World News in Brief: November 22

Sunday, 2020-11-22 15:49:20
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Moderna will charge governments between US$25 and US$37 per dose of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, says CEO.
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Moderna will charge governments between US$25 and US$37 per dose of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, depending on the amount ordered, Chief Executive Stephane Bancel told German weekly Welt am Sonntag (WamS). Moderna has said its experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19, based on interim data from a late-stage clinical trial, becoming the second developer to report results that far exceeded expectations after Pfizer and its partner BioNTech.

* Addressing the Group of 20 (G20) Riyadh Summit on Saturday (November 21) via video link, Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping proposed constructing a "global firewall" against COVID-19, reducing tariffs and barriers as well as tapping into the booming digital economy to battle the pandemic and reboot the flagging world economy.

* Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has put forward two suggestions on what G20 countries could do together at the G20 summit on Saturday, the Straits Times report on Sunday. The first suggestion is to ensure affordable and equitable access to vaccines. The second suggestion is to strengthen global disease surveillance networks so that the world will be better prepared for the next pandemic.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke against protectionism and unilateralism when addressing the G20 summit via video link on Saturday.

* Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a new Global Index for the post-Corona world, featuring elements including creation of a vast talent pool, ensuring technology reached all segments of the society, transparency in governance systems, and dealing with mother Earth with a spirit of trusteeship at the Group of 20 (G20) summit.

* The world needs a global, coordinated and united response to effectively fight the coronavirus pandemic, said French President Emmanuel Macron when addressing the Group of 20 (G20) Riyadh Summit via video link on Saturday.

* The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, on Saturday called for greater global integration to tackle the challenges caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

* South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pleaded with Group of 20 (G20) leaders to ensure an inclusive global economic recovery when speaking at the virtual G20 Leaders' Summit on Saturday.

* China's National Health Commission said Sunday that it received reports of 17 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Saturday, including three domestically transmitted and 14 imported cases. By the end of Saturday, a total of 3,775 imported cases had been reported on the mainland.

* The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued emergency use authorization for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's COVID-19 antibody therapy, an experimental treatment given to US President Donald Trump that he said helped cure him of the disease.

* India's COVID-19 tally reached 9,095,806 on Sunday as 45,209 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry. According to the data, the death toll mounted to 133,227 as 501 more patients died since Saturday morning.

* Brazil has registered 32,622 additional coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours and 376 deaths, the health ministry said on Saturday. South America's largest country has recorded 6,052,786 total confirmed cases and 168,989 total deaths in the nine month-long novel coronavirus pandemic.

* Mexico's health ministry reported on Saturday 6,719 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 550 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 1,032,688 and the death toll to 101,373. Health officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

* Russia on Sunday reported a daily increase of 24,581 new coronavirus infections, taking the national tally to 2,089,329. Authorities also reported 401 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the official death toll to 36,179.

* A World Health Organization (WHO) special COVID-19 envoy predicted a third wave of the pandemic in Europe in early 2021, if governments repeat what he said was a failure to do what was needed to prevent the second wave of infections.

* The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 15,741 to 918,269, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. The reported death toll rose by 138 to 14,022, the tally showed.

* France will start easing coronavirus lockdown rules in coming weeks, carrying out the process in three stages so as to avoid a new flareup in the pandemic, the government said on Sunday. The number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 17,881 on Saturday, lower than the 22,882 reported on Friday while the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 dropped for the fifth day in a row and was down at 31,365.

* Republic of Korea will tighten coronavirus social distancing rules for the capital Seoul and nearby areas, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday. Earlier on Sunday the country's prime minister said officials would consider preemptively tightening some social distancing rules as the ROK reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day.

* The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines on Sunday reported 1,968 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number in the country to 418,818. The DOH said 10,957 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 386,486. The death toll climbed to 8,123 after 43 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added.

* An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck off coast of central Chile, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said on Sunday. The quake was at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), it added.

* The Ethiopian military plans to use tanks to encircle Mekelle, the capital of northern Tigray region, and is warning civilians it may also use artillery on the city, state media reported on Sunday. The military is fighting Tigrayan rebels in the region. The rebel leaders did not respond to requests for comment.

Reuters, Xinhua