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30.03.2021 - 16:40 [ smithsonianmag.com ]

Why U.S. Approval of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Long

By the morning of March 23, officials at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases released a letter from its data and safety monitoring board that’s been examining the AstraZeneca trial, Andrew Joseph reports for STAT News. The letter stated that AstraZeneca had used outdated data to reach its efficacy number. The move was unprecedented; usually, monitoring boards keep their correspondence with companies private.

“We just felt we could not remain silent. Because if we did remain silent, we could be understandably accused of covering something up. And we definitely didn’t want to be in that position,” says Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID, to STAT News. “In my mind, it’s an unforced error by the company.”

15.02.2021 - 22:34 [ BMJ.com ]

Why did a German newspaper insist the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine was inefficacious for older people—without evidence?

With huge global public health implications, Handelsblatt’s story rapidly became international news—and was rapidly rebuffed. Calls for the underlying data filled social media. An AstraZeneca spokesperson described the reported figure as “completely incorrect.”

The controversy came at a moment of intense finger pointing between the European Commission and AstraZeneca over unfulfilled vaccine shipments, and in the week that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was expected to decide whether to recommend authorisation.

15.02.2021 - 22:14 [ NBC News ]

WHO approves AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use

„We continue to call for Covid-19 vaccine developers to submit their dossiers to WHO for review at the same time as they submit them to regulators in high-income countries,“ he said.

A WHO statement said it had approved the vaccine as produced by AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) and the Serum Institute of India.

15.02.2021 - 20:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

UK Covid: ‚we want this lockdown to be the last,‘ says Boris Johnson, as he calls for ‚optimism and patience‘ – as it happened

The level of coronavirus infections is still high and the number of hospitalisations higher than they were during the first peak, Chris Whitty said.

15.02.2021 - 20:48 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson is desperate to avoid a rebellion by Tory MPs – hence talk of ‘irreversible’ lockdown easing

However, the PM cannot ignore 63 of his own MPs. He knows how strongly they feel about lockdown easing. Some 53 Tories voted against his tiered system in December. He will probably want to renew some of the current restrictions when they expire on 31 March.

15.02.2021 - 06:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Ministers must never again be free to impose crippling restrictions without proper scrutiny

Drawing on the Civil Contingencies Act, measures would also need Parliamentary approval before coming into effect (unless too urgent – in which case validity would be provisional) and they would expire after no more than 30 days unless renewed, so that in the event of another pandemic, restrictions could not be imposed for months on end without proper scrutiny.

29.01.2021 - 05:12 [ theGuardian.com ]

Why has Germany advised against Oxford/AstraZeneca jab for over-65s?

Prof Andy Pollard, of the University of Oxford, said the lack of data is understandable. “In our trials, the older adults were recruited later and, because they were recruited later there has been less time for cases to occur, and, older adults are known to be more cautious in the pandemic, meaning the ‘attack rate’ is lower,” he said.

AstraZeneca has stressed that older adults were recruited later because the team wanted to be sure the vaccine was safe before administering it to older age groups.

28.01.2021 - 15:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Germany blocks Oxford jab for over-65s: Panel says data on older people is insufficient – but does not support ‚8% effectiveness‘ claim – amid EU row with Britain over AstraZeneca supplies

AstraZeneca’s vaccine has not been granted approval yet for general use in the European Union, but the bloc’s medicines regulator EMA is poised to authorise it on Friday.

The German panel, STIKO did not detail the data from clinical trials on the vaccine on older people, but two prominent German media outlets had reported that the efficacy on above-65s was below 10 per cent.

27.01.2021 - 01:34 [ theGuardian.com ]

Why experts say there is no basis to claims in Germany about efficacy of AstraZeneca vaccine

A University of Oxford spokesperson said clinical trials showed similar immune responses in younger and older adults, a good safety profile and high efficacy in younger adults. “There is no basis for the claims of very low efficacy of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine which have been circulating in the media,” they said.

While it is true that there was less data from older adults involved in the trials, the team say early figures were promising: “Preliminary efficacy data in older adults supports the importance of this vaccine for use in this population,” they said.

27.01.2021 - 01:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

German media doubles-down on AstraZeneca vaccine stats: Handelsblatt newspaper REPUBLISHES widely rubbished claim that Oxford jab is only 8% effective in Over-65s and says there was NOT a mix-up in its reporting

Handelsblatt was still running the original story today with the headline: ‚Setback to coronavirus vaccine: AstraZeneca vaccine appears to hardly work on seniors‘.

A subheading noted that Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn had been ‚circumspect‘ about the claim, without mentioning the ministry’s subsequent denial.

Gregor Waschinski, one of the journalists behind the story, stood by it on Monday night and said it was confirmed by ‚multiple sources familiar with the German vaccination policy‘.

26.01.2021 - 19:49 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Germany rejects ‚mixed up‘ reports on AstraZeneca jab

The reports emerged in Handelsblatt, a respected financial daily, and the mass-circulation Bild, quoting sources within Germany’s governing coalition.

26.01.2021 - 16:39 [ Reuters ]

EU to monitor vaccine exports, but says it’s not a ban

EU countries learnt late last week that deliveries of the vaccine from AstraZeneca, which is expected to be approved on Friday, would be some 60% lower in the first quarter than initially indicated.

There have also been reduced deliveries of a vaccine jointly produced by Pfizer and BioNTech.

24.01.2021 - 06:07 [ Livemint.com ]

South Africa authorities approve Serum Institute of India’s COVID-19 vaccine

(23.01.2021)

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Friday that the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has granted approval to the SII, which is producing the vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, to supply the drug to the country.

21.01.2021 - 09:35 [ theHill.com ]

Senate confirms Biden’s intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official

Senators voted 84-10 to confirm Haines, who appears to be the only Cabinet official Biden will get confirmed on the first day of his administration.

12.01.2021 - 14:15 [ theHill.com ]

AstraZeneca vaccine likely won’t be authorized in US until April

(30.12.2020)

The coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University is not likely to be authorized for use in the U.S. until April, a top Trump administration health official said Wednesday.

“We project, if everything goes well, that the readout and emergency use authorization may be granted somewhere early in the month of April,” Moncef Slaoui, the chief science adviser for the administration’s Operation Warp Speed, told reporters.

12.01.2021 - 13:08 [ Ben Mulcahy / Twitter ]

AstraZ did not apply for approval until now. EMA cannot approve what they do not get.

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12.01.2021 - 13:01 [ Ursula von der Leyen, President of the @EU_Commission / Twitter ]

Good news! @AstraZeneca has applied to @EMA_News to have its vaccine authorised in the EU. @EMA_News will assess the vaccine’s safety & efficacy.

Once the vaccine receives a positive scientific opinion, we will work full speed to authorise its use in Europe.

07.01.2021 - 10:43 [ theHill.com ]

Trump promises peaceful transfer of power after Congress certifies Biden win

President Trump acknowledged the end of his first term as president early Thursday morning saying there would be an „orderly transition of power“ on Jan. 20 minutes after Congress formally certified the Electoral College votes in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.

06.01.2021 - 21:10 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

Live coverage: Protesters swarm Capitol, abruptly halting electoral vote count

Chaos erupted inside the U.S. Capitol as of pro-Trump demonstrators charged the building and eventually made their way past multiple layers of barriers and inside.

Both the House and Senate recessed in response to the breach, and Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the Senate, was whisked away. Lawmakers and staff were ordered to seek shelter and remain away from doors and windows.

06.01.2021 - 20:58 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Watch McConnell side against Trump in Senate speech

Speaking in the US Senate following an objection to the counting of Arizona’s electoral votes, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned about Congress overruling the voters saying it would „damage our Republic forever.“

06.01.2021 - 20:52 [ theHill.com ]

LIVE COVERAGE: GOP objects to Arizona; McConnell rebukes efforts to overturn Electoral College

Congress convenes Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a joint session to record the Electoral College votes from November’s presidential election.

Follow along with our live coverage.

06.01.2021 - 20:47 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

WATCH LIVE | House certifies and debates Electoral College votes

This is a live, uninterrupted feed of the House floor, where a joint session of Congress is meeting on Jan. 6 to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

For live coverage and analysis of the full process, watch here:
https://bit.ly/3hNBorP

06.01.2021 - 10:00 [ Ian Cornwell / Twitter ]

Ireland. Just had a 16 Billion Euro COVID bill, that it gets 1.5 back from. Waits patiently for the EMA to approve its vaccines. No sign of the EMA approving Oxford any time soon. 2009 – gets another Lisbon ref, whilst being threatened with perdition. „Independence“

06.01.2021 - 09:53 [ Giles Maybe / Twitter ]

EU land news. EMA who sign off vaccine has not even began to look at the AZ Oxford vaccine while its own curevac vaccine is still months away from approval. The eu failed to buy needles & its vaccine distributions hit a brick wall yesterday (accept holland They not yet started)

06.01.2021 - 09:47 [ Max Roser / Twitter ]

Good article in The Economist trying to explain why the vaccination campaigns across Europe are so very slow and why this ‚risks extending the pandemic for months.‘

05.01.2021 - 08:22 [ Hindustan Times ]

Covid-19: UK begins immunisation drive of second vaccine, Mexico okays Oxford-AstraZeneca candidate

2. Mexico has approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, its government announced on Monday, joining the UK, Argentina and India in giving a nod to the shot.

05.01.2021 - 08:19 [ NewsGhana.com.gh ]

Argentina and El Salvador approve AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-vaccine

(31.12.2020)

Argentina has approved the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, making it the second country after Britain to do so.

02.01.2021 - 19:06 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

EU bureaucracy is accused of ‚costing lives‘ after European regulators said they cannot approve the Oxford vaccine before February

(31.12.2020)

Mr Wathion told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad the EMA was ‘in the dark’ about what kind of data was being used for Britain to approve the use of the Oxford vaccine.

The EU has already bought 400million doses of the jab while awaiting regulatory approval.

02.01.2021 - 14:59 [ news.com.au ]

Why no jab? Australia lags behind in race for vaccine

Despite assurances by Health Minister Greg Hunt that the progression of the vaccine was well under way, the Australian Government is unlikely to start immunising health workers and the elderly until at least March.

02.01.2021 - 14:56 [ SBS.com.au ]

AstraZeneca vaccine could get approval in Australia by late January

(31.12.2020)

The Australian government could grant final approval for the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine by late January, according to AstraZeneca Australia.

A spokesperson for the company told SBS World News that the federal government has indicated the vaccine could get final approval by January 31, with a roll out in March.

02.01.2021 - 08:32 [ .business-live.co.uk ]

Wrexham factory to produce millions of doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

(30.12.2020)

The Wrexham plant is able to produce around 300 million doses of the vaccine each year, and has been producing 150,000 phials a day for months in readiness to roll out the vaccine across the UK.

The CP Pharmaceuticals lab will carry out the „fill and finish“ stage of the manufacturing process. This involves dispensing the vaccine into vials ready for it to be sent out across the country.

The 18-month agreement with parent company Wockhardt was announced back in August.

02.01.2021 - 08:21 [ IndiaToday.in ]

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield gets emergency use approval in India

An expert panel on Covid-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on Friday granted emergency use authorisation for the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, being manufactured by Serum Institute of India, sources said on Friday.

01.01.2021 - 08:50 [ Firstpost.com ]

EU still holds out on granting approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

„Additional scientific information on issues related to quality, safety and efficacy of the vaccine is deemed necessary to support the rigour required for a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) and this has been requested from the company,“ the EMA said in a statement. „Further information from the ongoing clinical trials is also expected from January.“

The Amsterdam-based agency earlier told AFP that it had not yet received any formal marketing authorisation and that it had set no timetable for approving the vaccine.

31.12.2020 - 06:57 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Brexit deal with EU becomes law as the Queen gives official Royal Assent

Her Majesty’s approval paves the way for the deal to take effect at 11pm on Thursday when the current Brexit transition period, during which the UK has continued to follow EU rules, ends.

30.12.2020 - 17:39 [ New York Times ]

U.K. Authorizes Covid-19 Vaccine From Oxford and AstraZeneca

A decision is further off in the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration is waiting for data from a separate clinical trial. The study was halted in September and delayed for nearly seven weeks — much longer than in other countries — as regulators investigated whether an illness in a participant in Britain was related to the vaccine. American regulators ultimately allowed the trial to proceed.

30.12.2020 - 16:16 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

It is truly fantastic news – and a triumph for British science – that the @UniofOxford /@AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use. We will now move to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible.

30.12.2020 - 12:14 [ thehindubusinessline.com ]

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine may have to wait for EU’s approval

The EMA’s deputy executive director Noel Wathion told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that the pharmaceutical company “has not even filed an application” with the European drug regulators yet.

He further said that EMA “did not even have enough to warrant a conditional marketing license.”

30.12.2020 - 11:06 [ ABC.net.au ]

Australia locks in coronavirus vaccine deal to produce Oxford University-AstraZeneca candidate if approved

(18 August 2020)

Amid rising pressure to lock in supply of a coronavirus vaccine, the Government has signed an agreement with UK-based drug company AstraZeneca to secure the potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University, if its trials prove successful.

30.12.2020 - 11:00 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine approved in Britain

Australia has secured 53.8 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, most of which could be manufactured locally by CSL. The federal government has also ordered 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which will all have to be imported.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday he expects Australia to be „fully vaccinated“ against coronavirus by October next year.

30.12.2020 - 10:53 [ zeenews.india.com ]

COVID-19: UK approves use of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, all eyes on India now

The approval by UK government is a good news for India because as per sources, the government was waiting for this approval and it is expected that Indian regulators would call SEC meet soon and reconsider the data and approve AstraZeneca vaccine for its use in India.

30.12.2020 - 10:09 [ UK Department of Health and Social Care / UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency ]

Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine authorised by UK medicines regulator

The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for use.

30.12.2020 - 10:05 [ BBC ]

Covid-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine approved for use in UK

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, with the first doses due to be given on Monday amid rising coronavirus cases.

28.12.2020 - 03:32 [ BostonHerald.com ]

Trump signs coronavirus relief bill, still pushes for $2,000 stimulus checks

“As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child,” Trump said in a statement.

“On Monday the House will vote to increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000,” he added. “Therefore, a family of four would receive $5,200.”

28.12.2020 - 03:25 [ CNN ]

Trump signs coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law after lengthy delay

The Covid-19 relief legislation was passed by Congress on Monday and was flown to Mar-a-Lago on Thursday to await Trump’s signature. But after sitting on the sidelines during the negotiations, Trump emerged with an eleventh-hour complaint that a separate provision in the deal, which the President’s own White House helped broker, would only provide up to $600 in direct payments. Trump wanted to send out $2,000 checks.

27.12.2020 - 11:09 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Britain could be free of Covid restrictions by February after ministers pinpointed the 15million people to vaccinate to end the cycle of lockdowns, with Oxford’s jab due to be approved Monday and rolled out within a week

Government sources say that between 12 million and 15 million people have been identified as likely to require hospital treatment if they contract coronavirus, or be at risk of dying from it. Once this group has received the vaccine – which some officials hope could be achieved by the end of February – then the NHS would no longer be at risk of being overwhelmed if the virus spread through the greater population. That would remove the main argument for shutting the economy at a stroke.

A source said: ‚The path to liberation is finally becoming clear.‘

27.12.2020 - 11:02 [ theSun.co.uk ]

‚THE BEST OF BRITISH‘: Oxford Covid vaccine expected to be approved MONDAY as huge efforts ‘pay off’

„We have seen the best of British at every stage, from our world-leading scientists working around the clock to carry out vital research, to builders and engineers constructing new facilities.

“Manufacturers are boosting their capabilities and hundreds of thousands of people in every corner of the UK are taking part in clinical trials ­­— developing, finding and preparing for a vaccine has involved us all.

“It has and continues to be a truly UK-wide effort and one which showcases what a fantastic nation we are.”

27.12.2020 - 04:30 [ ChildrensHealthDefense.org ]

5 Questions Fauci and FDA Need to Answer on Pfizer and Moderna COVID Vaccines

1. Why didn’t the FDA’s Center for Biological Evaluation and Research require Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech to conduct immunogenicity testing on their COVID-19 vaccines for anti-drug antibodies as recommended in the agencies’ own guidelines for drug development during clinical trials?

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2. Why does the FDA seem surprised by the recent reports of life-threatening anaphylactic reactions after the agency approved emergency use of two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines that contain polyethylene glycol?

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3. Why did FDA officials not acknowledge the valid and scientifically supported concerns regarding the use of PEG in COVID-19 vaccines when CHD first notified them in September?

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4. Why did the FDA abandon its regulatory authority to the pharmaceutical companies developing COVID-19 vaccines?

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5. Will FDA and NIAID now require mRNA vaccine manufacturers to conduct assessments of the immunogenicity of the pegylated lipid nanoparticles used in their COVID-19 vaccines, and will they also consider pre-screening of all mRNA vaccine recipients for the presence and titers of anti-PEG antibodies?

26.12.2020 - 06:53 [ Marcy Winograd / Twitter ]

After CODEPINK Campaign & pressure from others, Torture Defender Mike Morell Bows Out for CIA. Now, we must ask the tough questions of #AvrilHaines, challenge her nomination & put the #drone program on trial!

26.12.2020 - 03:22 [ Marcy Winograd / Medium.com ]

Open Letter to President-Elect Biden & U.S. Senate from Torture Victims and their Advocates Opposed to Mike Morell for CIA and Avril Haines for National Intelligence.

(21.12.2020)

Morell has no place in a Biden-Harris administration. His nomination would send a chilling message to torture survivors and other victims of grave injustice that the United States government, including the Biden administration, does not uphold its own stated principles. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) from the Senate Intelligence Committee has said about Morell: “No torture apologist can be confirmed as CIA director. It’s a nonstarter.” We agree and urge the President-elect not to nominate Morell.

We also oppose Avril Haines, another toture apologist, as Director of National Intelligence. Since she has already been nominated, we ask Senators to oppose her confirmation.

23.12.2020 - 11:32 [ BBC ]

Oxford vaccine: How did they make it so quickly?

(23.11.2020)

Scientists took a common cold virus that infected chimpanzees and engineered it to become the building block of a vaccine against almost anything.

Before Covid, 330 people had been given ChAdOx1 based-vaccines for diseases ranging from flu to Zika virus, and prostate cancer to the tropical disease chikungunya.

The virus from chimps is genetically modified so it cannot cause an infection in people. It can then be modified again to contain the genetic blueprints for whatever you want to train the immune system to attack.

23.12.2020 - 11:18 [ inews.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson’s future as Prime Minister rests on the Oxford vaccine being approved

The hope in Downing Street is that the Oxford vaccine will get the green light by the end of the year. This would allow the Prime Minister to start laying out plans for restrictions to be lifted.

23.12.2020 - 11:13 [ Times of India ]

India likely to approve AstraZeneca vaccine by next week

India is likely to approve Oxford/AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use by next week after its local manufacturer submitted additional data sought by authorities, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

17.12.2020 - 09:19 [ USA Today ]

FDA says Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine vials may hold extra ‚obtainable‘ doses, adding to US supply

Pharmacists must throw away any extra amount of the vaccine if it does not consist of the 0.3 mL needed for a full dose, Pfizer said. The remaining amount „must never“ be combined with the vaccine from another vial.

The Pfizer vaccine, green-lighted by the FDA on Dec. 11, was developed in less than a year, a fraction of the time it would usually take as researchers worldwide frantically sought an antidote to a virus discovered in China in December 2019.

12.12.2020 - 20:01 [ NBC News ]

Scientist behind Oxford vaccine urges FDA not to delay data review

Professor Adrian Hill, part of the team behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, says he hopes the FDA will review the available data in January, because waiting for the trial’s end next year would be “too late.”

12.12.2020 - 19:40 [ New York Times ]

Covid-19: F.D.A. Clears Pfizer Vaccine and Millions of Doses Will Be Shipped Right Away

The authorization is a historic turning point in a pandemic that has taken more than 290,000 lives in the United States. With the decision, the United States becomes the sixth country — in addition to Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Mexico — to clear the vaccine. Other authorizations, including by the European Union, are expected within weeks.

02.12.2020 - 15:28 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Wounded Boris Johnson lashes out at ‚General Indecision‘ Keir Starmer for abstaining in crunch tiers vote that saw 55-strong Tory revolt – as MPs warn things will get WORSE for PM unless he makes good on hints curbs will be eased in two weeks

The new tiers system for England came into force at midnight after the Commons approved it by 291 to 78 – but the healthy majority masked a disaster for Mr Johnson as a swathe of his own MPs abandoned him.

Scores of Tories joined the biggest uprising of this Parliament despite Mr Johnson personally waiting in the division lobbies and urging them to stick with the government, and he only secured victory because Sir Keir stopped short of opposing the measures.

02.12.2020 - 15:19 [ gab.ai/murali / Twitter ]

How many willing to bet that this case is part of pharma wars to sabotage Oxford vaccine?

(28.11.2020)

02.12.2020 - 15:13 [ apnrews.com ]

UK authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which licenses drugs in the U.K., recommended the vaccine could be used after it reviewed the results of clinical trials that showed the vaccine was 95% effective overall — and that it also offered significant protection for older people, among those most at risk of dying from the disease.

16.11.2020 - 12:43 [ BBC ]

RCEP: Asia-Pacific countries form world’s largest trading bloc

Fifteen countries have formed the world’s largest trading bloc, covering nearly a third of the global economy.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is made up of 10 Southeast Asian countries, as well as South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

15.11.2020 - 10:18 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Government spycops law would sanction murder and rape by undercover police, MPs warn

(10.11.2020)

A damning report published on Tuesday said the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill should not be introduced in its current form.

Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights said the proposed law “raises the abhorrent possibility of serious crimes such as rape, murder or torture being carried out under an authorisation”.

05.11.2020 - 17:29 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Coalition Whip Investigated for Extortion of Attorney General

Zohar allgedly threatened Mendelblit in October, saying that if the attorney general did not resign from his position and drop the three pending corruption indictments against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, incriminating recordings of Mendelblit would be leaked to the public.

The police interrogation of Zohar was authorized by the state prosecutor’s office.

11.10.2020 - 15:55 [ jeffstruecker.com ]

Remembering 9-11: What 19 years of war has taught mankind

This article has listed a number of terrible consequences that war engenders. However, I want to conclude on a positive note. 19 years of persistent war has taught the United States a vivid lesson about the power of hope. After all, what else would keep men and women fighting for an entire generation? They don’t do it for medals of valor, nor for glory. Rather, there is a hope inside of them for a better future.

I really believe in the power of hope! As a career warrior, I got up, put on my equipment and went out to face our enemies on many different battlefields because I had hope for a greater future. –a greater future for my children and a greater future for my country.

06.10.2020 - 19:23 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel FM meets with UAE counterpart in Berlin for ‚historic‘ summit

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said it was a ‚great honor‘ to host the high-level summit

16.09.2020 - 08:37 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

Historic agreement signed to normalize relations in Israel, UAE and Bahrain

Hosted by President Trump at the White House Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the third and fourth Arab nations to move toward normalizing relations with Israel.

14.09.2020 - 11:09 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Lands in D.C for UAE, Bahrain Deal as Israel Braces for 3-week Lockdown

Netanyahu’s main coalition partners, Defense Minister Benny and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, were shunned from the trip

02.09.2020 - 05:26 [ Haaretz ]

Can a Nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia Be Israel’s Partner for Peace?

Riyadh is systematically building a nuclear infrastructure that it could easily flip from civilian to military purposes. A Saudi Arabia whose strategic interests align with the U.S. and Israel today may be a very different country down the line

01.09.2020 - 09:31 [ Haaretz ]

Resigning Budget Chief Is Latest Victim of Netanyahu’s Advancing Revolution Against Democracy

And third, Benjamin Netanyahu has utilized the paralysis and confusion he has imposed on Israel’s body politic over the past two years to dismantle the checks and balances that stand in the way of his efforts to avoid criminal trial. It is one of many battles in the total war that Netanyahu is waging against the very foundations of Israeli democracy, which, in his distress and incessant self-victimization, he has come to despise.

29.08.2020 - 06:13 [ Xinhua ]

Merkel: EU, China want to set example for multilateralism

In addition, the German Chancellor said at the press conference that the EU will also strengthen its cooperation with China in third countries, for example, the cooperation between the two sides in African countries.

Merkel said that the EU and China should also hold conversations on topics where they have different views. „We want to continue the conversation and set an example for multilateralism with fair framework conditions,“ said Merkel.

15.08.2020 - 19:11 [ Times of India ]

Prince Charles leads UK’s VJ Day World War II end commemoration

LONDON: Britain’s prince Charles on Saturday led the UK’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day – the day World War II ended with Japan’s surrender in 1945.

26.07.2020 - 22:39 [ The Peninsula ]

Morocco shuts down major cities after spike in coronavirus cases

The cities to be locked down include the economic powerhouse of Casablanca as well as Tangier, Marrakech, Fez and Meknes.

23.07.2020 - 19:22 [ New York Times ]

How Powerful Is the President?

Powers like these have been deployed sparingly: A few days after the Sept. 11 attacks, a proclamation declaring a national emergency, followed by an executive order days later, invoked some presidential powers, including the use of National Guard and U.S. military forces.

What little we know about these secret powers comes from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School, but we believe they may include suspension of habeas corpus, surveillance, home intrusion, arrest without a judicial warrant, collective if not mass arrests and more; some could violate constitutional protections.

21.07.2020 - 21:12 [ New York Times ]

Trump Threatens to Send Federal Law Enforcement Forces to More Cities

The president portrayed the nation’s cities as out of control. “Look at what’s going on — all run by Democrats, all run by very liberal Democrats. All run, really, by radical left,” Mr. Trump said. He added: “If Biden got in, that would be true for the country. The whole country would go to hell. And we’re not going to let it go to hell.”

Democrats said the president was the one out of control.

21.07.2020 - 21:10 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

Portland Protests Grow Despite Violent Crackdown from Militarized Federal Agents & Local Police

Heavily armed federal officers without name tags have carried out nightly attacks on antiracist demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, and snatched people off the streets into unmarked vans, sparking widespread outrage. “What we’ve seen is a continuous escalation in violence against our protesters,” says Lilith Sinclair, an Afro-Indigenous local organizer in Portland. They note the federal violence follows many years of “severe police brutality” from local police. “It’s left the people of Portland not only worried about their safety, but, even more so, justified in the fight that we’re engaged in.”

21.07.2020 - 20:57 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

“Camouflaged Goon Squads”: Outrage, Legal Challenges in Portland as Federal Agents Snatch Protesters

The U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon has called for an investigation into the conduct of federal officers deployed to protests in Portland, calling their behavior “unlawful.” Local officials are also mounting legal challenges to remove the agents from city streets. Juan Chavez, project director and attorney at the Oregon Justice Resource Center, says it’s a terrifying situation for Portland residents who face “these camouflaged goon squads” who often refuse to identify themselves or their agencies. “They just appear in the middle of the night next to people who are in and around downtown who then get corralled into these vehicles, not told where or who’s picking them up,” he says.

21.07.2020 - 20:43 [ GOP War Room / Youtube ]

UNHINGED: Dem Rep. Clyburn Compares Federal Law Enforcement To Nazi Germany Gestapo

Democrat Congresswoman Jim Clyburn compared federal law enforcement to Nazi Germany Gestapo, when he appeared on CNN on 7/20/2020.

20.07.2020 - 12:43 [ theHill.com ]

House Democrats ask watchdogs to probe federal crackdown on protests

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appear to have increasingly abused emergency authorities to justify the use of force against Americans exercising their right to peaceful assembly,” wrote House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).

05.07.2020 - 16:07 [ The Hill ]

FDA commissioner declines to confirm Trump claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are ‚harmless‘

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn declined on Sunday to confirm or deny whether President Trump’s claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are “harmless.”

05.07.2020 - 15:55 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

COVID-19 Coronavirus “Fake” Pandemic: Timeline and Analysis

First published on April 8, 2020

Timeline from September 2019 – April 2020

05.06.2020 - 00:24 [ the Hill ]

Pelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday demanded that President Trump provide a list of the agencies involved in deploying law enforcement officers around Washington, D.C., in response to the crowds of demonstrators protesting police brutality.

Some officers policing protests in the city in recent days have been seen without any identifying labels on their uniforms, raising questions about which law enforcement agencies they represent.

03.06.2020 - 21:14 [ The Hill ]

Un-identified military personnel extend perimeter around the White House

They were dressed in mixed riot gear, with helmets and face masks, shields and guns loaded with crowd control agents.

18.05.2020 - 11:50 [ teleSUR ]

Salvadoran Officials Reject Quarantine Extension

Likewise, a group of humanitarian organizations said that the government’s measure is „null“ and called on the Prosecutor’s Office to promote an investigation against executive officials for the alleged „alteration of the constitutional order.“

14.05.2020 - 06:07 [ CNN ]

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down state’s stay-at-home order

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has overturned the state’s stay-at-home order, ruling it „unlawful“ and „unenforceable“ in a high-profile win for the state’s Republican-led Legislature.

In a 4-3 decision Wednesday, the court ruled that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers‘ administration overstepped its authority when the state Department of Health Services extended the order to May 26.

06.05.2020 - 14:47 [ LA Times ]

Photos of raucous protests around the state | Demonstrators demand stay-at-home order be lifted

Raucous protests erupted around California this week as demonstrators demanded that Gov. Gavin Newson’s stay-at-home order be lifted.

04.05.2020 - 01:53 [ The Hill ]

Two Arizona sheriffs say they won’t enforce governor’s stay-at-home order

“My conscience will not allow me to arrest someone who is trying to make a living,” Schuster told the paper. “I don’t believe it is a crime to try and make a living.”

“I don’t think, for the most part, people want to be defying (the order),” Schuster also said. “They’re trying to do what’s best for their families.”

03.05.2020 - 10:14 [ LA Times ]

Facing protests, Newsom says easing stay-at-home rules could be ‘days’ away

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday faced the most intense pressure yet to lift restrictions on daily life, with a series of raucous protests around the state, a legal tussle with Orange County over closing its beaches and a rural Northern California county that defied his stay-at-home order and opened up for business.

03.05.2020 - 10:10 [ ABC News ]

Remote Northern California county defies stay-at-home order

Modoc County moved Friday to reopen hair salons, churches, restaurants and the county’s only movie theater. There haven’t been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among 9,000 residents, but the reopening came with strict social distancing limits.

03.05.2020 - 10:05 [ the Hill ]

Battle erupts in California over when to open

The debate over how soon to ease restrictions and start opening California has pitted local and state officials against one another in one of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak. It comes as other states such as Georgia and Texas are moving faster to open up their economies.

17.04.2020 - 16:36 [ National Governors Association ]

Governors‘ Powers & Authority

– Legislative—including budget and veto—authority

17.04.2020 - 16:31 [ the Hill ]

Pennsylvania State Senate votes to override governor’s stay-at-home order

Wolf has not said whether he will sign the measure but has said he will consider it.

17.04.2020 - 16:27 [ NBC News ]

The ‚total authority‘ president punts to state governors

President Trump has moved from stating that he alone can fix it to telling America’s governors that they need to “call your own shots” when it comes to reopening their economies during the nation’s worst health crisis in 100 years.

That’s our top takeaway from Trump’s announcement Thursday on federal guidelines to reopen the country “that put the onus on governors of making decisions about their states‘ economies,” per NBC News.

17.04.2020 - 10:37 [ New York Times ]

Trump Says States Can Start Reopening While Acknowledging the Decision Is Theirs

The guidelines released by the president effectively mean that any restoration of American society will take place on a patchwork basis.

28.03.2020 - 09:20 [ LawAndCrime.com ]

Trump Axed Congressionally-Mandated Pandemic Recovery Oversight with Stimulus Bill Signing Statement

Trump, by way of a signing statement, noted that his administration would quite simply override a provision in the nearly 900-page stimulus bill that would require the country’s newest inspector general–just created and tasked with overseeing the disbursement of the stimulus funds–to report to Congress any time the administration stonewalled about where or how those funds were being spent.

28.03.2020 - 08:30 [ Huffington Post ]

Trump Claims Power To Gag Watchdog Overseeing New $500 Billion Bailout

President Donald Trump has issued a signing statement declaring that he can block a watchdog from telling Congress when information is withheld about payouts to businesses in the massive new $2 trillion economic relief law.

Democrats fought hard for provisions in the measure to ensure …

28.03.2020 - 07:30 [ theHill.com ]

Trump signs $2T coronavirus relief package

The passage did not come without drama: House lawmakers were forced to scramble back to Washington Friday over concerns a conservative lawmaker objecting to the legislation, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), would force a roll call vote.

04.08.2018 - 09:00 [ Tasnim News Agency ]

Iran Joins TAC Treaty

In a ceremony on the sidelines of the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore on Thursday, Iran officially joined the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended the event.

04.08.2018 - 08:59 [ timesnownews.com ]

Iran officially joins ASEAN treaty: Report

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ratified Iran’s membership in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) on Thursday, the media reported. In a ceremony on the sidelines of the 51st Asean Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting in Singapore, Iran officially joined the TAC treaty in the presence of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Tasnim news agency reported.

15.06.2018 - 14:03 [ CNN ]

Poll: North Korea summit was a good idea and helped Trump

Most American adults say that the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un was a good idea, according to a Monmouth poll released Thursday.
The seven-in-10 who say it’s a good idea is up from 63% in late April, including 93% of Republicans, 74% of independents, and 49% of Democrats. Only 20% say it was a bad idea.

15.06.2018 - 14:00 [ CBS Pittsburgh ]

Following North Korea Meeting, New Poll Shows President Trump Ties Highest Approval Rating

Following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump’s approval ratings are now at one of the highest points of his presidency.

25.05.2018 - 11:25 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Without a clear objective, you end up in endless war. So what is the objective of #NDAA Section 1225 authorizing war to ‘counter Iran’? Is it regime change in Iran? Regime change in Syria? More war in Syria? Yemen?

23.05.2018 - 20:45 [ Forbes ]

Has Our Government Spent $21 Trillion Of Our Money Without Telling Us?

(8.12.2017) First, what is the source of the additional $794 billion in the Army’s Fund Balance? This adjustment represents more than six times appropriated spending. Second, do these transfers represent a flow of funds to the Army beyond those authorized by Congress? Third, were these funds authorized and if so when and by whom? Fourth, what is the source of these funds?

18.04.2018 - 09:01 [ New York Times ]

Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Striking Syria. He Was Overruled.

Administration and congressional officials said the hawkish Mr. Bolton is not expected to defer to the defense secretary; already, neoconservative members of the Republican foreign policy establishment have started to air concerns that Mr. Mattis is ceding strategic territory to Iran and Russia in Syria.

Mr. Mattis is widely viewed by global leaders as the strongest and perhaps most credible voice on foreign policy in an administration that has been rocked by firings and resignations among senior presidential advisers.

14.04.2018 - 14:37 [ Ted Lieu, Abgeordneter des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Use of force by @realDonaldTrump against Syria is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. This is not self defense & no AUMF covers it.

Use of chemical weapons is horrific. But our Constitution does not allow @POTUS to attack a country–which has not attacked the US–without Congressional approval.

14.04.2018 - 14:25 [ Elijah E. Cummings, Abgeordneter des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Finally, the Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the power to declare war. The President must obtain congressional authorization to use military force in Syria, and it is unacceptable that he did not do so before ordering tonight’s military action.

14.04.2018 - 14:17 [ Barbara Lee, Abgeordnete des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

By illegally bombing Syria, President Trump has once again denied the American people any oversight or accountability in this endless war. Congress, not the president, has the power to authorize military action.