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OSCE states set to end impasse over vacant senior positions, U.S. says
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Member states failed this year to agree to renew the three-year terms of staff in four key roles, including the OSCE’s top full-time position of secretary general. That impasse has left those posts vacant since July. Like other Vienna-based international organisations, the OSCE prefers to reach decisions by consensus, or unanimity. That means in-fighting among its European, Central Asian and North American member states can easily leave it deadlocked. The candidate for secretary general is Helga Schmid, a German diplomat who currently has the same title at the European Union’s foreign policy office.
Persons: OSCE James Gilmore, , Helga Schmid, Gilmore, , that’s, ” Gilmore Organizations: Organization, Security, Cooperation, OSCE, Central Locations: VIENNA, Europe, Russia, United States, U.S, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno, Karabakh, Vienna, Central Asian, German, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Italy,
U.S. refining industry trade group sets in-person spring 2021 meeting
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Stephanie Kelly | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a top U.S. oil refining industry trade group, will hold its annual conference early next year in-person, one of the first to do so after the coronavirus pandemic sent conferences to virtual meetings. The conference will take place April 11-13 in San Antonio, Texas. “We are confident that within the next few months there will be meaningful progress in the fight against COVID,” the group said in a “Save the Date” email. AFPM’s annual meeting, like other industry conferences, tend to have seminars during the day in hotel ballrooms, followed by company-sponsored parties at night, where attendees pack bars or venues to network. AFPM this year canceled its March annual meeting that was scheduled to take place in Austin, Texas adding to scores of events that were scrapped as the coronavirus started to spread in the United States.
Persons: , COVID Organizations: YORK, American, & Petrochemical Manufacturers Locations: U.S, San Antonio , Texas, Austin , Texas, United States
American, United to halt non-stop flights to Shanghai: CNBC
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: A member of a ground crew walks past American Airlines planes parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, U.S., April 5, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts(Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc and United Airlines are pausing plans to operate non-stop flights to Shanghai from the United States, CNBC reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The plan to pause operations comes following reports of lengthy waits facing airline crews upon arrival, limited local accommodations and restrictions on their movement in China, the CNBC report here said. The airlines will instead route the flights with a stop in South Korea, the people said, according to the report. American and United did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.
Persons: Joshua Roberts Organizations: Ronald Reagan National Airport, REUTERS, American Airlines Group Inc, United Airlines, CNBC, Reuters Locations: Washington , U.S, Shanghai, United States, China, South Korea
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Just hours after the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, Tehran demanded the United Nations Security Council condemn the killing and take action against those responsible, but diplomats say the call is likely to go unheeded. Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. The Security Council is charged with maintaining international peace and security and has the ability to authorize military action and impose sanctions. The United States traditionally shields Israel from any action at the Security Council. Any council member or Iran could choose to raise the killing of Fakhrizadeh during that meeting.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, U.N, Jerry Matjila, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Agnes Callamard, Fakhrizadeh, Callamard, extraterritorially, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, , ” U.N, Stephane Dujarric, Donald Trump’s Organizations: YORK, United Nations Security Council, Iranian Defense Ministry, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Diplomats, Security, United, Security Council, Washington, Twitter, U.S Locations: Iranian, Tehran, Iran, United States, France, Britain, Russia, China, Fakhrizadeh, Israeli, Israel
Truvada currently costs American users roughly $1,700 a month; Teva’s generic, which debuted in October, is marketed for around $1,455 per month. Gilead's all-but-proprietary access to sell Truvada is the equivalent of Hershey’s controlling who has access to chocolate milk. Meanwhile, generic versions of Truvada — Ricovir, Tavin-EM, or Tenof-EM — elsewhere in the world cost $210 to $720 per year. (Until Teva’s generic debuted, Gilead owned 100 percent of the Truvada market in the U.S, pulling in roughly $3 billion a year.) The problem with patents thus persists because toxic agents in soulless systems have created a ruthless market for its ostensible solutions.
Persons: it's, Teva, Gilead, Emory, Bayh, Sen, Birch Bayh, Robert Dole, , alafenamide, Obama, Trump, Biden, America’s Organizations: University of California, Emtricitabine, Emory University, NIH, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Dole, FDA, Harvard, Big Pharma Locations: States, America, U.S, Gilead, Truvada, , California, Massachusetts, Czech, San Francisco
But revenue has collapsed even further because ambulance services are also now expected to treat people in place at the scene of an emergency. That’s a huge financial hit to ambulance companies that answer 911 calls across the country, especially because if Medicare doesn’t cover it, most insurance companies won’t either. The American Ambulance Association, he was told, was worried that EMS companies nationwide had not received the aid they needed. That money won’t specifically go to groups like ambulance companies, however. Ambulance companies across the country, however, insist that something must be done.
Persons: Stefan Hofer's, Hofer, Ackerman, Gruber, , , that’s what’s, they’re, Jim Finger, Aarron Reinert, we've, Hanan Cohen, “ We’re, We’re, It’s, Rachel Harracksingh, Donald Trump, Trump, Ronald Nichols, they’ve, won’t, David Degner, ” Nichols, “ We’ve Organizations: West, West Traill EMS, Private EMS, NBC, Department of Health, Human Services, NBC News, American Ambulance Association, , HHS, Medicare, Services, Regional Ambulance Service, Provider Relief Fund, Coronavirus, Relief, Economic Security, New, Life Ambulance Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Chambers, Chambers County EMS, Republican, Capitol, Cambridge, Ambulance Locations: West Traill, Mayville , North Dakota, North Dakota, Covid, Marmarth, United States, Vermont, U.S, Bronx, Yonkers, New York, El Paso , Texas, Chambers County, Houston, Chelsea
FILE PHOTO: The word "COVID-19" is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. There are an estimated 21 million healthcare workers and an additional 3 million nursing home residents in the United States. Although panel members universally endorsed the recommendation to include frontline healthcare workers in the initial allocation, several members of the panel voiced concerns about the inclusion of long-term care residents. Ultimately, most members endorsed the early use of the vaccines in long-term care residents, who make up 6% of COVID-19 cases and nearly 40% of related deaths, according to the CDC. For long-term care residents, the consent forms will also explain that the vaccines have not been tested in that population, and families may be included in conversations about potential risks as needed.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Nancy Messonnier Organizations: CHICAGO, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, REUTERS, Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc, BioNTech, CDC’s National Center, CDC, Moderna, Pfizer, U.S . Food, Drug Locations: United States, U.S
(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden’s treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen said on Tuesday the United States is experiencing a historic crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout that requires urgent action to avert a “self-reinforcing” downturn. “These businesses cannot wait two or three months” for aid, Mnuchin said. Mnuchin said his action was not an “economic decision” but one based on the aid law passed by Congress. RELIEF PROPOSALMeanwhile, deadlocked negotiations over a new coronavirus economic aid package picked up some picked up momentum, as a bipartisan group of lawmakers floated a $908 billion relief proposal. “I pledge as treasury secretary to work every day towards rebuilding their dream for all Americans,” Yellen said.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Janet Yellen, Biden, “ It’s, ” Yellen, Yellen, Steven Mnuchin, Mnuchin, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, , , McConnell, Nancy Pelosi Organizations: Reuters, Federal, U.S . Senate, Senate, Congress Locations: United States, Delaware
BlockFi partners with Visa to launch bitcoin rewards credit card
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
(Reuters) - Cryptocurrency startup BlockFi said on Tuesday it would partner with Visa Inc, Evolve Bank and credit card firm Deserve to offer a credit card that lets users earn bitcoin on purchases. Card users will receive a 1.5% cashback on an accrual basis for every transaction made through the card, which will then be converted to bitcoin and placed into a BlockFi account in a regular monthly cycle. The service will initially be offered only in the United States and the shipping of cards will start in spring next year, BlockFi said in a blog post. The move by BlockFi comes after PayPal Holdings Inc in October said it would allow customers to hold bitcoin and other virtual coins in its online wallet and shop using cryptocurrencies, a move which could help bitcoin and rival cryptocurrencies gain wider adoption as viable payment methods. Bitcoin has surged about 160% this year, fueled by demand for riskier assets amid unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus, interest in assets perceived as resistant to inflation and expectations that cryptocurrencies will win mainstream acceptance.
Persons: BlockFi, Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies Organizations: Reuters, Visa Inc, Evolve Bank, PayPal Holdings Inc Locations: United States
Thanksgiving weekend sees 44% more online-only shoppers: NRF
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: An Amazon worker delivers packages amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Denver, Colorado, U.S., April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt/File Photo(Reuters) - The number of online-only shoppers jumped 44% during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the United States to 95.7 million, the National Retail Federation said on Tuesday, even as the overall number of shoppers dropped. The number of in-store shoppers more than halved from a year earlier on Thanksgiving Day, while that on Black Friday dropped by 37%, the NRF said. Adobe Digital Insights, meanwhile, cut its estimates for U.S. online holiday sales to $184 billion, implying a 30% increase compared to its previous forecast of a 33% jump. However, NRF stuck to its overall holiday season sales forecast of a 3.6% to 5.2% jump from a year earlier.
Persons: Kevin Mohatt, Prosper, NRF Organizations: REUTERS, National Retail Federation, Adobe, U.S Locations: Denver , Colorado, U.S, United States
AARP told Reuters, however, that it believes rationing care based on age would be discriminatory and that it had not endorsed any political candidate. One of the seven points on Biden’s COVID-19 plan is to protect older Americans. REUTERSThe posts (here , here) say: “AARP endorsed Biden. BIDEN’S COMMITTEEOn Biden’s website he outlines his plan to tackle COVID-19, with one point of his seven-point plan to “Protect Older Americans and Others at High Risk” (joebiden.com/covid19/ , joebiden.com/covid-plan/). AARP confirmed to Reuters that it believes rationing care based on age is discriminatory and that AARP has not endorsed Biden.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Biden’s, Will, Jason Young, , AARP’s Young, COVID, Ezekiel Emanuel, Dr Emanuel, Kenneth Baer, Emanuel “, , I’m, Read Organizations: U.S, American Association of Retired, AARP, Reuters, Biden’s, Department of Health, Human Services, Civil Rights, Biden, Trump, Department of Medical, University of Pennsylvania Locations: United States
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will formally introduce his top economic policy advisers on Tuesday as his administration prepares to take power amid a slowing economic recovery hampered by the resurgent coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020. The team’s makeup reinforces Biden’s view that a more aggressive approach to the pandemic is required. The transition to a Biden administration has proceeded despite Republican President Donald Trump’s false claims that he lost the election as a result of voter fraud. “As Biden continues to name his team, I’m sure we’ll hear some more of these overblown complaints from Republican senators.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts, Janet Yellen, Cecilia Rouse, Heather Boushey, Jared Bernstein, Neera Tanden, Biden, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Rouse, Chuck Schumer, , ” Schumer Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Treasury, Princeton University, of Economic Advisers, Center for American Progress, Management, Electoral, Democratic, Senate Democratic, Republican, Republicans Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Arizona, Wisconsin, Washington, Georgia, United States
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday urged lawmakers to pass a coronavirus aid package that has been stalled in Congress for months, and promised more action to reactivate the economy after he takes office next month. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo“Right now, the full Congress should come together and pass a robust package for relief to address these urgent needs,” Biden said as he presented his incoming administration’s economic team. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday reported that the number of coronavirus deaths in the United States had risen to 267,302. The transition to a Biden administration has proceeded despite Republican President Donald Trump’s false claims that he lost the election as a result of voter fraud.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts, ” Biden, Biden, , I’ll, Janet Yellen, ” Yellen, Cecilia Rouse, Heather Boushey, Jared Bernstein, Neera Tanden, Donald Trump’s, Trump Organizations: REUTERS, Congress, U.S, Treasury, Fed, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, BIDEN, Princeton University, of Economic Advisers, Center for American Progress, Management Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, United States, Arizona, Wisconsin
Despite that, Trump has continued to claim loudly and without evidence that the election was marred by widespread fraud. The Trump campaign’s legal team responded to Barr’s comments by saying the Justice Department did not do enough to investigate allegations of voter fraud. Economists Heather Boushey and Jared Bernstein would also serve on that council, which advises the president on economic policy. Yellen, Rouse and Tanden would require Senate confirmation, and several Republicans in that chamber have said they oppose Tanden’s nomination. Control of the Senate will be decided in a pair of runoff election in Georgia on Jan. 5.
Persons: William Barr, Donald Trump, Jeff Roberson, ” Barr, Barr, Joe Biden, Trump, “ Someone’s, , Gabriel Sterling, Trump’s, Biden, Mitch McConnell, I’ll, ” Biden, Janet Yellen, Cecilia Rouse, Heather Boushey, Jared Bernstein, Neera Tanden, Rouse, Tanden Organizations: U.S, Department, . Louis Police Department, Trump, Republican, Associated Press, Electoral College, Biden, Congress, of Economic Advisers, for American Progress, Management Locations: WASHINGTON, WILMINGTON, Del, St, Louis , Missouri, U.S, Georgia, ” In Wisconsin, Wilmington , Delaware, United States, Princeton
U.S. factory activity slows as COVID-19 infections accelerate
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Lucia Mutikani | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
The softening in factory activity supports expectations for a sharp deceleration in economic growth in the fourth quarter. Coronavirus infections are exploding at a time when more than $3 trillion in government COVID-19 relief has run out. The fiscal stimulus helped millions of unemployed Americans cover daily expenses and companies keep workers on payrolls, leading to record economic growth in the third quarter. Manufacturing employment contracted after expanding in October for the first time since July 2019. Employment growth has cooled from a record 4.781 million new jobs in June.
Persons: Dana, , , Joel Naroff, Ryan Sweet, ” Chris Rupkey, nonfarm payrolls Organizations: WASHINGTON, Dana Inc, for Supply Management, Naroff, Reuters, Petroleum, Federal Reserve, Commerce Department, Nasdaq, Treasury, Manufacturers, Transportation, Machinery Locations: Toledo , Ohio, U.S, Holland , Pennsylvania, United States, West Chester , Pennsylvania, COVID, New York
U.S. factory activity slows; COVID-19 resurgence hits workers
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Lucia Mutikani | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The softening in factory activity supports expectations for a sharp deceleration in economic growth in the fourth quarter amid the raging pandemic and end of fiscal stimulus. The ISM’s index of national factory activity dropped to a reading of 57.5 last month from 59.3 in October, which had been the highest since November 2018. Manufacturing employment contracted after expanding in October for the first time since July 2019. ISM’s manufacturing employment gauge dropped to a reading of 48.4 from 53.2 in October. Employment growth has cooled from a record 4.781 million new jobs in June.
Persons: Dana, Steven Mnuchin, Jerome Powell, , , Joel Naroff, ” Chris Rupkey, nonfarm payrolls Organizations: WASHINGTON, Dana Inc, for Supply Management, Federal, Naroff, Reuters, Petroleum, Commerce Department, Nasdaq, Treasury, Manufacturers, Transportation, Machinery Locations: Toledo , Ohio, U.S, Holland , Pennsylvania, United States, COVID, New York
Delegates gloomy as final fish talks open at WTO
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Emma Farge | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
GENEVA (Reuters) - A final round of negotiations at the World Trade Organization on cutting fisheries subsidies opened on Tuesday with some delegates seeing little hope for a deal by a 2020 deadline despite intensifying negotiations. FILE PHOTO: A delegate arrives before a meeting at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, October 28, 2020. Switzerland’s ambassador Didier Chambovey, who is facilitating talks, told members last week that positions on potential exemptions for developing countries were “entrenched”. However, the draft text issued in November seen by Reuters still showed 51 pairs of square brackets -- indicating areas of non-agreement. An ambitious deal could lead to a 12.5 percent increase in global fish biomass by 2050, the Pew Charitable Trust said, based on a model it has shared with WTO negotiators.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, , , Didier Chambovey, Santiago Wills, Prince Charles, Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo Organizations: World Trade Organization, REUTERS, Geneva, Reuters, Pew Charitable Trust, WTO, Washington Locations: GENEVA, Geneva, Switzerland, , India, China, EU, United States, South Korea, Japan
WASHINGTON — The assassination of a senior Iranian nuclear scientist shocked Iran's leadership but will not derail the country's nuclear program, which has been steadily advancing despite President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" policy, experts say. The United States and Western governments believe he oversaw a covert nuclear weapons program, which U.S. intelligence agencies say was shut down in 2003. Iran denies it ever had a nuclear weapons program, and it has accused Israel of orchestrating last week's assassination. But Iran's nuclear work continued unabated, and its know-how remains intact, experts said. Iran will be able to resume its nuclear weapons program if that's what Ayatollah Khamenei chooses to do, Lewis wrote.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Kelsey Davenport, Majid Asgaripour, Fakhrizadeh, Israel, , Alireza Miryousefi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Davenport, Obama, Jeffrey Lewis, Lewis, Khamenei, Joe Biden's, Biden, Trump, Qassem Soleimani, Robert Malley, Malley, David Albright, Albright, U.N Organizations: Arms Control Association, Reuters, International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, United Nations, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Former U.S, Obama White House, Group, Institute for Science, International Security, NBC News Locations: Iranian, Iran, Tehran, WANA, Damavand County, United States, U.S, Israel, Shahrud, Natanz, tatters, Fakhrizadeh deprives Iran
Perdue, Ossoff race slated to be most expensive Senate race in ad spending
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +29 min
SEE NEW POSTSPerdue, Ossoff race slated to be most expensive Senate race in ad spending WASHINGTON — There's been an enormous amount of money pouring into Georgia ahead of the two pivotal Senate runoffs in the state, with one of the races already slated to shatter Senate advertising spending records. Georgia Democratic Senate candidates Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff hold a campaign rally in Marietta on Nov. 15, 2020. Trump announced Rex Tillerson as his nominee 36 days after Election Day, and Obama named Hillary Clinton 28 days after Election Day. I have served on the Committee for 22 years, and I am its most senior member who does not currently serve atop another Senate Committee,” Durbin wrote in a statement. Senate Republican and House Democratic party rules do not allow a top member of leadership to also hold a committee chair.
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Families of 15 public school students sued California on Monday, claiming the state has failed to provide equal education to poor and minority children during the pandemic. The lawsuit also claims that schools did not meet academic and mental health support needs, English language barriers and the unmet needs of homeless students. Since then, many districts, especially in urban areas, have struggled to meet the needs of students, especially disadvantaged students. “The change in the delivery of education left many already-underserved students functionally unable to attend school. One of the lawyers for the families, Mark Rosenbaum, said the lawsuit was the first case in the nation against a state for failure to meet the educational needs of students during the pandemic.
Persons: Mark Rosenbaum Organizations: California, Alameda County Superior Court, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Times, Facebook, Twitter Locations: United States, Oakland, Los Angeles, Alameda County, California
If the bipartisan coronavirus aid bill gains traction in coming days, it could either be attached to the spending bill or advance on a separate track. Earlier this year, over $3 trillion in coronavirus aid was enacted, which included economic stimulus measures and money for medical supplies. State and local governments would receive direct aid under the bipartisan bill, the lawmakers said. But it is far more expensive than the $500 billion that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been advocating. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were expected to discuss coronavirus aid and the must-pass government funding bill later on Tuesday.
Persons: Mitt Romney, Kevin Lamarque, Republican Trump, Joe Biden, , Mark Warner, Lisa Murkowski, Mike DeWine, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi, Biden, Steven Mnuchin Organizations: WASHINGTON, House, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, Lawmakers, Capitol Hill, CBS, Amtrak Locations: U.S, Washington , U.S, United States, Alaska, State, Ohio
Canada PM Trudeau indicates U.S. border restrictions to last a long time
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
Trudeau’s comments were a clear indication that the border restrictions will last well into 2021. The two countries have highly integrated economies and Canada sends 75% of its goods exports to the United States every month. “Until the virus is significantly more under control everywhere around the world, we’re not going to be releasing the restrictions at the border,” Trudeau told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. when asked about the issue. But the premiers of Canada’s major provinces have repeatedly said they have no interest in reopening the border as long as cases of COVID-19 continue to escalate in the United States. A second wave is also sweeping across Canada, where authorities are starting to reimpose restrictions on businesses and limiting the size of gatherings.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Blair Gable OTTAWA, Trudeau’s, we’re, ” Trudeau, It’s, Organizations: Canada's, REUTERS, Canadian Broadcasting Corp Locations: Ottawa , Ontario, Canada, United States
China successfully lands spacecraft on moon to retrieve lunar rocks
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 3 images )BEIJING (Reuters) - China successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon’s surface on Tuesday in a historic mission to retrieve lunar surface samples, Chinese state media reported. The lander vehicle that touched down on the moon’s surface was one of several spacecraft deployed by the Chang’e-5 probe. State broadcaster CCTV said it would start collecting samples on the lunar surface in the next two days. China made its first lunar landing in 2013. In January last year, the Chang’e-4 probe touched down on the far side of the moon, the first space probe from any nation to do so.
Organizations: Soviet Union, CCTV Locations: BEIJING, China, Storms, United States, Soviet, Mongolia
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(Reuters) - Healthcare workers and others recommended for the first COVID-19 inoculations could start getting shots within 24 hours after the vaccine receives regulatory authorization, the chief adviser for the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program said on Tuesday. “Within 24 hours, maybe at most 36 to 48 hours, from the approval, the vaccine can be in people’s arms,” Slaoui said at an event conducted by The Washington Post. Slaoui said the federal government will ship doses to the locations identified in state plans. The United States should have 60 million to 70 million doses a month by January, between both the Pfizer and Moderna Inc vaccines, Slaoui said. Moderna’s vaccine, which was about equally effective, will be reviewed by the expert panel a week after Pfizer’s.
Persons: Moncef Slaoui, Donald Trump, Kevin Lamarque, Moncef, ” Slaoui, Slaoui Organizations: GlaxoSmithKline, White, REUTERS, Healthcare, U.S, U.S ., , The Washington Post, Pfizer Inc, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Pfizer, BioNTech, FDA, Moderna Inc Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S, COVID, United States
“Within 24 hours, maybe at most 36 to 48 hours, from the approval, the vaccine can be in people’s arms,” Slaoui said at an event conducted by The Washington Post. Pfizer applied for the EUA on Nov. 20 after publishing data that showed the vaccine developed with German partner BioNTech SE was 95% effective in preventing COVID-19. The United States should have 60 million to 70 million doses a month by January, between both the Pfizer and Moderna Inc vaccines, Slaoui said. J&J has said that it is on track to release an interim analysis of its large vaccine trial late this year or early next year. AstraZeneca said that it will likely run an additional global trial using that dosing regimen to confirm those results.
Persons: Moncef Slaoui, Donald Trump, Kevin Lamarque Moncef, ” Slaoui, Slaoui Organizations: Reuters, Healthcare, U.S, GlaxoSmithKline, White, REUTERS, U.S ., , The Washington Post, Pfizer Inc, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Pfizer, BioNTech, FDA, Moderna Inc, Johnson, AstraZeneca, Speedy, Oxford University Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S, COVID, United States
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