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Drugmakers rush to test whether vaccines stop coronavirus variant

Drug makers including BioNTech and Moderna are scrambling to test their COVID-19 vaccines against the new fast-spreading variant of the virus that is raging in Britain, the latest challenge in the breakneck race to curb the pandemic.CEO and co-founder of BioNTech, Ugur Sahin, answers journalists' questions after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved its COVID-19 vaccine, at...

California faces strict new coronavirus lockdowns; some sheriffs push back

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than 23 million people in Southern California were preparing on Sunday for the harshest lockdowns in the United States as COVID-19 cases spiked to record levels in the country’s most populous state.FILE PHOTO: A commuter wears a face mask as she exits from a transit trolly during the outbreak of the coronavirus...

China’s Sinovac secures $500 million in funding for COVID-19 vaccine development

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s Sinovac Biotech said on Monday that it had secured approximately $500 million in funding for COVID-19 vaccine development.In a statement on its website, the company said it expects to be able to manufacture 300 million vaccine doses annually, and that it aims to complete construction of a second production...

COVID upsets EU summit as European Commission chief self-isolates

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The coronavirus upset a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday as one of the key participants, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, had to quit the meeting minutes after it began to go into precautionary self-isolation.FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wearing a face mask arrives for...

WHO vaccine drive bedevilled by familiar question: who pays if things go wrong?

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Who foots the bill if people in poor countries fall sick with unexpected side-effects from coronavirus vaccines? It’s not clear and that’s a big problem in the battle to beat COVID-19.A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado...

Japan allows saliva-based tests to boost coronavirus detection

Japan on Tuesday approved saliva-based tests for the coronavirus, offering a safer, simpler way to diagnose infection than nasal swabs as it looks to boost its testing rates.Hours after the approval, the Tokyo government issued a stay-at-home alert following an increase in infections.Currently, nasal swabs are the main source...

U.S. health experts, officials warn protests may add to virus spread

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Public health experts and government officials, including New York’s governor, are warning that large street protests over racial inequities and excessive police force could worsen the spread of the novel coronavirus.The protests over the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis last Monday,...

WHO says ‘extreme vigilance’ needed in exit from lockdowns

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that “extreme vigilance” was needed as countries begin to exit from lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, amid global concerns about a second wave of infections.Germany earlier reported an acceleration in new coronavirus infections after it took early...

Coronavirus crisis: What are the potential long-term health impacts?

When one is struck by the coronavirus, symptoms can range from none to fatal. But for the many million in between who are infected by the novel pathogen and then recover, just how damaging are the lingering effects?Medical researchers are on the quest to find out."Anytime you get really sick, it is possible...

Here’s what food banks need the most right now amid record demand during coronavirus

BOSTON – An hour and a half before opening, cars began lining up around the block outside a food bank in Waltham, a suburb of Boston.Within 45 minutes of opening, the shelves were completely bare, the Boston Globe reported.Similar images are emerging across the country as food banks nationwide are scrambling to keep up with...

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