CORONAVIRUS | AstraZenca Aims To BRING Non – U.S. Vaccine Data Before The FDA

MILAN – – AstraZenca will start discussing emergency approval of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine with U.S. regulators one it has good trial fata from Britain, South Africa and Brazil, as it has no indication the watchdog would favour U.S. data.

If and when AstraZenca reaches the first statistically reliable efficacy and safety results from those trials, based on more than 25,000 volunteers in total, it would present them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even though any read-out from an ongoing U.S. trial will be months later.

‘If you hit those thresholds we are going we are going to have a conversation with them’, executive team member Mene Pangalos told Reuters.

‘What the FDA has signaled is what their expectations of data are for an approval’, he said, adding the company had not spoken to the U.S. watchdog about where the data should some from.

The future of the U.S. trial would not be called into question by any successful non-U.S. trial result, Pangalos stressed.

Some experts have argued that, once a successful vaccine is widely available or soon expected, the runner-up in the vaccine race may find it difficult to recruit volunteers willing to risk being randomly assigned to a control group on placebo.

Pangalos said a vaccine would not be available for everyone immediately following approval. ‘That is not how it happens. It will take months to vaccinate people (widely)’, he said.

‘By the time the (U.K.) study reads out, we submit regulatory documents, and assuming we get an approval and the vaccine starts to be distributed across the U.S., I think there will be more than enough time to get the study almost fully recruited’.

‘Being on a vaccine study is probably going to be a good way…to get access to the vaccine’, he said, adding that only one in three U.S. trial participants will be on placebo.

Greece Lifts COVID Curbs For Travellers Ahead Of Key Summer Season

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Saudi, Pakistan To Discuss Possible Support For Kingdom’s $3 Billion Deposit

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia and Pakistan will discuss the possibility of supporting the kingdom’s $3 billion deposit in Pakistan’s central bank bank by extending its term ‘or through other options’, a joint statement carried by Saudi State News Agency SPA said on Sunday. Last year, Saudi Arabia deposited $3 billion in Pakistan’s central bank … More Saudi, Pakistan To Discuss Possible Support For Kingdom’s $3 Billion Deposit

Yemen President Cedes Powers To Council As Saudi Arabia Pushes To End War

PARIS, France – Yemen’s president delegated power to a presidential council and dismissed his deputy on Thursday in moves aimed at supporting U.N. – led efforts to revive negotiations to end a bitter seven – year war. Riyadh announced $3 billion in financial aid to the Saudi – backed government after the announcement by President … More Yemen President Cedes Powers To Council As Saudi Arabia Pushes To End War

Saudi Authorities Warn Against Donating To Strangers Due To Terrorism Financing

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia’s Presidency of State Security warned citizens and residents in the Kingdom against donating to strangers, nothing that such practices increase the probability of financing terrorism. ‘[Random strangers] may be more dangerous than you think’, the Presidency of State Security said in a statement on Twitter, urging people to only make … More Saudi Authorities Warn Against Donating To Strangers Due To Terrorism Financing

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix To Go Ahead As Planned, Say Organizers

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Formula One’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will go ahead as planned, organizers said on Friday following attacks on a facility owned by oil giant Aramco near the racetrack in Jeddah. Yemen’s Iran – backed Houthis said they launched attacks on Saudi energy facilities on Friday and the Arab coalition said Aramco’s … More Saudi Arabian Grand Prix To Go Ahead As Planned, Say Organizers

Saudi Aramco Storage Facility Targeted By Houthi Attack, Causing Fire

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U.S. Approves Potential Sale Of Rocket Launchers To Bahrain – Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale to Bahrain of M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Upgrade and related equipment for an estimated cost of $176 million, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a news release.

France Promises Funding To International Criminal Court To Investigate Crimes In Ukraine

PARIS, France – The French Foreign Ministry has promised 500,000 euros ($548,715) of financing to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to support the investigation into cimes committed in Ukraine, it said in a statement on Wednesday. France will also be providing magistrates, investigators and experts, ‘to make sure the prosecutor can lead his investigation in … More France Promises Funding To International Criminal Court To Investigate Crimes In Ukraine

Zelensky Tells Russians: ‘Save Your Sons From The War’

PARIS, France – In a video message posted to Facebook Wednesday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Russians and told them, ‘save your sons from the war’. Zelensky said Ukraine had never threatened the security of Russia, adding that Russian propagandists ‘lie about the war, which is paid for by your taxes’. Ukrainians, he said, … More Zelensky Tells Russians: ‘Save Your Sons From The War’

Putin Says Russia Will Switch Gas Sales To Roubles For ‘Unfriendly’ Countries

PARIS, France – Russia plans to switch its gas sales to ‘unfriendly’ countries to roubles, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, responding to a freeze on Russia’s assets by foreign nations over events in Ukraine that he said had destroyed Moscow’s trust. European countries’ dependence on Russia gas and other exports has been thrown into … More Putin Says Russia Will Switch Gas Sales To Roubles For ‘Unfriendly’ Countries

Saudi Not Responsible For Any Oil Shortage After Houthi Attacks, SPA Says

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia said it would not bear responsibility for any shortage in oil supplies to global market in light after recent attacks by Yemen’s Iran – aligned Houthis on Saudi oil facilities, Saudi state news agency (SPA) reported on Monday. The Houthis fires missiles and drones at Saudi energy and water desalination … More Saudi Not Responsible For Any Oil Shortage After Houthi Attacks, SPA Says

Invasion Could Worsen Food Crisis In The Middle East And North Africa, Says Human Rights Watch

PARIS, France – – The Russian invasion of Ukraine could worsen the food crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.S. – based Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned in a statement Monday. ‘Both Ukraine and Russia are leading exports of agricultural products to many Middle Eastern and North African countries, and disruptions related … More Invasion Could Worsen Food Crisis In The Middle East And North Africa, Says Human Rights Watch

Houthis Launch Attacks On Saudi Energy, Desalination Facilities – Coalition

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The Saudi – led coalition said early on Sunday that Yemen’s Iran – aligned Houthi group launched missile and drone strikes on energy and water desalination facilities in the kingdom that caused some material damage but no deaths. It said the attacks were at a water desalination plant in Al – … More Houthis Launch Attacks On Saudi Energy, Desalination Facilities – Coalition

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