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Brazil COVID-19 vaccine trial continues despite volunteer death

Brazil COVID-19 vaccine trial continues despite volunteer death

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Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died, but said the trial would continue. It was not immediately clear whether the volunteer received the vaccine or the placebo. The regulator said while testing of the vaccine would continue, it provided no further details about the volunteer’s death, citing the medical confidentiality of those involved in trials. Oxford confirmed it would keep testing. “Following careful assessment of this case in Brazil, there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial, and the independent review in addition to the Brazilian regulator have recommended that the trial should continue,” the Briti
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to resign as he ‘can’t survive on £150K salary’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to resign as he ‘can’t survive on £150K salary’

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Tory MPs are gearing up for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step down, after privately complaining about the salary of £150,402, which is reportedly not enough for him to live on. London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ​is reportedly mulling to resign next spring as he finds his current salary of  £150,402 underwhelming in comparison to his previous occupation and he can't survive on this much money. According to British tabloid The Daily Mirror, unnamed Tory MPs believe Johnson, who used to earn £23,000 a month as a newspaper columnist, wants out in six months' time after he's sorted Brexit “Boris has at least six children, some young enough to need financial help," the tabloid quoted one MP as saying. “And he had to pay ex-wife Marina Wheeler a shedload as part of th
Grisly beheading of teacher in terror attack rattles France

Grisly beheading of teacher in terror attack rattles France

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French President Emmanuel Macron urged the nation to stand united against terrorism. For the second time in three weeks, terror struck France, this time with the gruesome beheading of a history teacher in a street in a Paris suburb. The suspected attacker was shot and killed by police. French President Emmanuel Macron urged the nation to stand united against terrorism. The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation for murder with a suspected terrorist motive. Four people, one a minor, were detained hours later, the office of anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said without elaborating. Police typically fan out to find family and friends of potential suspects in terror cases. Macron visited the school where the teacher worked in the town of Conflans-Saint-H...
Coronavirus: New nasal spray causes a ‘rapid eradication’ of Covid virus

Coronavirus: New nasal spray causes a ‘rapid eradication’ of Covid virus

UAE NEWS, WORLD NEWS
A study on ferrets showed the nasal spray lowered the levels of the virus that causes Covid-19 by up to 96%. Australian biotech company Ena Respiratory said on Monday that a nasal spray it is developing to improve the human immune system to fight common cold and flu significantly reduced the growth of the coronavirus in a recent study on animals. A study on ferrets showed the product dubbed INNA-051, which could be used complementary to vaccines, lowered the levels of the virus that causes Covid-19 by up to 96 per cent, the company said. The study was led by British government agency Public Health England. Dr Christophe Demaison, Ena Respiratory managing director, said in a statement carried by the UK's Metro newspaper: "We've been amazed with just how effective our treatment ha
Philippine Consulate launches WhatsApp hotline

Philippine Consulate launches WhatsApp hotline

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The Philippine Consulate has recently launched a WhatsApp hotline in its efforts to make it more convenient for Filipinos in the UAE regarding their multitudes of concerns. The WhatsApp mobile number is 056 417 7558 and can be reached during working hours from Sunday to Thursday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except during legal holidays. In an announcement released by the Consulate General of the Philippines in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, it also stated that any message that the hotline receives after office hours or during the weekends (Friday and Saturday) will be responded to the following day. Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes said that the move aims to maximize the assistance provided by their office. “I hope our fellow Filipinos would heed our announcement
UAE to send Arab world’s first mission to moon in 2024

UAE to send Arab world’s first mission to moon in 2024

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The strategy 2021-31 includes programmes to develop new satellites and an outer space simulation centre. The UAE will send the Arab world's first mission to moon in 2024, it was announced on Saturday. The announcement comes a couple of months after the country successfully launched the Hope probe to Mars - the Arab world's first interplanetary mission. This came as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reviewed a 10-year strategy of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). The strategy 2021-31 includes programmes to develop new specialised satellites and an outer space simulation centre for training, academic and educational programmes. I reviewed the 10-year plan for the Mohammed bin Rashid Space ...
Bollywood drug probe deepens: Top actors receive summons

Bollywood drug probe deepens: Top actors receive summons

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Some of Bollywood's biggest actors are being questioned in a widening drug probe by federal agencies that has sent shockwaves through India's beleaguered film industry and dominated prime time news headlines. Officials from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have been investigating alleged drug use in Bollywood for the last month in connection with the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, a popular actor who was found dead at his residence in June. #NarcoticsControlBureau says it has not received any request from #RanveerSingh to join his actor wife #DeepikaPadukone’s interrogation.https://t.co/d8LkajHwMX— City Times (@KTCityTimes) September 25, 2020 The NCB is scheduled to question actress Deepika Padukone, one of the industry's most well-known names, on Saturday, Indian med
WHO warns of 2 million deaths if Covid vaccine delayed, Australia urges vaccine-sharing

WHO warns of 2 million deaths if Covid vaccine delayed, Australia urges vaccine-sharing

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With continued spikes worldwide, there are concerns about whether the event will be possible even next year if the pandemic is not under control. Coronavirus deaths could more than double to two million without collective action against the pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned, as Australia's prime minister urged any nation that develops a vaccine to share it with the world. The number of cases worldwide has soared past 32 million, with deaths approaching one million, the global economy devastated, and major cultural and sports events disrupted. Media briefing on #COVID19 with @DrTedros https://t.co/4ro4un8oni — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) September 25, 2020 But despite the pandemic showing no signs of slowing, Japan's new prime minister Yoshihide Su
Saudi Arabia suspends flights to and from India

Saudi Arabia suspends flights to and from India

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NEW DELHI: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suspended all flights to and from India in wake of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases here. Besides India, air travel to and from Brazil and Argentina has also been suspended by Saudi Arabia. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); In an official statement, GACA said: "Saudi Arabia has suspended travel to and from India, Brazil, and Argentina; including any person who has been there 14 days prior to their proposed arrival in Saudi." However, passengers who have official government invitations have been excluded from this suspension. Saudi Arabia and the UAE host a significant Indian migrant population. More on Covid-19 Five days back, Air India Express...
Lebanon is hit by ANOTHER explosion: Hezbollah arms depot destroyed after massive blast caused by ‘technical error’ weeks after Beirut disaster

Lebanon is hit by ANOTHER explosion: Hezbollah arms depot destroyed after massive blast caused by ‘technical error’ weeks after Beirut disaster

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Lebanon was hit by yet another explosion today as a column of smoke erupted over a suspected Hezbollah arms depot with several people feared injured. Hezbollah operatives surrounded the blast site after a fire broke out in the village of Ain Qana, 30 miles south of Beirut which was devastated by last month's port disaster. Security sources said today's blast was caused by a 'technical error' and had caused a number of injuries, although Hezbollah officials have not confirmed any casualties. The Iran-backed group is heavily armed but its political wing has been a major player in Lebanese governments in recent years, and efforts to recover from the Beirut blast have been hampered by Hezbollah's insistence on holding onto key ministries.   Leban