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A sign instructs people to stay six feet away at a farmers' market in the Bronx borough of New York, U.S. | Photo: David Dee Delgado | Bloomberg

US FDA wants a coronavirus vaccine that really works

The new guidance sets out a broad set of potential trial goals, ranging from preventing severe disease to stopping infection outright.
A research associate works at the Moderna Therapeutics Inc. lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US | Bloomberg

Why America is unlikely to get a coronavirus vaccine before early 2021

While investors expected the first vaccine to arrive before November, analysts don't see a vaccine being approved before 2021 given FDA's guidelines.

US FDA revokes authorisation given for emergency use of HCQ to treat Covid

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine ‘are unlikely to be effective in treating Covid-19’, the US Food and Drug Administration said.
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Indian drugmaker Lupin voluntarily recalls metformin variant, a diabetes drug, in US

India has said it is monitoring the US FDA updates, which said an extended-release variant of the drug had higher levels of a cancer-causing substance.
A medical worker dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a nasopharyngeal swab sample from a visitor at a Chaika Clinic mobile covid-19 sample-collection site in Moscow International Business Center (MIBC) | Photographer: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

US grants emergency approval to at-home sample collection kit for Covid-19 test

The new Covid-19 test kit allows a patient to self-collect a nasal swab and send it to lab. The process will take three to five days.
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Priced at $5 and taking just minutes, new antigen test in US could be Covid ‘game-changer’

The move could mark a breakthrough in screening for the coronavirus as health professionals argue that swift screening is essential to temper new outbreaks.

Top members of US coronavirus task force go into quarantine after exposure to virus

US FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn & CDC Director Robert Redfield's exposure comes days after several aides working in the White House tested positive for the virus.
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US grants emergency approval to Roche antibody test that can deliver result in 18 mins

Swiss company Roche Holding AG said the test runs on a high-volume instrument that can give as many as 300 results in an hour.
A Children's National Hospital healthcare worker places a vial into a Quest Diagnostics bag at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., U.S. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg

If our drugs work, they will likely be effective on Covid-22, Covid-24 too

Our idea of targeting protein to fight coronavirus worked. We not only found multiple drugs that might fight SARS-CoV-2, we learned how and why.
A US Food and Drug Administration building in New Hampshire | Photo: Flickr

US drug authority warns Americans not to pop hydroxychloroquine pills without prescription

US FDA has highlighted side-effects of HCQ, especially on the heart, and said its use should be restricted to clinical trials or some hospitalised Covid-19 cases.

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Meat-lover who wants to save the planet? 3D printed steaks are your solution

It can take up to 15,000 litres of water to produce a single kilogram of beef. But there is now a growing amount of interest in meat alternatives.
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This is what Modi govt wants 3 loss-making insurance firms to do to turn profitable

The Modi govt has attached conditions for its capital infusion into OlCL, NICL and UIICL, focussing on profitability and improving customer service.

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Indian Army to order second batch of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from US

The new rifles will replace the existing Indian Small Arms System (Insas) rifles used by the forces and manufactured locally by the Ordnance Factories Board.
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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.