14 Oct 2020

Johnson & Johnson Halt All Covid-19 Vaccine Trials Over ‘Unexplained Illness’

Johnson & Johnson, a US-based pharmaceutical company, has put its COVID-19 vaccine trials on hold due to safety concerns following an unexplained illness in a participant. AstraZeneca made a similar move in September for identical reasons. The company released a statement on Monday, claiming that it was unclear what caused

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08 Oct 2020

Coronavirus Has Thrown Around 100 Million People Into Extreme Poverty, World Bank Estimates

According to a new report published by the World Bank, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed between 88 million and 114 million people into extreme poverty. This is by far the largest increase in extreme poverty in almost three decades and marks an end to a two-decade decline in poverty rates.

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08 Oct 2020

Federal Government to Offer $10M to Research COVID-19 Spread on Public Transportation

The federal government plans to administer $10 million into researching how COVID-19 spreads on public transportation to better understand how to mitigate the risk of outbreaks occurring this way. A recent presidential memo could, however, exclude major cities New York City, Washington DC, Seattle, and Portland from receiving funds. The

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07 Oct 2020

Eli Lilly Asks FDA to Authorize Covid-19 Antibody Drug

Eli Lilly & Co. has requested that the US FDA release an emergency authorization of an experimental antibody-based treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic. The treatment can be administered to those recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. The drug has been code-named LY-CoV555, and was derived from

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07 Oct 2020

Singapore will pay citizens to have a baby during the pandemic

Singapore has launched a program in which couples will get a payout for having children during the COVID-19 pandemic due to rapidly falling fertility rates and a suffering economy. The country’s deputy prime minister stated that the initiative aims to reassure future parents who are concerned about financial pressure and

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05 Oct 2020

Paris to shut bars and raise alert to maximum

In France, the capital city of Paris is planning on shutting down all bars on Tuesday after several COVID-19 outbreaks occurred within the city. Paris will also be raising the alert level to the maximum possible after several days of high infection rates and newly reported cases. In an effort

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05 Oct 2020

Nigerian scientists develop cheaper and faster Covid-19 test kits

Nigerian scientists have reportedly been successful in developing a new COVID-19 test kit that is cheaper and faster, enabling higher volumes of testing within the country, which has been facing kit shortages. According to Nigerian health authorities, the population has been trying to combat chronic under-testing, in which there are

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05 Oct 2020

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube race to contain disinformation about president’s diagnosis

Just minutes after President Trump announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, misinformation began to spread across social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been actively combatting disinformation campaigns related to the President’s diagnosis, including marking posts with warnings about fraudulent information. With Election Day just weeks away,

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01 Oct 2020

China contained Covid-19. Now, hundreds of millions of people there are about to go on vacation at the same time

Hundreds of millions of people are expected to flock to China despite the risks of new COVID-19 outbreaks to celebrate the National Day holiday. This holiday marks one of China’s busiest travel periods, with people coming in from all over the country and abroad to celebrate the eight-day Mid-Autumn Festival

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29 Sep 2020

Global Covid-19 death toll passes one million

Over the weekend, the number of people who have died worldwide due to COVID-19 complications has passed one million. Many regions are reporting a second wave of infections while others have failed to quell the first outbreaks. Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that deaths in Brazil, the US, and

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