conscientious about the cleanliness.”More than any fear of fraud or virus, Carrillo and voting partner Dalton Sackrell agreed they just wanted to “make sure we get the right person in office.”That sentiment echoed several miles away in another early voting site assembled in a shopping mall parking lot approximately one mile from the Strip. There, Vincent Booker and his mother, Tina Carter, cast ballots in person in an effort to ensure nothing was misplaced or delayed. Any concerns they had about extremist group harassment or COVID-19 exposure were far outweighed by the gravity of the election.“I just don’t like Trump,” Booker said, asserting the president lacks empathy in a time of crisis. “I definitely did not want my vote to get lost. I just think we need to make a change.”Carter brought a different perspective to the voting booth. “There’s an urgency,” she said. “My thing is the pandemic. I think it could have been handled a whole lot better. I am a contact tracer, so I deal with exposures and positive results, and I feel like the president failed us as Americans, and I do need to see a change.”There was no crowd at the East Las Vegas Senior Center, which stands in a heavily Latino neighborhood. All other concerns aside, the seniors wanted to avoid large gatherings. Through his daughter Norma Lopez’s interpretation, Fidel Lopez says in Spanish, “Being there early is better. I was worried about the crowds for health reasons.”Beyond health concerns, the opinions of many of those who voted early make the case that the president’s vilification of the U.S. Postal Service and mail-in balloting has backfired and only inspired people to march early to the polls.At a North Las Vegas recreation center, mother of four Marie Hansen waited 45 minutes to vote and passed the time socializing, masked and at a social distance, with her neighbors. The Trump administration’s talk of disrupting and even dismantling the mail service was all the encouragement she needed. She voted by mail in the primary, but she says, “I just felt that, for this election, I wanted to vote in person.”Southern Nevada has a growing Latino and Asian-Pacific Island population, and the community continues to blend into one of the most ethnically diverse metro areas in the West. Although Nevada’s active labor movement, led by UNITE-HERE/Culinary Local 226’s 60,000 members, has combined with a well organized Democratic Party campaign machine to turn the state an increasing hue of blue, the Trump campaign has demonstrated an energetic ground game that it believes is keeping the state in play. Trump and Biden each visited the state recently, and their camps continue to send top representatives to bolster their turnout models. Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has scheduled campaign stops Tuesday in Reno and Las Vegas.In the parking lot of Henderson’s Galleria Mall, the Aquino family made voting a family affair. Mother Jennifer Aquino captured the sentiment shared by all, “I definitely didn’t want to have my ballot lost in the mail, and I wanted to make sure it was there on time.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. 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SEOUL—Now the battle rages for “the Republic of Samsung.”The death Sunday of Samsung boss Lee Kun-hee, probably Korea’s most admired, if hated, man, leaves his son, Lee Jae-yong, battling the authorities and a legion of lawyers for control of the empire that controls 20 percent of the Korean economy. The world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer has a turnover that exceeds many republics.Lee Jae-yong, or Jay Lee, was in Vietnam where Samsung Electronics produces the majority of its smartphones, when he got word that his father was on the verge of death.Jay Lee, who is 52, made it to his father’s bedside in a Samsung hospital here in Seoul before he breathed his last. His father, 78, had been bed-ridden and mostly in a coma since suffering a heart attack six years ago.While in Vietnam, Jay Lee had managed to avoid the opening of the latest trial by prosecutors who are out to get him on charges of manipulating share prices in two Samsung companies in a bid to guarantee his inheritance.Having already spent a year in jail while on trial on charges of bribing the ousted Korean president Park Geun-hye, Lee now faces more jail time if prosecutors can pin another conviction on him—this time for lowering the share price of one company to merge it with another. By pulling off that merger—Hey Presto!—Lee hoped to have enough shares in the combined companies to hold a controlling stake in Samsung Electronics, the crown jewel of an empire whose 80 or so enterprises range from ship-building to insurance to construction to an amusement park rivaling any Disneyland.Jay Lee is an engaging figure unlike his stern father, who took over the group from his own father, the Samsung founder Lee Byung-chull, more than 30 years ago. And, just to show he means well, he formally apologized for his rule-bending efforts to secure what he sees as his dynastic right.“I and Samsung have been reprimanded for the succession issue,” he said, looking suitably penitent when promising to “try to not have additional controversy regarding the management succession.”Those nice words are scorned by reform-minded authorities, however, and it’s the matter of succession that’s sure to consume his energies once he’s gone through an elaborate funeral. His father was the country’s richest man, whose net worth of nearly $21 billion made him the world’s 67th richest person, according to Forbes.Jay Lee, already Korea’s second richest man with a net worth of $6.4 billion, has perfected the art of displays of humility in the face of powers-that-be. But Korean president Moon Jae-In wants to reform the country’s traditional dynastic conglomerate system, known as chaebol, which keeps huge businesses in the hands of a few rich families and effectively controls the entire economy. The current system has led to wild disparities between rich and poor—brilliantly captured by the Oscar-winning movie Parasite.Geoffrey Cain, author of the newly published Samsung Rising, the Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech, sees the HBO series Succession as an even more suitable artistic representation. Scene after scene captures the battle to secure a family enterprise making it “an apt show for understanding the Lees,” said Cain.It’s not as though Jay Lee’s two sisters, who stand to inherit lesser shares of the empire, are fighting him for a bigger slice of the inheritance, but the machinations to seize and hang on against enemies do bear distinct similarities.“The biggest question is how Jay Lee will cement shareholding control when he might not have enough shares to control the company,” Cain told The Daily Beast. One huge problem: “He might have to sell shares to pay his colossal inheritance tax estimated at $6 billion divided between him and his sisters.”He also faces a maternal problem. His mother, Hong Ra-hee, “gets a sizable share of the chairman’s assets that could hamper Jay Lee’s quest to control the company,” said Cain. “Jay Lee’s succession is not guaranteed.”One reason prosecutors are reportedly so eager to punish Jay Lee—as seen in his current trial—is resentment over the breaks that Lee Kun-hee got from conservative presidents over the years before the Candlelight Revolution of 2016 ousted Park Geun-hye.Jay Lee’s father was forgiven in 1997, when the conservative Kim Young-sam exonerated him after he and others had been convicted of bribery charges, and again 10 years later when he was convicted of evading massive taxes, among other things. Forced to resign as chairman of Samsung Electronics, he got totally off the hook when Lee Myung-bak, the conservative businessman who was then president, gave him a complete pardon in 2009.Jay Lee, however, does have plenty of sympathizers. One advocate, Tara Oh, a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, who founded and now serves as president of the East Asia Research Center in Washington, accuses the government of “aggressive and unreasonable investigations against the company” and denounces the charges against him as “frivolous, without merit and unjust.”In a lengthy study of the whole case against Samsung, Oh claims that Jay Lee was “convicted of a crime without evidence” simply as justification for the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, who was convicted of corruption and influence-peddling and sentenced to 25 years in prison. It was Samsung’s gift of two horses for the equestrian daughter of a confidante of Park that triggered a series of events that precipitated Park’s downfall. “My Kingdom for a Horse,” was the headline over a Wall Street Journal story at the time.“The Moon administration appears to be interested in taking over control of Samsung,” Oh wrote. “Globally, the actions of the Moon administration threaten the future of 5G technology developments as well as the global supply chain for critical life-saving biopharmaceuticals and COVID-19 treatments.”Jay Lee himself avoids what might appear as incendiary statements. In meetings with executives as well as occasional sessions with lower-level staffers, he appears almost soft-spoken and modest, quite the opposite of his late father.Lee Kun-hee, who set Samsung Electronics on its trajectory as the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer and also the producer of almost half the world’s memory chips, is remembered for berating those around and below him, haranguing them in 10-hour meetings and once simply destroying Samsung products that he said were inferior to those of rivals.Appropriately, he is most quoted for shouting “Change everything but your wives and children!” at executives during a meeting in Frankfurt in 1993.After presiding over Samsung’s rise from an also-ran competitor to global dominance, Lee Kun-hee’s final years were marked by debilitating illness. Long before suffering his heart attack in 2014, he had been treated for cancer and lung disease and got about in a wheelchair.The bombastic formal statement issued by Samsung after his death did not overstate his success: “Chairman Lee was a true visionary who transformed Samsung into the world-leading innovator and industrial powerhouse from a local business.”That much was true, but the final line of the statement is still up for grabs. “His legacy will be everlasting,” it read. If prosecutors get their way at the latest trial of his son, the Lee legacy may not last forever after all.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.