Fri, May 07, 2021

  • France delaying EU order for COVID-19 vaccine
    France is delaying a European Union order for 1.8 billion doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine planned for the next two years, Germany's Die Welt daily newspaper reported on Friday, citing EU...
    France delaying EU order for COVID-19 vaccine
    The paper said it was unclear what the reason was for hesitation from Paris, but diplomats had speculated that it might want French companies to play a bigger part in the vaccine production.The paper reported that at recent meetings about vaccine orders, French representatives had held up decision-making by posing technical questions and requests for clarifications. Due to massive global demand for booster doses as well as vaccines for young people, EU governments fear that they may be too late and lose out on the order. That would be a disaster for which France would be responsible, Die Welt quoted one diplomat as saying.
  • Australia to reopen door to India, no new local COVID-19 cases in Sydney Australia to reopen door to India, no new local COVID-19 cases in Sydney

    Australia will lift a ban on its citizens returning from COVID-ravaged India in a week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as state officials reported that an outbreak in Sydney...

  • Japan may approve AstraZeneca, Moderna vaccines as early as May 20 -Reports Japan may approve AstraZeneca, Moderna vaccines as early as May 20 -Reports

    Japan's government may approve the use of coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Moderna Inc as early as May 20, the Nikkei reported on Friday.

  • Copyright Crescendo - Music Inc: Why song rights sales are booming Copyright Crescendo - Music Inc: Why song rights sales are booming

    Publishing rights are a lucrative business, as Michael Jackson found out after he acquired 251 Beatles songs for more than $47 million in 1985 and doubled his money 10 years later. But that catalogue...

  • Nepal reports 9,070 new COVID-19 cases, total count rises to 368,580 Nepal reports 9,070 new COVID-19 cases, total count rises to 368,580

    Nepal on Thursday reported 9,070 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload to 368,580.

  • Over 10 mn Turks have received two doses of vaccine Over 10 mn Turks have received two doses of vaccine

    Over 10 million Turkish citizens have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as part of the ongoing nationwide vaccination program, the Health Ministry's data showed on Thursday.

  • COVID-19: More support easing vaccine patent rules, but hurdles remain COVID-19: More support easing vaccine patent rules, but hurdles remain

    The Biden administration announcement made the US the first country in the developed world with big vaccine manufacturing to publicly support the waiver idea floated by India and South Africa in...

  • What it will take to vaccinate the whole world What it will take to vaccinate the whole world

    Muscle flexing explains much of the world’s vaccine inequities, but there’s also the unprecedented challenge of making them

  • Top American civil rights leader urges Biden to release 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine for India Top American civil rights leader urges Biden to release 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine for India

    A top American civil rights leader has urged President Joe Biden to release 60 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses for India, which is battling a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • In GOP stronghold, Biden pushes for his infrastructure plan In GOP stronghold, Biden pushes for his infrastructure plan

    With a badly aging bridge as his backdrop, US President Joe Biden stood in reliably Republican Louisiana on Thursday to pressure GOP lawmakers to support his USD 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan — and...