Happy Thursday! Time for another round of “Is today the day the Supreme Court finally releases its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and throws Declan and Esther’s TMD plans in the garbage?”
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Moderna on Wednesday released new clinical data about a modified version of its COVID-19 vaccine designed to target both the original strain and the Omicron variant, claiming its trials show a 50-µg dose of the booster elicits a “potent” neutralizing antibody response against both. The company said it has already submitted the data to public health regulators, and hopes the shot will be authorized for use by August.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, reportedly killing more than 1,000 people and injuring at least 1,500 more, mostly in the country’s Paktia and Khost provinces. The casualty figures are expected to rise as search and rescue missions continue.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said 29 Chinese aircraft—including six H-6 bombers—entered the island’s air defense identification zone earlier this week in the third-largest such incursion this year. The move comes days after Bloomberg reported the Biden administration had rejected China’s assertion that the Taiwan Strait is not “international waters.”