Coronavirus | WHO warns two million virus deaths possible as Europe clamps down

The hardest-hit US crossed seven million cases — more than a fifth of the global total despite accounting for only four percent of the world population. The World Health Organization warned Friday that coronavirus deaths could more than double to two million if infection-fighting measures are not kept up, as …

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Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

Stringent regulations in the U.S., European Union, Japan and Australia have historically blocked the sale of Chinese vaccines. A Chinese pharmaceutical company said on Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States. Yin Weidong, the CEO of SinoVac, …

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COVID-19 vaccine by year-end will be fastest pace for novel pathogen in history, says White House

It is very important what US President Donald Trump has done with regard to commercial-level manufacturing, White House Press Secretary said. A vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of the year will be the fastest pace for a novel pathogen in history, the White House said on Thursday, asserting that …

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Coronavirus | Novavax starts late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial in UK

Data from the trial will support regulatory submissions for license in the UK, EU and other countries, the company said. Novavax Inc on Thursday started a late-stage trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with the UK government’s Vaccines Taskforce, sending the company’s shares up 6% after the bell. …

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Israel tightens second lockdown as virus cases soar

The restrictions on demonstrations are subject to approval by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and the limits on both prayers and protests could spark a backlash. Israel on Thursday moved to further tighten its second countrywide lockdown as coronavirus cases continued to soar. The Cabinet voted to close all nonessential businesses, …

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Covid-19 impact: Private hospitals running losses, despite ‘high’ prices

Max Healthcare tweeted a rate card in June indicating the minimum cost of various COVID-19 treatments at one of its Delhi hospitals. The cost for ICU with ventilator was set at Rs 72,500. Eight days later, the Delhi government said that private hospitals in the national capital …

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What a gift: Russia offers UN staff free virus vaccines

The coronavirus pandemic means this year’s General Assembly is a work-from-home production, for the first time in its history. What do you do when Vladimir Putin offers you Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine, for free? United Nations staff in New York and around the world are now facing that choice, after …

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As U.S. surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, Wisconsin sounds alarm over surges in cases

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday declared a new public health emergency and extended a face mask mandate into November. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday declared a new public health emergency and extended a face mask mandate into November to fight a coronavirus flareup, as the number of people …

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Stock markets face a big test as covid vaccine results likely from next month

Optimism that vaccines are on the way to end the coronavirus pandemic has been a major factor in this year’s U.S. stock resurgence. That will face a critical test in coming weeks, as investors await clinical data on whether they actually work. A UBS analysis found that about 40% of …

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U.K. raises coronavirus alert as infections rise ‘exponentially’, heightened curbs from Thursday

U.K. might impose a 10 pm closing deadline for all pubs, bars and restaurants as part of plans to control crowds. The U.K. government has raised its coronavirus alert level from three to four, which indicates that the transmission of the virus is high and rising “exponentially“. Downing Street on …

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