– A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted against approval of a booster dose of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 16 and older."FDA advisers vote to oppose Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster"
FRANKFURT – Daimler AG’s truck business, the world’s largest, has seen the supply of crucial chips tighten further in recent weeks, the division’s chief executive said in a Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung report. “Since the summer months the situation has intensified again,” Martin Daum told the weekly newspaper, adding this had affected production in Germany and the United States. Excerpts of the interview were made available on Friday, ahead of its publication on Sunday. Daum said…"Daimler Truck boss says chip supply has tightened further"
– The debate over whether Americans should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine moves to a panel of independent expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday. While U.S. health officials, some other countries and vaccine makers have said boosters are needed, many scientists and vaccine experts disagree. The FDA staff said in documents prepared for the committee this week that the vaccine Pfizer Inc developed with Germany’s BioNTech…"U.S. COVID-19 booster debate moves to FDA vaccine advisory committee"
– The British government will on Friday consider easing England’s COVID-19 rules for international travel, a late-season boost for airlines, holiday and tourism companies which say they will not survive another winter of onerous rules and red tape. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals for a case tracker and summary of news EUROPE * Spain will give a third vaccine dose to nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups, while data showed…"Factbox – Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
MADRID – Spanish pharmaceuticals company Grifols has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Biotest and made a bid for the rest of its shares in a deal that would value its German rival at 1.6 billion euros ($1.9 billion). Grifols, which makes drugs based on blood plasma, said on Friday that it had agreed with Hong Kong-based Tiancheng to buy its 90% stake in Biotest for 1.1 billion euros and offered to buy the…"Spain’s Grifols to buy rival Biotest for up to 1.6 billion euros"
– People may take the necessity and existence of clothing for granted, from shirts to pants to dresses, coats, skirts, socks, underwear, bow ties, top hats, togas, kilts and bikinis. But it all had to start somewhere. Scientists on Thursday said artifacts unearthed in a cave in Morocco dating back as far as 120,000 years ago indicate that humans were making specialized bone tools, skinning animals and then using tools to process these skins for…"Moroccan cave yields oldest clues about advent of human clothing"
LONDON – A British study will look into the immune responses of children to mixed schedules of different COVID-19 vaccines as officials try to determine the best approach to second doses in adolescents given a small risk of heart inflammation. Children aged 12-15 in Britain will be vaccinated from next week, while those aged 16-17 have been eligible for shots since August. However, while the children will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech…"British study to test mixed COVID-19 vaccine dose schedules in children"
– The United States is developing a “new system for international travel” that will include contact tracing for when it eventually lifts travel restrictions that bar much of the world’s population from entering the country, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. DEATHS AND INFECTIONSEUROPE * Spain will give a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, and released data that showed…"Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany – Four former employees of carmaker Volkswagen went on trial on Thursday over the Dieselgate scandal in which illegal software was used to cheat emission tests. The trial, being held in the city of Braunschweig, close to Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, started without former CEO Martin Winterkorn, whose separate trial will take place at a later date. The four employees, who are accused of fraud, had been aware of the illegal software but…"Four former VW employees go on trial in Dieselgate lawsuit"
BRUSSELS – The European Union set out a formal strategy on Thursday to increase its presence in the Indo-Pacific and counter China’s rising power, although Australia’s decision to cancel an arms contract with France may complicate cooperation. [L1N2QI0R7] Here are the main focus areas of the EU’s strategy: – TRADE: The EU will work to finalise trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand, seek a deal with India and strengthen stronger ties with countries where…"Factbox-EU priorities in Indo-Pacific shift to counter China"