Covid-19 Update: New Covid-19 Cases Top 2,500 For Third Day In France

More than 2,500 new infections for the third day in a row in France, as their government declared its capital Paris and port city of Marseille high risk zones.

The seven-day moving average of new infections, which smoothes out reporting irregularities, increased to 2,041, doubling over the last two weeks.

This is something else as it went beyond 2,000 threshold for the first time since April 20, when France was in the middle of the Europe strictest lockdowns.

COVID-19 vaccine makers must deliver on time to get paid by US

The United States is tying payments for Covid-19 vaccines to timing milestones for production and approval, according to public documents and a Trump administration official, putting pressure on drugmakers including  Moderna  Inc to meet ambitious targets.

In a deal with Moderna announced this week, federal agencies negotiated a sliding scale of payments. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, biotech’s $1.5bn deal pays out in full if its  vaccine  receives regulatory clearance by January 31, 2021, according to filings. It receives $1.2bn if it falls short of that timing goal.

UK secures 90 mn more doses of potential virus vaccine

More than 90 million vaccine doses has been secured by the United Kingdom, government said, taking its total orders of potential Covid-19 vaccines to nearly 350 million doses.

The country has struck agreements to buy 60 million doses from US biotech firm Novavax, and another 30 million doses from Janssen pharmaceuticals, which is part of US giant Johnson & Johnson.

Trump blames democrats for holdup over coronavirus aid

America president Donald Trump has said he is ready to act to pump stimulus money into US economy hard hit by the coronavirus crisis.

This happened a week after his negotiating team failed to reach a deal with congressional Democrats.

The Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House of Representatives have gone into an informal recess after last week’s talks ended with the parties $2tn apart. However, the leaders of both parties said they could recall their members with 24 hours notice if a deal emerged.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Trump said he was prepared to take unilateral action, this time to provide Americans with direct payments as well as money for small businesses and state and local governments. “DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!” the president wrote repeatedly in the series of tweets.

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