Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it has ordered a dozen ultra-cold freezers that can safely store Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine, a move aimed at ensuring the U.S. automaker's workers have access to vaccines when they are rolled out nationally. Ford's purchase mirrors efforts by U.S. states and cities to buy equipment to store millions of doses of Pfizer's vaccine at temperatures of minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit), significantly below the standard for vaccines of 2-8 degrees C (36-46 degrees F). Health care providers and states are preparing for a new type of vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna Inc that require lower temperatures for storage.
Saudi Arabia told the U.N. Security Council that Yemen's Houthi group were to blame for a missile attack on a petroleum products distribution plant in Jeddah on Monday, urging the 15-member body to "stop the threat" to global energy security, Yemen's political process and regional security. He also said Saudi Arabia would "spare no efforts" to protect its territory and citizens.
Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal in the U.S. and Americans can once again go to the movies, cheer at an NBA game or give Grandma a hug. “If you’re fighting a battle and the cavalry is on the way, you don’t stop shooting; you keep going until the cavalry gets here, and then you might even want to continue fighting,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, said last week. This week, AstraZeneca became the third vaccine maker to say early data indicates its shots are highly effective.
Belgium’s northern region of Flanders approved 575 million euros ($680 million) Tuesday to support staff at nursing home and welfare facilities that has come under intense pressure during the coronavirus crisis. During the first wave of the pandemic during the spring and again now, care homes have been centers of infections and deaths. The army has had to reinforce staff in some cases to manage essential care.
The acting head of a big Russian state fur company floated the idea on Tuesday of vaccinating minks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, after millions of infected minks were destroyed in Denmark and cases of the disease were found elsewhere. The World Health Organization has expressed concern about the threat of people catching mutated strains of COVID-19 from infected minks. Two weeks ago, Denmark ordered all 17 million minks on its farms destroyed, after concluding that a strain of the virus that passed from humans to minks had mutated and spread back to humans.
Large snowflakes fell in Des Moines, Iowa, on November 23, footage shared on social media shows.The National Weather Service said one to three inches of snow fell in Iowa on Tuesday. One inch of snow had fallen in West Des Moines by the evening, a local meteorologist reported. Credit: Ellie Mirmazaheri via Storyful
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Roadside bombs exploded in central Afghanistan on Tuesday killing at least 13 civilians and a traffic policeman, officials said, even as government negotiators and the Taliban meet to try to end decades of war. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said 45 people were also wounded in a late afternoon blast in Bamiyan city in Bamiyan province.
Alicia Keys promises to reveal her complete approach to songwriting in a newly launched online-video class comprising more than 3 hours of lessons. Keys launched her class on MasterClass, a streaming platform that offers an array of courses led by celebrities and experts. Keys' class is available through the company's $180 annual subscription plan, which […]
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Financial backers and developers of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine said Tuesday that the shot will cost less than $20 per person - and Moscow aims to produce more than a billion doses at home and abroad next year. The vaccine is administered in two shots, each of which will cost less than $10, according to the official Sputnik V Twitter account. For Russian citizens though, inoculation will be free of charge. But on the streets of Moscow, some are still wary. "I don’t want to be vaccinated at all. But possibly I would have chosen the Russian vaccine if I wanted to. But at the moment I did not even think about it.'' Mass vaccination in Russia, which has the world's fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases, has yet to begin, as so-called Phase III clinical trials continue. The Russian vaccine is cheaper than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine but more expensive than the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.