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Thailand plans November human testing for potential coronavirus vaccine


July 12, 2020

Thai researchers plan to begin human trials of a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus in November and are preparing 10,000 doses, a senior official said on Sunday, aiming for a vaccine that could be ready for use by late next year. Following favourable results in trials on primates, the next step is to manufacture doses for human trials, said …

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WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures


July 12, 2020

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens. With case numbers worldwide more than doubling in the past six weeks, Uzbekistan has returned to lockdown and Hong Kong said schools would close from Monday after …

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76pc of confirmed Covid-19 patients recover in capital


July 12, 2020

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: As many as 10,645 confirmed Covid-19 patients out of the total 13,927 in the capital have recovered and there are at present 3,130 active cases. During the last 24 hours, 2,048 tests were conducted and 98 of them were found infected, said officials of the capital administration. However, five people died of the virus on Friday, taking the death …

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A vaccine routinely given to children may be limiting COVID-19 deaths


July 11, 2020

A tuberculosis vaccine routinely given to children in countries with high rates of that bacterial disease might be helping to reduce deaths from COVID-19, researchers reported on Thursday in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. After accounting for differences in factors that might affect vulnerability to the virus – such as income, education, health services and …

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WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures


July 11, 2020

The World Health Organization has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens. With case numbers worldwide more than doubling in the past six weeks, Uzbekistan on Friday returned to lockdown and Hong Kong said schools would close from Monday after …

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WHO says airborne COVID-19 transmission a concern


July 11, 2020

GENEVA: Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO, said on Friday that airborne transmission of the new coronavirus had always been a concern but that droplets appeared to be the most common infection route. “Aerosol transmission is one of the modes of transmission that we have been concerned about since the beginning, particularly in healthcare …

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Coronavirus: How far a droplet can travel?


July 11, 2020

CHICAGO: The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a clash among medical experts over disease transmission that stretches back nearly a century – to the very origins of germ theory. The Geneva-based World Health Organization acknowledged this week that the novel coronavirus can spread through tiny droplets floating in the air, a nod to more than 200 experts in aerosol science who …

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Scientists focus on how immune system T cells fight coronavirus


July 11, 2020

Los Angeles: As scientists question whether the presence, or absence, of antibodies to the novel coronavirus can reliably determine immunity, some are looking to a different component of the immune system, known as T cells, for their role in protecting people in the pandemic. Recent studies show that some recovered patients who tested negative for coronavirus antibodies did develop T …

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Airborne or not? WHO releases new guidelines on transmission of novel coronavirus


July 10, 2020

The World Health Organization on Thursday released new guidelines on the transmission of the novel coronavirus that acknowledge some reports of airborne transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, but stopped short of confirming that the virus spreads through the air. In its latest transmission guidance, the WHO acknowledged that some outbreak reports related to indoor crowded spaces have suggested …

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Africa could have Covid-19 vaccine in first quarter of 2021 if human trials work


July 10, 2020

Africa could have a Covid-19 vaccine in the first quarter of 2021 if human trials under way in South Africa succeed, a university professor heading the trials said on Thursday. The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 experimental vaccine is one of 19 being tested on humans globally in a race to find vaccines to stop a pandemic that has killed more than half a million …

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