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UK COVID-19 death toll rises by 176 to 39,904, government says

The United Kingdom's death toll from people who tested positive for COVID-19 has risen by 176 to 39,904, the government said on Thursday.
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U.S. working with manufacturers to boost flu vaccine availability, top official says

The U.S. government is working with drugmakers to maximize availability of influenza vaccines, worried that a substantial flu season on top of another wave of the novel coronavirus could swamp the healthcare system this fall, a top U.S. health officia...
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Italy records 88 new coronavirus deaths on Thursday, 177 new cases

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 88 on Thursday, against 71 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the rise in the tally of new cases slowed to 177 from 321 on Wednesday.
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Italian medical firms seek investors to fund domestic COVID-19 vaccine trial

Italian biotech firm Rottapharm Biotech is looking for more investors at home to help fund development of a vaccine against COVID-19 as the country looks to produce domestic supplies of medication to fight the pandemic, its CEO told Reuters.
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AstraZeneca eyes over two billion doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine after deals

Britain's AstraZeneca said on Thursday it would now be able to supply more than two billion doses of its potential coronavirus vaccine, thanks to a string of manufacturing deals including one with CEPI.
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GAVI alliance raises $2 billion to buy COVID-19 vaccines for poor

The GAVI vaccines alliance said on Thursday it had raised $2 billion from international donors for an Advanced Market Commitment to buy future COVID-19 vaccines for poor countries.
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Major flu, coronavirus activity could slam U.S. health system, top official says

Substantial activity from the novel coronavirus combined with a major flu season this fall could place a tremendous burden on the healthcare system, a top U.S. health official said on Thursday.
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Spain's COVID-19 deaths at 27,133; cases at 240,660

Spain's total death toll from the coronavirus reached 27,133 on Thursday, health ministry data showed, five more than reported on Wednesday.
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Tyson the alpaca takes heavyweight role in search for coronavirus vaccine

Scientists in Sweden are hoping an alpaca named Tyson can help deliver a knockout blow in the fight to develop a treatment or vaccine against the novel coronavirus that has killed nearly 400,000 people worldwide.
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Sweden to ease travel curbs despite signs of rising coronavirus infections

Sweden will ease restrictions on domestic travel from June 13, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Thursday, despite signs that novel coronavirus infections are increasing in parts of the country.
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Spanish minister says land borders to open, prompts confusion

Spain played down the possibility of reopening its land borders on June 22 after a government minister announced earlier on Thursday it would do so, prompting confusion in neighbouring Portugal, which asked for clarification.
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African countries secure 90 million coronavirus test kits for next six months

African countries have secured 90 million test kits for the novel coronavirus for the next six months, a regional disease control body said on Thursday, urging states and donors to boost testing capabilities on the continent as quickly as possible.
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Britain says nearly 30,000 COVID-19 tests sent to U.S. lab came back void

Nearly 30,000 COVID-19 tests which Britain sent to a U.S. lab for processing came back void, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Thursday, adding to a mounting pile of questions over the UK's testing regime.
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Sweden sees increase in coronavirus infections, fall in deaths

Coronavirus infections are increasing in Sweden, while the number of deaths and people treated at intensive care continue to fall, the Health Agency said on Thursday.
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Moderna names Amgen executive David Meline as CFO

Moderna Inc on Thursday named David Meline its chief financial officer, as the company develops a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.
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Does drug touted by Trump work on COVID-19? After data debacle, we still don't know

Scientists are resuming COVID-19 trials of the now world-famous drug hydroxychloroquine, as confusion continues to reign about the anti-malarial hailed by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential "game-changer" in fighting the pandemic.
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Spain maps route for late June tourism opening

Spain will open up land borders with France and Portugal on June 22 and also aims to start welcoming tourists to some islands and other areas that have the coronavirus under control around the same time, a minister said on Thursday.
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Stockholm shuts field hospital as pandemic slowly eases grip on capital

A field hospital hastily constructed to ease the burden on Stockholm hospitals dealing with a flood of COVID-19 cases will be dismantled in the wake of slowdown in the pandemic, a healthcare official said on Thursday.
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Robot to safely swab for coronavirus developed by scientists in Denmark

Danish researchers have developed a fully automated robot that can take coronavirus swabs so that health care professionals are not exposed to the risk of infection.
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Europe pins hopes on smarter coronavirus contact tracing apps

European countries cautiously emerging from the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic are looking to a second generation of contact tracing apps to help contain further outbreaks.
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Deaths jump in Brazil's indigenous tribes as virus spreads

Coronavirus is spreading fast through Brazil's indigenous populations, with deaths caused by the disease increasing more than five-fold in the past month, according to data collected by a national association of first peoples.
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Israeli medical device maker Alpha Tau raises $26 million to fund trials

Israeli medical device maker Alpha Tau Medical said on Thursday it raised $26 million in a funding round from investors including Shavit Capital, Medison Ventures and OurCrowd to help finance global clinical trials.
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India's urban COVID-19 outbreak is morphing into a rural health crisis

Rural parts of India have begun to see a surge in novel coronavirus infections, as millions of migrant workers returning from big cities and industrial hubs bring the virus home with them, according to data collected from seven Indian states.
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Inovio plans human trials for potential COVID-19 vaccine in South Korea in June

Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Thursday it plans to begin human trials of its potential COVID-19 vaccine in South Korea later in June, with support from Seoul-headquartered partner, non-profit organization International Vaccine Institute.
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Russia gets more U.S. ventilators as coronavirus cases climb

A planeload of 150 ventilators arrived in Russia from the United States on Thursday, Washington's embassy in Moscow said, to help fight the novel coronavirus in further medical aid collaboration between the two politically-estranged nations.
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Florida offers drive-through Botox to quarantined residents

Quarantined Florida residents worried about their laughter lines and crows' feet need frown no longer - Botox is back, and it's being offered at a drive-through.
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Malaysia reports 277 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

Malaysian health authorities on Thursday reported 277 new coronavirus cases after infections were detected in an immigration detention centre.
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India's top bureaucrats hit by coronavirus as cases spike

A top Indian civilian defence official has tested positive for coronavirus and is in home quarantine, government officials said on Thursday, as the daily rise in infections hits a new high.
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Philippines reports 10 new coronavirus deaths, 634 more cases

The Philippine health ministry on Thursday confirmed 10 more deaths from the coronavirus and 634 new infections.
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Coronavirus infections slow down in Finland despite schools opening

Coronavirus infections have slowed in Finland over the last two weeks despite the reopening of schools in mid-May, the health ministry said on Thursday.
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Spain to open land borders with Portugal, France from June 22

Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Thursday that all restrictions to border crossings with France and Portugal will be lifted from June 22.
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Hong Kong confirms five new coronavirus cases; Cable TV says residents evacuated

Hong Kong confirmed five new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, all imported, while Cable TV reported some residents of a housing estate were evacuated after a cluster of cases was reported.
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EU to use $2.7 billion fund to buy promising COVID-19 vaccines

The European Union is preparing to use an emergency 2.4-billion- euro ($2.7 billion) fund to make advance purchases of promising vaccines against the new coronavirus, EU officials told Reuters.
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Breaking down Wuhan's blueprint for lifting lockdown

From outbreak to lockdown and reopening, the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus emerged late last year, has been through all stages of dealing with the health crisis.
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Top supplier Malaysia sees no quick end to shortages in $8 billion gloves industry

A global shortage of medical gloves due to a coronavirus-driven surge in demand will carry over into next year, Malaysia, the world's biggest gloves supplier, said on Thursday, warning buyers to be wary of scammers promising quick supplies.
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Top supplier Malaysia sees no quick end to shortages in $8 billion gloves industry

A global shortage of medical gloves due to a coronavirus-driven surge in demand will carry over into next year, Malaysia, the world's biggest gloves supplier, said on Thursday, warning buyers to be wary of scammers promising quick supplies.
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Unite urges finance firms to step up call centre COVID-19 safety

Employee union Unite has called on finance firms to do more to protect call centre staff after a survey of almost 3,000 employees exposed widespread fears about catching COVID-19 in workplaces where social distancing measures were falling short.
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Russia's coronavirus case tally edges past 440,000

Russia reported 8,831 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, taking the total number of infections across the country to 441,108.
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Australia to pledge $207 million for regional vaccine program

Australia will pledge A$300 million ($207 million) to provide vaccines to children in the Indo-Pacific region at a Global Vaccine Summit on Thursday, its foreign minister said on the eve of the virtual meeting.
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Germany forges European virus vaccine alliance: Handelsblatt

Germany and three other European Union states are forging a new alliance aimed at securing access to coronavirus vaccines, once developed, and making sure they are distributed fairly around the world, business daily Handelsblatt reported.