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Death tolls in Italy and Spain surge – as it happened

This blog is now closed. We’ve launched a new blog at the link below: Coronavirus news – live 11.58pm GMT We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: France to ease lockdown as global deaths pass 1.4m 11.26pm GMT Appearing with first lady Melania Trump in front of the White House, the president made brief remarks thanking healthcare workers and researchers working on a Covid-19 vaccine.According to tradition, two turkeys na...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, White House, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Melania Trump, COB, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: Macron says worst of French second wave over; death tolls in Italy and Spain surge

French president says lockdown to ease; Italy reports most daily deaths since late March; Spain’s daily deaths highest of second waveFrance announces limited lockdown easingRussia says data on Sputnik Covid vaccine shows 95% efficacyAfrica’s largest Covid treatment trial launched by 13 countriesOxford vaccine hit 90% success rate thanks to dosing error 8.10pm GMT French president Emmanuel Macron has announced the start of a phased easing of lockdown restrictions.The progression from one phas...
Tags: Europe, Science, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: daily death tolls surge in Italy and Spain

Italy reports most daily deaths since late March; Spain’s daily deaths highest of second wave; Swedish watchdog condemns shortcomings in nursing homesFrance to control lockdown easing with Europe wary of festive surgeRussia says data on Sputnik Covid vaccine shows 95% efficacyAfrica’s largest Covid treatment trial launched by 13 countriesOxford vaccine hit 90% success rate thanks to dosing errorUK coronavirus – latest updates 6.06pm GMT Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, has said ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Canada, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Justin Trudeau, Jessica Elgot, Peter Walker


Coronavirus live news: daily death toll in Italy highest since March; six-person limit at Spanish Christmas gatherings

Italy reports 853 Covid-related deaths; Spain to limit Christmas gatherings to six; Swedish watchdog condemned serious shortcomings in nursing homesFrance to control lockdown easing with Europe wary of festive surgeRussia says data on Sputnik Covid vaccine shows 95% efficacyAfrica’s largest Covid treatment trial launched by 13 countriesOxford vaccine hit 90% success rate thanks to dosing errorUK coronavirus – latest updates 5.09pm GMT France is set to become the latest country to ease corona...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Spain, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Ankara, Reuters, Emmanuel Macron


Africa's largest Covid treatment clinical trial launched by 13-country network

Anticov study with international research institutions aims to stop disease progression and protect fragile health systemsA network of 13 African countries has joined forces with global researchers to launch the largest clinical trial of potential Covid-19 treatments on the continent.The Anticov study, involving Antwerp’s Institute of Tropical Medicine and international research institutions, aims to identify treatments that can be used to treat mild and moderate cases of Covid-19 early and prev...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Global development, Antwerp, Global Health, Coronavirus, Anticov, Institute of Tropical Medicine


Coronavirus live news: Swedish nursing homes criticised for Covid handling; Germany mulls 10-people Christmas rule

Swedish watchdog condemned serious shortcomings after thousands die in nursing homes; Angela Merkel to discuss plan with state premiersOxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has up to 90% efficacyLatest vaccine to be sold to developing countries at cost priceFrench man fined for breaking lockdown to ‘smash a guy’s face in’Shanghai Covid outbreak ‘traced to cargo from North America’ 12.17pm GMT An outbreak of coronavirus among mink in Denmark led the country to announce a mass cull of the 15-17m animals...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Poland, Denmark, North America


Coronavirus live news: Germany could allow Christmas gatherings of 10 people; Hong Kong to close bars again

Angela Merkel to discuss plan with state premiers; Hong Kong facing renewed virus surge; WHO says experts to investigate origins of virusOxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has up to 90% efficacyLatest vaccine to be sold to developing countries at cost priceFrench man fined for breaking lockdown to ‘smash a guy’s face in’Shanghai Covid outbreak ‘traced to cargo from North America’ 10.17am GMT Taiwan, Thailand, and increasingly Vietnam are showing the strongest recovery in the travel sector as most o...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, West, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Who, Vietnam


Coronavirus live news: WHO virus sleuths to go to China; Germany could allow Christmas gatherings of 10 people

WHO says experts to be allowed to investigate origins of virus; German state premiers to discuss proposals with Angela MerkelOxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has up to 90% efficacyLatest vaccine to be sold to developing countries at cost priceFrench man fined for breaking lockdown to ‘smash a guy’s face in’Shanghai Covid outbreak ‘traced to cargo from North America’ 9.21am GMT The South China Morning Post has posted a sombre video on Twitter about Covid-19 burials being delayed in US.The bodies o...
Tags: Europe, New York, Science, France, China, Germany, US, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, North America, South China Morning Post


Coronavirus live news: WHO says foreign experts to go to China soon; US tops 10,000 weekly deaths

UK aims to inoculate those most at risk from Covid by Easter; Spain’s king self isolating after virus contact; avoiding family gatherings at Christmas ‘best bet’, says WHOOxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has up to 90% efficacyLatest vaccine to be sold to developing countries at cost priceFrench man fined for breaking lockdown to ‘smash a guy’s face in’Shanghai Covid outbreak ‘traced to cargo from North America’ 12.25am GMT Travellers arriving in England from abroad face a shorter spell in quarant...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, China, US, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Who, North America


Vaccine results bring us a step closer to ending Covid, says Oxford scientist

Latest breakthrough comes as PM says he hopes most at-risk could be immunised by EasterCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world is moving a step closer to ending the coronavirus pandemic, the scientist behind Britain’s first vaccine has declared, as Boris Johnson said he hoped the majority of those most at-risk could be immunised by Easter.Successful trial results for the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine, suggesting it could protect up to 90% of people, are the ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Oxford, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Coronavirus, COVID


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson says new tiers will be tougher than before as he unveils winter Covid plan

Latest updates: PM unveils post-lockdown plan; Starmer says three-tier system is risky; London and South East England still seeing rising casesOxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has up to 90% efficacyHow a handful of scientists developed Oxford vaccine at speedEverything we know so far about Oxford vaccineUS, Germany and UK could start jabs as early as DecemberCoronavirus – latest global updates 4.20pm GMT The Commons is back, but not the PM.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is responding to Mark...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, London, Scotland, Christmas, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Nicola Sturgeon, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Tory


Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine will be sold to developing countries at cost price

Jab that is part of global initiative to distribute doses will remain at low price ‘in perpetuity’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca will be available at cost – not for profit – “in perpetuity” to low and middle income countries in the developing world.The details of arrangements to supply poorer countries came as AstraZeneca revealed the interim results of phase 3 trial of a vaccine that is being hera...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to be sold to developing countries at cost price

Jab that is part of global initiative to distribute doses will remain at low price ‘in perpetuity’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca will be available on a non-profit basis “in perpetuity” to low- and middle-income countries in the developing world.The details of arrangements to supply poorer countries came as AstraZeneca revealed the interim results of a phase 3 trial of the vaccine, which is being he...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson to address MPs about post-lockdown rules for England

Latest updates: PM to unveil post-lockdown plan; London and South East England still seeing rising casesOxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has up to 90% efficacyHow a handful of scientists developed Oxford vaccine at speedEverything we know so far about Oxford vaccineUS, Germany and UK could start jabs as early as DecemberCoronavirus – latest global updates 3.27pm GMT Boris Johnson will make his statement to MPs on coronavirus at 3.30pm.Mostly he will be explaining the new rules that will apply for...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, London, Scotland, Christmas, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Nicola Sturgeon, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation


Covid: Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine has up to 90% efficacy, data reveals

Vaccine developed in UK by AstraZeneca and Oxford University ‘will save many lives’, says scientistCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid vaccine developed in the UK by Oxford University and AstraZeneca can protect 70.4% of people from becoming ill and – in a surprise result – up to 90% if a lower first dose is used, results from the final trial show.The Oxford vaccine is the third to produce efficacy results, following Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna whose vaccines we...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, US, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Oxford University, Moderna, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Oxford AstraZeneca results open up Covid vaccine to developing countries

Jab can be kept in fridge and is part of global initiative to distribute doses at limited costCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe efficacy of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine opens the way for a cheap and more easily transportable vaccine to be made available to some of the world’s poorest countries.Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, AstraZeneca’s experimental vaccine is already a part of Covax, the global initiative which hopes to distribute some 2bn doses ...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Coronavirus, Oxford University AstraZeneca, Oxford AstraZeneca


How a handful of scientists developed Oxford vaccine at breakneck speed

Team’s coronavirus work built on decades of research pioneered by Sarah Gilbert and Adrian HillOxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine ‘has up to 90% efficacy’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt the heart of Oxford’s effort to produce a Covid vaccine are half a dozen scientists who between them brought decades of experience to the challenge of designing, developing, manufacturing and trialling a safe vaccine at breakneck speed.Prof Sarah Gilbert, the Kettering-born project le...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Oxford, Vaccines and immunisation, Sarah Gilbert, Kettering, Adrian Hill, Coronavirus, Adrian HillOxford AstraZeneca Covid


France to ease Covid rules as Asian countries consider stricter action

WHO says Europe faces third wave early in 2021 if nations repeat their failures to prepareCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance is preparing to ease its Covid-19 lockdown rules in the weeks leading up to Christmas with new daily caseloads falling and pressure building from retailers to allow the annual shopping season to go ahead.But parts of east Asia that were thought to be controlling the disease have raised the possibility of new restrictions. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Europe, Japan, Science, France, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Who, Coronavirus


France to ease Covid rules as Asian countries consider stricter measures

Macron set to announce path out of lockdown, as Japan and South Korea react to rise in casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance is preparing to ease its Covid-19 quarantine in the weeks leading up to Christmas with new daily caseloads falling and pressure building from retailers to allow the annual shopping season to go ahead, as parts of east Asia that were thought to be controlling the disease flagged new restrictions.The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will o...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Europe, Japan, Science, France, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Coronavirus


Is this the beginning of an mRNA vaccine revolution? | Adam Finn

No one knew whether mRNA technology would work against this virus – but it does. It’s an extraordinary moment for scienceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe past few months have brought a number of scientific terms to public attention. We’ve had to digest R (a virus’s reproduction number) and PCR (the polymerase chain reaction method of testing). And now there’s mRNA. This last one has featured heavily in recent news reports because of the spectacular results of two n...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Adam Finn


Do mRNA vaccines for Covid signal a new era in disease prevention? | Adam Finn

No one knew whether mRNA technology would work against this virus – but it does. It’s an extraordinary moment for scienceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe past few months have brought a number of scientific terms to public attention. We’ve had to digest R (a virus’s reproduction number) and PCR (the polymerase chain reaction method of testing). And now there’s mRNA. This last one has featured heavily in recent news reports because of the spectacular results of two n...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Adam Finn


Why the race to find Covid-19 vaccines is far from over

Despite the promising news from Pfizer and Moderna, other efforts – which may be even more effective – continue around the worldCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile everyone celebrated this month’s news that not one but two experimental vaccines against Covid-19 have proved at least 90% effective at preventing disease in late-stage clinical trials, research into understanding how the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, interacts with the human immune system neve...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Moderna, Coronavirus, Pfizer BioNTech


Michael J Fox: ‘Every step now is a frigging math problem, so I take it slow’

After living with Parkinson’s for 30 years, the actor still counts himself a lucky man. He reflects on what his diagnosis has taught him about hope, acting, family and medical breakthroughsThe last time I spoke to Michael J Fox, in 2013, in his office in New York, he was 90% optimistic and 10% pragmatic. The former I expected; the latter was a shock. Ever since 1998, when Fox went public with his diagnosis of early-onset Parkinson’s disease, he has made optimism his defining public characteristi...
Tags: New York, Science, Television, Drama, Film, Society, Fox, Medical Research, Culture, Television & radio, Back To The Future, Parkinson's Disease, The Good Wife, Michael J Fox, Lucky Man, Parkinson


Covid vaccine technology pioneer: 'I never doubted it would work'

Katalin Karikó’s mRNA research helped pave way for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna’s successful workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Hungarian-born biochemist who helped pioneer the research behind the mRNA technology used in the two Covid-19 vaccines showing positive results believes it was always a no-brainer.“I never doubted it would work,” Katalin Karikó told the Guardian. “I had seen the data from animal studies, and I was expecting it. I always wished that I woul...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Chemistry, Medical Research, Vaccines and immunisation, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Moderna, Coronavirus, Pfizer BioNTech, Katalin Karikó


Scientists race to find 'warm' Covid vaccine to solve issue of cold storage

With potential injectable vaccines estimated to be out of reach for two-thirds of world’s population, scientists hope to find less-heat-sensitive formulationsNews that one of the potential coronavirus vaccines had at least a 90% efficacy rate was a “victory for science”, said K Srinath Reddy, a cardiologist and president of the Public Health Foundation of India. But it meant little to his country’s 1.3 billion citizens.“For us, the Pfizer vaccine is more of a scientific curiosity than a practica...
Tags: Science, Africa, Americas, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Reddy, Global Health, K Srinath Reddy, Coronavirus, Public Health Foundation of India


Coronavirus is evolving. Whether it gets deadlier or not may depend on us | Laura Spinney

There’s now evidence that ignoring social distancing rules could help more lethal strains of Covid-19 to win outCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLetting the virus that causes Covid-19 circulate more-or-less freely is dangerous not only because it risks overwhelming hospitals and so endangering lives unnecessarily, but also because it could delay the evolution of the virus to a more benign form and potentially even make it more lethal.Though the data is still sketchy an...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Biology, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Norway, Laura Spinney, Coronavirus


Covid-19 antibodies reduce faster in men than women – study

Finding has implications for one-size-fits-all approach to vaccine developmentAntibody levels against the virus that causes Covid-19 appear to fall faster in men than women, a study suggests, in a finding that could have implications for vaccine research.Historically, medical research has often taken a one-size-fits-all approach, lumping women and men together despite growing evidence that the sexes differ in how they catch and fight disease. Covid-19 seems to be a case in point, with women more...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Researchers confirm human-to-human transmission of rare virus in Bolivia

Chapare virus, which causes haemorrhagic fevers, was transmitted to health workers in La Paz and resulted in three deaths Researchers with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discovered human-to-human transmission of a rare virus in Bolivia belonging to a family of viruses that can cause haemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola.The news is a reminder that scientists are working to identify new viral threats to humankind, even as countries around the world battle a new wave of Covid-...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Bolivia, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Hopes of Covid vaccine for more than 1bn people by end of 2021

Moderna becomes second firm to reveal positive results with nearly 95% protection in trialsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 1 billion people could be immunised against coronavirus by the end of next year with shots from the first two companies to reveal positive results, after the latest vaccine was shown to be nearly 95% effective in trials.With the US’s top infectious diseases official, Anthony Fauci, hailing “the light at the end of the tunnel”, the US bio...
Tags: Health, Science, US, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Anthony Fauci, Moderna, Coronavirus


Latest vaccine success is good news but high price may restrict access

Moderna results show Pfizer success was not flash in the pan, but poorer countries may have to look elsewhereCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe success of Moderna’s vaccine against Covid-19 is reason for the whole world to cheer. The results from an interim analysis of the trial data are remarkably similar to those of Pfizer/BioNTech a week ago. Most people – Moderna says 94.5% in its trial, Pfizer said more than 90% – were protected from illness.It’s fantastic news....
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