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UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in world first

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain approved Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, jumping ahead of the rest of the world in the race to begin the most crucial mass inoculation programme in history. Learn More


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Medical journal editorial refutes WHO finding on Gilead's remdesivir for COVID-19

(Reuters) - An editorial in the influential New England Journal of Medicine cites problems with a World Health Organization (WHO) study that found Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral remdesivir failed to improve COVID-19 survival, and said it does not refute trials that demonstrated benefits of the drug in treating the illness. More »


Mayor of Los Angeles orders residents to stay home in new virus curbs

(Reuters) - The mayor of Los Angeles ordered residents on Wednesday to stay in their homes and banned social gatherings as part of new measures to rein in a surge in coronavirus infections. More »


CDC chief warns Americans face 'rough' winter from COVID-19 surge

(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Wednesday the COVID-19 pandemic, still raging with unprecedented fury nationwide, will pose the country's grimmest health crisis yet over the next few months, before vaccines become widely available. More »


U.S. health agency shortens quarantine guidance following coronavirus exposure

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday said a shorter quarantine period of seven days with a negative COVID-19 test and 10 days without a test would work for individuals showing no symptoms after virus exposure, providing alternatives to the current 14-day standard. More »


AstraZeneca U.S. COVID-19 vaccine trial results likely in late-January, says health official

(Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc will likely get results of its U.S. COVID-19 vaccine trial in late-January and could potentially file for an emergency authorization, the chief adviser for the U.S. government's Operation Warp Speed program said on Wednesday. More »


Some New York City teachers question timing of reopening schools as COVID-19 cases soar

(Reuters) - Jamie Ewing longs for the day when he can return to teaching his fourth-grade class face-to-face, safely and permanently - but he is not confident that will be the case next week when he is due to go back to his school in the South Bronx. More »


Australia aims to complete review of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's pharmaceutical regulator said on Thursday it is on course to review Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021, with the country sticking to a March timetable to start vaccinations. More »


South Korea students sit college exam behind plastic barriers and in hospitals due to COVID-19

SEOUL (Reuters) - Nearly half a million South Korean students nervously began a hyper-competitive university entrance exam on Thursday, with COVID-19 students taking the exam in hospital and others separated by transparent barriers. More »


Alibaba's Cainiao says it is in talks with Chinese vaccine makers over logistics

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Alibaba Group's Cainiao is in talks with Chinese vaccine makers over COVID-19 vaccine logistics, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, as the company launched a partnership with Ethiopian Airlines to transport medicine to the Middle East and Africa. More »


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