CHINA,INDIA, RUSSIA MUST STEP UP EFFORTS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS: US SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE JOHN KERRY

CHINA,INDIA, RUSSIA MUST STEP UP EFFORTS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS: US SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE JOHN KERRY

The world’s big emitting countries, including China, India, Russia and Japan need to “really step up” and begin to lower greenhouse gas emissions, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has said as he called on all nations to raise their ambition to fight against climate change. Kerry on Friday joined UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a special virtual event to mark the United States rejoining the Paris Agreement. The United Kingdom will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November this…

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Russia approves its third COVID-19 vaccine, CoviVac

Russia approves its third COVID-19 vaccine, CoviVac

Russia has already approved two COVID-19 vaccines, including the Sputnik V shot, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, following a similar approach of granting approval before seeing any late-stage trial results. The preemptive approvals had raised concerns among some scientists in the West, but inoculations with those first two shots began on a mass scale in Russia only after trials were concluded and showed success. Sputnik V was approved in August and late-stage trials began in September. Mass vaccination was launched in December, after preliminary trial results showed the vaccine to…

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Sweden plans tighter Coronavirus measures as 3rd wave of covid-19 fear looms

Sweden plans tighter Coronavirus measures as 3rd wave of covid-19 fear looms

The centre-left government on Wednesday put forward a proposal that for the first time would allow it to close shopping centres, gyms, and restaurants and to fine those who fail to obey the rules SKr2,000 ($240). “There is a significant risk of a third wave of infection . . . It can be necessary to shut down parts of Sweden,” said social minister Lena Hallengren. The country, which stood out internationally because of its refusal to introduce a lockdown, has since December brought in more and more restrictions. Coronavirus cases per capita have ticked…

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Finland discovers unique variant of coronavirus that may not show up on PCR tests

Finland discovers unique variant of coronavirus that may not show up on PCR tests

Virus variants have been scientists’ main struggle while vaccine efforts started to pick up steam around the world against the global COVID-19 pandemic, and now a new strain in Finland may have mutated in a way that enables it to escape detection in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, according to experts. Helsinki-based Vita Laboratories said the variant Fin-796H was different from strains previously found in South Africa and the U.K. and that the new mutated coronavirus may not show up in PCR tests, Finland’s national public broadcaster YLE reported. “The…

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UK TO BECOME 1ST COUNTRY TO APPROVE PFIZER’S COVID-19 VACCINE: HEALTH WORKERS LIKELY TO RECEIVE VACCINE IN A WEEK

UK TO BECOME 1ST COUNTRY TO APPROVE PFIZER’S COVID-19 VACCINE: HEALTH WORKERS LIKELY TO RECEIVE VACCINE IN A WEEK

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, the UK plans to move fast in the approval process and clearance to Pfizer and BioNTech SE could come by next week.The first deliveries of their coronavirus vaccine could be made available to NHS workers in the UK later this month. The United Kingdom (UK) may become the first country to approve Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate as the companies surge ahead with their production plans before the official rollout across the world. As the coronavirus cases continue to rise, the UK plans…

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THERE IS NO NEED FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINES: FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF PFIZER SAYS PANDEMIC IS OVER

THERE IS NO NEED FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINES: FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF PFIZER SAYS PANDEMIC IS OVER

The pandemic is effectively over and can easily be handled by a properly functioning NHS. Accordingly, the country should immediately be permitted to get back to normal life, says former VP of Pfizer While Pfizer pharmaceutical had made headlines on the release of their Coronavirus vaccine, a former Vice President and Chief Scientist of the company Dr. Michael Yeadon has said that there is no need for any vaccines to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end. According to an article published in Lockdown Sceptics, Dr. Michael Yeadon wrote, “There is absolutely…

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MODERNA SAYS VACCINE 100% EFFECTIVE AGAINST SEVERE COVID, SEEKS CLEARANCE

MODERNA SAYS VACCINE 100% EFFECTIVE AGAINST SEVERE COVID, SEEKS CLEARANCE

Moderna Inc will apply for US and European emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine on Monday after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns, the company said. Moderna also reported that the vaccine’s efficacy rate was consistent across age, race, ethnicity and gender demographics as well as having a 100% success rate in preventing severe cases of a disease that has killed nearly 1.5 million people.Moderna said it expects to have approximately 20 million doses of the vaccine, called mRNA-1273, available…

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U.S. REPORTS WORLD RECORD OF MORE THAN 100,000 COVID-19 CASES IN SINGLE DAY

U.S. REPORTS WORLD RECORD OF MORE THAN 100,000 COVID-19 CASES IN SINGLE DAY

The United States set a new all-time high for coronavirus cases confirmed in a single 24-hour period on Friday, reporting just over 100,000 new infections to surpass the record total of 91,000 posted a day earlier, according to a Reuters tally.FILE PHOTO: Healthcare workers wearing powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) hoods process COVID-19 test samples at a drive-thru testing site operated by Avera Health inside the former Silverstar Car Wash, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo The…

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Belgium imposes ‘more severe’ lockdown to combat COVID-19: Where did Belgium go wrong ?

Belgium imposes ‘more severe’ lockdown to combat COVID-19: Where did Belgium go wrong ?

Brussels: Belgium, the country with by some measures the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak, will impose tighter lockdown rules from Monday, closing non-essential businesses and restricting household visits. Covid-19 is ravaging tiny Belgium, the home to NATO and the headquarters of the European Union. With a rate of 1,735 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, it has the highest rate of coronavirus infections in Europe. Many hospitals are overwhelmed, with some doctors being told to show up to work even if they have been diagnosed with the virus. When the government…

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Coronavirus cases in Netherlands up by 8,300 in 24 hours: Stricter measures being considered by PM Mark Rutte

Coronavirus cases in Netherlands up by 8,300 in 24 hours: Stricter measures being considered by PM Mark Rutte

The number of new coronavirus infections in the Netherlands rose by nearly 8,300 over the past 24 hours, the slowest pace in roughly two weeks, data released by the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) on Monday showed. The RIVM said the number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 was 8,286, compared to a record high of 11,119 on Oct. 30. The number is being closely watched by the Dutch government, which is expected to announce tighter curbs on Tuesday. The second coronavirus waveThe semi-lockdown which was announced on October…

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