We’re covering the latest recommendation on the Johnson & Johnson shot, and the killing of Chad’s president, a key player in the West’s fight against Islamic extremism.
E.U. regulator says J.&J. benefits outweigh risks
The European Medicines Agency said on Tuesday that a warning should be added to the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine indicating a possible link to rare and unusual blood clots, but also said its benefits outweigh its risks.
The regulator did not recommend that the vaccine be pulled from use, the first indication that it might get back on track as a crucial component in the global vaccination campaign. Johnson & Johnson decided to delay its rollout in the E.U. last week, after U.S. regulators called for a pause.
The agency said that regulators in individual E.U. member states should decide how to proceed, taking into account their particular caseload and vaccine availability. Using already available data, regulators also said one possible explanation was that the rare side effect was an immune response.
Xi’s veiled warning to the U.S.
Speaking virtually at China’s annual Boao Forum, Xi Jinping, the country’s leader, warned that the world should not allow “unilateralism pursued by certain countries to set the pace for the whole world.” The remarks were seen as directed at the U.S.
Mr. Xi said he opposed efforts to weaken dependence on China. “Attempts to ‘erect walls’ or ‘decouple’” would “hurt others’ interests without benefiting oneself,” he said. That appeared to be a reference to the Biden administration’s plans to support domestic high-tech manufacturing in the U.S.
The audience included American business leaders, like Tim Cook of Apple, Elon Musk of Tesla and Wall Street financiers.
Context: The White House held a meeting with business leaders last week to discuss a global shortage in semiconductor chips. President Biden talked about self-sufficiency and resiliency in supply chains.
President of Chad is killed
President Idriss Déby, who ruled Chad with an iron fist for three decades, was considered by the West to be crucial in the fight against Islamic extremist groups, including Boko Haram, in central Africa.
The country’s armed forces said Mr. Déby, 68, was killed in clashes between insurgents and government soldiers one day after he claimed victory in his re-election bid. There were many questions surrounding Mr. Déby’s death.
What’s next: The late president’s son, Mahamat Idriss Déby, will take over as the head of a new military council that will rule for 18 months before new elections are held, a spokesman said.
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“The proposal is the most seismic challenge to the European football model since its inception,” The Atlantic’s Tom McTague writes. Without 12 of the most glamorous teams, the Champions League will lose much of its luster and revenue. And although the 12 teams have said that they want to remain in their domestic leagues, the executives of those leagues are so angry that they may try to bar the teams. Politicians, like Boris Johnson of Britain, are angry, too.
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