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    Russia's Sputnik V developers call on AstraZeneca to try combining Covid-19 vaccines

    Reuters, Developers of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine said on Thursday that AstraZeneca should try combining its experimental shot with the Russian one to boost efficacy. Russia said its Sputnik V vaccine is 92% effective at protecting people from Covid-19, according to interim trial results, while AstraZeneca said its Covid-19 vaccine was 70% effective in...

    • 5 hrs ago
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    'Loser': How a lifelong fear bookended Donald Trump's presidency

    International New York Times, In the now-distant Republican presidential primaries of 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas handily won the Iowa caucuses. This was determined by a method that has lately come under attack but at the time was considered standard: elementary math. One of the losers in Iowa, developer and television personality Donald Trump, soon accused Cruz of electoral...

    • 5 hrs ago
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    In tears, Danish PM apologises for handling of mink crisis

    AFP, Wiping away tears, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Thursday personally apologised for the handling of a crisis where a mutated version of the new coronavirus prompted the government to cull of millions of minks bred on farms. The head of government was visiting a mink farmer in the municipality of Kolding, whose animals were euthanized despite being healthy, even...

    • 7 hrs ago
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    Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under pall of coronavirus

    AFP, Millions of Americans defied public health guidelines on Thursday to spend a subdued Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends as coronavirus deaths surged worldwide. More than a million people were screened at US airports on Wednesday -- the fifth straight day with roughly that number of air travelers bent on enjoying one of the biggest US annual celebrations. The exodus came...

    • 7 hrs ago
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    Turkey jails hundreds for life over roles in 2016 coup attempt

    International New York Times, A Turkish court sentenced the accused ringleaders and hundreds of others suspected of involvement in the failed 2016 coup to multiple life terms Thursday, at the culmination of one of the most important mass trials in the plot to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The trial of 475 defendants focused on a group of senior military officers and...

    • 7 hrs ago
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    AstraZeneca likely to run new global trials to assess efficacy of its Covid-19 vaccine

    Bloomberg, By Suzi Ring and James Paton AstraZeneca Plc is likely to conduct an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its Covid-19 vaccine, according to the company's chief executive officer, after current studies raised questions over its level of protection. The new trial would be run instead of adding an arm to an ongoing US trial and would...

    • 8 hrs ago
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    Airstrikes kill 19 Iran-backed fighters in Syria: Monitor

    AFP, Airstrikes likely carried out by Israel killed at least 19 pro-Iran militia fighters in war-torn eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday. The early morning strikes hit positions of Iran-backed militias outside the town of Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province, killing mostly foreign fighters, the Observatory said. Israel rarely acknowledges individual...

    • 8 hrs ago
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    AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

    International New York Times, The announcement this week that a cheap, easy-to-make coronavirus vaccine appeared to be up to 90% effective was greeted with jubilation. 'Get yourself a vaccaccino,' a British tabloid celebrated, noting that the vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, costs less than a cup of coffee. But since unveiling the preliminary results,...

    • 9 hrs ago
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    After year-long sprint, Covid-19 vaccines finally at hand

    AFP, Less than a year after an unknown coronavirus that has claimed 1.4 million lives began spreading across the globe, a number of highly promising Covid-19 vaccines are on the cusp of release. Health authorities could give a green light for emergency use within weeks, which would mark the most rapid vaccine development for a pandemic in history -- but many questions remain. After months...

    • 11 hrs ago
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    Italy to launch first Europe-US 'Covid-free' flights

    AFP, Italy is to offer Europe's first coronavirus-free corridor with the United States for passengers who have tested negative for Covid-19, scrapping the obligation for new arrivals to quarantine. Rome's Fiumicino airport said Thursday it had sealed a deal with Italian airline Alitalia and Delta Air Lines of the United States for the special flights between selected North American cities and...

    • 11 hrs ago

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