British navy to help protect fishing waters in case of

LONDON (REUTERS) – Four Royal Navy patrol ships will be ready from Jan 1 to help Britain protect its fishing waters in case of a no-deal Brexit, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain was likely to complete its European Union (EU) exit in three weeks without a trade deal. The Ministry of Defence “has […]Read More

Brexit deal hopes dim as British PM says failure 'very

LONDON (AFP) – A Brexit trade deal between Britain and the European Union looked to be hanging in the balance on Saturday (Dec 12) after gloomy assessments from leaders on both sides of the Channel, with just hours left before last-gasp talks conclude. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen […]Read More

Pregnant and breastfeeding women in US may opt to receive

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – In its emergency authorisation of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday (Dec 11) night, the Food and Drug Administration took an unexpected step, leaving open the possibility that pregnant and breastfeeding women may opt for immunisation against the coronavirus. The agency authorised the vaccine for anyone 16 and older, and asked Pfizer […]Read More

Tommy “Tiny” Lister, “Friday” actor and wrestler, dies at 62

Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who appeared in “Friday” and “The Fifth Element” and was also a professional wrestler, died Thursday, his manager Cindy Cowan confirmed. Cowan said he was found unresponsive in his apartment in Marina del Rey, Calif. after displaying symptoms of COVID-19 in recent days. He had been working on a film and had […]Read More

Global summit to present 'ambitious' climate change goals

LONDON (AFP) – Global leaders were due to announce more ambitious plans to combat global warming on Saturday (Dec 12), on the fifth anniversary of the signing of the landmark Paris Agreement. The Climate Ambition Summit, being held online, comes as the United Nations warns current commitments to tackle rises in global temperatures are inadequate. […]Read More

With US now in hand, BioNTech CEO looks for more

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – The chief executive of Germany’s BioNTech SE said the biggest challenge facing it and partner Pfizer Inc now that their Covid-19 vaccine is authorised for use in the United States will be to scale up manufacturing to meet huge demand. “We need to solve the manufacturing challenge,” Mr Ugur Sahin told […]Read More

United States authorises first Covid-19 vaccine: What next?

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The US Food and Drug Administration authorised the first Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, making it available for emergency use to patients aged 16 and older. In clinical trials, the vaccine was 95 per cent effective at preventing illness and showed no short-term safety issues. The following is an […]Read More

Los Angeles virus cases surpass 500,000 amid 'Thanksgiving surge'

LOS ANGELES (BLOOMBERG) – The Greater Los Angeles area reported another record day of coronavirus cases on Friday (Dec 11), with infections surpassing 500,000 in what health officials say is a “Thanksgiving surge”. The data, coming two weeks after millions travelled across the country for the Thanksgiving break, showed that one in 20 people in […]Read More

US FDA clears Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, millions of doses to

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES, AFP) – The US Food and Drug Administration authorised Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use on Friday (Dec 11), according to two people with knowledge of the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss it. The action means millions of highly vulnerable people will begin receiving […]Read More

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Gets FDA Approval, Distribution To Begin Immediately

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine got emergency authorization from federal regulators on Friday, clearing the way for the shipment, distribution and eventual administration of the shots. The decision, first reported by The New York Times, marks a historic scientific achievement and suggests an end to the coronavirus pandemic may be in sight, although the timing of a return to normalcy […]Read More