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Importation of hydroxychloroquine from India and Pakistan should be stopped: US scientist

A fired American scientist has alleged that the Trump administration ignored the concern of doctors in the US over the importation of hydroxychloroquine from “uninspected factories” in India and Pakistan and flooded the country with the “unproven and potentially dangerous” anti-malarial drug. In a complaint filed on Tuesday before the US Office of Special Counsel, which oversees the protection of ...

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BSMMU Fever Clinic remains open on Buddha Purnima holiday

The ‘Fever Clinic’ of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on the first floor of Bangladesh Betar Bhaban at Shahbagh will remain open on the holiday of Buddha Purnima on wednesday. Besides, the Corona Virus Detection Lab regarding polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, set up on the second floor of the same building of BSMMU will also remain open. The ...

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Gilead Sciences exporting remdesivir, CEO says

The head of the maker of remdesivir, an anti-viral shown to reduce recovery times in COVID-19 patients, said Sunday the company has been exporting the drug and is making it available to patients in the United States through the US government. Gilead Sciences CEO Daniel O’Day said the company is donating its entire existing supply of the drug — 1.5 ...

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Virus efforts jeopardise vaccines for millions of MENA children: UN

The coronavirus pandemic could jeopardise vaccination campaigns in the Middle East and North Africa, UNICEF warned Sunday, saying millions of children could miss out on polio and measles immunisations. The UN agency said most countries in the region were continuing with routine campaigns, under strict controls to prevent the spread of the virus. But it warned that some vaccination campaigns ...

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WHO wants invite to China’s probe into virus origins

The World Health Organization said Friday it hoped China would invite it to take part in its investigations into the animal origins of the novel coronavirus. “WHO would be keen to work with international partners and at the invitation of the Chinese government to participate in investigation around the animal origins,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP in an email. ...

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COVID-19 drug Remdesivir helping patients recover faster

Remdesivir has been shown to speed up recovery times for patients with COVID-19 in a major US-led trial, becoming the first drug with proven benefit against the disease.   Here is what you need to know. – What is remdesivir? –   Remdesivir is an experimental, broad spectrum antiviral made by US pharmaceutical Gilead Sciences that was first developed to ...

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Indian states start plasma therapy trials

Plasma therapy trials have already started in some states — like Maharashtra, UP and Madhya Pradesh — though on a very small scale involving only one or a couple of patients. The use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets as a preventive measure for front-line healthcare workers, and on patients and their contacts, also has started in some states. In Maharashtra, just ...

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Coronavirus testing lab opens in Narayanganj

A coronavirus testing laboratory, funded by Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, was opened on Wednesday at Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj, one of the worst-affected areas in Bangladesh. Health Minister Zahid Maleque inaugurated the lab at US-Bangla Medical College Hospital in Bestway city in the afternoon through a videoconference. Maleque said the setting up of the lab in short ...

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Coronavirus: How India will play a major role in a Covid-19 vaccine

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last fortnight that India and the US were working together to develop vaccines against the coronavirus. The two countries have run an internationally recognised joint vaccine development programme for more than three decades.They have worked on stopping dengue, enteric diseases, influenza and TB in their tracks. Trials of a dengue vaccine are planned ...

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Beijing bans ‘uncivilised’ behaviour to improve public hygiene

Beijing has banned “uncivilised” behaviour such as not covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, the city government said Sunday, in a new set of regulations to improve public hygiene amid the coronavirus outbreak. The laws aim to promote “civilised behaviour” and relate to combating the pandemic which has infected more than 82,000 in China alone. Rulebreakers will ...

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