Russia rolls out first approved COVID-19 drug

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, and the ChemRar Group announced the delivery of the first batch of Avifavir to Russian hospitals. Avifavir is one of the two registered COVID-19 drugs in the world. RDIF…

US coronavirus deaths top 110,000

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Global death toll from the coronavirus surged past 400,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 30 percent of those cases, or two million infections, are in the US. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak, with more than 15 percent…

World leaders pledge $8.8bn for global vaccines programme

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Global leaders across the world on Thursday committed $8.8 billion to the global vaccines alliance Gavi to support immunisation programmes affected by coronavirus. The online meeting beat a target to raise $7.4 billion to provide vaccines…

Biden confirmed as Trump's November opponent

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Joe Biden has formally won the Democratic Party nomination to take on Donald Trump in November's presidential election. He said on Twitter that he had secured the 1,991 delegates needed and would fight to "win the battle for the soul of the…

UN launches push for net-zero emissions by 2050

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Business leaders, cities and investors are being urged to back a UN campaign aiming for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Race to Zero is part of the diplomatic push to increase ambition in the lead up to the COP26 international…

Mexico deaths pass 10,000 as restrictions eased

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More than 10,000 people have died with coronavirus in Mexico, the country's health minister has announced. The announcement came on the same day that many restrictions brought in to curb the spread of the virus were lifted. The number…

Pandemic a 'major threat' to Africa's development - AU

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The chairperson of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said the coronavirus pandemic is a major threat to developing countries' efforts to meet their development goals - which include targets on education, health and eradicating poverty. Addressing…

Moscow more than doubles city's Covid-19 death toll

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Moscow's authorities have more than doubled the official death toll from Covid-19 in the Russian capital for the month of April. The city's health department now says 1,561 people died from the disease - not 639 as initially announced. The…

SpaceX launch: Nasa astronauts set for second try

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Rocket company SpaceX will make a second attempt in the coming hours to get Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit. Their flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday was postponed because of poor weather at…

Trump terminates US relationship with WHO

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US President Donald Trump has announced that he is terminating the country's relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). The president has accused the WHO of failing to hold Beijing to account over the coronavirus pandemic. "China…

US COVID-19 death toll tops 100,000

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The death toll from the novel coronavirus jumped past 100,000 on Wednesday, according to a tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University. With the European Union unveiling a massive recovery plan to step up its emergence from the crisis, the…

Brazil faces dark week as Covid-19 toll rises

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Brazil appears to be entering another dark week, as coronavirus cases grow by the thousands and controversy swells around President Jair Bolsonaro. The Ministry of Health announced 11,687 new cases of coronavirus had been confirmed over the…

Russia to hold World War II victory parade on June 24

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Russia will hold a military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the defeat over Nazi Germany in World War II on June 24, after the celebration was postponed from May because of the coronavirus pandemic. Russian President Vladimir Putin…

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

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The World Health Organization said Monday that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malarial drug U.S. President Trump says he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts…