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Leading Scientists Question ‘Highly Improbable’ Russian Vaccine Results Published in Lancet

“It’s like if you throw a dice and you get exactly the same sequence of numbers several times.” A group of prominent scientists and doctors has questioned the results of Russia’s research into a Covid-19 vaccine. The group said there are a number of unexplained apparent duplications in Russia’s data — published in scientific journal The Lancet Friday — concerning

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Elderly Coronavirus Vaccine Recipients ‘Healthy,’ Russian Developer Says

Elderly scientists who helped develop Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine have not reported adverse effects after being injected, the head of the research institute behind the inoculation told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Wednesday. Sputnik V’s registration last month as the world’s first coronavirus vaccine before large-scale clinical trials has sparked questions over its effectiveness and safety. Experts have

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COVID-19 in Ukraine: Record-breaking 1,967 new infections, 28 dead, 44,522 active cases

Ukraine has recorded a new record of 1,967 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours as of 9 a.m. on Aug. 19. There are currently 44,522 active cases across the country, according to Health Minister Maksym Stepanov. In the past 24 hours, Ukraine has recorded 28 deaths from COVID-19, a record 463 patients have been hospitalized and 812 people

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China has issued the first patent for the COVID-19 vaccine, although it has not yet been tested in humans

During research, the drug showed good results when tested on mice and guinea pigs. The State Intellectual Property Office of China has issued the first patent for the vaccine from COVID-19. It was received by the Academy of Military Medical Sciences of the People’s Liberation Army and CanSino Biologics, Xinhua reports . The Ad5-nCoV vaccine was developed by a team of scientists led by

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Philippines leader Duterte may be injected with Russian Covid-19 vaccine as early as May 2021 – spokesperson

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte could receive a Russian-made vaccine for the novel coronavirus next year, his spokesperson has said. Duterte previously expressed interest in testing out the promising drug himself. Duterte’s spokesperson, Harry Roque, told reporters that the president would be inoculated with the Russian vaccine as early as May 1, 2021, if the treatment is approved by the country’s

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Spain wants to ban smoking in public places to prevent spread of coronavirus

The ban will take effect this Thursday and will affect all of Galicia The executive body of the autonomous region of Galicia in northern Spain is developing rules that prohibit smoking on the street and in public places, since this addiction can contribute to the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus infection. The President of the Government of Galicia Alberto Nunez

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Philippines’ Duterte Says Will Be Russia Vaccine ‘Guinea Pig’ as Talks Begin

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be a guinea pig for a controversial Russian coronavirus vaccine, his spokesman said on Wednesday, as the Southeast Asian nation emerged as a frontrunner for overseas clinical trials. Moscow says it has developed the world’s first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the virus and is in the final stage of tests involving 2,000 people. However, Western scientists

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The latest in the COVID-19 vaccine race

Scientists around the world are working at an accelerated pace to test different types of vaccines that could help to stop the spread of COVID-19. Originally published 24 March 2020, updated 6 August 2020 When candidate vaccines make it to human clinical trials, they first go through phase 1 trials primarily to test the vaccine’s safety, determine dosages and identify any potential side

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China imposes sanctions on Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio as diplomatic spat escalates

China’s foreign ministry said it would impose retaliatory sanctions against 11 American politicians and civil society leaders, including US senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, starting on Monday. It follows the Trump administration’s move on Friday to impose sanctions on 11 top Hong Kong and Chinese officials whom it accused of curtailing political freedoms in the city. Mr Cruz and

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Coronavirus: Russian spies target Covid-19 vaccine research

Russian hackers are targeting organisations trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, US and Canada, security services have warned. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said the hackers “almost certainly” operated as “part of Russian intelligence services”. It did not specify which organisations had been targeted, or whether any information had been stolen. But it said vaccine

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Putin and Xi Attack Attempts to Blame China for Late Virus Response

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday rejected as counterproductive attempts to blame Beijing for delaying informing the world about the coronavirus, the Kremlin said. Putin and Xi spoke after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration berated China for not sharing data more quickly.  Washington is also investigating the origins of the coronavirus — which has killed

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