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J&J COVID-19 vaccine protects monkeys in a single dose


July 30, 2020

CHICAGO: Johnson & Johnson on Thursday kicked off U.S. human safety trials for its COVID-19 vaccine after releasing details of a study in monkeys that showed its best-performing vaccine candidate offered strong protection in a single dose. When exposed to the virus, six out of six animals who got the candidate vaccine were completely protected from lung disease and five …

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Huawei overtakes Samsung as number-one smartphone seller


July 30, 2020

China’s Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter, industry tracker Canalys said Thursday. Huawei shipped 55.8 million devices in the April-June period, trumping Samsung’s 53.7 million, according to data from research firm Canalys. Huawei now sells nearly two-thirds of its handsets in China, which took an early hit from the coronavirus pandemic …

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China’s Sinopharm to test potential COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil


July 30, 2020

Chinese drug company Sinopharm and Parana state have agreed to launch the fourth major COVID-19 vaccine trial in Brazil and will seek regulatory approval in the next two weeks, the Brazilian partners said on Wednesday. A trial by Sinopharm would join Phase III trials already announced in Brazil by AstraZeneca, Sinovac Biotech and a Pfizer partnership with BioNTech. Jorge Callado, …

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PCB invites former cricketers to take the field again


July 30, 2020

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is inviting and encouraging former cricketers to return to the field by seriously considering various roles, including as match officials in the 2020-21 domestic season. While this opens up career opportunities for retired players as umpires or match referees, this also sets a pathway for them to become international match officials by climbing up …

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‘Positive Covid test won’t affect City-Real tie’


July 30, 2020

NYON: European football’s governing body says it is confident Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Manchester City will go ahead as planned next week despite one of the Spanish side’s players testing positive for Covid-19. Real confirmed on Tue­sday that forward Mariano Diaz had tested positive, casting doubt on his participation in the August 8 tie at the Etihad Stadium. …

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Streamlined Tokyo Games may set future standard: Coates


July 30, 2020

SYDNEY: The Olympic movement faces its biggest challenge for four decades in getting a streamlined Tokyo Summer Games up and running next year but influential official John Coates believes it will happen. Coates heads up the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coor­dination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Games, which were postponed until 2021 because of the global novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. …

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Broad looks forward to Pakistan series after 500 Test wickets


July 30, 2020

MANCHESTER: Stuart Broad says he still feels fresh and is keen to reprise his heroics against West Indies when England return to the Test arena next week for the three-match series against Pakistan. The 34-year-old paceman became only the seventh bowler to reach the milestone of 500 Test wickets as he helped England to a resounding 269-run victory over West …

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Babar can be among Pakistan’s great batsmen: Azharuddin


July 30, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin sees limited-overs captain Babar Azam to be regarded as one of Pakistan’s greatest batsmen in future, provided the Lahore-born cricketer remains consistent in his performance. The ex-Indian batsman said fans should enjoy Babar’s batting rather than comparing him with Indian captain Virat Kohli. “Babar is still young and has a lot of cricket ahead …

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Increase in divestment shares of OGDCL approved


July 30, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Privatisation Board on Wednesday approved to increase the divestment of Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd (OGDCL) shares in the capital market from 7 per cent to 10 per cent on the recommendation of the ministry of energy. The final approval will now be given by the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCoP) which had earlier given the approval …

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