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Majority of US Covid tests are garbage, wasted: Bill Gates

August 7, 2020 11:05:02 pm

'You would expect the CDC to be the most visible, not the White House or even Anthony Fauci. But they haven’t been the face of the epidemic... They have basically been muzzled since the beginning," Microsoft founder Bill Gates told Wired.

This is how immune system malfunctions in severe Covid-19 cases

August 7, 2020 6:27:55 pm

The scientists found that in in severe cases of COVID-19, the immune cells called neutrophils and monocytes in these patients are only partially activated and they do not function properly.

Two US school students suspended for sharing photos of crowded hallways

August 7, 2020 4:24:55 pm

The photographs were captured soon after the school reopened on August 4 and showed hallways crammed with students exiting their classrooms and not maintaining adequate social distance. Most of the teenagers in the images were seen without face masks.

Swiss ink deal with Moderna for 4.5M doses of COVID vaccine

August 7, 2020 3:52:07 pm

The Federal Office of Public Health says the agreement aims “to guarantee Switzerland early access to the vaccine of Moderna” and is one of the first such deals by any government with the company.

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BCG vaccine safe, does not lead to increased risk of COVID-19 symptoms, scientists say

August 7, 2020 3:44:05 pm

The study, published in the journal Cell Reports Medicine, evaluated a group of healthy volunteers who received the BCG vaccine in the five years before the ongoing pandemic.

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Aurobindo Pharma working on COVID-19 vaccine; Shortlisted for BIRAC funding

August 7, 2020 12:45:01 pm

"During the year (FY20), we have further strengthened our presence in the vaccines segment through the acquisition of R&D assets from Profectus Biosciences through Auro Vaccines. Using those R&D assets, the team is working on developing several viral vaccines, including a vaccine for COVID-19," it said.

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Philippines now has the worst Covid-19 outbreak in Southeast Asia

August 7, 2020 9:31:22 am

The nation’s virus containment efforts were complicated by a deluge of returning overseas workers who had become unemployed due to the pandemic, failures in testing and a lack of qualified health-care professionals.

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Africa crosses 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases; true number far more

August 7, 2020 8:59:21 am

WHO calls the milestone a "pivotal point" for Africa as infections in several countries are surging. The virus has spread beyond major cities "into distant hinterlands" where few health resources exist and reaching care could take days.

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WHO hopes US leadership will reconsider its departure

August 7, 2020 8:33:43 am

"You cannot defeat this virus in a divided world," Tedros said of a country that contributes more than $450 million to the agency every year.

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US rescinds global ‘do not travel’ coronavirus warning

August 7, 2020 8:24:23 am

The State Department lifted its level-four health advisory for the entire world in order to return to country-specific warnings. That move came shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its COVID-19 travel advisory information.

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Plasma trials didn’t show reduced mortality risk in Covid patients: AIIMS

August 7, 2020 2:34:42 am

AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said “Number of fatalities recorded in both groups was equal; there was not much clinical improvement in condition of patients. Plasma has to be tested for safety and should have sufficient antibodies to be useful to Covid patients.”

CSIR study to explore possibility of airborne transmission of coronavirus

August 7, 2020 1:37:14 am

The study is an attempt to explore the possibility of airborne transmission of coronavirus, Dr Shekhar Mande, director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), told The Indian Express.

Glenmark introduces 400 mg of FabiFlu to reduce pill burden in Covid treatment

August 6, 2020 9:49:52 pm

With the 400 mg version, patients will now need to take nine tablets on Day 1 (4.5 in the morning and 4.5 in the evening), and two tablets thereafter, twice a day, till the end of the course.

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Mildly ill COVID-19 patients might be discharged in 9 or more days after symptom onset: study

August 6, 2020 7:53:45 pm

The study found that the novel coronavirus was rarely detectable beyond eight days after onset of illness.

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Alcoholism drug may help in fight against COVID-19, study says

August 6, 2020 3:53:18 pm

Disulfiram, the medication used to treat alcoholism, may help in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a study.

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Fauci expects tens of millions of Covid vaccine doses at start of 2021

August 6, 2020 2:29:26 pm

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said last month the U.S. would have hundreds of millions of vaccine doses by early in 2021.

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Fauci says regulators promise politics will not guide vaccine timing

August 6, 2020 2:17:06 pm

"We have assurances, and I've discussed this with the regulatory authorities, that they promise that they are not going to let political considerations interfere with a regulatory decision," Dr. Fauci said.

Moderna vaccine candidate protects mice from COVID-19: Study

August 6, 2020 1:31:10 pm

Additional experiments found that mice given two injections of the 1-mcg dose and later challenged with SARS-CoV-2 virus either five or 13 weeks after the second injection were protected from viral replication in the lungs and nose, the researchers said.

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New drug RLF-100 shows dramatic results for critical COVID-19 patients

August 6, 2020 12:18:48 pm

The drug has been approved by the FDA for emergency use at multiple clinical sites in patients who are too ill to enter the FDA's Phase 2/3 trials.

Coronavirus Global Updates, 6 August: Israel claims ‘excellent vaccine in hand’; 1.2 million seek jobless aid in US

August 6, 2020 9:44:50 pm

Global Coronavirus Updates: With over 18.8 million lakh cases across the globe, vaccine trials are being fast-tracked across the world.Meanwhile, there are over 7 lakh casualties and 11 million recoveries

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Novavax signs COVID-19 vaccine supply deal with India’s Serum Institute

August 6, 2020 10:01:07 am

On Tuesday, Novavax reported that its experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced high levels of antibodies against the novel coronavirus in a small, early-stage clinical trial, and that it could start a large pivotal Phase III trial as soon as late September.

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Twitter, Facebook block Trump video, citing Covid misinformation

August 6, 2020 10:19:26 am

Facebook has also been under fire for what critics say is a failure to enforce its rules against Trump. Twitter, which had for years been criticized for its lack of action against the U.S. president’s controversial tweets, has taken a more aggressive stand against the U.S. President in recent months.

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Arthritis drug can shorten hospital stay for severe COVID-19 patients: Study

August 5, 2020 6:47:54 pm

The study, published in The Journal of Internal Medicine, included 87 patients with severe COVID-19 in intensive care at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden.

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Coronavirus India Updates, August 5: Shivraj Singh Chouhan recovers from Covid-19; Odisha cases cross 39,000-mark

August 5, 2020 10:44:18 pm

Coronavirus India Updates: In the last 24 hours, as many as 52,509 people have become infected and 857 have died. This is the seventh consecutive day when over 50,000 cases have been recorded.