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US FDA grants emergency authorization to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

US FDA grants emergency authorization to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization to Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday, adding a third vaccine to the U.S. arsenal to fight the pandemic. “Today’s emergency use authorization of the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine is another milestone as we work to end the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “Guided by our careful review of the science and data, we have determined that the vaccine’s known potential benefits clearly outweigh its known potential risks.” The decision comes one day after an advisory committee to the FDA...

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Frydenberg considering aviation support once JobKeeper ends

Frydenberg considering aviation support once JobKeeper ends

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg insists the government is looking at other measures to support a range of industries, including the aviation sector, once the JobKeeper program ends. The JobKeeper wage subsidy is due to finish at the end of March. Australia’s flagship airline Qantas, which has drawn hundreds of millions of dollars of JobKeeper support, reported a $1 billion half year profit loss last week. “There is no doubt the aviation industry is being hit and hit hard and Qantas have a 75 per cent reduction in their revenue is testament to that,” the treasurer told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program....

Technology

iPhone 12 Sales Take Apple Back To Top Of Market After 4 Years

iPhone 12 Sales Take Apple Back To Top Of Market After 4 Years

Strong sales of iPhone 12 models lifted Apple to the top of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, a survey showed Monday. The report by market tracker Gartner showed Apple sold some 79.9 million iPhones in the final three months of the year — a 15 percent surge from a year earlier — to leapfrog Samsung in sales in a global smartphone market which shrank by some 5.4 percent. The California giant captured 20.8 percent of the market to take the top spot for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Gartner. Samsung saw...