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Remdesivir Wins Approval as COVID-19 TreatmentRemdesivir on Thursday became the first fully approved treatment for COVID-19 in the US. The Food and Drug Administration had issued an emergency use authorization for the antiviral drug in May. FDA Commissioner made the announcement , CNBC reports. Remdesivir shortened recovery time for hospitalized patients; President Trump is among the...
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FILE - In this March 2020 photo provided by Gilead Sciences, rubber stoppers are placed onto filled vials of the investigational drug remdesivir at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States. On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given through an IV for patients needing hospitalization. The drug, which California-based Gilead Sciences Inc. is calling Veklury, cut the time to recovery by five days on average in a large study led by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. (Gilead Sciences via AP)
FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: antiviral remdesivirU.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat COVID-19
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Bird flu fears: Dutch farms ordered to keep poultry indoorsThe Dutch government is ordering poultry farms to keep their birds indoors after six wild swans were found recently dead and tests on two of the birds came back positive for a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu
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Medical workers help a patient suffering of COVID-19 in the Nouvel Hopital Civil of Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, Oct.22, 2020. France has seen over 34,000 confirmed deaths in the pandemic. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
French PM says 2nd virus wave is here, vastly extends curfewFrance's prime minister has announced a vast extension of the nightly curfew that is intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus
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UK expert: Racism not to blame for minorities' COVID riskA scientist newly appointed as an advisor to the British government has expressed skepticism about focusing on the role of structural racism in the disproportionate effect that the coronavirus has on ethnic minority groups
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Amid Bad News on COVID, One Silver LiningThe US death toll on COVID is now more than 222,000 , but a Harvard geneticist says the figure doesn't capture the full scope of the loss. In a new analysis , Stephen Elledge takes into account the ages of those who've died and calculates the number of years lost to...
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Chris Christie Speaks Out on His 'Serious Failure'Chris Christie is pushing for people to wear face masks, and he has good reason to push for them: He caught COVID-19 himself after attending the Rose Garden event last month for Amy Coney Barrett's nomination, and now he's regretting how lax he was about safety protocols. "I mistook the...
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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, speaks to the media at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Health officials in Africa say the rollout of new rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 could be a “game-changer” for its fight against the coronavirus, while warning that increased testing could also drive up numbers for a continent that has seen a decline or a plateauing in confirmed cases — at a time when the West has seen case counts soar. “African countries are gearing up to introduce antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests on a large scale, and this will be a game changer, we think, in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, file)
WHO Africa: New rapid tests a 'game changer' against COVIDHealth officials in Africa say the rollout of rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 could be a “game changer” for their fight against the coronavirus
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13 South Koreans Die After Getting Flu ShotsSouth Korean authorities are scrambling to maintain public trust in vaccines after the unexplained deaths of 13 people who received flu shots. Authorities say they are conducting a full investigation and they do not believe the vaccines were the cause of the deaths, reports the BBC . Officials say the fatalities...
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Anti-abortion activists attend a protest in front of Poland's constitutional court, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Poland’s top court has ruled that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional. The decision by the country’s Constitutional Court effectively bans terminating pregnancies in cases where birth defects are found and will further limit access to abortions in Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Poland's top court rules out abortions due to fetal defectsPoland’s top court ruled Thursday that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, toughening the predominantly Catholic country’s abortion laws that are among Europe's strictest
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Vox party leader Santiago Abascal gestures during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is facing a no-confidence vote in parliament brought by the nation's far-right Vox party. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Pool via AP)
Spanish lawmakers squash far-right's attempt to oust PMSpanish lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected a no-confidence motion called by the far-right party Vox against Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his left-wing coalition over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic
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The head of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention, Lothar Wieler, addresses a news conference on the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease in Berlin, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Germany's disease control center is reporting a new daily record increase in coronavirus infections, which rocketed past the 10,000 mark for the first time as the pandemic continues to spread. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)
German disease control center urges vigilance as virus risesThe head of Germany’s disease control center is urging people to be vigilant about following coronavirus precautions as the country posted a record daily number of new infections
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