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> UK first to OK Moderna's updated COVID-19 shot against Omicron

Syringes with needles are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken Nov 27, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]


British drug regulators have become the first in the world to approve an updated version of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine that includes protection against the Omicron variant.

In a statement on Monday, the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it had given the green light to Moderna's combination "bivalent" vaccine, which will be used as an adult booster shot and will be offered to people aged 50 and over starting in the fall.

Each dose of the booster shot will target both the original COVID-19 virus that was first detected in 2020, and the Omicron BA.1 variant that was first picked up in November 2021.

On Friday, Germany's health minister said the European Medicines Agency might clear tweaked COVID-19 boosters next month.

> Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act into law

Photo taken on Aug 16, 2022 shows the White House in Washington, DC, the United States. [Photo/Xinhua]


US President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, a scaled-down version of the massive "Build Back Better" package he and many Democrats envisioned last year.
当地时间8月16日, 美国总统拜登签署了《2022年通胀削减法案》,这是他和许多民主党人去年设想的大规模“重建美好未来”方案的缩减版。

Touting it as a "historic bill," Biden said at the White House that it will lower costs for American families, combat the climate crisis, reduce the deficit, and finally make the largest corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

The bill includes a roughly $400 billion investment in fighting climate change, measures to make prescription drugs more affordable, and a 15-percent minimum tax on most corporations that make more than $1 billion per year.

The legislation would generate nearly $300 billion in net revenue over a decade.

Democrats had been eager to push through their domestic policy ambitions before the mid-term elections, but Republicans strongly opposed the bill, arguing that tax increases would impose burdens on US businesses and workers and hurt the economy.


> Water may have been brought to Earth by asteroids


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) published a research report in Nature Astronomy on Monday, suggesting that the Earth’s water may have been brought by asteroids.

In order to study the origin of life and the universe, Japan launched the asteroid probe Hayabusa 2 in 2014. In 2018, it arrived at asteroid Ryugu, and successfully collected rock samples from it. The recovery capsule returned to Earth in 2020.

The researchers studied eight particles from Ryugu and found phyllosilicates, which are formed by chemical reaction between non-aqueous silicate minerals and liquid water, indicating that liquid and frozen water were both present.

> New Zealand tourism minister makes pitch to rich travelers



New Zealand’s tourism minister has again expressed his aversion to budget travelers, saying the country will not seek to attract those who “travel around our country on $10 a day eating two-minute noodles”.

Stuart Nash said the country would continue to focus on “high quality” big spenders, despite one expert saying such visitors typically had a much higher environmental footprint and didn’t necessarily contribute more to the economy.

At an announcement last Wednesday about plans to bolster the tourism workforce as the country’s borders reopened, Nash said it would continue to focus on “big spender” visitors.

“In terms of targeting our marketing spin, it is unashamedly going to be at…high-quality tourists,” he said.
他说:“我们的营销策略会毫不掩饰地...... 面向高质量游客。”


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