Timeline: How the global coronavirus pandemic unfolded

Here are some key developments as the novel coronavirus spread around the world: December 31, 2019: China alerts the World Health Organization of 27 cases of “viral pneumonia” in the central city of Wuhan. Authorities shut down a wet market in Wuhan the next day, after discovering some patients were vendors or dealers. Jan. 11, […]

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16 vaccines against Covid-19 enter clinical evaluation stage, 125 candidates in preclinical evaluation: WHO’s draft landscape

With nearly 10 million Covid-19 patients across the globe and over 4.8 coronavirus fatalities, the need for a Covid-19 antidote becomes more urgent by the day. The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc.’s experimental vaccine, ChAdOx1-S, has become the first to enter the final stages of clinical trials against the coronavirus disease. But Oxford and […]

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‘Covid-19 virus may have mutated to become more infectious and stable’: Study

A latest study by experts at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida, US, states that the new coronavirus may have mutated, therefore more infectious. The study which was published by the institute on Friday states, “Covid-19-causing viral variant taking over in the United States and Europe now carries more functional, cell-binding spikes.” Laboratory experiments performed […]

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Plant-derived drug under testing, cancer drug shows promise: Covid-19 vaccine update 

The need to develop a vaccine against Covid-19 is getting more urgent by the day as coronavirus cases across the globe head towards another grim milestone. With 7 million people infected worldwide and 4 lakh people dead, experts and scientists are ramping up effort to develop a potential Covid-19 vaccine.   While experts at the University […]

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Massive coincidence? Study says coronavirus adapted too quickly to humans, raises questions on its origin

The novel coronavirus is ideally suited to infect human cells rather than animal ones, a new study by researchers in Australia claims, raising questions about the origin of the virus, which has until Tuesday killed over 3.18 lakh people and infected more than 4.8 million globally. Using an “in silico” or computer simulation method, the […]

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‘Increased risk of foreign interference and espionage’: Canada warns of threat to its Covid-19 effort

Canada’s intelligence agencies have warned against increased cyber-espionage efforts by state-sponsored actors to obtain data and research related to the effort to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, including vaccine development. While the warning does not name China, it follows that from American agencies which were explicit in naming it. A statement in this regard was issued […]

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Revisiting Hubei: How did Covid-19 events unfold in China?

More than 4 million people across the globe have been infected with coronavirus while over 2.5 lakh people have lost their lives. The virus, which originated in China’s Hubei province last year, quickly spread to the rest of the world to infect people in over 200 nations.  Experts at Johns Hopkins University have released a […]

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Billions raised for Covid-19 vaccine display powerful show of global solidarity: WHO chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday praised the efforts of global leaders who had managed to raise funds worth billions of euros to boost work on the development of a coronavirus vaccine, as a “powerful show of global solidarity”. “Billions raised for virus vaccine is a powerful show of global solidarity,” WHO chief Tedros […]

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The burden of coronavirus: How does Covid-19 mortality rate differ across countries

With over a million Covid-19 patients and more than 60,000 deaths, the United States continues to bear the brunt of the coronavirus outbreak. Europe is the worst-hit continent accounting for more than 1 million cases. An analysis of the Covid-19 mortality rate among European nations suggests that Germany has considerably low numbers Covid-19 fatalities as […]

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Amid Covid-19 lockdown, European nations see drop in electricity consumption

An independent European think-tank called Bruegel has come up with research that shows the pattern of electricity consumption in selected countries in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown. As the Covid-19 pandemic has shut schools, schools and offices across the globe, electricity consumption by nations has witnessed a slump. With people working from home and […]

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