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Two coronavirus vaccines get ‘fast track’ status


July 13, 2020

Two experimental coronavirus vaccines by German biotech firm BioNTech (BNTX.O) and U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer have received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ‘fast track’ designation, the companies said on Monday. The vaccines, BNT162b1 and BNT162b2, are the two most advanced of the four vaccines being developed by the companies. Fast Track is a process designed to facilitate the development, …

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Expert warns full COVID-19 vaccine unlikely by next year


July 13, 2020

There is little chance of a 100-percent effective coronavirus vaccine by 2021, a French expert warned Sunday, urging people to take social distancing measures more seriously. “A vaccine is several years in development,” said epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, a member of the team of scientists advising the government on the crisis, speaking on BFMTV television. “Of course, there is an unprecedented …

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Virus immunity may disappear within months: study


July 13, 2020

Patients who recover from coronavirus infections may lose their immunity to reinfection within months, according to research released on Monday that experts said could have a “significant” influence on how governments manage the pandemic. In the first study of its kind, a team led by researchers from King’s College London examined the levels of antibodies in more than 90 confirmed …

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Life after Zoom: Travel agents plot safe return to business travel


July 13, 2020

SYDNEY: Corporate travel agents are using the coronavirus-induced lull in bookings to work with companies on how to get their staff out of Zoom videoconferences and safely back in the air. They are launching new tools to provide on-the-ground information about local mask requirements, social distancing regulations and quarantine rules, as well as details of the hotel, airline and ground-transport …

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Chelsea’s CL hopes hit by loss at Sheffield


July 13, 2020

LONDON: Sheffield United dealt a major blow to Chelsea’s chances of a Premier League top-four finish by thrashing the Blues 3-0 on Saturday. But Manchester City guaranteed their presence in the top four for a 10th successive season with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. However, they will have to …

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BCCI chief confirms Australia tour but seeks shortened quarantine


July 13, 2020

NEW DELHI: India’s cricket chief Sourav Ganguly late on Saturday said the national team will tour Australia in December but called for a shortened quarantine period for the players. Australia has checked the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) except in Melbourne, its second-biggest city, which has witnessed a recent surge in cases. “Ya, ya, we have confirmed that tour. …

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Aussie Test skipper reveals mental demons, losing confidence


July 13, 2020

SYDNEY: Australian Test captain Tim Paine revealed on Sunday he used to hate playing cricket and was left ‘crying on the couch’ after losing confidence during an injury-plagued period of his career. The 35-year-old has been widely praised after taking over as Test skipper in 2018 when Steve Smith was suspended over a brazen attempt under his watch to alter …

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FIFA working with PFF NC to salvage Pakistan’s Goal Projects


July 13, 2020

KARACHI: Global football governing body FIFA is working together with the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Normalisation Committee to revive the country’s Goal Projects that have been lying in ruins for the last several years. Speaking at a news conference via a video-link on Wednesday, PFF Normalisation Committee chairman Humza Khan told reporters that FIFA had asked him to look at …

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Blackwood inspires WI to victory


July 13, 2020

SOUTHAMPTON: Jermaine Blackwood’s fortuitous 95 in the second innings helped West Indies seal a four-wicket win over England on a gripping final day of the first Test at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday. The West Indies, set 200 to win on the last day, were reeling at 27-3 after England fast bowler Jofra Archer’s early double strike. The diminutive Blackwood, …

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