Over the last several days, Hurricane Harvey and subsequent Tropical Storm Harvey have caused unprecedented flooding and devastation for many parts of Central and Southeast Texas. It’s truly unparalleled, and our hearts go out to all affected.Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston, Texas to aid citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey. (Photo by Lt. Zachary West , 100th MPAD)As a company headquartered in Central Texas, the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is personal, and we are committed to supporting customers, colleagues, friends and family who have been affected.Dell has committed $500,000 to support the American Red Cross’ and Team Rubicon’s relief efforts. The American Red Cross offers resources, shelter, mass feeding, counseling, and eventually financial assistance to those impacted. Team Rubicon brings the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, rapidly deploying emergency response teams where they are needed most. Also, we have set up a dedicated relief page on Dell’s internal Legacy of Good Community where our team members can give. Dell matches every dollar donated up to $10,000 USD per team member, per year. One hundred percent of the donations and 100 percent of the match will go to those who need it most.Additionally, Dell’s Global Command Center (GCC) and Support and Deployment Services continue to proactively monitor the impact of tropical Storm Harvey on our business and customers. GCC established a 24/7 war room, and we are prepared for an increase in call volume from affected customers.The storm is expected to continue over upcoming days. If a friend or loved one is in harm’s way, urge them to listen to advice of emergency officials. You can find shelters by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or downloading their free Red Cross Emergency App via app stores or redcross.org/apps.Our Texas colleagues, customers, friends and families are in our thoughts during this difficult time.Texas National Guard soldiers respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey (Photos and Video by Ssg. Tim Pruitt)[UPDATE 9/5/2017]Over the last week, I have heard countless stories of team members rushing to respond to those caught in Harvey’s path. Like the story of John New, who has spent the last week as part of Team Rubicon’s response team rescuing our most vulnerable populations along the coast. And the North America Enterprise Tech Support team and Client Solutions Marketing team, who spent the holiday weekend setting up “Humanitarian Aid – Shelter Internet Stations” at Red Cross mega shelters across the region.And now we’re transforming one of Dell’s main campus buildings into a business continuity center to help small and medium businesses get back up and running. The American Red Cross will relocate their command center operations to that location this week.As if that wasn’t enough, individual team members have donated more than $450,000 to relief efforts in both Texas and South India with the help of the Dell Match. This is in addition to Dell’s corporate contribution, and the $36 million commitment to the Rebuild Texas Fund from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. Thank you all for your passion, generosity and commitment to serve.
Few products can boast performance improvements of 32,000 times over a lifetime, while dropping their cost by 18,000 times. But the Dell Precision workstation can. It’s the 20th anniversary of this #1-rated professional computing platform, with uses ranging from searching for oil to creating special effects for the some of the world’s most popular movies and TV shows.If one thing sets the Precision workstation family apart from its PC cousins, it’s “more” — more CPU cores, more RAM, more storage, more of everything. Today’s Dell Precision workstations also offer 2,800 times the graphics performance and 240 times the memory bandwidth compared to their predecessors. And it’s all highly optimized for the heavy-duty computational demands of the world’s engineering, architecture, oil and gas, and media and entertainment industries.For example, Precision workstations are designed and engineered with special cooling techniques and heat-dissipating materials to effectively manage the heat that their powerful CPUs generate. Then there’s the Dell Precision Optimizer that delivers the best ratio of power and performance to applications by adjusting the settings of many workstation components, such as CPU frequencies, RAM usage, graphics speed, storage, operating system, BIOS and software drivers.Establishing Industry Firsts That Continue TodayWhen the Dell Precision workstation debuted in 1997, it wasn’t the first of its kind. Storied names in the high-tech industry that are now history — Apollo Computer, Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems — had head starts of many years each. But Dell quickly established many firsts of its own:First mobile workstation, 2001First rack-mounted workstation, 2008First VR-ready workstation, 2016First workstation powerful enough to develop and deploy machine learning and AI applications and algorithms, 2017Helping Users Do More—More Quickly and More CompetitivelyDell Precision workstations pioneered many commoditized technologies now found in PCs — 64-bit processing, multiple CPUs and high-end graphics accelerators among them. Even today, they are still designed, engineered and built to help architects, engineers, designers, scientists and many other specialists to do what was not possible without them and to get more done more quickly.Take virtual reality, for example. As a digital entertainment company, 30 Ninjas creates 360° virtual reality content for film and television. Its original VR series called Invisible presented unique challenges to its creative team’s workflow. With the high-end CPU and GPU power of a Dell Precision 7910 workstation equipped with NVIDIA graphics cards, they could get full resolution playback in real time on their VR headsets. This required processing extremely large quantities of data required for 360° video while also running graphics-heavy programs at full throttle.Or consider how Halliburton Landmark provides customers with the ability to look deep inside the Earth and find oil much more quickly. Its solution consists of Dell Precision 7720 workstations with NVIDIA graphics cards, VR headsets and Dell Canvas 27-inch touch screen displays.The workstations enable users to manipulate seismic data sets of up to a terabyte in size to create 3D simulations of potential oil deposits. Then, using the Canvas display or VR headsets, petroleum engineers can better visualize and understand where oil resides and how to reach it.One customer reduced its oil-well planning cycles from 80 days to just 8 hours. This not only saves staff time, but also gives the company a much greater advantage over competitors in bidding drilling jobs.Continuing to Provide More, Now for LessPetroleum engineers were among the many professional disciplines that cheered when Dell introduced the world’s first mobile workstation 16 years ago. It let them take the power of a Dell Precision desktop workstation into the field with the convenience of a laptop form factor. This made a huge difference in how they worked, vastly reducing cycle times involved in data entry, analysis and modeling.To celebrate these capabilities and 20 years of helping the world’s many industries drive all kinds of innovations, Dell recently introduced the Precision 5520 mobile workstation anniversary edition. It’s the world’s thinnest, lightest, smallest 15″ mobile workstation with 7th Generation Intel® processors and PremierColor 4K InfinityEdge display. Available for a limited time in an exclusive brushed Abyss Anodized exterior design, it weighs less than 4 pounds, comes with 6 ports and enhanced batteries for a full day of field use. And the base Linux model — with compute capabilities approaching multimillion-dollar supercomputing power two decades ago — is priced just a bit over $2,000.Find out more about the Dell Precision workstation family history and the many new Precision models being introduced this month. Capable of supporting VR, augmented reality, machine learning and artificial intelligence, they’re already setting firsts that will be part of the next 20 years of Dell workstation history.
Digital transformation is on every CEO’s priority list. But can emerging digital technologies benefit more than just businesses, to transform nations and drive real socio-economic change?The answer is YES…and it’s already happening.Many countries are increasingly using technology to tackle key developmental challenges—from education to healthcare—and human rights issues like human trafficking. It’s no longer just developed, Western nations, who are leading this innovation – a recent study by The Economist shows that emerging markets offer countless examples of technology driving societal change. Examples include: Kiron, an online university designed for global refugees; China’s Baby Come Home app to help parents find their missing children; and BIM, a mobile payment system to empower Peru’s rural populations[i].The impact of technology on communities is extremely personal for me—the Dell EMC India Center of Excellence (COE) sponsors programs in partnership with government partners to transform rural healthcare across the country. Our foundation is a mobile, cloud and analytics solution which provides a unique, health record for every citizen and connects health workers, doctors and decision-makers in a single, integrated platform. We have made a significant impact by leveraging Dell EMC technology and expertise to serve India’s rural healthcare industry (and this is just the beginning…):Women’s Health: The Mahila Master Health Checkup program provides screening for non-communicable diseases in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Launched in Sept 2016, it aims to screen 7 million women by 12,000 health workers and 100+ doctors.Primary Care: The Mee Arogyam program covers basic care for 2.25 million people. It covers non-communicable and communicable diseases along with outpatient department care and provides doctors help in digitizing health records.Comprehensive Primary Health: We partnered with Karuna Trust, a prominent non-profit organization, to digitize the health records of an individual earlier maintained by health workers in physical registers. The care areas include reproductive and child health, maternal health, school health, communicable and non-communicable diseases. We started with a pilot in 2014 covering 23,800 individuals in 1 health center. Today, this partnership covers 25 health centers and impacts 315,000 individuals across 3 states.The success in India’s rural communities would not be possible without government-driven programs like Digital India and Smart Cities, which formalize and prioritize digitization for the country. Across the world, governments play a critical role in driving scalable technological advancement and transformation. Government policies and frameworks need enthusiastic adoption by the private sector as well. As IDC states, “governments that plan to launch new digital transformation strategies for their countries should align strategic vision, people, process, technology and data elements of their digital agendas”. This is where companies can add tremendous value to ensure strategies are comprehensive and encompass the basics, such as connectivity, internet infrastructure and data and analytics.As technology advances, governments and the private sector must work together to build the right ecosystem for it to operate within. From broadband highways to affordable smartphones, electricity infrastructure to legal frameworks and implementation strategies, we definitely have our work cut out for us. Exciting times lie ahead for companies, nations and all of humankind.
For event news, scores and more information on the charitable impact, visit the Dell Technologies Match Play page. Dell Technologies Match Play sets records, while charting a course for four more yearsAnother WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament is in the books. This year’s event was the most exciting by far, with a sell-out crowd (fourth year running), beautiful weather, the worlds’ top golfers – including Tiger Woods! – and the announcement that Dell Technologies will be sponsoring the event for another four years.This is great news for our hometown of Austin, but not just for golf fans. Giving back to the local community has been part of Match Play’s mission from the start. And it’s very much in line with Dell Technologies’ core values and our desire to make a positive social impact – especially in our own backyard.For us, the tournament is an opportunity to showcase Central Texas on a global stage and give back to the community in tangible ways. Since Dell first sponsored the tournament in 2016, more than $3.2 million has been raised for five local charities, including:Austin Parks FoundationBoys & Girls Clubs of Austin AreaThe First Tee of Greater AustinHelping Hand Home for ChildrenKeep Austin BeautifulJust a couple of weeks ago, a completely redeveloped park opened in an underserved area of East Austin. Thanks in part to Match Play funds, children in the St. John neighborhood now have a new playground, pavilion and outdoor space where once there was just dead grass and a closed swimming pool.Many thanks to the Austin Country Club, our partners at the PGA TOUR and the 1,000 local volunteers – including more than 300 Dell Technologies’ team members – for putting on an amazing tournament. We couldn’t do it without them.We’re also grateful to all the fans who stopped by to enjoy the Dell Technologies Fan Experience. I personally enjoyed exploring new regions of space in the virtual reality Moon Rover. Did you have a chance to visit Match Play? If so, tell us your favorite highlight. And if not, we hope to see you next year!
Executives from the automotive sector recently shared their views on how recent events have reshaped the industry and how emerging technologies will offer companies future competitive advantage.We have seen two years of digital acceleration in two months in the automotive industry. Everything is changing: from the environmental impact, to warranty maintenance, to how we service our customers, to logistics, to how we consider offices and remote working – all of this has accelerated digital strategy.Recently, I was pleased to join a panel of industry leaders at the Transformation Tune-In virtual event – hosted by Dell Technologies and Nvidia — to discuss this.Gary Clark, COO Automotive Cloud at Volkswagen, started the discussion by saying that the positive environmental impact of reduced global travel during the pandemic had given a new impetus to the move towards cleaner vehicles. Dubravko Hlede, CIO and IT Manager at Rimac Automobili, discussed the immediate impact on the Croatia-based manufacturer of electric vehicles: “We managed to completely shift our workforce to remote working in a matter of days. Right now, we are in risk mitigation, adapting to change, and the new normal is remote work.”A new era of connected mobilityAs conversation turned to connected vehicles and the emerging technologies creating new opportunities, and challenges, in the sector, Said Tabet, Senior Technologist at Dell Technologies commented: “There are exponential amounts of data that will be created, at the edge particularly. Connected vehicles have end-points at the edge and, behind this, systems are not idle, the data will flow across all of these elements in dynamic and changing ways. We’re really seeing new methodologies and new ways to accelerate adoption through software-defined, cloud-native, edge, AI, simulation, digital twins – all of these are new and now taking center stage.”Teodoro Lio, MD and Automotive and Mobility Lead in Europe for Accenture, agreed, adding: “The fundamental change over the past ten years is that technology moved from being something in the back-office to being front and center of a business model for automotive and mobility providers, and to become a board-level discussion.”Why? Technology is critical in three areas:Software in particular is now a key element of the car as a product.The product to service transformation, as we move from a relatively simple business model of selling cars into a mobility world of services, from ownership, to subscription, to rental.Technology is key to engaging with your customers – the relationship between the brand and the consumer is increasingly driven via online channel. Data goes across all three of these areas and is going to break the silos.Data sharing imperativeHank Skorny, President of Connected Services at Aptiv, said that in order for companies to truly gain the advantages promised by connected mobility technologies, a new approach to data-sharing is needed: “The ability to share data amongst numerous different providers – in a standardized format, yet with some type of identity and access control security over the top of it – is absolutely critical for this to move forward. There are so many people, even in the manufacturing step, that feed into the production of a vehicle. Without some type of sharing, you’re never going to realize the cost savings and benefits. The same is true in post-production. Once vehicles are in the hands of individuals the question is: how do you get to the point where you share data with the environmental protection people, with cities and counties, with maintenance providers? Standardizing a way for all of this data to be utilized yet protected across the industry is a critical element to success.”The virtual roundtable ended with live Q&A and a question from the audience as to how traditional automotive OEMs can remain relevant in the face of disruptive entries into the market by technology companies. It was clear that every company on the event’s panel is involved in the development of autonomous cars. We agreed that the future is about bringing together that technology thrust and that the software-defined automotive future is clearly in front of us.Click here to watch the full replay of “Changes in the Automotive Sector” (registration required).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — D Smoke was a high school teacher for a decade in Southern California, but he never gave up on his dream of breaking through as a hip-hop artist. The rapper leaned on the encouraging phrase “there’s no expiration on realness” before making a splash on Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow,” a music competition he won. He rode the show’s momentum, performing alongside boxer Deontay Wilder before a heavyweight championship bout and releasing his debut album “Black Habits,” which earned him Grammy nomination for best rap album. He’s also up for best new artist, pitting him against Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Ingrid Andress, Phoebe Bridgers and other breakout artists.
SEATTLE — Authorities in Washington state are warning hospitals and other facilities giving coronavirus vaccinations not to give special access to some people, saying they will risk having their supplies of doses cut.,The state Health Department said in a statement Monday that “VIP scheduling, reserving doses for inequitable or exclusive access, and similar practices are banned and will not be tolerated.”,The Seattle Times has reported that three medical systems in the region gave special vaccine access to big donors or foundation members. Two of the hospital organizations acknowledged they made a mistake in prioritizing influential people.,The Health Department’s announcement says that if a vaccine provider is found to be giving out shots in an inequitable manner “we may reduce or stop allocations to that provider.”,___,THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:,— AstraZeneca to send European Union 9 million more doses this quarter, tamping down huge public spat,— Vaccine skepticism lurks in Tuskegee, Alabama, known for syphilis study,— WHO team in Wuhan visits provincial disease control center,— Thousands flout virus restrictions at funerals in Israel,— Even if schools reopen by late April, millions of students, many of them minorities in urban areas, may be left out,___,Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak,___,HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:,BOSTON — Massachusetts has passed 500,000 coronavirus cases for the pandemic even as other statistics appear to show a continued easing following a post-holiday spike.,The state crossed that mark Monday, exactly a year after officials reported the first case of a coronavirus infection in Massachusetts. It involved a Boston resident who had traveled to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first cases of COVID-19 were identified.,The number of newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts rose by 30 on Monday, pushing the state’s confirmed death toll to 14,317 since the start of the pandemic.,The number of newly confirmed cases of coronavirus infections increased by more than 2,200.,___,ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s acting health secretary says the state’s hospitals have received less than half of their expected allocations of second doses of the coronavirus vaccine for front-line health workers this week.,Dennis Schrader on Monday attributed the discrepancy to the transition between presidential administrations in Washington.,Schrader says state officials were talked with the federal Department of Health and Human Services all weekend trying to figure out what happened. He says that “they haven’t been able to put their finger on what the issue is.”,An HHS spokesman says that “no allocations provided to states have changed or lowered.”,___,WASHINGTON — The U.S. government says it won’t conduct immigration enforcement arrests at coronavirus vaccination sites around the country.,In a statement Monday, the Department of Homeland Security said vaccine sites will be considered “sensitive locations” and will not be targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents except in “extraordinary circumstances.”,DHS says it encourages everyone “regardless of immigration status” to get vaccinated when they are eligible under local rules.,ICE has previously included health care facilities as well as churches among the sensitive locations where arrests would generally not be carried out.,___,DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa health officials say testing has identified three cases in the state of the coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom.,Two of the cases were found in Johnson County in eastern Iowa and one in Bremer County in northeast Iowa.,Health officials said Monday that the emergence of variant underscores the importance of wearing masks and taking precautions to avoid getting infected.,Although virus activity generally has slowed in Iowa from a peak in November, aggressive community spread is still occurring in many counties.,The CDC says Iowa has delivered 190,689 first vaccine doses to individuals, or 6,044 per 100,000 people, the third lowest rate in the nation.,___,TORONTO — Canada most populous province is reporting its first case of a coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa that is believed to be more contagious than the original.,Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said Monday that the case was found in the Peel region west Toronto and the person does not have a known history of travel or any known contact with someone who has travelled.,British Columbia has also reported cases of the South African variant,Viruses constantly mutate but scientists are concerned with the emergence of three that researchers believe may spread more easily. One first reported in the United Kingdom was previously confirmed in Canada, and Ontario has dozens of cases now.,___,DETROIT — A Detroit-area prosecutor is dismissing more than 1,700 tickets that were issued for violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus restrictions.,Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said Monday that the cases were filed before the Michigan Supreme Court said Whitmer’s emergency orders were made under a law that was unconstitutional,,Most cases — 1,632 — were misdemeanors filed in Detroit and still pending when Worthy made the announcement. Detroit police were aggressive in writing tickets for large gatherings or violations of other orders that were aimed at reducing the spread of the virus.,The prosecutor’s office says about 50 cases in suburban courts already have been resolved. Anyone who paid fines should be able to pursue a refund.,___,WASHINGTON — The White House is tamping down expectations for a potential boost in vaccine distribution if Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 shot is approved by federal regulators.,Andy Slavitt, the White House’s deputy COVID-19 coordinator, told reporters that the single-dose shot would undoubtedly help the Biden administration meet its goal of 300 million vaccinated Americans by the end of summer. But he says: “The expectation should not be that there’s an immediate, dramatic shift.”,The pharmaceutical company reported strong results for the efficacy of its vaccine on Friday and is expected to file for emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in the coming days.,Johnson & Johnson is contracted to provide 100 million doses by the end of the second quarter.,Slavitt says he did not anticipate an even distribution, but that most doses “would come towards the end of that contract.”,___,AMSTERDAM — The European Medicines Agency said it has begun an expedited approval process for a combination COVID-19 drug that was granted an emergency use authorization in the U.S. in November.,In a statement on Monday, the EU regulator said it has started a “rolling review” of the drug known as REGN-COV2, developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Roche. It is made of casirivimab and imdevimab, two monoclonal antibodies.,The Amsterdam-based EMA said its decision was based on preliminary results from a study that suggests the drug could reduce the amount of virus in the blood, but said “it is too early to draw any conclusions.” It said it was evaluating the first batch of data on the drug, from laboratory and animal studies and that further data from clinical trials would be assessed as they become available.,The drug was administered to former U.S. President Donald Trump when he was hospitalized with COVID-19 last year and was authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for children and adults with mild to moderate coronavirus.,___,LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts was self-isolating from the public on Monday after he was exposed to a person over the weekend who showed symptoms of the coronavirus.,Ricketts said he was near the person for longer than 15 minutes on Saturday. He had been scheduled Monday to participate in the Governor’s Annual Wellness Walk around the Capitol to promote fitness, but spoke to reporters instead through a video-conferencing link.,Ricketts said the person who showed coronavirus symptoms is getting tested for the virus and still awaiting results. He said his contact with the person, who he didn’t identify, was for business and not a social gathering.,The Republican governor was also forced to go into quarantine in November after he and Nebraska first lady Susanne Shore were exposed to an infected person during a weekend dinner gathering.,___,PRAGUE — The Czech Republic is not planning to limit use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for elderly people like some other European Union nations.,Health Minister Jan Blatny says “we can see no reasons for us to think the vaccine cannot be used for people above any certain age.”,Italy is planning to administer the vaccine developed with the Oxford University for people aged 18 – 55 while German authorities don’t recommend it for those aged 65 and older.,Blatny say says vaccines in general are less effective for older people. The European Union approved the vaccine without any age limits.,___,GENEVA — Officials at the World Health Organization pushed back against suggestions that the U.N.-led team investigating the origins of the pandemic in China is not getting enough access or data during its ongoing visit to Wuhan.,WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said the team, comprised of experts from 10 countries, has plans to visit the Wuhan Institute of Virology, among other sites.,“We need to give them the space to be able to carry out this scientific study,” she said, in response to suggestions that China has been less than transparent about how the outbreak began. WHO’s team arrived in Wuhan last month after a months-long delay to investigate the animal origins of COVID-19.,Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO’s emergencies chief, said the agency was continuing to ask for more data and said anyone with information about how the pandemic started should share it with the organization.,___,TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday that the number of new cases has decreased since early January when he placed Tokyo and 10 other prefectures under a state of emergency, but Japan needs to keep the guards up high for a while.,Suga is expected to announce an extension of the state of emergency, currently set to end on Saturday, for another month until March 7 after experts cautioned that lifting of the measures too soon would trigger a resurgence of the infections.,Suga said he will convene a taskforce meeting Tuesday to get experts’ advise before making a decision.,Japan as of Sunday had nearly 390,000 cases and more than 5,700 deaths.,___,WASHINGTON — White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt says the government awarded a $231-million contract to scale up production of a COVID-19 home test recently authorized by U.S. regulators.,For months, health experts have stressed the need for fast, widespread home testing so that people can screen themselves and avoid contact with others if they have an infection. But the vast majority of tests still require a nasal swab performed by a health worker that must be processed at high-tech laboratories.,The test kit from Australian manufacturer Ellume allows users to swab themselves at home and check their status in about 20 minutes. It’s one of only three tests that consumers can use themselves, and the only one available without a doctor’s prescription.,Ellume said Monday it would use the contract to construct a U.S. manufacturing plant and deliver 8.5 million tests for federal use. It did not specify a timeframe for delivery.,Also on Monday at the White House coronavirus briefing, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are down in recent weeks, but three mutations that are causing concern have been detected in the U.S.,___,SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s Health Department announced Monday that it will turn its COVID-19 vaccine efforts solely to those 65 and older, suspending shots for emergency responders.,Health Secretary Carlos Mellado said the new policy will be in effect for the next four weeks.,The U.S. territory already has vaccinated more than 250,000 people, starting with medical workers and then emergency workers.,The Health Department also put a halt to vaccinations for the U.S. territory’s elections commission, saying it had not been authorized.,The department said vaccination of emergency responders will resume once the elderly have received their shots.,___,SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnian Serb health authorities say that 2,000 Russian Sputnik V vaccines have arrived in the pro-Russian, Serb-dominated half of the country, in what is the first shipment of any vaccines to the Balkan nation.,Alen Seranic, the Health Minister of Republika Srpska, which is how the Serb-run Bosnian entity is called, says the vaccines have landed in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo for approval by the country’s medical agency.,Bosnia’s Serbs have close political ties with Russia. The second entity, run by the country’s predominantly Muslim Bosniaks and Croats, has announced first shipments of Western-made vaccines later this month.,The country remains ethnically divided years after the 1992-95 war. A U.S.-brokered peace deal created the two entities connected loosely in a joint central government.