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With the U.S. buying up most of Gilead’s stock of COVID-19 drug remdesivir, what hope is there for other countries who wish to treat people with COVID-19? An expert surveys the pharma production situation.

Greece reopens islands to flights in bid to save tourism season

Greece on Wednesday reopened flights to its flagship island destinations as it raced to salvage a portion of the annual tourism season that is vital to its economy.

Gilty pleasure: Vietnam opens world's 'first' gold-plated hotel

For guests at the "Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake" coffee comes in a gold cup and bath time is taken in gilded splendour.

US under siege as pandemic accelerates, Britain eases quarantine

The United States posted a record 53,000 new coronavirus cases as the deadly pandemic accelerated across the Americas, but its slowdown in Europe led Britain to announce Friday the first exemptions to its quarantine rules.

WHO says Mideast at 'critical threshold' in virus numbers

The World Health Organization warned Wednesday the Middle East was at a decisive moment in the fight against the novel coronavirus, with cases surging as countries ease lockdown measures.

Frances Metzman talks new book 'The Cha Cha Babes of Pelican Way' Special

Best-selling author Frances Metzman chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about her new book, "The Cha Cha Babes of Pelican Way."

BioNTech, Pfizer report progress in coronavirus vaccine trial

BioNTech of Germany and the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported positive preliminary results on Wednesday from a joint project to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

EU reopens to outside visitors as virus surges in US

The European Union reopened its borders on Wednesday to visitors from 15 countries but excluded the United States, where coronavirus deaths are spiking once again, six months after the first cluster was reported in China.

US could hit 100,000 new virus cases a day: Fauci

A top US health expert warned Congress on Tuesday that new coronavirus cases could more than double to 100,000 per day if authorities and the public fail to take steps to suppress the pandemic.

Pakistan's PIA suspended in Europe over fake pilot licence scandal

Regulators have barred Pakistan International Airlines from the European Union for six months after the state-run carrier grounded nearly a third of its pilots for holding fake or dubious licences, officials said Tuesday.

Swathe of Melbourne ordered into lockdown as virus spikes in Australia

Hundreds of thousands of people across Melbourne's north and west were ordered to stay at home Tuesday as Australia's second-biggest city struggled to contain a spike in coronavirus cases.

Op-Ed: COVID-19 survivors — PTSD, delirium, and more as infections rise

The pandemic is now really looking out of control. Daily cases worldwide are now nearly 3 times the rate as when it started, according to Johns Hopkins figures. Now, the truly scary survivor stories are coming out, and they’re not pretty.

China to restrict visas for some Americans over Hong Kong row

China announced Monday visa restrictions on US citizens who have "behaved egregiously" over Hong Kong, ahead of the expected approval by Chinese lawmakers of a controversial national security law for the city.

Op-Ed: Aphantasia — When the mind’s eye can’t see, things get grim

Some people can’t visualize well, or barely at all. The mind doesn’t create inner images. It’s called Aphantasia, a condition affecting up to 5% of the population. Now, it seems that it might have some implications for memory.

Can a toilet promote coronavirus transmission?

Among the different health risks and modes of infection transmission in relation to the novel coronavirus one area that has not been examined in any detail are restrooms. Do viruses survive, for example, on porcelain?

WHO says pandemic 'not even close' to over as toll passes 500,000

The coronavirus pandemic is "not even close to being over", the WHO warned Monday, as the global death toll passed half a million and cases surge in Latin America and the United States.

China puts half a million people in lockdown as Beijing fights new cluster

China imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in a province surrounding the capital to contain a fresh coronavirus cluster on Sunday, as authorities warned the outbreak was still "severe and complicated.

EU delays decision on border reopening

The EU cannot agree on a list of "safe countries" from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with some member states requiring more time to decide, diplomats said Saturday.

FDA and CDC warning recalled salad brands may contain a parasite

The US Food and Drug Administration had been warning customers not to eat certain store brand garden salad mixes due to the presence of a microscopic parasite called Cyclospora. Over 200 people have been infected, with 23 people being hospitalized.

Hotels and ashrams repurposed for Delhi coronavirus surge

Staff at the luxury Suryaa hotel used to wear bright saris as they welcomed guests. Now they must don medical suits and handle gurneys as New Delhi desperately prepares for a predicted surge in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks.

Texas, Florida slow reopening as virus cases surge

Texas and Florida closed bars and imposed other measures on Friday to combat a surge in coronavirus cases that has put the brakes on reopening the economies of two of the largest US states.

Review: Neraki brings patrons back to normalcy on Long Island Special

Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill is a fabulous Greek restaurant in the heart of Huntington, New York. Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos has the scoop.

US hits record high of 40,000 daily coronavirus cases

The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday - soaring past the previous high of 36,400, set on April 24, leading a number of states to pause or backtrack on reopening.

Review: Icy Cotton is a comfortable clothing collection from Buttercloth Special

On June 26, Buttercloth launched its new shirt, the "Icy Cotton" shirt, which is quite remarkable. Digital Journal has the scoop.

US, Europe battle fresh virus surges

The United States and Europe battled a resurgence of coronavirus cases as warnings mounted worldwide Friday over reopening lockdowns too soon.

Texas halts reopening as US virus cases soar

Texas on Thursday halted steps to reopen its economy after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, as the United States hits some of its highest infection rates since the start of the pandemic.

John DeDakis talks 'The Situation Room,' new book and digital age Special

Author and journalist John DeDakis chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about his book "Fake (A Lark Chadwick Mystery)" and his Greek heritage.

Ebola: Profile of a killer

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday officially declared an end to an epidemic of Ebola that broke out in the east of the country in August 2018 and claimed 2,277 lives.

'Tears of joy': Eiffel Tower opens after 3-month closure

Tourists and Parisians panted their way up the stairs of the Eiffel Tower Thursday as the iron monument reopened after its longest closure since World War II due to the coronavirus, with the lifts still closed as a health precaution.

Eiffel Tower reopens with strict virus restrictions

Tourists and Parisians will from Thursday again be able to admire the view of the French capital from the Eiffel Tower after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus -- but only if they take the stairs.

Australia to deploy 1,000 troops to Melbourne virus outbreak

Australia's military announced Thursday it would send 1,000 troops to Melbourne in an effort to help contain the country's only significant coronavirus outbreak over fears of a second wave.

US states reimpose virus measures as cases near record

US officials on Wednesday imposed tough measures including quarantines and stay-at-home advice as daily coronavirus cases approached record levels after surging across the nation's South and West.

Brazil starts testing Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Researchers in Brazil began administering an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University to volunteers, the Federal University of Sao Paulo said Wednesday.

CDC director — Coronavirus has 'brought this nation to its knees'

Seven US states have reported record-high hospitalizations from the coronavirus, as case numbers continue to surge across much of the south and south-west. The federal government is also rolling-back testing programs where they are most needed.

UK medical leaders urge virus response review, warn of second wave

Some of Britain's leading medical experts called Wednesday for a swift review into the government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak to learn lessons before what they said was a "real risk" of a second wave this winter.

Coronavirus' impact on college: Students are undecided

A new report has analyzed data from a survey of both current high school seniors from the class of 2020 and current college students from the class of 2021 or later to gauge the coronavirus' impact on the future of higher education.

Johnson & Johnson told to pay $2.1 billion over cancer-causing talc powder

A US court has upheld a verdict that talcum powder sold by Johnson & Johnson caused ovarian cancer and ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay $2.1 billion in damages.The decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals cut by more than half the $4.

US facing 'critical' coronavirus surge

Coronavirus infections are surging across large parts of the United States, the top US infectious disease expert has warned, as the death toll in Latin America passed 100,000.

Andrew McIlwean talks about 'Barbells, Books and Nerdom' podcast Special

Fitness coach Andrew McIlwean, who is also the CEO of the Perseverance Coaching Academy, chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about his new podcast "Barbells, Books and Nerdom."

Experts look to solve Andean virus resistance puzzle

Latin America has become the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic but one group seems to be resisting its effects better than the rest: people in the Andes.

FDA Warning — Do not use these nine brands of hand sanitizer gels

The FDA is warning consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.
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