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WHO experts to travel to China at weekend to study COVID-19 origins

07 Jul 2020

GENEVA The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that experts from the global body would travel to China at the weekend to prepare a study of the origins of the novel coronavirus and how it jumped from animals to humans.

Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations – New York Times

06 Jul 2020

Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that the novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday. | Video

NIH Director Collins optimistic on COVID-19 vaccine by year end

02 Jul 2020

NEW YORK The U.S. National Institutes of Health's director said on Thursday that he was optimistic that the Trump administration's vaccine-acceleration program, Operation Warp Speed, will generate a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 by year end and can meet a target of making 300 million doses by early 2021.

Tesla to make molecule printers for German COVID-19 vaccine developer CureVac

02 Jul 2020

Tesla Inc is building mobile molecule printers to help make the potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by CureVac in Germany, the electric-car maker's Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk, tweeted on Wednesday.

LabCorp ties up with software provider to expand virtual clinical trials

28 May 2020

By Reuters Staff Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp) said on Thursday it was partnering with software provider Medable to speed up the adoption of virtual clinical trials, as many participants are dropping out of ongoing studies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EU plans permanent stockpile of essential drugs, medical gear

28 May 2020

By Reuters Staff BRUSSELS The European Commission said on Thursday it wanted to set up a permanent reserve of essential drugs and medical equipment to address shortages that have dogged the EU for years and worsened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

AstraZeneca says it may consider exposing vaccine trial participants to virus

28 May 2020

By Reuters Staff The chief executive of AstraZeneca, which is developing a leading coronavirus vaccine with Oxford University, said it is too early to deliberately expose vaccine trial participants to the pathogen, but it may become an option if ongoing trials hit a snag.

UPDATE 1-Author, AIDS policy advocate Larry Kramer dead at 84

27 May 2020

By Reuters Staff NEW YORK Larry Kramer, an author, playwright and film producer who helped shape U.S. healthcare policy with his early advocacy of a national response to AIDS when it first emerged in the 1980s, died on Wednesday at 84.

Quest Diagnostics launches coronavirus testing for employees returning to work

27 May 2020

By Reuters Staff Quest Diagnostics Inc on Wednesday launched services to support large-scale testing for the new coronavirus as companies look to bring employees back to offices safely.

UPDATE 1-France, Italy, Belgium act to stop use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 on safety fears

27 May 2020

By Reuters Staff PARIS France, Italy and Belgium acted to halt the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat patients suffering from COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, amid questions about the safety of the generic anti-malaria drug.

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