Daily Memo: Another Vaccine Candidate

The one from Moderna is the second to come out of the West.

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Another vaccine candidate. On Monday, U.S. biotech firm Moderna announced that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate had shown 94.5 percent effectiveness in clinical trials, making it the second Western vaccine candidate on track for approval in the coming months. RCEP finally signed. Trade ministers from 15 Asia-Pacific nations signed the world’s largest trade pact – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – after almost a decade of negotiations. Missiles out of Ethiopia. Forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region fired missiles at the Eritrean capital of Asmara on Nov. 14, according to the region’s president. Multiple diplomatic sources have since confirmed as much. Ethiopia’s central government has sent reinforcements to support the military’s fight against the Tigray. Turkey in Azerbaijan? Turkey’s parliament is reviewing a draft decree from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that would send troops to Azerbaijan as part of cease-fire compliance in Nagorno-Karabakh. Reclaiming market share in Turkey. In September, Russian energy giant Gazprom supplied 1.9 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Turkey, its highest level since January. Gas exports nearly doubled year over year. Moldova’s new president. Maia Sandu has won Moldova’s presidential election running on a platform of removing Russian forces from the breakaway territory of Transnistria and improving […]

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