LONDON: AstraZeneca said Friday that it intends to seek US authorisation for its Covid-19 vaccine in the “coming weeks," acknowledging a delay in the much-anticipated filing that had been expected by mid-April. The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker revealed the new timetable as it released first-quarter financial results, which showed that the company delivered 68 million doses of the vaccine to the UK, European Union and other countries in the first three months of the year. The company said it was continuing to work on its application to the US Food and Drug Administration, noting the “substantial size of the file" that will include data from US trials as well all other studies completed so far and real-world data collected from use of the vaccine in other countries. Among the issues that will likely be addressed are indications that the vaccine is linked to rare blood clots, particularly in younger people. Several countries have recommended that the shot be given only to older people because of the potential side effect. Vaccine experts say the blood clots are very rare, less than the blood clot risks of women taking birth control. When AstraZeneca released data from its US vaccine trial on March 22, company
MINNEAPOLIS: The jury reached a verdict on Tuesday in the high-profile trial of the white former police officer charged with murder and manslaughter for the death of African-American George Floyd. Derek Chauvin will learn whether he has been convicted when the decision is announced in a Minneapolis courtroom at 3:30 pm Central Time (2030 GMT), the court said. Chauvin, 45, was charged with murder and manslaughter for Floyd's May 25, 2020 death, which sparked protests against racial injustice around the world and is being seen as a landmark test of police accountability. The seven-woman five-man jury held four hours of deliberations on Monday evening at the end of a three-week trial and reconvened on Tuesday morning. Speaking to reporters ahead of the announcement that a verdict had been reached, President Joe Biden called for the "right" decision in the racially charged trial. The president stressed that he would not be speaking out if the jury had not been sequestered, meaning that it is isolated from the public until it reaches a decision. Chauvin was seen on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes as the handcuffed 46-year-old Black man said repeatedly "I can't breathe," then died. US
Published 9 July 2021
The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has said the 1999 Constitution does not recognise the zoning of Presidency.