BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and drugmaker AstraZeneca sparred Wednesday over a delay in coronavirus vaccine deliveries as the deepening dispute raises concerns about the increasing competition for limited supplies of shots needed to end the pandemic. AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot addressed the dispute for the first time, rejecting the EU’s assertion that the company was failing to honor its commitments. Soriot said vaccine delivery figures in AstraZeneca’s contract with the 27-nation bloc were targets, not firm commitments, and they couldn’t be met because of problems in rapidly expanding production capacity.
NEW YORK (AP) — Revered jazz player Terri Lyne Carrington is cool, calm and collected, but her schedule? Crazy. At just 55, she’s earning the highest honor bestowed on jazz artists, the prestigious NEA Jazz Masters Award. She’s nominated at the Grammys for best instrumental jazz album — an award she won in 2014 and is the only woman to do so in the show’s 63-year history. She worked as a consultant on the hit Disney/Pixar animation “Soul,” making sure it portrayed the jazz world accurately. And she’s the founder of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and has spent nearly 16 years teaching at the college.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have heavily increased security at three main protest sites outside New Delhi’s border, adding iron spikes, steel barricades and hundreds of riot police in an attempt to stop tens of thousands of demonstrating farmers from entering the capital. The farmers are protesting against three new agriculture reform laws, which they say will favor large corporate farms, devastate the earnings of many farmers and leave those who hold small plots behind. The government says the laws are needed to modernize Indian farming. Last week, the farmers broke through barricades, clashed with police and stormed New Delhi’s 17th century Red Fort in a brief but dramatic takeover.
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say three North Carolina police officers were shot and wounded by a man who barricaded himself in a home with a woman and two children in an hourslong standoff. High Point Police Chief Travis Stroud says the woman was found dead after Friday’s standoff. The children were uninjured, and the officers’ injuries were not life-threatening. Stroud says the standoff ended when the man fired at assisting officers from the Greensboro Police Department, and they returned fire, killing him. He identified the suspect as 34-year-old Josue Drumond-Cruz.