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Trump Administration Buys up Nearly All the World’s Supply of Coronavirus Drug Remdesivir

The U.S. has bought up almost all of the world’s supply of remdesivir, one of only two drugs shown to work against the new coronavirus. Remdesivir, which was developed to treat Ebola, is produced almost exclusively by US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences – and it has been priced at $2,340 (£1,892) per patient in wealthier …

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South Africa to start continent’s first Covid-19 vaccine pilot

South Africa announced Tuesday that it will begin its first clinical trial this week for a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. The vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, was developed by the Oxford Jenner Institute and it is already being evaluated in Britain, where 4,000 participants have signed up for the trial. South Africa has set …

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Coronavirus is getting weaker and may die out on its own without a vaccine, Italian expert claims

Coronavirus has weakened and could die out on its own without a vaccine, an Italian doctor has claimed – but many scientists do not agree. Professor Matteo Bassetti, head of infectious diseases at Genoa’s San Martino General Hospital, believes the Covid-19 virus is “changing in severity” and patients who would once have died quickly are …

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WHO declares Nigeria free of wild polio

World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria free of wild polio, following the completion of documentation for the free status. The UN health agency disclosed this on its regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, official twitter account @WHOAFRO. “Today, Nigeria’s complete documentation for Wild Polio virus free status was accepted by the Africa Regional …

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COVID-19: Oxford Scientists Discover First Life-Saving Drug To Reduce Deaths Due To Virus

Researchers at Oxford University have discovered what is believed to be the first evidence of a drug that can reduce the risk of death from COVID-19 by up to one-third, a steroid known as dexamethasone. Scientists working on the Recovery Trial found the drug could benefit patients on ventilators or oxygen, but had no effect …

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Coronavirus spread by people with no symptoms appears to be ‘very rare’ says WHO official

The spread of Covid-19 by someone who is not showing symptoms appears to be rare, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead for coronavirus response and head of the emerging diseases and zoonoses unit, said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday. “From the data we have, it still seems to be …

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Equatorial Guinea sacks WHO rep for “falsifying” the country’s figures of Coronavirus cases

Equatorial Guinea have reportedly sacked a representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) for “falsifying” the country’s figures of Coronavirus cases. AFP confirmed the news, citing a document from the foreign ministry and a source at the UN health agency Representative Triphonie Nkurunziza is accused of “falsifying” the country’s tally of coronavirus cases. Dr Nkurunziza …

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WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trial as COVID-19 treatment

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday May 25, announced that it has suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine in solidarity trial for the treatment of COVID-19. The WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet that showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems …

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Coronavirus: more than 40 cases of Covid-19 linked to church service in Germany

More than 40 churchgoers who attended a service after lockdown was eased in Germany earlier this month have contracted coronavirus, officials say. The service was held on 10 May at a Baptist church in Frankfurt. Church officials say they followed social distancing rules and disinfected the building ahead of the service. Each of Germany’s 16 …

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Coronavirus may never go away, World Health Organisation warns

 The coronavirus may never go away and populations will have to learn to live with it just as they have HIV, the World Health Organization has warned, as the global death toll from the disease nears 300,000.   Mike Ryan, the WHO emergencies director, said on Wednesday that the virus that causes Covid-19 could become …

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