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COVID-19: Moderna files for U.S. European emergency Vaccine approval

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Moderna – along with other U.S. pharmaceuticals – filed for U.S. and European emergency regulatory approval of its highly successful vaccine that they hope to make available on a large scale, according to reports. The push for approval comes as epidemiologists raise concerns that the virus will surge this winter as more and more people travel throughout the holiday season.

According to reports, the trial data of Moderna’s mRNA vaccine will be examined by regulators. In Moderna’s clinical studies – which was released several months ago – the vaccine is 94% effective at protecting people from Covid-19.

Pfizer also has a highly successful vaccine and has applied for the same emergency approval.

From the BBC:

Moderna says it hopes to gain UK approval soon, now that it has trial data from 30,000 volunteers – including high risk groups like the elderly – that suggests it works. In those studies, 15,000 people received the real vaccine while the other participants got placebo injections. No serious side effects were reported.During the studies, 185 people in the placebo group fell ill with Covid-19, and some severely so. 

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California bans gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers, opting to be zero emission by 2024

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By 2024, California plans to effectively ban the sale of gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Saturday. Portable gas-powered generators must also be zero emission by 2028 according to the new law.

The Los Angeles Times spoke to the law’s author, assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park). “It’s amazing how people react when they learn how much this equipment pollutes, and how much smog-forming and climate-changing emissions that small off-road engine equipment creates,” Berman told the Times. “This is a pretty modest approach to trying to limit the massive amounts of pollution that this equipment emits, not to mention the health impact on the workers who are using it constantly.”

Then, Berman logged onto Twitter to troll opponents to the law. “This equipment is dangerous to the workers who use it, disruptive to communities, and terribly damaging to our climate,” he tweeted. “MAGA Twitter is losing their ever-loving minds over this. I thought they’d all moved over to Parler?”

Now the state set aside $30 million to towards the transition from gas-powered equipment to zero-emission equipment. However, reporter Phil Wonton points out that it will require 30-40 batteries to get a day’s work done.

Read the full article here.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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