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Scientists reject Covid-19 conspiracy claims over lab origin

Some top scientists have rejected a conspiracy theory claiming that the novel coronavirus was made in a lab. Earlier in the month, the US State Department released an internal cable from 2018 saying that the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China “has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory,” The Washington Post ...

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China starts research on liver cancer in hepatitis B patients

Aiming to lower the incidence of liver cancer among patients with hepatitis B, China has launched a research project on Tuesday, marking the World Hepatitis Day. It was sponsored by the Chinese Foundation for Hepatitis Prevention and Control, reports Xinhua It will observe and study the five-year incidence of liver cancer among 20,000 chronic hepatitis B patients in 99 hospitals ...

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Covid-19: Vaccine put to final test in 30,000 volunteers in U.S.

A total of 30,000 planned volunteers are ready to take Covid-19 vaccine created by the U.S. government — one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race. The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway on Monday. However, there’s still no guarantee that the experimental vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., ...

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‘In 6 weeks, cases doubled’: WHO chief says Covid 19 pandemic accelerating

The Director General of the World Health Organisation commented on the situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing a press conference, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that July 30 would mark 6 months since the international health body declared Covid to be a global health emergency. He reminded everyone that although this was the sixth time that a global emergency had ...

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Obesity increases risks of death from COVID-19: PHE

People who are obese or overweight are at increased risk of death or severe illness from COVID-19, a report by Public Health England (PHE) said on Saturday as the government prepares to introduce measures to confront the problem. Prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged to tackle obesity and has himself lost weight since he was admitted to intensive care with ...

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Researchers identify 21 existing drugs that could treat Covid-19

A global team of scientists have identified 21 existing drugs that stop the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A study published in the journal Nature said that four of these compounds were determined to work synergistically with Remdesivir, a current standard-of-care treatment for Covid-19. “Remdesivir has proven successful at shortening the recovery time for patients in the ...

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Coronavirus: Pfizer vaccine shows promising results after Oxford

As the number of cases hit a new high every day, the past week saw some promising developments from top medical minds who have been toiling hard to develop a vaccine to fight the pandemic. After Oxford-AstraZeneca’s positive clinical trial results, American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer was the latest one to announce observatory data from the phase I/II trial of its ...

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China offers $1 billion loan to Latin America and the Caribbean for access to its Covid-19 vaccine

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced a $1 billion loan to Latin America and the Caribbean for Covid-19 vaccine access during a virtual gathering with his Latin American counterparts on Wednesday, according to a statement released by the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry. “China’s Foreign Minister said that the vaccine developed in his country will be a public benefit of universal ...

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Brazil study finds no hydroxychloroquine benefit for COVID-19

A study published Thursday on the use of hydroxychloroquine in Brazil to treat COVID-19 found the drug ineffective, the latest blow to President Jair Bolsonaro’s push for its widespread use. The clinical trial, conducted at 55 hospitals across Brazil and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tested whether hydroxychloroquine improved the condition of patients with mild to moderate ...

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Iran says indigenous COVID-19 vaccine passes initial tests “successfully”

Iran’s health minister said that a vaccine for the novel coronavirus developed by the Iranian scientists has “successfully” passed the initial tests, Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday. Saeed Namaki said Iran has achieved a remarkable success in producing the COVID-19 vaccine. “It has passed the initial tests and we hope to reach promising stages,” said Namaki. He also said ...

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