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Transparent barriers enforcing social distancing measures are seen on tables at a restaurant in Hong Kong | Bloomberg

The New Year meal in China that’s now dividing scientists over how coronavirus spreads

The meal at a restaurant in China's Guangzhou in January has become the touchstone in a global debate about how Covid can spread in poorly ventilated spaces.

Trial to see if immune booster can protect cancer patients from Covid-19

From a study on why children are less vulnerable to loneliness possibly increasing a person's chances of catching the virus, ThePrint brings you the latest on Covid-19.
Comet NEOWISE captured on 6 July 2020, just before sunrise in Tucson | Credits: Vishnu Reddy | NASA

Catch a comet sighting in India as NEOWISE remains visible through July into August

The comet is visible right before sunrise for the next couple of days, and post sunset afterwards.
A health worker draws blood sample

Why the fight over a coronavirus vaccine will be intense, irrational and even nasty

Even after a particular Covid vaccine is found to be effective & safe, there won't be enough for all. Rich nations will try to outbid poor ones in securing supplies.
A medic takes blood samples for serological survey to analyse the spread of COVID-19, at Paharganj in New Delhi | PTI

Antibody therapies take the spotlight as ‘Plan B’ to treat coronavirus

After disappointing results from some repurposed drugs like the cheap generic HCQ, investors may be looking at therapeutic antibodies.
Health workers in protective suits at LNJP Hospital in New Delhi on 15 June 2020 | Manvender Vashist | PTI

Asthma does not increase risk or severity of Covid-19, says new study

From an anaemia medication to research on how 'silent transmissions' could be more widespread, ThePrint brings you some recent findings on the Covid-19 front.
Medical staff outside the special isolation ward set up for coronavirus treatment at Kochi Medical College | PTI

UN warns of increasing risk of Covid-like zoonotic disease outbreaks due to human activity

The UN report listed 10 steps countries could immediately take to lower the risk of increased outbreaks, including regulating food systems.
US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci | Photo: Sarah Silbiger | Bloomberg

Vaccines will offer only ‘finite’ protection against coronavirus, Fauci says

A vaccine to protect against Covid-19 won’t work like the measles vaccine, which lasts throughout a person’s lifetime, Fauci said.A vaccine to protect against Covid-19 won’t work like the measles vaccine, which lasts throughout a person’s lifetime, Fauci said.
Gene

30% South Asians have Neanderthal gene that increases risk of severe Covid-19: Study

The study by Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology shows the gene was present in a Neanderthal who lived in Croatia 50,000 years ago.
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CanSino, Moderna, Novavax: A list of Covid vaccines under clinical trials across the world

At least 129 Covid-19 vaccines are in the preclinical stage, while 18 are currently being tested on human volunteers.

On Camera

Uyghur Muslim women in the Grand Bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

TV anchors outrage over Uyghurs in China, but stay quiet about Indian Muslims

After cheering the ban on Chinese apps, the latest coping mechanism of Indian TV news seems to be focusing on the plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI’s March rate cut was biggest surprise in history of monetary policy panel, paper says

India’s rate-setting panel is due to meet in the first week of August as the economy heads toward its first annual contraction in more than four decades.

Defence

Army Chief General MM Naravane (2nd R) during his visit along along the border in Jammu, Samba and Pathankot region

Army chief Narvane visits forward areas along IB in Pathankot-Jammu region

During the visit, the Army chief reviewed the security situation and emphasised on 'zero tolerance' against ceasefire violations by Pakistan and infiltration attempts.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.