Mike Pompeo slams China for pandemic, Indo-Pacific tensions at Quad meeting

Directly criticising China for the coronavirus crisis as well as for its actions in the Indo-Pacific region, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the Quadrilateral dialogue, or “Quad”, to “collaborate” in countering China. At a meeting in Tokyo of the four-nation grouping, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Foreign …

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Coronavirus | Vaccine supplies likely from early 2021: Health Secretary

Plan is to digitally track procurement, storage, distribution and administration on real-time basis The Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday that it was expecting COVID-19 vaccine supplies to be available from early next year. Addressing a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said: “If all goes well, we are …

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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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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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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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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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Coronavirus | U.S. closes in on 2 lakh deaths weeks before election

US has had the world’s highest official death toll for months, ahead of Brazil and India, with 136,895 and 87,882 deaths respectively. The United States edged close to registering 200,000 COVID-19 deaths on Monday, the latest grim milestone for the country just weeks before voters decide if President Donald Trump …

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Coronavirus | ICMR keen on saliva-based test for COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is actively exploring a saliva-based test for COVID-19, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said here on Sunday, adding that there has been no significant mutation in SARS-CoV-2 in India. Speaking during his social media interaction, Sunday Samvaad, the Minister said, “On the recent saliva-based …

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