Moderna’s vaccine succeeds in trials
Drugmaker Moderna announced Monday that his coronavirus vaccine was 94.5% effective, based on a first glimpse of the results of its extensive continuing study.
The researchers said the results were better than they dared to imagine. But although the company plans to seek emergency clearance from U.S. drug authorities within weeks, the vaccine won’t be widely available for months.
The vaccine has a longer shelf life than previously reported: it can last 30 days in the refrigerator and 12 hours at room temperature, according to Moderna, which potentially makes it easier to store and use.
The race: Moderna’s announcement came a week after Pfizer announced that its vaccine, developed in collaboration with BioNTech, was over 90 percent effective. Ten other companies, like Moderna and Pfizer, are running large Phase 3 trials, including efforts in China, Russia, India and Australia. Check out our vaccine tracker here.
Markets: Global the markets were up on Monday on the news of the Moderna vaccine and a new Asia-Pacific free trade agreement.
Official remarks: “I said I would be happy with a vaccine that was 75% effective,” said Dr Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist. “Aspirationally, you’d like to see 90, 95%, but I didn’t expect it. I thought we would be good, but 94.5% is very impressive.
In other coronavirus developments:
In Spain, a series of lawsuits have emerged claiming that the health systemThe fight against the pandemic has led to the neglect of other serious conditions, notably the treatment and diagnosis of cancer.
Japan has become the last major economy Bounce devastation from the coronavirus, but the recovery is unlikely to be long lasting, analysts warn.
Tourism in New York will need at least four years to recover from the free fall triggered by the pandemic, according to a new forecast from the city’s tourism promotion agency.
The two eastern European countries said they would veto the spending bill because funding was conditional on upholding rule of law standards, such as an independent judiciary, which the two governments weakened by ending the separation of powers in their countries.
Their veto threw a bloc’s signature success into disarray, deepening a long-standing deadlock on its fundamentals and threatening to delay the flow of stimulus money to other member states, if a new deal can be made. concluded.
Brexi; Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s two-week quarantine is coming at an inconvenient time for its negotiations with the bloc, with major problems which still divide the EU and Great Britain.
Moldova: Maia Sandu, a Harvard-trained economist who supports closer ties with the European Union, has won a presidential election in the former Soviet state against a holder approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mr Biden has spoken out in favor of a national mask mandate and criticized the president and his advisers for attacking leaders of U.S. states that have imposed new restrictions to contain the growing number of coronavirus cases. “What’s with these guys?” he said. “It’s totally irresponsible.”
His comments come at a critical time for the country’s economic recovery: data on credit cards and other indicators suggest consumers have started to cut spending this month as infection, hospitalization and death rates from the virus have increased nationwide. Mr. Biden called on Congress to provide billions of dollars to support workers, businesses, and state and local governments.
Quote: “More people could die if we don’t coordinate,” Biden warned.
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A remarkable Ironman journey
Earlier this month, Chris Nikic, above, became the first person with Down’s syndrome to conquer the grueling endurance race, featuring a 2.4 mile open water swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run.
In 16 hours 46 minutes and 9 seconds, Mr Nikic, 21, struggled with dehydration, exhaustion and an unfortunate encounter with a mound of red ants in his attempt to complete the course. “I learned that there are no limits,” he told The Times. “Don’t put a lid on me.”
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‘English Gentleman’: Despite increasingly strained relations between Britain and China, Stephen Ellison, the British consul general in Chongqing, was hailed as a hero after a video of his rescue of a drowning woman in a river on Saturday went viral on Chinese social media.
Hate Crime: The FBI recorded more than 7,300 hate crimes in the United States last year, the highest number since 2008. The agency also recorded more hate-motivated murders than ever before, an increase largely due to the August 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, in which 23 people died in a Walmart store.
Instantaneous: Above, the beekeepers of Turkey’s ‘honey forest’, with its distinctive black beehives. The beekeeping traditions of the Hemshin people risk disappearing in the midst of a booming tourist industry and the infrastructure that goes with it.
‘The crown’: In the new season of the Netflix show, Diana Spencer’s aristocratic herding triumphs and Margaret Thatcher’s middle-class tendencies horrify the royal family. Here is a guide for the rigid world of the British class system.
Lives lived: Bruno Barbey, a French photographer who produces powerful and empathetic work in war zones as well as in peacetime, died earlier this month at age 79.
What we are looking for: the Subpar Parks Instagram page, which puts negative reviews on some of the world’s most beautiful national parks in the visuals. Melina Delkic, who writes the Asia Briefing, likes this wrap-up from Bryce Canyon National Park: “Too orange, too prickly.” She adds: “In case you need a reminder that nothing appeals to everyone!”
Now a break from the news
Cook: These plump, pan-fried gyoza are filled with ground pork, cabbage, chives, ginger and garlic.
Lily: In his new memoirs, “A promised land,“On sale today, Barack Obama” mobilizes his considerable talents as a narrator to demystify himself, “writes our book reviewer.
Invent: Ask Jacques Pépin, the French-born cookbook writer, to find do more with less.
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Different viral strategies in the United States and Europe
As the coronavirus has increased again in recent weeks, much of the United States has chosen to keep restaurants open and schools closed. Much of Europe has done the opposite.
the The European approach seems to work better: While Europe and the United States have both experienced surges in cases, in the past two weeks France, Germany, Spain and Britain have managed to reduce their growth rate .
What is Europe doing differently? It’s cracking down on the type of indoor gatherings that most often spread the virus. England closed pubs, restaurants, gyms and more on November 5 and announced they will remain closed until at least December 2. France, German regional governments and the region of Catalonia in Spain have also closed restaurants, among other businesses.
Many Americans have refused to accept this reality. In much of the country, restaurants remain open for indoor dining. Last week, New York State ad a new policy that public health experts see as a bizarre middle ground: Licensed businesses can stay open until 10 p.m.
The only indoor activity that appears to present the least risk is school, especially elementary school. Why? Young children seem to spread the virus less often than adults.
Closing schools and switching entirely to distance learning, on the other hand, has significant social costs. Children learn less and many parents, mostly mothers, have dropped out of the workforce. The United States suffers from these two problems and of a raging pandemic.
That’s it for this briefing. See you tomorrow.
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