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Suresh Prabhu,India's Sherpa to G20

G20 must lead world by addressing climate change, working towards universal healthcare: Prabhu

Eco/Invest/Demography, Pandemic       Nov 26, 2020

The future of the world is also the responsibility of the G20, and the grouping of developed and emerging economies must guide and lead the world by addressing climate change and working towards universal healthcare, India's Sherpa to G20 Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday. Addressing...

Europe's drugs watchdog expects first marketing application for coronavirus vaccine in days

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Nov 26, 2020

BRUSSELS: Europe's drugs watchdog said on Thursday it expects to receive the first application for conditional marketing approval for a Covid-19 vaccine "in the coming days", the latest step towards making a shot available outside the United States. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) did not...

Covid vaccine rush in China raises fears of booming black market

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Nov 26, 2020

, Before a planned trip to the U.S., Cheng wanted to get vaccinated against Covid-19. To do so, he asked a friend working at a cold-chain logistics company in southeast China to pretend he was employed by the firm, allowing Cheng access to one of...

The biggest threat to Covid-19 vaccination could be fake news and misinformation

PARIS: As early as February, with the global pandemic spreading fast, the World Health Organization issued a warning about an "infodemic", a wave of fake news and misinformation about the deadly new disease on social media. Now with hopes hanging on Covid-19 vaccines, the WHO...

CEO says AstraZeneca likely to run new global Covid vaccine trial: Report

Eco/Invest/Demography       Nov 26, 2020

  AstraZeneca is likely to run an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its Covid-19 vaccine, its chief executive Pascal Soriot was quoted as saying on Thursday after questions over the results from its late-stage study. Instead of adding the trial arm to an...

Aviation bodies seek airport slots waiver for much of 2021

Eco/Invest/Demography       Nov 26, 2020

Global aviation heavyweights led by airline body IATA are pushing to suspend airport slot access rules until October 2021, a document seen by Reuters showed, while giving some ground to budget carriers angered by measures they deem anti-competitive. The draft proposal to be issued jointly...

Action needed to spur British government-backed pandemic insurance, says project chair

Eco/Invest/Demography, Non-Life, Pandemic, Reinsurance       Nov 26, 2020

FRANKFURT/LONDON: An effort in Britain to create a government-backed pandemic insurance scheme has got bogged down in complexity and action is needed to drive it forward, the head of a committee investigating the idea said on Wednesday. Stephen Catlin, chairman of the Pandemic Re Steering...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand's Ardern set to declare climate emergency

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government is to declare a climate emergency in a symbolic step to increase pressure for action to combat global warming. The government will put forward a motion to declare the emergency next Wednesday, the government said as parliament...

Global coronavirus cases surpass 60 million infections 

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Nov 25, 2020

  The global tally of confirmed coronavirus cases hit 60 million on Wednesday, with the pace of new infections accelerating and the United States reporting record numbers of hospitalizations, according to a Reuters tally.Officials in the United States, the worst-affected country in the world, urged Americans...

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