LONDON (AP) — U.K.-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and Germany’s CureVac say they plan to collaborate to develop new vaccines that can target emerging variants of COVID-19. The announcement comes as public health experts around the world raise concerns about mutations in the virus that may make existing vaccines less effective. The companies said in a statement Wednesday that “the increase in emerging variants with the potential to reduce the efficacy of first generation COVID-19 vaccines requires acceleration of efforts to develop vaccines against new variants to keep one step ahead of the pandemic.”
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Aaron Tveit Gets SocialAt last…Your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit is now on Instagram and Twitter! Tveitertots around the world celebrated on August 27 as the stage and screen star sent out his inaugural Instagram post and tweet: “Finally decided to join the 21st Century. Next up… cell phone!” The timing couldn’t be better as Tveit’s got an exciting few months ahead to keep us up to date with. Not only will he appear at Darren Criss’ Elsie Fest next month, but he’ll then don Danny Zuko’s leather jacket for Fox’s forthcoming live telecast of Grease on January 31, 2016. Now over to you, Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle, surely it’s time to stop holding out on us and to drop your social media-phobe ways…Jessica Lange Eyeing Return to AHSWill Oscar winner Jessica Lange return to American Horror Story? “I’ve been talking to her,” the series’ co-creator Ryan Murphy told EW. “It’s always possible. I’m trying to deal with her play schedule.” Lange is, of course, returning to Broadway next spring in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Murphy only has himself to blame over her availability though—he is mounting the production himself along with Roundabout. Previews are scheduled to begin on March 31, 2016 at the American Airlines Theatre.Watch Serena Williams Sing Little MermaidThe Little Mermaid may no longer be on the Great White Way but it remains in Serena Williams’ heart. The sporting superstar took part in karaoke at Delta Open Mic Night on August 26, where she serenaded the lucky guests with “Under the Sea” from the Disney classic below. We think this is the perfect warm up for the U.S. Open. But then we would, wouldn’t we?
76ers center Joel Embiid may not have recognized Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke before Monday night. He knows exactly who Burke is now.Burke came out with a strong stance on the Sixers and Embiid after the Pacers’ loss in Philadelphia on Saturday. Embiid scored a game-high 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Sixers to a 119-116 victory, but apparently something about Embiid’s playing style annoyed Burke. MORE: Embiid mocked by Raptors fans, Drake during first scoreless game”I hate that team,” Burke said in an interview that aired during Fox Sports Indiana’s broadcast of Monday’s Pacers-Grizzlies contest. “I really wanted to win that game. I think Embiid gets away with a bunch of crap the league ignores, and it would have been a good one to just walk away from [with a win].” Dan Burke discusses the 76ers.We stan. pic.twitter.com/X7jHsFUA1t— The Fieldhouse (@FieldhouseEtc) December 3, 2019Those comments somehow earned Burke a seat at the Christmas table of Sixers coach Brett Brown.Brett Brown was asked whether he takes this as a compliment.”Absolutely…I would bring him to my house for Christmas, and he can share in the Christmas dinner.” https://t.co/W1U9RLmsde— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) December 3, 2019Embiid said he was done talking trash after his October fight with Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, but come on. Burke is throwing a pitch right down the middle to Embiid here. No one will be shocked if Embiid fires back on camera or through social media. (He hasn’t said anything as of Tuesday afternoon.)The 76ers and Pacers meet again Dec. 31. Happy New Year, basketball fans.