The U.S. government signaled on Wednesday that it would support a temporary waiver for intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines, as advocated by the World Health Organization, despite the strong objections of the global pharmaceutical industry. The proposal, originally presented by India and South Africa within the World Trade Organization, aims at boosting vaccine production in developing countries, as the pandemic keeps spreading in large parts of the world.
The legal team for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering George Floyd last month, has filed a motion in a Minneapolis court requesting a new trial on multiple grounds, including jury misconduct. In the filing, Chauvin’s attorney says the former officer should have a new trial in the “interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial.”
Two doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can provide more than 95% protection against infection, severe illness, and death, according to the first nationwide data from Israel. A single dose of the jab, meanwhile, is associated with 58% protection against infection, 76% against hospital admission, and 77% against death, research published in The Lancet suggests. Protection for the elderly was almost as strong, with those over 85 getting 94.1% protection against infection.
China has “indefinitely” suspended key economic dialogue with Australia, the latest in a growing diplomatic rift between both countries. Relations have been on the decline since Australia called for a probe into the origins of the virus and banned Huawei from building its 5G network. In a statement on Thursday, a Chinese government commission accused Australia of having a “Cold War mindset”.
Gunmen shot dead a finance ministry employee and former news anchor in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar, provincial officials said on Thursday, the latest in a spate of attacks in recent weeks. Journalists, civil society activists, government officials, and judges are among those targeted in such attacks in recent months, while Washington announced plans last month to pull out all U.S. troops by Sept. 11.