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US Operation Warp Speed backed vaccines for whole world

Washington - President Donald Trump's announcement in May of plans to develop a Covid-19 vaccine by year's end is near realization -- despite a setback among one of the six candidates that the US supported.

Coronavirus treatments: some progress, no panacea

Paris - Nearly a year after a mysterious pneumonia emerged in China and began its global spread, there is still no silver bullet treatment for Covid-19 despite an unprecedented effort to discover new medicines or repurpose existing drugs.

Covid vaccines: Why the safety process reassures experts

Washington - Covid-19 vaccine emergency approvals are around the corner, makers are preparing to ship millions of doses -- and experts are trying to reassure the public that the record-breaking speed of development hasn't compromised safety.

Macron poised to soften lockdown as virus caseload drops

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce lighter coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday thanks to a recent drop in new infections, paving the way for shops to reopen swiftly and allow travel for Christmas.

Americans defy virus guidelines for high-risk Thanksgiving

New York - Busy airports and serpentine queues at testing sites: many Americans plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with extended family Thursday despite authorities warning they risk exacerbating the coronavirus pandemic engulfing the country.

Can surgical masks be reused?

Paris - Health authorities say the most widespread anti-Covid weapon -- surgical masks -- must be thrown away after a single use, but environmental concerns are pushing some scientists to question this recommendation.

US hospitals again under pressure with Covid on the rise

Washington - After several weeks of rapidly rising coronavirus cases, hospitals around the United States are once again overwhelmed, forcing local authorities to take new measures to cope with the pandemic.

How contagious are kids with Covid? Short answer: we don't know

Paris - Are children a major source of contagion for Covid-19? Ten months into a pandemic that has claimed 1.2 million lives experts are still divided on the question, even as governments must decide whether to keep classrooms open or shut.

Macron imposes new virus lockdown as French hospitals engulfed

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday a new coronavirus lockdown until at least December 1, hoping to bring under control an outbreak that is poised to overwhelm hospitals in a matter of days.

'Hard choices' as France weighs new virus clampdown

Paris - French officials said Tuesday that tougher restrictions are looming to counter an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases, with doctors warning that many hospitals are just days away from being overrun with patients.

Paris under curfew as Europe battles soaring virus caseload

Paris - Millions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions on Saturday as governments stepped up efforts to slow the surge in infections, after the World Health Organization reported a "very concerning" 44-percent rise in European cases over one we...

Last night out in France for millions as virus curfew imposed

Paris - Millions of French people enjoyed a last night of freedom on Friday before a Covid-19 curfew in Paris and other large cities came into force at midnight, for a least a month, prompted by an alarming surge in new cases.

Last night out in France as 20 million face virus curfew

Paris - Millions of French people were looking forward to a last night of freedom on Friday before a Covid-19 curfew in Paris and other large cities comes into force for a least a month, prompted by an alarming surge in new cases.

Quarantined, top US general assures US remains well-protected

Washington - The Pentagon's top general, quarantined after being exposed to Covid-19, assured Thursday that the military remains at the ready to defend the United States and allies.

Paris braces for maximum coronavirus alert level

Paris - Paris was preparing on Sunday to be placed under maximum coronavirus alert as alarming Covid-19 infection numbers appeared to leave the French government little choice but to tighten restrictions in and around the capital.

'Delicious cake' and free Teslas: this week on the US campaign trail

Washington - The announcement that President Donald Trump has coronavirus has shaken the run up to US elections on November 3.

UN, NGOs shaken by DR Congo sex abuse claims

Apo - The humanitarian world has pledged to combat the scourge of sexual abuse within its ranks following shock revelations of alleged exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN chief appeals for 'responsible' pandemic leadership

New York - The secretary-general of the UN, Antonio Guterres, called Tuesday for "responsible leadership" in a message released to mark the stunning one million deaths globally from Covid-19.

The UN marks 75th anniversary facing world split by Covid-19

New York - The United Nations will mark its 75th anniversary Monday, celebrating the mantra that "multilateralism is not an option but a necessity," even as the coronavirus underscores the fragility of international cooperation.

US attorney general in hot water after comparing lockdown, slavery

Washington - US Attorney General Bill Barr faced criticism Thursday after saying coronavirus lockdown measures were the "greatest intrusion" on American civil liberties "other than slavery.

French PM target of legal complaint over virus management

Paris - A French association of Covid-19 victims will on Thursday file a legal complaint against Prime Minister Jean Castex for alleged mishandling of the pandemic, its lawyer said.

Invasive Asian mosquito species threatens African cities: study

Washington - A species of mosquito originally from Asia threatens to put tens of millions of city-dwellers in Africa at higher risk of catching malaria as the invading insect spreads throughout the continent, a study said Monday.

Pandemic devastating to Dominican transgender sex workers

Santo Domingo - Since the novel coronavirus first hit the shores of the Dominican Republic in March, Luna Veras, a transgender sex worker, has struggled to put bread on the table. Between fear of Covid-19 and a nightly curfew, her business has dropped by 80 percent.

Facebook blocks terminally ill Frenchman from streaming his death

Dijon - Facebook said Saturday it would block the livestream of a Frenchman suffering from an incurable condition who wanted to broadcast his death on the social media platform.

Poor countries desperate for Covid vaccines may be outbid by richer neighbors

Washington - Richard Hatchett, the head of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), is worried.

Poor countries desperate for Covid vaccines may be outbid by richer neighbors

Washington - Richard Hatchett, the head of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), is worried.

Poor countries desperate for Covid vaccines may be outbid by richer neighbors

Washington - Richard Hatchett, the head of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), is worried.

Laura lashes Cuba, expected to become hurricane by US landfall

Havana - Tropical Storm Laura brushed Cuba's southern coast Monday on its way to the United States, where officials predicted it would worsen to a hurricane ahead of its landfall after leaving 13 people dead as it ripped through the Caribbean.

US authorizes plasma treatment against virus

Washington - American authorities announced on Sunday an emergency authorization for doctors to use blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients as a treatment against the disease that has killed over 176,000 in the US.

Pope calls for social justice and vaccines for all

Vatican City - The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating inequalities between rich and poor, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, calling for universal vaccines not reserved just for the wealthiest.
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