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Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Coronavirus treatments: the potential ‘game-changers’ in development

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential gamechanger that could provide a new way to protect the most vulnerable people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Molnupiravir joins a growing list of medicines that have shown promise. Here are some ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Drugs, Singapore, India, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Switzerland


Latest developments in medical treatment for coronavirus

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential game-changer that could provide a new way to protect the most vulnerable people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Molnupiravir joins a growing list of medicines that have shown promise. Here are some...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Drugs, Singapore, India, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Switzerland


Rules on GM farming and cars to be top of UK bonfire of EU laws

Minister reveals plans to change laws inherited from EU, with rules on medical devices also in crosshairsRules on genetically modified farming, medical devices and vehicle standards will be top of a bonfire of laws inherited from the EU as the government seeks to change legislation automatically transferred to the UK post-Brexit.Thousands of laws and regulations would be reviewed, modified or repealed under a new programme aimed at cementing the UK’s independence and “Brexit opportunities”, Davi...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Technology, Law, Environment, David Cameron, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Medical Research, Farming, Gm


Food fraud and counterfeit cotton: the detectives untangling the global supply chain

Amid the complex web of international trade, proving the authenticity of a product can be near-impossible. But one company is taking the search to the atomic levelFive years ago, the textile giant Welspun found itself mired in a scandal that hinged on a single word: “Egyptian”. At the time, Welspun was manufacturing more than 45m metres of cotton sheets every year – enough to tie a ribbon around the Earth and still have fabric left over for a giant bow. It supplied acres of bed linen to the like...
Tags: Food, Business, Science, Fair Trade, Walmart, Earth, Egypt, Food & drink industry, Global Economy, Fashion industry, Manufacturing sector, Welspun, Welpsun


Algebra: the maths working to solve the UK’s supply chain crisis

The calculations behind filling supermarket shelves are dizzyingly complex – but it all starts with the x and y you know from schoolNando’s put it succinctly on its Twitter feed last month: “The UK supply chain is having a bit of a mare right now.” Getting things on to supermarket shelves, through your letterbox or into a restaurant kitchen has certainly become problematic of late. It’s hard to know exactly where to pin the blame, though Covid and Brexit have surely played a part. What we can do...
Tags: Business, UK, Science, Mathematics, Brexit, Supply Chain Crisis


A year that changed the world – and medical companies’ fortunes

While Covid sent many firms to the wall, others prospered by spotting opportunities, from test kits to mask coatingsThe pandemic has taken a heavy toll on business, gutting high streets as familiar names fell into receivership. But for some less well-known firms, the past 18 months have been transformational. Those that have thrived did so by carving out a new niche – with products as varied as Covid sequencing technology kits and surgical masks with virus-killing coatings. We asked some of them...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Investing, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID


From coffee to microchips – how the supply chain crisis is disrupting UK plc

All you need to know about who is affected and why it’s the worst supply chain crisis since the 1970sFast food chains are running out of chicken. Hauliers’ wage bills are going through the roof. Crops are rotting in the fields. The scale of Britain’s supply chain meltdown is the worst since the 1970s, when the three-day week, power cuts and industrial disputes saw rubbish pile up in the streets.Fast forward four decades and the shortages in modern Britain stem from Covid-19 disrupting an intrica...
Tags: Coffee, Food, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Environment, International Trade, Economics, House Prices, Petrol Prices, European Union, UK News, Housing Market, Commodities


Disinfection robots and thermal body cameras: welcome to the anti-Covid office

A workplace in Bucharest filled with anti-virus innovations could become the new normal in office design, its creators hopeExplainer: what are UK workers’ rights when asked to return?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNot so long ago it may have seemed more like a futuristic vision of the workplace – or a hospital.But the hands-free door handles, self-cleaning surfaces, antimicrobial paint, air-monitoring display tools, UV light disinfection robots, and 135 other measure...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Real Estate, UK, Science, Technology, Money, Life and style, Society, World news, Financial Sector, Commercial Property, Work & careers, Infectious Diseases, Romania


Disinfection robots and thermal body cameras: welcome to the Covid-free office

A workplace in Bucharest filled with anti-virus innovations could become the new normal in office design, its creators hopeExplainer: what are UK workers’ rights when asked to return?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNot so long ago it may have seemed more like a futuristic vision of the workplace – or a hospital.But the hands-free door handles, self-cleaning surfaces, antimicrobial paint, air-monitoring display tools, UV light disinfection robots, and 135 other measure...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Real Estate, UK, Science, Technology, Money, Life and style, Society, World news, Financial Sector, Commercial Property, Work & careers, Infectious Diseases, Romania


UK regulator approves ‘first of its kind’ Covid antibody treatment

Sajid Javid says green light for Ronapreve – which was used to treat Donald Trump – is ‘fantastic news’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe antibody cocktail used to treat Donald Trump for Covid has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator, becoming the first treatment in Britain using artificial antibodies to tackle the virus.The drug, developed by the US biotech company Regeneron, has received the backing of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agenc...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, US, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Pharmaceuticals industry, Sajid Javid, Donald Trump


UK approves rollout of ‘first of its kind’ Covid antibody treatment

Ronapreve can be used to treat symptoms of acute infection after successful clinical trialsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe medicines regulator has approved use of the first treatment in the UK using artificial antibodies to prevent and fight Covid-19.The health secretary, Sajid Javid, said approval of the first drug designed specifically for coronavirus in the country is “fantastic news” and he hoped it could be rolled out for patients on the NHS as soon as possib...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Sajid Javid


UK orders extra Covid vaccines for autumn 2022 booster campaign

Pfizer reportedly asked to supply 35m more doses, with final go-ahead for this year’s programme still awaitedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters have started ordering vaccines for a booster campaign in autumn 2022, with Pfizer reportedly being asked to supply the UK with a further 35m doses.The government has still not give the final go-ahead for the vaccine booster programme expected this autumn, but it is understood to have placed the order with Pfizer despite...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus


Uber CEO Says Requiring Vaccines for Drivers and Riders Would be Fair, But Not Happening

There are two types of people in Uber’s world, according to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi: office workers and drivers. Besides differences in salaries and benefits, there will now be another factor that separates the two. Office workers will be required to get vaccines in order to go to work, but drivers will not. Read more...
Tags: Uber, Business, Science, Articles, Vaccination, Dara Khosrowshahi, Businesspeople, Technology Internet, Health Medical Pharma, Location Based Software


As Delta spreads, Pfizer and Moderna get set for a booster shot to profits

The firms are already taking the lion’s share of earnings from the market, as this week’s results will showPraised for preventing hundreds of thousands of deaths and allowing a return to more normal life, Covid vaccines will also substantially benefit some pharmaceutical companies.In June, analysts estimated the global market for the vaccines could be worth $70bn (£50bn) this year, but the figure could be even higher as the Delta variant of coronavirus spreads and scientists debate whether peopl...
Tags: Business, Science, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Pfizer, Moderna, Coronavirus


How Donald Bren’s $100 million gift powers Caltech space electricity idea

A solar panel in a lab of the Space Solar Power Project at Caltech. Donald Bren donated $100 million to this project. (Courtesy: Caltech) Sketch of solar array from the Space Solar Power Project at Caltech. Donald Bren donated $100 million to this project. (Courtesy: Caltech) Microscopic closeup of technology used in Caltech’s Solar Space Power Project. Donald Bren has given $100 million-plus to fund the research. (Courtesy: Caltech) A look at how thin the solar panels are for Caltech’s S...
Tags: Amazon, Energy, Business, Real Estate, Science, News, Education, California, Housing, Environment, Sport, Soccer, Richard Branson, Silicon Valley, Pasadena, Local News


$100M gift from Irvine Co.’s Bren powers Caltech space electricity idea

A solar panel in a lab of the Space Solar Power Project at Caltech. Donald Bren donated $100 million to this project. (Courtesy: Caltech) Sketch of solar array from the Space Solar Power Project at Caltech. Donald Bren donated $100 million to this project. (Courtesy: Caltech) A look at how thin the solar panels are for Caltech’s Solar Space Power Project. Donald Bren has given $100 million-plus to fund Caltech’s research. (Courtesy: Caltech) Microscopic closeup of technology used in Calte...
Tags: Amazon, Energy, Business, Real Estate, Science, News, Education, California, Housing, Environment, Sport, Soccer, Richard Branson, Silicon Valley, Pasadena, Local News


Richard Branson flies to edge of space in Virgin Galactic passenger rocket plane

Branson’s Virgin Galactic went into sub-orbital flight days ahead of a rival launch by Jeff BezosThe British entrepreneur Richard Branson has successfully flown to the edge of space and back in his Virgin Galactic passenger rocket plane, days ahead of a rival launch by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, as the two billionaires compete to kick off a new era of space tourism.Seventeen years after Branson founded Virgin Galactic to develop commercial spacecraft and cater to future space tourists, the space...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Space, Science, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, New Mexico, Jeff Bezos, Branson, Jeff, Spaceport America


Richard Branson’s quest: to boldly go where no billionaire has gone before

Successful flight on Virgin Galactic craft would mark the next phase of space tourism race with Jeff BezosIt does not often rain in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Nevertheless, Sir Richard Branson is likely to feel nervous as he checks the weather forecast on Sunday morning: if there are blue skies ahead then the British entrepreneur is likely to become the richest person ever to venture into space.Branson and his team – two pilots and three other “mission specialists” – will strap into the spacecraft,...
Tags: Business, Space, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, US, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Branson, LAS CRUCES New Mexico, Jeff BezosIt


Traffic-light system of ‘eco-scores’ to be piloted on British food labels

UK government and major brands back bid to help consumers assess environmental impact of productsA new traffic light system on food and drinks packaging is being launched to allow consumers to make more environmentally friendly choices.The scheme has been put together by Foundation Earth, a new non-profit organisation backed by the government, global food giant Nestlé and British brands including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, the Co-op and Costa Coffee. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Business, UK, Science, Environment, UK News, Food & drink industry, Agriculture, Marks Spencer Sainsbury, Foundation Earth, Costa Coffee Continue


Covid jabs for billions of humans will earn their makers billions of dollars

We look at the drug firms – led by Pfizer and Moderna – that are set to profit most in an unprecedented global vaccination driveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDrugmakers led by US firms Pfizer and Moderna stand to make tens of billions of dollars from their Covid-19 vaccines this year and next, given G7 governments’ pledge to vaccinate the entire world by the end of 2022, but sales are likely to drop sharply thereafter, according to analysts.Acclaimed for allowing a ...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, US, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Moderna, Coronavirus, Karen Andersen, Morningstar Continue


Kiwi wars: the golden fruit fuelling a feud between New Zealand and China

One firm’s attempt to regain control of illegal cultivation shows Auckland’s lack of leverage over its largest trade partnerIt is the story of a global superpower, a smuggling operation, pestilence and a small hairy fruit.Ubiquitous on supermarket shelves and in lunchboxes, the humble kiwi is New Zealand’s most valuable horticultural export. Recent battles for control of the fruit, however, have shone a light on tensions in New Zealand’s relationship with China. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Business, Science, China, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Farming, Fruit, Food & drink industry, Agriculture, New Zealand, Auckland, Kiwi


Next-generation battery may unlock the future for electric vehicles

To curb global warming, policymakers say, we need to switch from gas-powered cars to driving clean, non-polluting electric vehicles. Major automakers plan to make that happen, promising a full line of electric vehicles by 2030. But there’s just one little speed bump on the road to electrification: We don’t have the capacity to make enough batteries for all those plug-ins. Electric vehicle sales will jump four-fold in the U.S. in the next five years, climbing from 1.8% of all car sales in 2020 to...
Tags: Energy, Business, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Environment, Tesla, Sport, Automotive, Soccer, United States, Autos, Harry Potter, Biden, Department Of Energy, Cornell University


Covid outbreaks in Chinese ports could cause global goods shortages

Combination of rise in demand for products as some countries reopen and lockdowns in some port cities mean prices could climbAn outbreak of Covid-19 in southern China has combined with the rapid reopening of the world economy and a shortage of shipping containers to cause a surge in transport costs that could fuel inflation and cause shortages of goods across the globe.China reported 21 new coronavirus cases in the mainland on Wednesday with 15 of them in the vital industrial province of Guangdo...
Tags: Business, Science, China, India, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global Economy, Guangdong, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid lockdown: should England open up on 21 June?

The prime minister has a host of problems to weigh up before deciding to remove all legal restrictions on social contactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe key issue is the extent to which infections of the Delta variant first detected in India will lead to hospitalisations and deaths. The problem is that it’s too early to say. Because of the lag between cases and admissions to hospital, many experts say a short delay could be a major benefit to understanding that rel...
Tags: Business, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Immunology, Imperial College London, Anne Cori, Coronavirus


Should England open up on 21 June? The factors Johnson must consider

The prime minister has a host of problems to weigh up before deciding to remove all legal restrictions on social contactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe key issue is the extent to which infections of the Delta variant first detected in India will lead to hospitalisations and deaths. The problem is that it’s too early to say. Because of the lag between cases and admissions to hospital, many experts say a short delay could be a major benefit to understanding that rel...
Tags: Business, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Immunology, Imperial College London, Anne Cori, Coronavirus


Rocket men: Bezos, Musk and Branson scramble for space supremacy

Experts say three billionaires have upended the traditional model for human spaceflight and are shaping a thriving new eraIt was a week in which two space-faring billionaires tussled again in their futuristic game of cosmic oneupmanship. And this time, for once, Elon Musk was not at the party.The declaration that Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and world’s richest man, was heading into space next month on the first crewed launch of his Blue Origin New Shepard rocket was followed quickly by an app...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, World news, US news, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Branson, Bezos Musk


Is hormone-treated beef bad for us?

Nearly half of Australia’s cattle is treated with growth hormones to speed up weight gain. Australian regulators say these hormones are safe and legal, but in the EU and the UK, they’re banned. However a new free-trade agreement currently under negotiation could see a change in policy in the UK, and cause Australia’s beef exports to the UK to rise tenfold. Science writer Donna Lu speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about this trade agreement, and the impact of hormone-treated beef on humans, animals an...
Tags: Health, Food, Business, UK, Science, Australia, International Trade, Beef, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Australia news, Farming, Global Economy, Agriculture


UK tightens borders and travel rules as variants spark new alarm

Dominant variant ‘more likely to cause serious illness’ PHE data indicate as Grant Shapps warns of threat to reopening on 21 JuneCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters have moved to tighten Britain’s borders as new data suggests the Delta coronavirus variant is much more likely to cause serious illness and is circulating more rapidly within schools.With England’s reopening on 21 June hanging in the balance, the government removed Portugal from the green list of cou...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, England, Science, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Portugal, Vaccines and immunisation, Transport policy, Grant Shapps, Coronavirus



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