Welcome to Thursday, where a new UK study will deliberately infect young people with COVID, Texas continues to battle a snowstorm and New Zealand vows to provide all schools with free menstruation products. America Economia also asks why Mexico has done so poorly in fighting the pandemic.
• COVID-19 latest: Thailand has announced that its locally developed vaccine has proved successful in preliminary trials and will be moving to human tests. The UK is launching the world's first study of deliberately infecting young people with COVID in controlled environments to study its effects and best treatments. Colombia begins vaccinations thanks to support from the World Health Organization's COVAX program.
• Myanmar coup protests: A group called Myanmar Hackers have targeted military propaganda websites as part of an online protest. Burmese actress and three-time academy award winner Paing Phyo Thu has gone into hiding after being added to the junta's arrest list for attending protests.
• Nigeria's school kidnapping: Armed men disguised as military personnel have taken at least 42 people hostage, most of them children, from a secondary school in Kagara.
• Two Belarus journalists sentenced: A Belarusian court has sentenced two TV journalists who filmed protests against President Alexander Lukashenko to two years in prison, after they were accused of leading "group actions that grossly violate public order."
• Woman to head Tokyo Olympics: Seiko Hashimoto, a seven-time Olympian, multi-sport athlete, and five-time parliamentarian has been appointed as the new chief of the Olympics organizing committee, after her predecessor was forced to resign due to sexist comments.
• U.S. winter storm: Texas is experiencing its coldest temperatures in over 30 years, leaving at least 23 people dead and millions without power. Meanwhile, the same storm spurred a tornado that has left three and ten injured in North Carolina dead.
• New Zealand to offer period products: The prime minister of New Zealand has vowed to ensure that all schools will be stocked with free menstruation products after a survey reported that one in 12 students were skipping school because they couldn't afford sanitary products.