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Moderna Inc will apply for US and European emergency authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine on Monday after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns, the company said.Moderna also reported that the vaccine's efficacy rate was consistent across age, race, ethnicity and gender demographics as well as having a 100% success rate in preventing severe cases of a disease that has killed nearly 1.5 million people.The filing sets Moderna's product up to be the second vaccine likely to receive US emergency use authorization this year following a shot developed by Pfizer and BioNTech which had a 95% efficacy rate in trials."We believe that we have a vaccine that is very highly efficacious. We now have the data to prove it," Moderna Chief Medical Officer Tal Zaks said. "We expect to be playing a major part in turning around this pandemic."Of the 196 volunteers who contracted Covid-19 in the trial with more than 30,000 people, 185 received a placebo while 11 got the vaccine. Moderna reported 30 severe cases - all in the placebo group - which means the vaccine was 100% effective in preventing severe cases."As the numbers of cases reported grows,
JERUSALEM: US secretary of state Mike Pompeo wrapped up a trip to Israel on Friday with a visit to a museum in Jerusalem that honors Christian Zionists and was founded by a prominent evangelical adviser to the Trump administration.The museum visit came a day after Pompeo became the first secretary of state to visit an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. He also announced a new policy allowing settlement products exported to the US to be labeled "made in Israel" and a new initiative to combat the Palestinian-led international boycott movement.Christian Zionism is a belief by some Christians that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land and the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 were in accordance with biblical prophecy.The Friends of Zion Museum was founded by Mike Evans, a prominent evangelical supporter of Israel. Evangelical Christians are among President Donald Trump's most loyal supporters and have hailed his unprecedented support for Israel. They would also be an important constituency should Pompeo pursue elected office following Trump's presidency.Pompeo did not deliver any public remarks at the museum and departed Israel midday.The Trump administration has broken with decades of US policy to support Israel's claims to
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies on Sunday (Nov 22) will pledge to pay for a fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, drugs and tests around the world so that poorer countries are not left out, and to extend debt relief to them, a draft G-20 communique showed. "We will spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people, consistent with members' commitments to incentivise innovation," the leaders said in the draft G-20 statement, seen by Reuters. "We recognise the role of extensive immunisation as a global public good." The leaders said the global economy was starting to pick up but the recovery remained "uneven, highly uncertain and subject to elevated downside risks." They pledged to continue to use all available policy tools as long as needed to safeguard lives, jobs and incomes, and encouraged the multilateral development banks to strengthen their efforts to help countries deal with the crisis. The European Union has called for US$4.5 billion (S$6.05 billion) by the end of the year from the G-20 to pay for Covid-19 fighting tools for poorer countries. The draft also calls on private creditors to join the