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Dr Anthony Fauci, the chief infectious diseases expert in the US | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Early Covid treatments could be ‘bridge’ to vaccine, Anthony Fauci says

The aim is to prevent patients from developing the serious lung damage for which Gilead's remdesivir and the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone are administered.

‘Unless we unite, everyone will lose’ — Boris Johnson wants global action to prevent pandemics

UK, which has the world's fifth highest Covid death toll, intends to commit $432 million to WHO as PM Johnson pushes for global network of research hubs to spot dangerous pathogens.

China students protest stringent lockdowns, corruption scandal in Kenya & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

China reports mysterious, first asymptomatic cases in 35 days in 2 port workers

The two cases, found in Shandong province’s Qingdao city during routine testing of port workers, will intensify concern in China over whether imported products are infectious.
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UK is considering first-ever vaccine trials that expose people to coronavirus

The idea of challenge trials has gained momentum as the pathogen has spread around the world, but such tests exposing healthy people to the coronavirus also raise ethical questions.
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Covid vaccine to be widely available in the US by April, CDC chief says

About 700 million vaccine doses should be available by April. The vaccine candidates that are furthest along in development will need a two-dose regimen, CDC chief Redfield said.
A worker waits in an empty Covid-19 walk-in test centre during the coronavirus pandemic in Leicester, UK | Photographer: Darren Staples | Bloomberg

New Covid restrictions could last 6 months, says Boris Johnson, asks people to work from home

The restrictions mark a reversal of UK govt's efforts to re-open the economy after the first national lockdown in March sparked the country’s deepest recession in over 100 years.
PM Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih before a meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, Monday | Kamal Kishore/PTI

India extends $250 million support to Maldives to overcome economic impact of Covid-19

The grant was in response to request made by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to PM Narendra Modi to overcome the difficult economic situation in Maldives.
A medic collects swab sample of a woman for the Covid-19 test at a free coronavirus testing centre, in Bengaluru, on 19 August 2020 | Shailendra Bhojak | PTI

Why a Covid vaccine can provide better immunity than an actual infection

Of the roughly 320 vaccines being developed against COVID-19, one that favours a strong T cell response may be the key to long-lasting immunity.

Australia govt announces $3.7 million grant to news agency to sail through Covid pandemic

The govt said the 85-year-old Australian Associated Press (AAP) was critical to media diversity and has been commitment to accurate, fact-based journalism and independent.

On Camera

File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.