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United begins flying Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

United plans to fly chartered cargo flights between Brussels International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport to support distribution of the vaccine, according to a Nov. 24 letter from the Federal Aviation Administration viewed by The Wall Street Journal. The FAA said in a statement Friday that it was supporting the “first mass air shipment...

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COVID-19 vaccine tracker

Researchers worldwide are working around the clock to find a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. The Herculean effort means that a fast-tracked vaccine could come to market anywhere from the end of 2020 to the middle of 2021. To date, just two coronavirus vaccine has been approved. Sputnik V – formerly...

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COVID in Africa: A chance to boost female scientists

Many voices in the African research community express their concern about the significant decline in scientific publications by women in 2020. For the South African researcher Fanelwa Ngece-Ajayi, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cape Town, the causes of this alarming trend can be traced directly to the pandemic. Besides the structural challenges they...

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Why Covid-19 patients with diabetes are more likely to die

Cholesterol may be helping the coronavirus to infect human cells by acting as a taxi service, new lab studies reveal. The findings may explain why people with metabolic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, who often have elevated cholesterol levels, make up a disproportionate number of patients who develop severe Covid-19 symptoms. Researchers found...

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Lessons from around the world on fighting a second wave of COVID-19

As the northern hemisphere moves into winter, coronavirus rates are rising in parts of Europe and the USA. Experts are warning of a long winter ahead as COVID-19 and influenza put the squeeze on hospitals and other healthcare facilities. In response to the threat presented by the second wave, European countries and many US states...

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Africa’s largest Covid treatment clinical trial launched by 13-country network

A network of 13 African countries has joined forces with global researchers to launch the largest clinical trial of potential Covid-19 treatments on the continent. The Anticov study, involving Antwerp’s Institute of Tropical Medicine and international research institutions, aims to identify treatments that can be used to treat mild and moderate cases of Covid-19 early...

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Zim ready to tackle second wave of Covid-19

Zimbabwe is now manufacturing and procuring most equipment used to fight Covid-19 locally, which shows that the country is more prepared to contain a possible second wave of the pandemic, legislators heard yesterday. Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Dr John Mangwiro said unlike the period during the national lockdown where the country was importing...

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What’s next for remote work: An analysis of 2,000 tasks, 800 jobs, and nine countries

For many workers, COVID-19’s impact has depended greatly on one question: Can I work from home or am I tethered to my workplace?Quarantines, lockdowns, and self-imposed isolation have pushed tens of millions around the world to work from home, accelerating a workplace experiment that had struggled to gain traction before COVID-19 hit. Now, well into...

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Why Does Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Need To Be Kept Colder Than Antarctica?

Two drugmakers, Pfizer and Moderna, have announced promising interim results for their vaccine candidates, raising hopes in the U.S. and abroad that the end of the pandemic may be in sight. But, if and when the vaccines are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, distributing them presents a daunting challenge. One big reason? One...

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Bill Gates confident almost all Covid-19 vaccines will work well

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates believes “almost all” the Covid-19 vaccines will work and work well, he said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. Already, vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have shown to be effective in early company data, and Gates said he expects vaccines from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax to have...

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