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Scientists are seen working at Cobra Biologics, they are working on a potential vaccine for COVID-19, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Keele, Britain, April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine

Global fundraising for COVID-19 vaccine, drugs exceeds $10 billion, EU says

Brussels, May 26 (Reuters) - A global campaign to fund the development of vaccine and therapies against COVID-19 has so far raised 9.5 billion euros ($10.4 billion), the head of the European Commission said on Tuesday. “Great result, reaching 1st milestone of GlobalResponse pledging marathon led by EU Commission,” Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter. The pledging campaign, which...

FILE PHOTO: Men wearing protective masks walk inside the premises of a hospital where a special ward has been set up for the coronavirus disease in Mumbai, India, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo

More patients than beds in Mumbai as India faces surge in virus cases

Mumbai/New Delhi, May 25 (Reuters) - When Manit Parikh’s mother tested positive for the new coronavirus, she was rushed by ambulance to Mumbai’s private Lilavati Hospital, but officials told the family no critical-care beds were available. Five hours and dozens of phone calls later the family found a bed for her at the private Bombay Hospital. A day later, on...

Passengers board an American Airlines flight to Charlotte, North Carolina at San Diego International Airport on May 20, 2020 in San Diego, California. Sandy Huffaker | Getty Images

Flying during the pandemic? Here’s what you need to know

May 25 (CNBC) - Airline passengers this summer will face a host of new policies and procedures, and possibly a few packed flights, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Memorial Day kicks off what is normally the busiest season for airlines, when airports are bustling and flights are often sold out. An uptick is occurring again this year, but the impact...

There was sustained shaking from the quake in Wellington. AFP.

New Zealand PM unruffled as quake hits mid-interview

Wellington, May 25 (AFP) - A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview. The quake struck just off the coast before 8am local time (3am Thailand time) at a depth of about 52 kilometres near Levin, about 90 kilometres north...

Cases have dwindled dramatically from the peak in mid-February.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

China reports no new coronavirus cases for first time

Beijing, May 23 (AFP) - China on Saturday (May 23) reported zero new coronavirus infections for the first time since it started reporting data in January, a day after Communist Party leaders celebrated "major achievements" in the virus fight. The virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, but cases have dwindled dramatically from the peak...

A nurse shows a Hydroxychloroquine pill, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Nossa Senhora da Conceicao hospital in Porto Alegre, Brazil, April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Diego Vara

Drug touted by Trump to treat COVID-19 linked to higher death risk: study

May 23 (Reuters) - The anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which U.S. President Donald Trump says he has been taking and has urged others to use, was tied to an increased risk of death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, a large study published on Friday showed. In the study here that looked at more than 96,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by...

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