Body found in search for missing Syrian swimmer in England’s River Thames

A body has been found in the search for a missing Syrian refugee who got into difficulty swimming in the River Thames. (File/Shutterstock)
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Updated 25 June 2020

Body found in search for missing Syrian swimmer in England’s River Thames

  • Alryabi went missing on Tuesday in a stretch of water called Lulle Brook in Cookham, Berkshire
  • The body of a man in his 30s was discovered at about 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Thames Valley Police said

LONDON: A body has been found in the search for a missing Syrian refugee who got into difficulty swimming in the River Thames.
Eyad Alryabi went into the river to try and help his friend who had been struggling in the water, but got into difficulty himself, UK newspapers reported.
Alryabi went missing on Tuesday in a stretch of water called Lulle Brook in Cookham, Berkshire. The brook is connected to the River Thames.
The body of a man in his 30s was discovered at about 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Thames Valley Police said.
“Formal identification has not yet taken place. His next of kin are being supported,” the police force added.
The death is being treated as unexplained and not suspicious.
Police were called to the area on Tuesday after reports that two men had been swimming in the water and had got into difficulty.
A man aged in his 30s, thought to be Alryabi’s friend who he was trying to help, was brought to safety from the water, and taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.
A third man who had entered the water to assist left unharmed.
“Our thoughts are with both men’s families during this very upsetting time,” Thames Valley Police said.


US to pay over $1 bn for 100 mln doses of J&J’s potential COVID-19 vaccine

Updated 05 August 2020

US to pay over $1 bn for 100 mln doses of J&J’s potential COVID-19 vaccine

  • The latest contract equates to roughly $10 per vaccine dose produced by J&J
  • This is J&J’s first deal to supply its investigational vaccine to a country

WASHINGTON: The United States government will pay Johnson & Johnson over $1 billion for 100 million doses of its potential coronavirus vaccine, its latest such arrangement as the race to tame the pandemic intensifies, the drugmaker said on Wednesday.
It said it would deliver the vaccine to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) on a not-for-profit basis to be used after approval or emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
J&J has already received $1 billion in funding from the US government — BARDA agreed in March to provide that money for the company to build manufacturing capacity for more than 1 billion doses of the experimental vaccine.
The latest contract equates to roughly $10 per vaccine dose produced by J&J. Including the first $1 billion deal with the USgovernment, the price would be slightly higher than the $19.50 per dose that the United States is paying for the vaccine being developed by Pfizer Inc. and German biotech BioNTech SE.
The US government may also purchase an additional 200 million doses under a subsequent agreement. J&J did not disclose that deal’s value.
J&J plans to study a one- or two-dose regimen of the vaccine in parallel later this year. A single-shot regimen could allow more people to be vaccinated with the same number of doses and would sidestep issues around getting people to come back for their second dose.
This is J&J’s first deal to supply its investigational vaccine to a country. Talks are underway with the European Union, but no deal has yet been reached.
J&J’s investigational vaccine is currently being tested on healthy volunteers in the United States and Belgium in an early-stage study.
There are currently no approved vaccines for COVID-19. More than 20 are in clinical trials.