HAVANA—Cuba will administer experimental COVID-19 shots to nearly the entire population of the capital Havana by May as health authorities carry out massive interventional studies and late stage trials, officials said on Tuesday. Cuba, which has a long history of developing and exporting vaccines, this month began late phase trials of two of its five experimental shots, Soberana 2 and Abdala, which will be Latin America’s first homegrown COVID-19 vaccines if they prove successful. Ileana Morales, the health ministry’s director of science and technological innovation, said on a round-table broadcast on state television that authorities would conduct an intervention study in 1.7 million people in Havana by May. Epicenter That comes on top of one it has already started for 150,000 front-line workers in the city, which is estimated to have 2.1 million inhabitants. Cuba’s capital is at the center of its worst coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic, registering 292 ... » Learn More about Nearly all Havana to receive experimental Cuban COVID-19 vaccines
Adidas has revealed an upcoming adidas x 007 collaboration, inspired by the 25th James Bond film No Time To Die that hits theaters later this month. These don’t look like shoes Bond would wear while dodging explosions and driving gun-toting cars - but they’re more for his fans anyway. This new UltraBOOST collection launches in two phases, but the first phase will be exclusive to members of the Creators Club program from Sept 17 onwards. The full collection will be opened up to the public on Sept 24. The first shoe launching in this collection is the UltraBOOST DNA White Tuxedo, which mimics the secret agent’s white-suited look. According to adidas, the footwear pack also features: ULTRABOOST 20 Black Tuxedo ($280): Embodies James Bond’s classic black tuxedo. Inspired by thrilling action scenes in No Time To Die, this running shoe features responsive cushioning and a graphic on the sockliner pulled straight from the backdrop of a scene set in Cuba. ULTRABOOST 20 Q Branch ... » Learn More about Adidas has unveiled a 007 Ultraboost shoe collection inspired by No Time to Die
Yordenis Ugas earned the biggest win of his boxing career after outworking Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to retain his World Boxing Association super welterweight belt. Ugas utilized his size and dominated the older Pacquiao from start to finish, earning the nod of all three judges with scores of 115-113, 116-112, 116-112. Here are some fast facts about the Cuban champion: Olympic medalist Before turning pro, Ugas enjoyed a stellar amateur career that includes a win over American boxing star Terence Crawford. As a lightweight, Ugas won multiple gold medals in the 2003 World Cadet Championship, 2005 World Championship, 2006 World Cup, and 2007 Pan American Games. His amateur career reached its peak in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he snagged a bronze medal in the lightweight division. The 35-year-old then pursued a professional career in 2010 and won all of his first 11 bouts. Tough road to success Ugas ... » Learn More about FAST FACTS: Who is Yordenis Ugas?
Manny Pacquiao is not about to sulk just because he'll be battling Yordenis Ugas instead of Errol Spence Jr. on Saturday, August 21 (Sunday, August 22, Philippine time). For the eight-division world champion, it's better than having no fight at all. "I did not feel sad because everything has a purpose," Pacquaio said in Filipino. "It's a good thing the fight was not canceled and will go on because our efforts in training won't go for naught." Pacquiao was already on the tapering stage of his preparations for his thee-belt clash with Spence when news broke out that the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation welterweight champion has withdrawn from their pay-per-view tussle after sustaining a retinal tear on the left eye and was booked for laser surgery on Wednesday. There's no better substitute than Ugas, who was elevated from regular to super World Boxing Association champion after Pacquiao was unable to defend the title he won from the ... » Learn More about Pacquiao keeps focus as Ugas replaces Spence in PPV battle
PETALING JAYA: The United Kingdom announced a major relaxation for those who are fully vaccinated to travel in and out of England, and Malaysians are set to benefit. On its official website, it said international travel rules to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries from Oct 4. It has also simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. Malaysia is included in an expanded list of 17 countries with vaccines that are recognised in England. It said the full course of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body are accepted, including the mixing between two doses of the vaccines is also recognised. Fully vaccinated travellers from these additional 17 countries, which also include Japan, New Zealand and Singapore, would no longer be required to undergo a pre-departure PCR test for travelling into England. They only need to book and pay for a ... » Learn More about UK relaxes travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Malaysians
Vice President Kamala Harris pushed ahead with a trip to Vietnam on Tuesday, August 24, after delaying the visit over concerns due to a health incident potentially related to the mysterious Havana syndrome. Harris arrived in the Southeast Asian country's capital after a three-hour delay in Singapore that the US government blamed on reports that someone in Hanoi may have been targeted by the Havana syndrome, a condition of unknown origin with symptoms including dizziness, nausea, migraines, and memory lapses. The incident upstaged a bid by President Joe Biden's top deputy to woo the allies Washington hopes will help it challenge China's assertive foreign policy in the region. Beijing, meanwhile, attempted to stage its own diplomatic coup with a surprise meeting in Vietnam and a donation of 2 million COVID-19 vaccines to the country. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Havana syndrome case was reported in Vietnam before Harris' departure but not ... » Learn More about US VP Harris forges on with Vietnam trip despite mystery ‘health incident’