With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy:
Johnson & Johnson Initiates Pivotal Global Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Janssen’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate
Johnson & Johnson announced on Sept. 23 the launch of its large-scale, pivotal, multi-country Phase 3 trial (ENSEMBLE) for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735, being developed by its Janssen Pharmaceutical Cos. The initiation of the ENSEMBLE trial follows positive interim results from the company’s Phase 1/2a clinical study, which demonstrated that the safety profile and immunogenicity after a single vaccination were supportive of further development. These results have been submitted to medRxiv and are due to be published online imminently.
Postmaster General Highlights Vision to Establish USPS as Preferred Delivery Service for American Public
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told local business partners across the country that his goal is to build an organization that serves customers better and provides a platform for business growth. “My vision is to establish the Postal Service as the preferred delivery service for the American public. I am committed to providing world-class affordable and dependable service to every American home and business six and seven days a week — today, tomorrow and for generations to come,” DeJoy said during a National Postal Customer Council (PCC) Day virtual event on Sept. 22.
E.W. Scripps Co. will buy national broadcast network ION Media for $2.65 billion, combining the business with Scripps’ Katz networks and Newsy to create a full-scale national television networks business. ION reaches more than 100 million homes through over-the-air and pay TV platforms and has consistently achieved annual revenue growth and EBITDA margins well beyond industry averages. In addition, this highly accretive acquisition will yield $500 million in synergies, most of which are contractually based, over the next six years.
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced on Sept. 22 it is bringing back Carne Asada to restaurants across the U.S. for a limited time. The premium steak option will also return to the menu in Canada and make its debut in France, where it will become Chipotle’s first new protein introduced in the European market. Chipotle’s Carne Asada is grilled fresh in small batches, seasoned with a blend of signature spices, hand cut into tender slices, and is finished with fresh squeezed lime and hand-chopped cilantro. The protein is officially approved for the Whole30 program and is compliant with keto and paleo diets.
New Election Models from The Economist Show Democrats with a 68% Chance of Winning Senate and 99% Chance of Holding House of Representatives
On Sept. 23, The Economist launched its first prediction model for elections to the U.S. Senate (economist.com/senatemodel2020), as well as an updated version of its forecasting system for the House of Representatives (economist.com/housemodel2020). The Economist’s models give the Democrats a 68% chance of winning the Senate majority and a 99% chance of holding the House.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.