Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talks to Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer about the Trump administrations interference and applied pressure to the FDA for creating a COVID-19 vaccine.
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talks to Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer about the Trump administrations interference and applied pressure to the FDA for creating a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Avril Haines, tapped by President-elect Joe Biden to be the top U.S. spy, is a former CIA No. 2 who would be taking over as the chief overseer of a U.S. intelligence community beset by low morale and charges its work has been used for political attacks. A lawyer from New York, judo brown belt and licensed pilot who once tried unsuccessfully to fly a small plane across the Atlantic Ocean, Haines is the first woman named as director of national intelligence, a post created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to coordinate the work of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies. Republican and Democratic Senate sources said Haines is expected to win confirmation - but not without some hard questioning about her role as deputy CIA director from August 2013 to January 2015 and her views on national security challenges, from Russia to cyber warfare.
The state of South Carolina says an inmate scheduled to be executed next week could be put to death with a lethal dose of just one drug if officials cannot get hold of all three drugs the procedure calls for. The South Carolina Supreme Court has set a Dec. 4 execution date for Richard Bernard Moore, 55, who has spent nearly two decades on death row following his conviction for the 1999 killing of a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg. In a letter to Moore's attorneys, the South Carolina Department of Corrections said it reserves the right to execute Moore with a single lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital, the Herald-Journal first reported Friday.
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On Monday AstraZeneca became the third pharmaceutical company this month to announce promising results from a late-stage coronavirus vaccine clinical trial, joining Pfizer and Moderna as the leading candidates for developing an effective prevention for COVID-19.While all promise a suitable vaccine can be rolled out within the coming months, they differ slightly in efficacy, delivery and other components.So how do we judge the leading candidates so far, and how might they impact a vaccine rollout program in Canada?The Canadian Press asked Kelly Grindrod, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Earl Brown, a virology and microbiology expert at the University of Ottawa, to break down those questions.HOW DO THEY WORK?All three of the drug companies are incorporating novel techniques in developing their vaccines, with Pfizer and Moderna using messenger RNA (mRNA) and AstraZeneca using a non-replicating viral vector.AstraZeneca's vaccine, developed with Oxford University, takes a chimpanzee cold virus that's not harmful to humans and "hides" pieces of the coronavirus in it, Grindrod explained. Non-replicating means the virus won't actually reproduce throughout the body."It shows our cells how to make the coronavirus spike protein so that our bodies can actually have an immune response to it," she said.Brown explained it as a "dummy virus" that has essentially had its genes stripped and replaced with the spike protein gene for the coronavirus. The vaccine makes an mRNA molecule from the genome and that molecule makes the protein, he said."The protein is put on the cell, the immune system recognizes it and makes antibodies — therefore immunity."The mRNA vaccines are similar, but structurally different with Brown simplifying it by saying Pfizer and Moderna "put the RNA right into your arm.""Their vaccine is a synthetically-produced mRNA packaged in a fat coating," he said. "So they inject that into your muscles, that little fat gloms onto your cells, fuses with them and becomes part of the cell and dumps that mRNA into your cell. And then the mRNA is translated into protein."Grindrod said both vaccine methods "show us the genetic component" our cells need to make the antibodies."It's just really how it's delivered," she added. HOW EFFECTIVE ARE THEY?AstraZeneca says its vaccine was up to 90 per cent effective when a half dose was followed by a full dose a month later. Another method, where two full doses were distributed a month apart, showed to be 62 per cent effective.Moderna said last week that preliminary data showed a 94.5 per cent efficacy, and Pfizer, the first to share its initial results earlier this month, upped theirs from 90 to 95 after releasing final trial results last week.While the medical journal "The Lancet" did review some of AstraZeneca's results, Grindrod says to remember that most of the efficacy claims from the clinical trials are from press releases based off preliminary data."Now what we're waiting for is the actual study, the full published, peer review that you can see and compare efficacy and safety and how they measured it," she said, adding she expects peer-reviewed studies on the vaccines to emerge soon. "Things are coming at much different timelines than we're used to." Another factor that's still unknown is how long immunity lasts, and whether we will need booster vaccines in the future.WHAT ARE THE HURDLES FACING DISTRIBUTION?All three of the leading vaccine candidates require two doses, injected roughly one month apart, and there could be challenges in getting people back to a doctor or pharmacy to receive their second dose.Grindrod said tracking will become particularly important with a two-dose vaccine, especially if AstraZeneca goes forward with injecting different amounts of the vaccine per dose. Rollout can become even more complicated when there's a surge for the vaccine, as we saw this year with the flu shot."You have to track who got which vaccine, which dose, and make sure they come back three to four weeks later," she said. Where AstraZeneca could have the upper hand in distribution, however, is in its storage temperature. The company says its vaccine can be stored in a fridge, unlike Moderna and Pfizer, which require freezing temperatures due to the instability of the mRNA, Brown says.Pfizer's vaccine needs to be stored at minus-70 C, while Moderna's needs a temperature around minus-20 C — about the same as a regular freezer."For really ultra-low temperature freezers, you find those in hospitals and research laboratories, but not many other places," Brown said. "So we aren't prepared for (a vaccine that requires) ultra low freezers."ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?Side effects for all three vaccines have been minimal — things like sore arms, fatigue and headaches that generally don't last long — and Brown says the presence of those reactions are a good thing."When you're vaccinating, you're stimulating an immune response, and those are immune-regulated things," he said. "So a sore arm reaction is good, because that means it's working for you."More safety data, which can only be garnered from monitoring trial participants over a longer term, is needed to judge further, he says.WHAT'S NEXT, AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR CANADA?The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is meeting to discuss Pfizer's emergency use authorization request on Dec. 10, which means a vaccine rollout could happen in the United States within the next month.But the vaccines would need approval from Health Canada in order to get them here. Health Canada's website says it will review authorization submissions from companies to determine "evidence of safety, efficacy and manufacturing quality for each vaccine."Canada locked in a supply of potential vaccine candidates when it signed agreements with a number of pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna months ago, and that should accelerate a rollout when ready.But the actual time frame will depend on when these drug companies can show enough safety data to move forward, Brown said.Grindrod expects a viable candidate to be approved quickly after safety and efficacy can be shown."We might see early 2021 and it's not clear whether that's January or February or around that time," she said. "From there, as we get more doses and more vaccines are approved, then we may see a broader population getting vaccinated. But it's hard to say when that will happen."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.Melissa Couto Zuber, The Canadian Press
MIAMI — The masked man standing idly on the sideline in the final minutes of the Miami Dolphins' first loss since early October no longer looked so much like a surefire franchise quarterback.Tua Tagovailoa's benching was temporary, but coach Brian Flores took him down a peg by replacing him with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter of Miami's 20-13 loss at Denver.The defeat ended the Dolphins' five-game winning streak, and came after victories in Tagovailoa's first three career starts.“We all have to play better. He is not in this alone,” Flores said Monday. “He's the starting quarterback; he knows that. He’s a resilient kid. I expect him to bounce back. I expect our entire team to bounce back.”Tagovailoa will rejoin the lineup Sunday against the New York Jets, his hold on the job no longer quite so firm.The playoff prospects for the Dolphins (6-4) are also shakier. They missed a chance to pull even with AFC East leader Buffalo (7-3), and eight other AFC teams have at least six wins.WHAT’S WORKINGFlores again showed a willingness to make bold moves. His timing in awarding Tagovailoa the starting job was widely questioned but then lauded, and his decision to yank the rookie with 11 minutes left Sunday also invited second guessing.“I'm always going to try to do what I feel is best for the team in a particular game,” Flores said. “That’s kind of how we felt Sunday. and that’s really it. We couldn't get into a rhythm. It became a two-score game. We felt like we needed a spark. We stuck Fitz in there.”With Tagovailoa, the Dolphins netted exactly 100 yards. He was less accurate than in earlier games, looked uneasy in the pocket and conceded he sometimes held the ball too long, which is partly why he was sacked six times.“I couldn’t get the ball in the hands of our playmakers and our guys consistently to get a rhythm going,” said Tagovailoa, who voiced no complaint about being benched.Fitzpatrick tried to rally the Dolphins from a 20-10 deficit but threw an interception in the end zone on their final play. The veteran has been a willing mentor to Tagovailoa ever since draft in April, and said the Dolphins remain Tua's team.“We’ve got a great chance here, and Tua has done a nice job,” Fitzpatrick said, “so it’s about putting it behind you and moving onto the next one. And I know that he’ll do a good job of that.”WHAT NEED HELPThe Dolphins' formula during the winning streak was to take an early lead and then dial up the pressure with blitzes to force turnovers. At Denver, they fell behind and couldn't stop the run, allowing 189 yards on the ground.For the season the Dolphins' run defence is giving up 134 yards per game and 4.8 per carry, both among the worst in the NFL."We’re definitely not doing a good enough job," linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel said, "and we got to work on it to fix it.”STOCK UPCornerback Xavien Howard set up the Dolphins' lone touchdown with his sixth interception, tied for most in the NFL. He also ranks among the league leaders with 12 passes defended.After missing 17 games because of injuries in 2018-19, Howard might be Miami's MVP.STOCK DOWNThe website FiveThirtyEight now gives Miami only a 33% chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016, and a 13% chance to win the division for the first time since 2008.INJUREDOffensive lineman Jesse Davis, who has started every game this season, went on the reserve-COVID-19 list Monday. The Dolphins already had defensive tackle Christian Wilkins on the list, and he has missed the past two games. ... Rookie guard Solomon Kindley left Sunday's game when he aggravated a foot injury. ... Running back Salvon Ahmed was sidelined with a shoulder injury but later returned.KEY NUMBER720 — That's how badly Miami has been outgained in yards this year, including 459-223 on Sunday. However, thanks largely to takeaways and special teams, it has outscored opponents by 62 points, seventh best in the league.NEXT STEPSMiami's next two opponents, the Jets and Cincinnati, are a combined 2-17-1. The Dolphins are a touchdown favourite at the winless Jets, but since 2017 Miami has lost 10 consecutive road games against teams with losing records.___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLSteven Wine, The Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills tight end Tommy Sweeney will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with an inflamed heart, which is considered a COVID-19 aftereffect.Coach Sean McDermott provided the update on Monday as the Bills (7-3) returned from their bye week to prepare to host the Los Angeles Chargers (3-7) this weekend. McDermott said a team doctor discovered Sweeney had myocarditis during an examination to determine whether he could resume practicing.The second-year player has been sidelined by a foot injury since the team opened training camp in July, and began the season on the physically unable to perform list. Sweeney was then placed on the team’s reserve-COVID-19 list on Oct. 24.McDermott was unable to provide any timetable on Sweeney’s recovery.The Myocarditis Foundation in August reported that while myocarditis is a rare cardiovascular disease, it has been reported in patients diagnosed with COVID-19. It is a condition caused by the body’s immune system’s response to infection and can lead to shortness of breath, chest pain and heart palpitations.The foundation recommends athletes abstain from participating in competitive sports for a minimum of three months before being re-examined.Sweeney was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 draft out of Boston College. He finished with eight catches for 114 yards in six games last season.McDermott said cornerback Josh Norman remains on the team's COVID-19 list a little over a week after testing positive.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJohn Wawrow, The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Say this for the Cleveland Browns, version 2020: They're a resilient bunch.They've won without their star running back, who missed four games with a sprained knee. They've won while their best defensive player recovers from COVID-19 — and will have to again. They've won after losing their best deep threat for the season.They've won in the wind, and the rain, and the cold. They've beaten the teams they're supposed to beat.And, as November shrivels, the Browns (7-3) seem to be getting stronger.“You have seen adversity roll in in a variety of ways this season, and our guys have not blinked,” coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday, one day after the Browns beat the Philadelphia Eagles despite not having dominating rusher Myles Garrett. ”They understand the task at hand, and we really can’t be distracted by the things that maybe are a little unique to 2020.”On Sunday, Cleveland's defence showed it's more than a one-man show by rising to the challenge and excelling without Garrett, who will also miss this week's game at Jacksonville as he recovers from the coronavirus.Olivier Vernon had three of the Browns' five sacks and a safety, linebacker Sione Takitaki ran back an interception for a touchdown and Cleveland's defensive front never let Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz get comfortable in the pocket.The pouring rain never stopped, and neither did the Browns.And when the Eagles pulled within two points in the fourth quarter, the two-headed running back combination of Nick Chubb (114 yards) and Kareem Hunt (leaping, 5-yard TD run) delivered huge plays.The Browns have weathered storms both literal and figurative, and are positioned to potentially end an 18-year playoff drought. Stefanski's steadiness in his first head coaching gig has played a major role in Cleveland’s turnaround after a demoralizing 6-10 finish in 2019.But he has shifted the culture and gotten the Browns to buy in. Instead of recoiling from the adversity, the team has embraced it, and in doing so, thrived.“From the moment Kevin got here, I think he has done a really great job of shifting this team into the way he wants us to play, the way he wants us to think and the way he wants us to prepare,” linebacker B.J. Goodson said. "That has been evident since the first meeting that we had. We have had the same ideals preached to us day after day of what we need to do to be a successful football team."We continue to embody those ideals. That has to continue. The work is not done.”WHAT'S WORKINGFor the second week in a row, patience was the key with a running game that started slowly before gaining speed.The Browns had just 18 yards rushing at halftime on Sunday, but Stefanski stuck with the plan, kept giving the ball to Chubb and Hunt, and Cleveland finally wore down Philadelphia's defensive front before breaking off some long gains.WHAT NEEDS HELPThe rough weather has made it especially difficult to throw the past three games, reducing Baker Mayfield's ability to go long. That's not necessarily a bad thing because it also prevents him from taking unnecessary risks downfield.However, the Browns are going to get into a shootout at some point and Mayfield will be counted on to deliver passes on time and on target.STOCK UPVernon stepped up, playing his best game since joining the Browns. The 30-year-old didn't live up to expectations — no one did — last year, but Vernon has been coming on lately after dealing with some nagging injuries.The Browns considered other options in the off-season before sticking with Vernon, who agreed to take a pay cut to stay with a team he believed in.“We wasted last year,” he said. “My mindset and everybody else in this organization’s mindset right now is to get into the playoffs. Just have to get into the tournament.”STOCK DOWNIt's hard to criticize Jarvis Landry, who has played with a broken rib and extended his streak of catching at least two passes to 105 straight games.But his production has dropped, Landry still hasn't scored, and he played fewer snaps (38) against the Eagles than KhaArel Hodge (48) or Rashard Higgins (40).INJUREDCornerback Denzel Ward injured his calf while having another strong game on Sunday, and the Browns are anxiously awaiting test results. Ward had an interception, several pass break-ups and hit Wentz just as he released the ball that Takitaki picked.Safety Ronnie Harrison avoided a serious knee injury. An MRI only showed a bruise and Stefanski said he could be back for the Jaguars.KEY NUMBER15 — Nick Chubb's 100-yard rushing games since 2018, tying him with Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott for the most in the league.UP NEXTThe Browns have a favourable schedule ahead, starting with this week's matchup against the Jaguars (1-9). Cleveland's two remaining home games are tough ones, against AFC North rivals Pittsburgh (10-0) and Baltimore (6-4), but the Browns other four games are against teams with an 11-29 combined record.___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTom Withers, The Associated Press
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OTTAWA — The commander of the Canadian Armed Forces is preparing to formally apologize to victims of sexual misconduct as the military seeks to turn the page on its record of failing to prevent inappropriate and criminal behaviour. The Armed Forces and Department of National Defence quietly floated the idea of an apology last year as the federal government reached a $900-million settlement deal on several class-action lawsuits brought by former and current service members. The apology was not required as part of that settlement agreement, said lawyer Jonathan Ptak, who represented some of the plaintiffs in the six overlapping lawsuits that included both military personnel and civilian Defence Department employees. “It was voluntarily offered by Canada,” Ptak said Monday. “To mandate an apology is different from an apology which is given outside the context of the contract. So I actually think it's meaningful in a different way.” Exactly when the apology will be delivered and whether it will be in person or online remains uncertain, however, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across Canada. “The apology is an important part of restoring relationships with those harmed by sexual misconduct,” Defence Department spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande told The Canadian Press in an email. “As the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted its planning, details and timing of the apology will be shared following further discussion and consultation.” The apology will be delivered by both the chief of defence staff and the deputy minister of the Department of National Defence, it’s not clear who will actually be the defence chief when the time comes. Gen. Jonathan Vance has personally championed the fight against sexual misconduct in the ranks since he took over as chief of the defence staff in 2015. He soon launched an all-out effort to eradicate such behaviour. In July, Vance announced his plan to retire. The government has yet to name a successor. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Monday did not give any update on the search for a new defence chief or the pending apology. "Rest assured, we are not going to stop until we get the appropriate culture change inside the Canadian Armed Forces that allows everyone, especially women, to be able to succeed in an environment that is safe and reaches their highest potential," he said in Ottawa. Deputy chief of the defence staff Lt.-Gen. Mike Rouleau recently told The Canadian Press that the apology is “the right thing to do,” and that it is being planned alongside a training week for military members on sexual misconduct. Marie-Claude Gagnon, a former naval reservist who founded a group for survivors of military sexual trauma called It's Just 700, said the apology could represent a bookend to Vance’s tenure as defence chief, given how he started in the position. On the other hand, having his successor begin his or her own time as Canada’s top military commander could also send a message of continuity — and inject some new energy — into the Armed Forces’ efforts to stop inappropriate and criminal behaviour. Either way, said Gagnon, “I just want something genuine and that's taken seriously. That's done well. … What I'm looking for, at least if I speak for myself, is something that is authentic.” Both Gagnon and Ptak said an apology would help the victims of military sexual conduct heal by acknowledging the harm that was done to them after years of denials. “A lot of times, victims’ experiences were hidden or minimized or not validated,” Gagnon said. “So I think that if it's coming from the military itself and Defence, it shows some kind of validation, that it happened, experiences were, in fact, happening.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally apologized in the House of Commons in 2017 for the mistreatment of LGBTQ military personnel in previous decades, with formal letters of apology sent to hundreds of former service members afterward. That apology came ahead of a settlement that Ottawa reached with troops and Defence Department civil servants discriminated against and in some cases forced from their jobs by what has been described as the government’s gay purge. Asked whether the prime minister or defence minister should apologize instead of the chief of the defence staff and deputy minister, Gagnon noted that the policies contributing to the purge were ordered by governments of the day. “So it’s a little different,” she said. “I don’t think there was an order to assault people.” This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020. — with files from Chris Reynolds Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the coming apology from the Canadian Armed Forces is part of a settlement agreement.
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TORONTO — Long before the first snowflake has hit the ground in Toronto, Catherine Choi is already planning for the holiday season.It's the busiest sales period for her trio of Hanji Gift shops, but this time, they'll be closed.Lockdown restrictions that went into effect in Toronto and Peel Region on Monday have forced small businesses to close their brick-and-mortar locations while COVID-19 continues to spread.That means Choi will have to rely on curbside pickup and e-commerce to sell her array of cards, notebooks and other paper goods, but big box stores like Walmart and Costco will be allowed to stay open and offer the same products because they also stock essentials like groceries.It's a policy some small business owners worry could result in a slump in sales or worse: the death of their business and their own financial ruin."I stand behind public health officials because … they're making decisions to keep everybody safe, but it is frustrating that stores like Walmart and Loblaw are able to profit … during a time when small businesses are shutting down and it's not fair," Choi said"We're going to lose the foot traffic of people just going to Koreatown because there's so many cute little stores … and we have a lot of older customers who don't believe in online shopping."Choi's worries come as the country's largest organization of small businesses is calling on the Ontario government to allow all non-essential small retailers to open for in-store sales, but with very limited capacity.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, which represents more than 110,000 small- and medium-sized companies, suggests the government could keep stores open and people safe by limiting the number of staff and customers at any given time, and encouraging shoppers to pre-book their visits."If it is dangerous to buy a book at an independent bookseller, why isn’t it dangerous at Costco?” questioned CFIB president Dan Kelly in a release.“The lockdown restrictions have created a massive unfair advantage for many big, multinational corporations."The CFIB called out Costco and Walmart specifically. Neither responded to a request for a comment.Meanwhile, Hudson's Bay Co. decided Monday to keep its flagship Queen Street store open in Toronto. Despite the bulk of its products being non-essential, the company argued it sells essential items like food and appliances and has a Pusateri's grocery store and Foodwares market, allowing it to stay open.The company's other stores in Peel and Toronto remain closed, but HBC President Iain Nairn said at a Retail Council of Canada virtual event that the lockdown is unfair because the government hasn't made public any data showing COVID-19 is spreading at stores."I strongly recommend the Ontarian government rethink their position and rethink it extremely urgent and allow all retailers to open up again," he said.Ontario premier Doug Ford's office referred requests for comment to the ministry of health, which said in an email that big box stores are impacted too because they have to limit capacity to 50 per cent. "To be clear, moving regions into a lockdown is not a measure this government takes lightly," a ministry spokesperson said in an email. "We continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise if and when public health measures need to be adjusted."If the government doesn't change its policy, Kelly warns that many small businesses won't survive. The CFIB estimated earlier in the year that 160,000 businesses across the country may permanently close due to COVID-19. It believes that number could climb all the way to 225,000 if restrictions persist.When Ontario Premier Doug Ford introduced the lockdown policy on Friday, he pleaded for people to support small businesses.“Please shop local," he said. "If you are shopping online I know it can be easy to go with Amazon, but please remember you can get the exact same product from local stores."Ford also doubled the province's investment in small business supports to $600 million for personal protective equipment and other forms of relief.Chris Korwin-Kuzynski, the chairman of the Lakeshore Village BIA and a former city councillor, was disappointed by the advantages big box stores are getting through Ford's approach."There is a clear mistake there because some of the small businesses could continue to operate with staggered people coming in just like a Walmart does or a grocery store or a Canadian Tire," he said. "Why do they all get the business and then the small little people don't get the business?"Instead small businesses have been left to contend with fewer shoppers, constantly changing restrictions and a struggle to shift operations online.Choi has spent much of her time lately getting new products onto Hanji's website and while her online business has seen a bump, it pales in comparison to what she'd be making if her stores were open.She misses the personal aspect of her business like gift wrapping items for customers, learning about who they are buying for and hearing about which products are their favourites. She's hopeful they'll keep supporting her despite the tough times and changes, but she's already accepted that this year will be "very different." — with files from Brett Bundale in Halifax and Anita Balakrishnan in Toronto.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press