Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Trump Announces Sixth Vaccine Contract For 100 Million Doses

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced a $1.5 billion contract with US biotech company Moderna for 100 million doses of an eventual coronavirus vaccine, the sixth such deal reached since May. “I’m pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Moderna to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of their coronavirus vaccine candidate,”...

Germany Questions ‘Quality, Safety’ Of Russian Vaccine

Germany on Tuesday raised doubts over the quality and safety of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, stressing that drug approval is granted in the European Union only after full clinical trials. “Patient safety is of the highest priority,” a health ministry spokeswoman told German newspaper network RND. “There is no known data on the quality, efficacy and...

Joe Biden Announces Kamala Harris As Running Mate

White House hopeful Joe Biden on Tuesday named Kamala Harris, a black US senator from California, as his choice for vice president, capping a months-long search for a Democratic partner to challenge President Donald Trump in November. “I have the great honour to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little...

WHO Wants To Review Russian Vaccine Safety Data

The World Health Organization said any WHO stamp of approval on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate would require a rigorous safety data review, after Russia announced Tuesday it had approved a vaccine. President Vladimir Putin said Russia had become the first country to approve a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the new coronavirus. “We are in close...

Russia Claims First COVID-19 Vaccine As Global Cases Top 20 Million

Russia claimed Tuesday that it had developed the world’s first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus, as the pandemic marked another bleak milestone with 20 million infections globally. President Vladimir Putin said that one of his own daughters had received the inoculation, dubbed “Sputnik” after the pioneering 1950s Soviet satellite. Western scientists have previously raised...

Trump Ushered From Briefing After Shots Fired Near White House

Secret Service guards shot a person, who was apparently armed, outside the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump said just after being briefly evacuated in the middle of a press conference. The president was abruptly ushered out of the press event and black-clad secret service agents with automatic rifles rushed across the lawn north...

Several German health offices hit by bomb threats

Several bomb threats were made against health authorities across Germany overnight, police said Saturday, although searches have so far not turned up any suspicious items. The offices of the local health authority in Olpe in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia had to be temporarily evacuated late Friday after receiving such a threat. The all-clear was...

Lebanon Gives Investigating Committee Four Days To Find Culprits

The government of Lebanon has given an “investigative committee” four days to determine responsibility for the devastating explosion in Beirut port on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe told French radio Thursday. “This morning, a decision was taken to create an investigative committee which in four days maximum must provide a detailed report on responsibility —...

Beirut Blasts: Lebanese Defense Council Reveals Likely Cause

The Lebanese Supreme Defense Council has met over Tuesday’s massive blasts that occurred in the port of Beirut. The council stated it might have been the consequence of maintenance work at the site. President Donald Trump said United States Generals told him that the cause was a “bomb of some kind”. But Lebanese security service explained that the...

Pakistan: 14-Year Old Christian Girl Abducted At Gunpoint Fights For Her Freedom

A 14-year-old Christian girl who was abducted at gunpoint during the COVID-19 lockdown and forced to convert to Islam has been allowed by a court to leave her captor's home and stay at a women’s shelter until her case is heard by the Lahore High Court next week. The family of Catholic teenager Maira Shahbaz,...

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