Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — September 9, 2020

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The vaccine trial setback may dent public confidence. Photograph: Sergei Bobylev/Tass

Sarah Boseley, The Guardian: Oxford Covid vaccine trial suspension: what happens next?

Tests have been paused after a UK volunteer became ill. How will it affect the search for a cure?

Why has the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine trial been paused?

One of the volunteers in the UK has become ill and it is crucial that the researchers find out whether this could be related to the vaccine. This is not uncommon in vaccine trials – and in fact it is said to be the second time it has happened with this vaccine . Very large trials are essential to pick up any rare side-effects. Something that affects one in 10,000 people, for instance, will probably not be detected in the early trials of just a few thousand.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — September 9, 2020

We have no idea where Covid-19 vaccine will come from, says expert — Sarah Boseley, The Guardian

Iraq after Soleimani: What is the future for US troops? — Nafiseh Kohnavard, BBC

Iran plays dangerous game with uranium enrichment — National editorial

What is behind the hype about the new Iran-China partnership? — Tom Hussain, Al Jazeera

For Gulf Arab States, China Is a Temporary Friend — Karen Young, Bloomberg

As Australian journalists flee China, Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’ is coming to pass — Stan Grant, ABC News Online

China’s new economic strategy may not sit well with its people — David Uren, The Strategist

India China Standoff: Are we headed towards an armed conflict with China? — Economic Times

India’s coronavirus case numbers are rising fast — when will it overtake the US? — Angelique Lu, Will Jackson and Alan Weedon, ABC News Online

How Sudan’s rebel deal offers lifeline for peace — BBC

What Russia Really Has in Mind for Belarus — M. Carpenter & V. Kobets, Foreign Affairs

Belarus opposition needs a plan — Vladimir Dorokhov, DW

Who needs the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 after all? — Andreas Becker, DW

Time for Donald Trump to Make North Korea an Offer it Can’t Refuse? — Doug Bandow, National Interest

Trump racks up foreign policy wins — amid gaping holes — AFP