Day: December 2, 2020

The UK approves the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use – TechCrunch

The UK’s medicines regulator has approved the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 for emergency use, the companies said today.

The UK is the first country to approve the vaccine for widespread use — paving the way for some of the most “high risk” citizens, such as elderly care home residents and front-line healthcare workers, to get the jab before the end of the year.

The BBC reports that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said the vaccine is safe to be rolled out from next week. Though it’s not yet clear exactly who will get the first doses.

The request for emergency authorization was submitted by BioNTech and Pfizer to the MHRA last month — as well as to regulators in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the U.S., none of which has yet given the go ahead.

In a statement, Albert Bourla, chairman and CEO of Pfizer,

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AWS re:Invent Day 1: Top 5 announcements include machine learning, storage innovations, and container capabilities

CEO Andy Jassy covered 24 new product announcements in his three-hour keynote on the first day of the virtual Amazon Web Services event.

Aurora is the fastest growing service in the history of AWS, CEO Andy Jassy said in announcing the next version of Amazon Aurora Serverless at AWS re:Invent.

The newest products and services from Amazon Web Services (AWS) extend cloud tools and services to on-prem installations, reduce the cost of machine learning operations, and create more storage options. AWS CEO Andy Jassy announced 24 new capabilities during the keynote at the first day of AWS re:Invent which is a virtual event this year. The news covered everything from customer service platforms and computer vision algorithms to machine learning operations and serverless deployments.

Jassy said the company has been focused on listening to customers and inventing more options for instances, containers, and serverless deployments. Reducing costs is

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AWS and BlackBerry plan to use data insights to boost driving experiences

By leveraging vehicle sensor data and BlackBerry’s IVY data platform automakers could provide drivers with features to improve safety, monitor teenage drivers from afar, and more.

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On Nov. 30, Amazon Web Services (AWS) kicked off its annual conference AWS Re:Invent virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The conference will feature keynote speakers and new products and services announcements through Dec. 18. On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it had reached a multiyear deal to develop BlackBerry’s Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform, IVY, a cloud-based software platform. Using vehicle sensor data and predictive insights, automakers could offer in-vehicle features and trip recommendations to enhance experiences for drivers and passengers.

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“Data and connectivity are opening new avenues for innovation in the automotive industry, and BlackBerry and AWS share a common vision to provide automakers and developers with better insights so that

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