9 December

Bulgaria’s Military Medical Academy (MMA) reported that it had received three Panasonic low-temperature freezers, to store Covid-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer. The latest generation of freezers are being distributed across military hospitals in Sofia, Varna, and Plovdiv between December 8 and 9, the MMA reported.

The US military reported 13 new Covid-19 cases across bases in Japan. While the Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo of the US Forces Japan reported seven new positive patients over the past weekend, six others had already been quarantined, according to reports.

According to the South Korean Defence Ministry, four additional service members tested positive for Covid-19 with rising cluster infections at the barracks. The ministry stated that three army officers at the Sangmudae Artillery School tested positive for the virus after coming into contact with a colleague who had earlier tested positive. Covid-19 infections in Sangmudae have risen to a total of 30.

New Mexico congressional leaders have raised concerns over a virus outbreak among a group of Oregon Army National Guard soldiers who returned to their homes in El Paso, Texas. The soldiers had been deployed to Kosovo at the beginning of 2020.