Gilead Nears Deal to Buy Immunomedics for Over $20b, WSJ Says

Pfizer, BioNTech Seek to Expand Enrollment of Vaccine Trial

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Pfizer and BioNTech have submitted an amended protocol to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand the enrollment in their Phase III Covid-19 vaccine trial to up to 44,000 participants, according to a statement.

  • Enrollment in the trial has been proceeding as planned and the companies expect to reach their initial target of up to 30,000 participants next week
  • The proposed expansion would allow the companies to introduce more trial population diversity. The trail may include adolescents as young as 16 and people with chronic, stable HIV, Hepatitis C, or Hepatitis B infections
  • Based on current infection rates, the companies continue to expect that a conclusive readout on efficacy is likely by the end of October

Chile protests: Demonstrators honour first socialist president

On this anniversary, many hope that a new constitution will replace the one written during the dictatorship.

September 11 is a significant date in Chile also, not only the United States.

Protesters in Santiago marked the anniversary of the overthrow of the first socialist president 47 years ago.

Salvador Allende was killed during a US-backed coup.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports.

Rohingya crisis: Relocation plan meets opposition

As well as being stateless and homeless, the coronavirus pandemic is worsening the plight of Rohingya.

The Bangladeshi government wants to relocate more than 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal.

But some are opposing the plan, while UN agencies are questioning whether the new site is suitable.

Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chowdhury reports.

Khashoggi murder: US Congress hears calls for justice

Agnes Callamard told the House Intelligence Committee on Friday that Jamal Khashoggi still deserves justice.

The US House Intelligence Committee has heard testimony on the security relationship with Saudi Arabia and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

It has been nearly two years since the journalist and US resident went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Multiple investigations have concluded he was killed and dismembered by a team of Saudi operatives.

Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports.

Biden Holds Lead Over Trump in Four Key States: NYT/Siena Poll

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a lead over President Donald Trump in four key battleground states though the race is tightening in some places as the economy improves after the initial coronavirus shutdowns, a new poll by The New York Times and Siena College shows.

In Wisconsin, which Trump won in 2016 despite a history as a solidly Democratic state, Biden now has the backing of 48% of likely voters to Trump’s 43%. Biden’s lead marks a significant drop from the 11 percentage-point lead he had in June, when the Times last polled the state. A full 51% of likely voters in the state said they trusted Trump more on the economy, compared with 43% for Biden.

That said, Trump’s weeks of law-and-order messaging appears to have energized his supporters on the right, but not improved his standing enough to put him in the lead.

In Nevada, Biden received 46% support compared with 42% for Trump, while in New Hampshire he led by a narrower margin over Trump, 45% to 42%. Biden is further ahead in Minnesota, gaining 50% of backing versus 41% for Trump, the poll shows.

Alex Morgan Joins American Influx in English Women’s League

London (AP) — In a summer of high-profile acquisitions in the Women’s Super League, Tottenham secured the biggest one yet Saturday by signing United States striker Alex Morgan on a one-season deal.

The 31-year-old Morgan will play in England for the first time and moves four months after giving birth to her first child.

She joins fellow U.S. internationals Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis (both Manchester City), Tobin Heath and Christen Press (both Manchester United) in joining clubs in England’s top league in the past few weeks. All of the players are looking to get in peak form ahead of next year’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.

Morgan has scored 107 goals in 169 international games, winning the gold medal in the London Olympics in 2012 and the World Cup in 2015 and ’19. She was third in the voting for world player of the year in 2019.

Tottenham is in its second season in the WSL. The team drew its first game.

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Mali coup: Military leaders seek to avoid sanctions

Regional leaders had recently met and demanded the installation of an interim civilian administration by September 15.

A three-day national consultation is under way in Mali as its military rulers race to avoid sanctions.

The regional bloc ECOWAS issued a September 15 deadline for the coup leaders to appoint a civilian president and a prime minister.

Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports.

Colombia police brutality: Protests rage for third day in Bogota

The two days of violent demonstrations killed at least 13 people.

Protests against police brutality in Colombia have continued for the third consecutive night.

Demonstrators have not been pacified by the defence minister issuing an apology for the death of a law student tasered by police.

Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports.

Gilead Nears Deal to Buy Immunomedics for Over $20b, WSJ Says

Gilead Sciences Inc. is close to finalizing a deal to buy Immunomedics Inc. and its Trodelvy breast-cancer drug for more than $20 billion, Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.

A deal could be announced by Monday, if the talks don’t fall apart.

Immunomedics has a market capitalization of $9.8 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.