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FILE PHOTO: A Lab technician works at Sorrento Therapeutics where efforts are underway to develop an antibody, STI-1499, to help in prevention of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in San Diego, California, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Next big COVID-19 treatment may be manufactured antibodies

August 4 (Reuters) - As the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, the next big advance in battling the pandemic could come from a class of biotech therapies widely used against cancer and other disorders - antibodies designed specifically to attack this new virus. Development of monoclonal antibodies to target the virus has been endorsed by leading scientists. Anthony Fauci, the...

Giuseppe Paterno, 96, Italy's oldest student, celebrates after graduating from his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy during his graduation at the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy, July 29, 2020.

96-year-old student graduates after surviving WWII and now a pandemic

August 2 (ABC News) - At 96, Giuseppe Paterno has faced many tests in life -- childhood poverty, war and, more recently, the coronavirus pandemic. Now he has sailed through an exam making him Italy's oldest university graduate. This week, the former railway worker stepped forward to receive his diploma and the traditional laurel wreath awarded to Italian students when they...

© [File: Fabrice Coffrini/Reuters] Tedros says many countries were grappling with new outbreaks of the coronavirus [File: Fabrice Coffrini/Reuters]

WHO: Coronavirus pandemic is a ‘once-in-a-century’ health crisis

August 2 (Al Jazeera) - The global coronavirus outbreak is the sort of disaster whose effects will last far into the future, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. "The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come," Tedros told a meeting of the WHO's emergency...

© Getty TikTok could be purchased by Microsoft after the company went head to head with the president

TikTok hits back as Trump threatens to ban app in US

August 2 (Sky News) - Chinese video-sharing app TikTok has responded to Donald Trump's threat of a US ban by declaring: "We're not planning on going anywhere." In a video aimed at the app's supporters, TikTok spokesperson Vanessa Pappas said it was "here for the long run" and called people to "stand for TikTok". It followed a suggestion from the...

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