Remdesivir may be highly effective against coronavirus, case study finds

Remdesivir may be highly effective against coronavirus, case study finds

London: Remdesivir may be a highly effective antiviral against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, according to a new single-patient study that contradicts previous research which found the drug had no impact on death rates from the disease. The researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK who gave the drug to a patient […]

‘Countries must declare climate emergency’: UN chief Antonio Guterres

‘Countries must declare climate emergency’: UN chief Antonio Guterres

LONDON: UN chief Antonio Guterres called on governments Saturday to declare a “state of climate emergency” and make good on their promises to slash carbon pollution as they recover from the pandemic. Speaking at the opening of the Climate Ambition summit, held online to mark five years since the Paris climate deal, Guterres warned that […]

US allows emergency COVID-19 vaccine in bid to end pandemic

US allows emergency COVID-19 vaccine in bid to end pandemic

WASHINGTON: The US gave the final go-ahead Friday to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorised to discuss it publicly. Shots for health workers and nursing home residents […]

UN backs Afghan peace talks in resolution, Russia votes ‘no’

UN backs Afghan peace talks in resolution, Russia votes ‘no’

UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly approved a resolution over Russian objections Thursday commending progress in peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban while urging stepped-up efforts to tackle terrorist attacks by the Taliban, al-Qaida, the Islamic State extremist group and their affiliates. The vote in the 193-member world body was 130 in […]

Common efforts needed to maintain good ties with India: China on Jaishankar’s remarks over Ladakh

Common efforts needed to maintain good ties with India: China on Jaishankar’s remarks over Ladakh

BEIJING: Underlining that common efforts were needed to maintain good relations between China and India, a senior Chinese official on Thursday said that Beijing is committed to resolving the border standoff through dialogue but was also determined to safeguard its territorial sovereignty. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said this while reacting to External Affairs […]

UN chief warns ‘vaccine nationalism’ is moving at full speed

UN chief warns ‘vaccine nationalism’ is moving at full speed

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that vaccine nationalism is moving at full speed, leaving poor people around the globe watching preparations for inoculations against the coronavirus in some rich nations and wondering if and when they will be vaccinated. The UN chief on Wednesday reiterated his call for vaccines to be treated […]

Our Indo-Pacific approach is based on cooperation and collaboration: India tells UN

Our Indo-Pacific approach is based on cooperation and collaboration: India tells UN

UNITED NATIONS: India has said its concept of the Indo-Pacific is “inclusive” in nature and is based on cooperation and collaboration, given the need for shared responses to the shared challenges in the strategically important region. India calls for a free, open and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific, based upon respect for sovereignty and territorial […]

US sues Facebook over its WhatsApp, Instagram acquisition; alleges it crushed smaller rivals

Washington: The US government and 48 states have filed parallel antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, accusing the social media giant of anti-competitive conduct by abusing its market power to create a monopoly and crushing smaller competitors, a move which may force it to sell WhatsApp and Instagram. Soon after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 48 […]

UAE registers China’s Sinopharm vaccine, says 86% effective

UAE registers China’s Sinopharm vaccine, says 86% effective

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday officially registered the coronavirus vaccine produced by Chinese drug giant Sinopharm, saying it was 86 percent effective according to analysis of third-phase trials. The health ministry “has announced the official registration” of the vaccine, state news agency WAM said, without elaborating on how it would now be used. […]

Face shields worn alone are not effective against COVID-19, says study

Face shields worn alone are not effective against COVID-19, says study

TOKYO: Face shields alone are not highly effective to prevent COVID-19 infection without masks, says a new study which assessed what happens to the airflow around these plastic screens when someone nearby sneezes. The research, published in the journal Physics of Fluids, noted that the number of people using face shields as a substitute for […]