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Factbox: CureVac’s experimental coronavirus vaccine

Unlisted biotech firm CureVac on Wednesday become the second company after rival BioNTech to launch human trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine in Germany, eyeing potential regulatory approval in mid-2021.
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Coronavirus hits Kazakh elite, capital city rings alarm

The speaker of Kazakhstan's lower house of parliament has self-isolated after contracting the new coronavirus, authorities said on Wednesday as they raised the alarm about a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases in the capital Nur-Sultan.
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UK now has 240,000 doses of dexamethasone in stock or on order – health minister

Britain has increased the amount of dexamethasone it has in stock and on order to 240,000 doses, health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday, after a preliminary trial result showed it reduced mortality in the most severe COVID-19 cases.
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Chembio shares slump as FDA revokes emergency use of COVID-19 test

Shares of Chembio Diagnostics Inc slumped more than 60% on Wednesday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked the emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 antibody test kit on concerns about its accuracy.
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No need to stockpile COVID-19 steroid drug dexamethasone: Germany

There is no reason to stockpile the generic steroid drug dexamethasone, a German health ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, after British trial data showed it reduced death rates among patients with the most severe COVID-19 infections.
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EU calls for global alliance to buy COVID-19 vaccines up front

The European Commission called on Wednesday for global leaders to cooperate to buy bulk quantities of potential COVID-19 vaccines, to avoid "harmful competition" in the race for a shot and ensure any future vaccine is available for poor countries.
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Germany not planning to take further biotech stakes after CureVac move – Scholz

Germany is not currently planning to take any further stakes in biotech firms, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday after Berlin announced it would take a stake in German vaccine developer CureVac.
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CureVac starts trial of experimental coronavirus vaccine, eyes launch next year

Unlisted German biotech firm CureVac will become the second company after rival BioNTech to launch human trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine in the country, eyeing a potential approval in mid-2021.
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Russia says it already uses dexamethasone to treat coronavirus patients: RIA

Russia already uses dexamethasone to treat patients with the novel coronavirus, but does not view it as a panacea against COVID-19, the RIA news agency cited Russian health ministry official Sergei Avdeev as saying on Wednesday.
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Mink at Danish farm to be culled after catching coronavirus

Mink at a farm in Denmark were found to be infected with the new coronavirus and all 11,000 of the animals there will have to be culled, Danish authorities said on Wednesday.
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Coronavirus vaccine could be on market in mid-2021: CureVac

A vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic by CureVac could be on the market in mid-2021, the unlisted German company said on Wednesday.
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Disagreement on WHO hindering U.N. Security Council conference: RIA

Russia said on Wednesday that differences between other nations over the role of the World Health Organization have delayed a video conference being organized between the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, the RIA news agency reported.
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EU proposes emergency leeway on gene engineering rules for coronavirus vaccines

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to temporarily relax rules on trials of drugs involving genetically engineered organisms as an emergency measure to speed the development of a vaccine against the new coronavirus.
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Germany’s CureVac to launch human trial of experimental coronavirus vaccine – regulator

Unlisted German biotech firm CureVac will become the second company to launch human trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine in the country, Germany's vaccines regulator said on Wednesday.
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Indonesia reports 1,031 new coronavirus infections; Southeast Asia’s highest case total

Indonesia reported 1,031 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday taking the total to 41,431 and overtaking Singapore with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia.
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Beijing says COVID-19 cases could stay at current levels for some time

Beijing cannot rule out the possibility that the number of COVID-19 cases in the city will stay at current levels for some time, a city official said on Wednesday.
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Self-cleaning mask can kill viruses with heat from phone charger, researchers say

Israeli researchers say they have invented a reusable face mask that can kill the coronavirus with heat by drawing power from a mobile phone charger.
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Russia says new coronavirus cases at lowest since April 30

Russia on Wednesday reported 7,843 new cases of the novel coronavirus, its lowest daily caseload registered since April 30, pushing the nationwide total to 553,301.
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‘Best news so far’: UK hails steroid treatment for coronavirus

Britain's health minister on Wednesday hailed the use of a steroid called dexamethasone for treating coronavirus patients as the best news so far of the outbreak.
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Beijing extends movement curbs to contain resurgent coronavirus

China's capital cancelled scores of flights, shut schools and blocked off some neighbourhoods as it ramped up efforts to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has fanned fears of wider contagion.
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France’s Penicaud: China coronavirus situation ‘worrying’ but French trends positive

The situation in China, where a second wave of coronavirus infection is feared, is "worrying" but trends in France remain positive, Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud said on Wednesday.
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WHO moves to update COVID-19 guidance after ‘great news’ in drug study

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was moving to update its guidelines on treating people stricken with COVID-19 to reflect results of a clinical trial that showed a cheap, common steroid can help save critically ill patients.
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Thailand reports no new coronavirus cases or deaths

Thailand on Wednesday reported no new coronavirus infections or deaths, marking 23 successive days without a domestic transmission.
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Thailand reports no new coronavirus cases or deaths

Thailand on Wednesday reported no new coronavirus infections or deaths, marking 23 successive days without a domestic transmission.
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Beijing cuts flights to curb potential spread of mounting coronavirus cases

Scores of domestic flights in and out of Beijing were cancelled on Wednesday as officials ramped up attempts to contain a coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese capital over the past week that has sparked fears of renewed wider contagion.
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Beijing cuts flights to curb potential spread of mounting coronavirus cases

Scores of domestic flights in and out of Beijing were cancelled on Wednesday as officials ramped up attempts to contain a coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese capital over the past week that has sparked fears of renewed wider contagion.
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Honduran president says he is infected with coronavirus

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, is receiving treatment and will work remotely and through his aides, he said late on Tuesday.
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Kazakh lower house speaker tests positive for COVID-19

The speaker of the lower house of Kazakhstan's parliament has self-isolated after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the legislature said on Wednesday.
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Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 345 to 187,184 – RKI

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 345 to 187,184, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Wednesday.
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Beijing cuts flights to curb potential spread of mounting coronavirus cases

Officials cancelled scores of domestic flights in and out of Beijing on Wednesday as they ramped up attempts to contain a coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese capital over the past week that has sparked fears of renewed wider contagion.
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Japanese researchers confirm coronavirus testing in sewers as possible outbreak warning system

Japanese researchers confirmed the presence of the coronavirus in wastewater plants, a finding that could serve as a signal for future outbreaks.
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Beijing city reports 31 new coronavirus cases vs 27 a day earlier

Beijing's city government reported 31 new confirmed coronavirus cases as of end-June 16, up from 27 cases reported a day earlier as the city moves to curb the spread of the disease.
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Mexico’s total coronavirus cases rise to 154,863 and 18,310 deaths

Mexico's total confirmed coronavirus infections rose to 154,863 cases and 18,310 total deaths on Tuesday, as the health ministry reported 4,599 new infections along with 730 additional fatalities.
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Some Amazon villagers eschew drugs for COVID-19, take ‘toothache plant’ herbal tea

Some villagers in the eastern Amazon are spurning Brazilian government advice to take the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to keep the novel coronavirus at bay and are drinking tea of jambú, also known as the toothache plant.
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Bayer scraps U.S. plans to produce crop chemical blocked by court

Bayer AG said on Tuesday it will scrap a nearly $1 billion project to produce the chemical dicamba in the United States, but said the move is unrelated to a federal court decision that blocked sales of weed killers based on the product.
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Brazil sees record daily coronavirus cases; official says outbreak under control

Brazil reported a record 34,918 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the same day that one of the senior officials leading the country's widely criticized response to the crisis said the outbreak was under control.
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Record spike in new coronavirus cases reported in six U.S. states as reopening accelerates

New coronavirus infections hit record highs in six U.S. states on Tuesday, marking a rising tide of cases for a second consecutive week as most states moved forward with reopening their economies.
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Show me the data: U.S. doctors skeptical of reported COVID breakthrough

The report on Tuesday of a powerful treatment for the new coronavirus brought skepticism along with optimism among U.S. doctors, who said the recent withdrawal of an influential COVID-19 study left them wanting to see more data.
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Brazil reports record 34,918 new coronavirus cases in a day

Brazil set a daily record on Tuesday for new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in a single day, as its case load grew by 34,918 patients in 24 hours to 923,189 total infections, the most in the world outside the United States.
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Around 9% of Guinea-Bissau health workers have been infected with COVID-19

More than 170 of Guinea-Bissau's 2,000 health workers have contracted COVID-19, a World Health Organization expert said on Tuesday, warning that hospitals were close to being overwhelmed.