Australia's pharmaceutical regulator said on Thursday it is on course to review Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021, with the country sticking to a March timetable to start vaccinations. Britain on Wednesday approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine, jumping ahead of the rest of the world in the race to begin the most crucial mass inoculation programme in history. But John Skerritt, the head of Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said it would likely complete its review by "late January" and has told staff not to plan a holiday to get the work done.
Australia's parliament on Thursday passed legislation giving the federal government power to veto any agreement struck with foreign states, a move likely to anger China and intensify a bitter diplomatic spat between the two countries. The law allows the Commonwealth to block any agreement between Australian states, councils or institutions and a foreign government, such as a controversial 2018 deal between the state of Victoria and China. "Australia's policies and plans, the rules that we make for our country are made here in Australia according to our needs and our interests," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
Seville [Spain], December 3 (ANI): Chelsea's Olivier Giroud scripted a Champions League record as he guided his team to a dominating win over Sevilla here.
Japan has "grave concerns" about the jailing of three Hong Kong activists and has conveyed its worries to China over the situation, chief government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said on Thursday. Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday sentenced prominent democracy activists Joshua Wong to more than 13 months in prison over an unlawful anti-government rally in 2019, the toughest sentence for an opposition figure this year. They also jailed Wong's colleagues Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam for 10 and seven months, respectively.
Major industrial areas in northern China are at risk of falling short of their winter pollution targets after surges in the production of steel and cement, the Helsinki-based Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) said on Thursday. Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, produced 210.8 million tonnes of crude steel in the first 10 months alone, up 4.1% on the year. China's top steelmaking province has pledged to cut annual production capacity to 200 million tonnes by the end of the year, but "this target is being rendered meaningless by 'creative accounting' of steel capacity," said CREA.
China is carrying out sweeping inspections on food importers, supermarkets, e-commerce platforms and restaurants to prevent the spread of coronavirus through imported cold chain products, the country's market regulator said on Wednesday. "The current epidemic prevention and control situation is still complex and austere, and the risk of the disease entering through imported cold chain links is continuously rising as the exchange of international personnel and goods increases," State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website. While China has already stepped up testing and disinfection of imported frozen products at ports and in local markets, driving up costs and curbing demand, the latest comments from Beijing showed inspections on cold chain imports would only strengthen.
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The Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) has rescinded its sanction against three players who used racial and xenophobic comments on social media but they were not selected in the team for Saturday’s Tri-Nations match against Australia. Pablo Matera was stripped of the captaincy on Tuesday and he, Guido Petti and Santiago Socino were suspended for posting comments disparaging Black people and those from other South American nations between 2011 and 2013. UAR said the players' apologies, combined with their good behaviour in the years since the comments were posted, means the suspension can be lifted.
France was once home to the father of immunisation, Louis Pasteur, but it is now among the most vaccine-sceptic nations on Earth -- a pressing concern as it prepares one of the biggest vaccination campaigns in its history.
Ivanka Trump has been deposed by attorneys alleging that President Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration committee misused donor funds, a new court filing reveals. The document, first reported by CNN Wednesday, notes that Ivanka Trump, the president's oldest daughter and a senior White House adviser, was interviewed Tuesday by attorneys from the Washington, D.C., attorney general’s office. The office has filed a lawsuit alleging waste of the nonprofit's funds, accusing the committee of making more than $1 million in improper payments to the president's Washington, D.C., hotel during the week of the inauguration in 2017.
Forty years after South Korea's spy chief was executed for shooting dead his boss, dictator Park Chung-hee, the assassin's sister is seeking to clear him of treason, arguing the killing was in the service of the country.
Japan wants to ban sales of new petrol cars in around 15 years' time as part of efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, reports said Thursday.
Arsenal are reportedly looking for a creative midfielder, with RB Salzburg's Dominik Szoboszlai and Olympique Lyonnais' Houssem Aouar among the options being considered, while Arteta would also like to improve his defensive options. "We are planning, talking with (technical director) Edu and with the club about the things we can do in January," Arteta told reporters.
Tennis Australia is still awaiting confirmation from the Victorian state government on its plans for the Australian Open amid reports that the season-opening major will be delayed by three weeks and not start until Feb. 8. “There have been many reports, but we don't have final details yet signed off by the Victorian government yet," a Tennis Australia spokeswoman told the Associated Press. Melbourne's The Age newspaper and others reported a letter sent by Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley to players which made reference to a Feb. 8 start date.
When the coronavirus emerged in Wuhan and the Chinese city went into a strict 76-day lockdown, Wang Fan resolved to commemorate the turbulent period in the way he knew best -- through beer.
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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai appeared in court on Thursday charged with fraud, the latest in a string of prosecutions brought against high profile Beijing critics and democracy campaigners.
Tom Latham and Kane Williamson guided New Zealand to 99 for one at tea after a rain-delayed start to the first Test Thursday on a wicket that promised much but delivered little for the West Indies.
Firefighters in Morningside, Queensland rescued a “big, fluffy boy named Leo” that became trapped between a water tank and a wall on November 30.Queensland Fire and Emergency posted this video to Twitter on Thursday, writing: “This is the moment a big, fluffy boy named Leo was rescued by firefighters in Morningside Monday night. Leo was stuck between a water tank & a wall. FRS crews from Camp Hill, including tech rescue firefighters, worked together to free the pup & returned him to his relieved owner.”The footage shows the white fur-ball being lifted from the water tank, and the sound of applause can briefly be heard in the background. Credit: Queensland Fire & Emergency via Storyful
Asian markets drifted Thursday as investors struggled to build on last month's spectacular rally, with vaccine optimism largely priced in and any further advances kept in check by near-term virus concerns.