Russia offers to supply Philippines with COVID-19 vaccine

Russia is willing to supply a coronavirus vaccine to the Philippines, or team up with a local firm to mass produce it, its ambassador to Manila said on Friday, as infections in the Southeast Asian nation surge.  FILE PHOTO: A scientist prepares samples during the research and development


Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds on average

The global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India, and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data


WHO Chief: There May Never be a 'Silver Bullet' for COVID-19

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that while there were strong hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine, there might never be a "silver bullet" for the coronavirus that has infected millions around the world. "There is no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be," director-general Te


20,000 more Americans could die from Covid-19 in the next 21 days, CDC ensemble forecast shows

The US has reported more deaths linked to coronavirus than anywhere else in the world and updated models show 20,000 more Americans could die in just the next three weeks. The ensemble forecast, published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects more than 173,000 American dea


WHO expects ‘lengthy’ coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization on Saturday warned the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be “lengthy” as it met to evaluate the situation, six months after sounding the international alarm.The WHO emergency committee “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 p


Coronavirus deaths top 150,000 in US. ‘COVID-19 has changed our world’

Don SweeneyCoronavirus has killed more than 150,000 people in the United States, Johns Hopkins University reports. The U.S. reached the grim milestone on Wednesday, six months after the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country. There have been 16.8 million confirmed cases of the COVID-19 vi


Hong Kong reports 118 new coronavirus cases as local transmissions stay high

Hong Kong reported 118 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including 113 that were locally transmitted, as strict new measures including a restriction of gatherings to two people and a ban on restaurant dining, took effect.The measures, which are the toughest introduced since the outbreak, are to


Cat becomes first animal in UK to test positive for Covid-19

A cat has become the first animal in the UK to test positive for Covid-19, according to the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer. But there's good news -- the animal and its owners have now made a full recovery. The feline's infection was confirmed following tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (


Fresh virus cluster spreads to five Chinese regions

 A fresh coronavirus cluster in a port city in northeast China has spread to other provinces and prompted fresh restrictions, authorities said Monday, as Beijing scrambles to prevent a second wave of infections.China had largely brought the virus under control since it first emerged in the coun


Coronavirus: Vietnam coma pilot warns people 'not to be blasé'

A Scottish pilot, who spent more than two months on a ventilator in Vietnam, has warned Britons "not to be blasé about coronavirus" as lockdown eases. Stephen Cameron, 42, from Motherwell, was Vietnam's sickest patient and became known nationwide as Patient 91. "I'm a living example of wh


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 American 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 Ministr


New COVID-19 treatment may reduce hospitalizations by 80%

 Preliminary trials conducted by a UK-based company suggest an experimental drug could reduce the number of COVID-19 patients needing intensive care by nearly 80 percent. Biotech company Synairgen developed the treatment, which uses a protein — interferon beta — that the body produ


Coronavirus: Are mutations making it more infectious?

  The coronavirus that is menacing the world right now is not the same as the coronavirus that first emerged in China. Sars-Cov-2, the official name of the virus that causes the disease Covid-19, and continues to blaze a path of destruction across the globe, is mutating. But, while scienti


New Virus Lockdown Another Burden for Cash-Strapped Palestinians

For Palestinians already hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic, a new round of restrictions has added to their woes as infections in the occupied West Bank spike again. When the Palestinian Authority decreed the new 14-day lockdown on Sunday, some businessmen took to the streets of Hebron, th


WHO rethinking how Covid-19 spreads in air

The World Health Organization has acknowledged there is emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air. The airborne transmission could not be ruled out in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings, an official said. If the evidence is confirmed, it


WHO Acknowledges 'Evidence Emerging' of Airborne Spread of COVID-19

The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.“We have been talking about the p


Global experts warn of coronavirus airborne threat

An international group of 239 scientists on Monday urged authorities including the World Health Organization to recognize that the coronavirus can spread in the air at distances well beyond two metres (six feet), and to revise their prevention guidelines accordingly. In a commentary that appeared i


Chinese researchers warn of new virus in pigs with human pandemic risk

A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus,” a study said, although experts said there is no imminent threat.A team of Chinese researchers looked at influenza viruses found in p





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