The Maryland-based biotech company Novavax reported Monday that its experimental Covid-19 vaccine is safe and 100 percent effective against moderate to severe disease. The results are from the company’s Phase 3 clinical trials conducted in the U.S. and Mexico. The company has already completed a Phase 3 trial in the U.K., but the U.S. trial results are required to apply for emergency use authorization in the country.
The long and divisive reign of Benjamin Netanyahu, officially ended on Sunday night, as the country’s Parliament gave its vote of confidence to a precarious coalition government stitched together by widely disparate anti-Netanyahu forces. Naftali Bennett, a 49-year-old former aide to Mr. Netanyahu who opposes a Palestinian state and is considered to the right of his old ally, replaced him as prime minister after winning by just a single vote.
The head of Nato has urged members to respond to China’s rise at a summit designed to shore up US support for the Western alliance. The summit is expected to issue a statement describing China’s behavior as a “systemic challenge” after the meeting in Belgium. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the meeting was a “pivotal moment” for the alliance. It is US President Joe Biden’s first Nato meeting since taking office.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that China must cooperate with further investigations from the United States and the World Health Organization into the origins of COVID-19, with the world now “insisting” that Beijing do so. In an interview with “Face the Nation,” Blinken said the main purpose of the examinations is to ensure proper policies and mechanisms can be put in place to prevent another pandemic from happening again or mitigate another outbreak.
A producer for a controversial Hollywood film depicting Jacinda Ardern’s response to the Christchurch terror attacks has resigned from the project after criticisms that it sidelined Muslim victims. The premise of the film, They Are Us, has also been criticized by its proposed subject, New Zealand prime minister Ardern. Ardern said on Sunday that she was not an appropriate focus for a film about the 2019 mosque attacks.