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Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine generated an immune response, study says

September 2020 CNN; A Covid-19 vaccine developed and tested in Russia generated neutralizing antibodies in dozens of study subjects, and while the vaccine often caused side effects such as fever, those side effects were mostly mild, according to data published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet. Russia drew criticism when it announced …

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China says it’s been vaccinating doctors and border workers since July

August 2020 CNN; China has been using an experimental coronavirus vaccine on people who work in “high risk” professions since July, including front line medical professionals and border inspectors, a senior official from the national health commission revealed over the weekend. Zheng Zhongwei, director of the Science and Technology Development Center of the …

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South Africa Says Virus Outbreak May Have Reached Its Peak

August 2020 Bloomberg ; South Africa’s coronavirus outbreak appears to be slowing, with the latest data showing fewer new infections and a drop in natural excess deaths. Confirmed cases in all of the country’s nine provinces have fallen in recent days, most markedly in Gauteng, the most populous and economically …

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Teladoc to take over Livongo in $18.5B digital health deal

August 2020 Fiercebiotech; Telehealth giant Teladoc has moved to absorb the digital disease management company Livongo through a deal worth as much as $18.5 billion, reflecting the growing importance of virtual healthcare platforms as the world is caught in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The massive medtech acquisition takes …

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South Africa cases pass half million mark

August 2020 BBC; More than half a million coronavirus cases have been confirmed in South Africa, according to the country’s health minister. Zweli Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday, bringing the tally to 503,290, along with 8,153 deaths. South Africa is the hardest-hit country on the continent and accounts …

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Oxford University to cut 81 cancer research jobs by Christmas

August 2020 OxfordMail; DOZENS of cancer researchers are set to lose their jobs in a ‘devastating’ move described as a ‘kick in the teeth’ to scientists who have dedicated their lives to helping people. Oxford University’s Department of Oncology – based in the same building as its coronavirus vaccine team – is …

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