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Covid-19: How different masks stop the virus

An experiment conducted by researchers from Duke University has found well-fitted valve-less N95 masks, triple-layer surgical masks and double-layer pleated cotton masks (that can be tied tightly) are the most effective in stopping the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). The researchers analysed 13 kinds of popularly used face masks to determine the best to stop the spread of the virus. ...

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Oct, Nov to be ‘tougher’ with more coronavirus deaths: WHO Europe

The World Health Organization expects Europe to see a rise in the daily number of Covid-19 deaths in October and November, the head of the body’s European branch told AFP on Monday. “It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said, as the continent currently experiences a surge ...

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Gilead in $21 bn deal for Immunomedics

US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences confirmed Sunday that it is buying American biotech firm Immunomedics, which makes a breast cancer drug, for $21 billion. Under the transaction, to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 2020, Gilead will buy Immunomedics at a price of $88 per share, more than double the current value of $42.25. The California drug giant plans ...

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Iran to soon start human trials for anti-coronavirus vaccine

Iranian medical scientists will soon start human trials for an anti-coronavirus vaccine after the stage of animal trials has passed, official news agency IRNA reported on Saturday. “We hope these activities will bear the desired result in order to provide better preventive services for the people,” Jalil Koohpayehzadeh, dean of Iran University of Medical Sciences and a member of Tehran ...

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Coronavirus vaccine India: Covaxin to be available by early 2021, says AIIMS doctor

Even as Oxford University’s vaccine candidate, AZD1222, one of the most promising ones in the race hit a pause after safety concerns, Indian authorities raised hopes that all is not lost. India’s homegrown vaccine candidate, Covaxin, which is currently in its second phase of testing will most probably be cleared for public use in the early months of 2021, according ...

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Public transport exposing people to coronavirus risk

Public transports are routinely flouting the government’s health guidelines, putting passengers at risk of contracting coronavirus. Many local buses operating in the capital are seen carrying passengers more than their capacity and hardly any of them has sanitising equipment despite government instruction. On May 31, the government reset the fares of long-haul buses and minibuses, hiking those by 60 percent ...

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Germany provides support for IOM COVID-19 response in Bangladesh

With support from the German Federal Foreign Office, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided EUR 2,000,000 (Tk 20.91 crore) to expand the provision of essential health services to Rohingyas and vulnerable members of the host community. It also extended support to build capacity at entry points in Cox’s Bazar to identify, screen, and refer ill travelers, said a press ...

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Plasma therapy ineffective in reducing Covid-19 death: Research

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said Convalescent Plasma (CP) therapy did not help in reducing death due to COVID-19. “CP was not associated with reduction in mortality or progression to severe COVID-19,” said the study, published in Medrxiv, a pre-print server for health sciences, reports Xinhua. The study has not been peer-reviewed yet. The top medical research body has ...

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Coronavirus vaccine India: Covaxin to be available by early 2021, says AIIMS doctor

Even as Oxford University’s vaccine candidate, AZD1222, one of the most promising ones in the race hit a pause after safety concerns, Indian authorities raised hopes that all is not lost. India’s homegrown vaccine candidate, Covaxin, which is currently in its second phase of testing will most probably be cleared for public use in the early months of 2021, according ...

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Coronavirus: Oxford University vaccine trial paused

Final clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, have been put on hold after a participant had an adverse reaction in the UK. AstraZeneca described it as a “routine” pause in the case of “an unexplained illness”. The outcome of vaccine trials is being closely watched around the world, BBC reported. The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine ...

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