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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


In hunt for Covid’s origin, new studies point away from lab leak theory

Amid the heavily politicised debate, a lot of evidence now points to a natural spillover event – but other causes cannot be ruled outCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has raised so many questions as it has continued its inexorable spread across the planet, but perhaps the first of them remains the most contentious: where did Sars-CoV-2 come from?In recent weeks there has been renewed focus on whether it could have escaped from a Chinese laborato...
Tags: Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


‘Gamechanging’ £10m environmental DNA project to map life in world’s rivers

eBioAtlas programme aims to identify fish, birds, amphibians and land animals in freshwater systems from the Ganges to the MekongConcealed by the turbid, swirling waters of the Amazon, the Mekong and the Congo, the biodiversity of the world’s great rivers has largely remained a mystery to scientists. But now a multimillion-pound project aims to describe and identify the web of life in major freshwater ecosystems around the world with “gamechanging” DNA technology.The International Union for Cons...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Science, Biology, Animals, Africa, Environment, Americas, World news, Fish, Genetics, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Peru, Amazon Rainforest


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


More countries restrict travel from UK over Delta variant fears

Ireland to double to 10 days its quarantine period for UK travellers who are not fully vaccinated Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final stag...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, India, UK News, World news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Ireland to double quarantine period for unvaccinated UK arrivals

Travellers not fully vaccinated face 10 days in quarantine amid concerns over spread of Delta variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final s...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, India, UK News, World news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


China set to deliver 1bn Covid vaccine doses by end of this week

Cash incentives and gifts offered to fulfil target of vaccinating 40% of population by end of monthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina is on track to deliver 1bn vaccine doses by the end of this week, after bolstering production and distribution networks in an ambitious drive to vaccinate 40% of the population by this month.Chinese authorities have been encouraging people to take the free and voluntary doses with cash incentives, gifts and colour-coded signage to ...
Tags: Health, Science, China, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


China set to administer 1bn Covid vaccine doses by end of this week

Cash incentives and gifts offered to fulfil target of vaccinating 40% of population by end of monthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina is on track to administer 1bn vaccine doses by the end of this week, after bolstering production and distribution networks in an ambitious drive to vaccinate 40% of the population by this month.Chinese authorities have been encouraging people to take the free and voluntary doses with cash incentives, gifts and colour-coded signage ...
Tags: Health, Science, China, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Eradicating polio is finally within reach. Why is the UK taking its foot off the pedal? | Anne Wafula Strike

Instead of cutting the aid budget – including 95% from the plan to stamp out the disease – Britain should take a global leadDespite the Covid pandemic, there have been just two recorded cases of wild polio in 2021 – in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two remaining hiding places for the disease. But eradication is not guaranteed. Polio is virulent and spreads quickly. Even one case poses a threat to unvaccinated children everywhere, which is why a new strategy launched last week by the Global Polio...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Britain, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Aid, Global development, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Anne Wafula Strike


Vaccines and oxygen run out as third wave of Covid hits Uganda

Vaccine thefts reported and hospitals unable to admit patients as cases leap 2,800% in a month Uganda has all but run out of Covid-19 vaccines and oxygen as the country grapples with another wave of the pandemic.Both private and public medical facilities in the capital, Kampala and in towns across the country – including regional hubs in Entebbe, Jinja, Soroti, Gulu and Masaka – have reported running out or having acute shortages of AstraZeneca vaccines and oxygen. Hospitals report they are no l...
Tags: Health, Science, Africa, Society, World news, Uganda, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, Global development, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Kampala, Masaka, Global Health, Coronavirus


Though it is newly respectable, the Wuhan lab theory remains fanciful | David Robert Grimes

Conspiracy theories on origins distract from tackling the pandemic and boost tawdry blame gamesIn the storm of disinformation since the emergence of Covid-19, the assertion that the virus is human-created has lingered on the fringes. This outlandish conjecture, once confined to conspiracy theorists, has undergone a renaissance after Joe Biden’s insistence that scientists should investigate the possible lab origins of Covid. From Vanity Fair to the Washington Post, the theory has been given a ven...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, China, World news, Joe Biden, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Wuhan, Occam, David Robert Grimes, Coronavirus, Covid From Vanity Fair


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


Rapid Covid tests used in mass UK programme get scathing US report

Innova tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the tests sh...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


US health agency gives lateral flow Covid tests scathing report

Innova rapid tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass-testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the te...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


Solar eclipse 2021: the crescent sun – in pictures

From New Jersey to Milton Keynes, skygazers in the northern hemisphere were able to see a partial solar eclipse, witnessing a crescent sun in an eclipsed sunrise in some parts of the worldSolar eclipse 2021: spectacle visible across UK and Ireland Continue reading...
Tags: Space, UK, Science, World news, Ireland, New Jersey, The Sun, The moon, Milton Keynes, Solar eclipses


Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08amA celestial phenomenon is under way, with observers in the UK set to see a crescent sun as viewers in the Arctic enjoy an annular solar eclipse.An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun. This causes the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon known as the “ring...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, Russia, UK News, World news, Earth, Ireland, The Sun, Northern Ireland, Arctic, The moon


Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle to be visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08amViews of a partial solar eclipse will be “somewhat fleeting” across certain parts of the UK due to cloudy skies, forecasters have said.But those in central and south-east England will have clear spells to witness the spectacle, according to the Met Office. On Thursday morning, skygazers will be able to see nearly a third of the sun being blocked out by the moon in what is known as an annular...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, UK News, World news, Ireland, The Sun, Northern Ireland, Met Office, The moon, UK Weather


Leading biologist dampens his ‘smoking gun’ Covid lab leak theory

Nobel laureate David Baltimore says he overstated case, and the origins of the virus are still unknownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA Nobel prize-winning US biologist, who has been widely quoted describing a “smoking gun” to support the thesis that Covid-19 was genetically modified and escaped from a Wuhan lab, has said he overstated the case.David Baltimore, a distinguished biology professor, had become one of the most prominent figures cited by proponents of the s...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, US, World news, Wuhan, David Baltimore, Coronavirus


Knowledge of medicinal plants at risk as languages die out

Loss of linguistic diversity may lead to disappearance of age-old remedies unknown to science, study warnsKnowledge of medicinal plants is at risk of disappearing as human languages become extinct, a new study has warned. Indigenous languages contain vast amounts of knowledge about ecosystem services provided by the natural world around them. However, more than 30% of the 7,400 languages on the planet are expected to disappear by the end of the century, according to the UN. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Environment, Life and style, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Alternative Medicine, Health & wellbeing, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Language, Plants, Amazon Rainforest, Indigenous Peoples


Huge two-day underwater avalanche sent mud 1,000km into ocean

Event may have gone unnoticed had it not slowed data traffic between Nigeria and South AfricaA vast underwater avalanche sent mud and sand more than 1,000km out into the ocean over the course of two days, rupturing submarine cables and disrupting internet traffic on Africa’s western coast, scientists have revealed.The avalanche, the longest sediment flow ever recorded, travelled more than 1,100km from its source at the mouth of the Congo river along a deep ocean canyon, according to a new study....
Tags: Science, Technology, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Congo, Avalanches


24,000-year-old organisms found frozen in Siberia can still reproduce

Russian scientists find bdelloid rotifers deep in remote permafrostA microscopic worm-like creature, labelled an “evolutionary scandal” by biologists for having thrived for millions of years without having sex, has now been shown to persist for at least 24,000 years in Siberian permafrost and then reproduce, researchers have found.Multicellular invertebrates that are solely female, bdelloid rotifers are already renowned for their resistance to radiation and ability to withstand rather inhospitab...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Siberia, Zoology


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


FDA approves first new Alzheimer’s drug in almost 20 years

Usefulness of aducanumab is disputed but US approval will trigger push to make it available globallyA controversial new drug for Alzheimer’s disease, the first in nearly 20 years, was approved in the US on Monday, triggering pressure to make it available worldwide in spite of mixed evidence over its efficacy.While doctors, patients and the organisations that support them are desperate for treatments that can slow mental deterioration, the usefulness of the new drug,aducanumab, is disputed by sc...
Tags: Health, Science, Drugs, US, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Alzheimer's, Fda, Biogen


European Commission drops plan to ban UK from science projects

Move comes after concerns from diplomats Britain was being treated as if it posed a similar risk to ChinaThe European Commission has dropped plans for a blanket ban on UK involvement in EU research on space projects and supercomputers after a backlash from member states and leading scientists.Thierry Breton, the former French finance minister who is now the EU internal market commissioner, had claimed the EU needed to keep control of intellectual property and that the UK’s involvement was an una...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, Science, Eu, European Union, World news, Britain, European Commission, Thierry Breton, ChinaThe European Commission


EC drops plans to ban UK from science projects after backlash

Research bodies voice opposition to exclusion of UK from space projects and super computer researchThe European Commission has dropped plans for a blanket ban on UK involvement in EU research on space projects and super computers after a backlash from member states and leading scientists.Thierry Breton, the former French finance minister who is now the EU internal market commissioner, had claimed the EU needed to keep control of intellectual property and that the UK’s involvement was an unaccept...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, Science, Eu, European Union, World news, European Commission, EC, Thierry Breton


A victim of its own success: how Taiwan failed to plan for a major Covid outbreak

Once a poster child for blocking coronavirus, Taiwan failed to fully prepare a pandemic response or vaccination rolloutCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile most of the world suffered through hundreds of millions of cases and millions of deaths from Covid-19, the 23.5 million people in Taiwan largely lived a normal life, thanks to a well-documented strong and early response that saw it go 250 days without a single local case. It lobbied for inclusion in the World Heal...
Tags: Science, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Coronavirus


FDA to announce its decision on new Alzheimer’s drug

Usefulness of aducanumab is disputed but US approval will trigger push to make it available globallyA new drug for Alzheimer’s disease, the first in nearly 20 years, may be approved in the US on Monday, which would trigger pressure to make it available worldwide.Any decision is likely to be controversial. While doctors, patients and the organisations that support them are desperate for treatments that can slow mental deterioration, the usefulness of the new drug,aducanumab, is disputed by scien...
Tags: Health, Science, Drugs, US, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Alzheimer's, Fda, Biogen


Covid Delta variant ‘about 40% more transmissible’, says Matt Hancock

Under-30s to be offered jabs from next week but variant makes decision on easing rules in England ‘more difficult’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe new Delta variant of coronavirus appears to be about 40% more transmissible than the variant it has largely replaced, Matt Hancock has said, making government decisions about whether to ease restrictions in England on 21 June “more difficult”.Saying that under-30s will be called to begin vaccinations from next week, the ...
Tags: Politics, England, Science, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


HIV after Covid: Anthony Fauci and an army of researchers seek to regain momentum

In the summer of 1981, public health professionals faced a terrifying crisis. Their work helped shape victories against the current pandemic – but some fear hard-won ground is lostAs Anthony Fauci marks 40 years since HIV emerged, he regrets how the extraordinary disruptions that Covid-19 have wreaked upon society have hampered efforts to tackle the major pandemic that preceded it. Related: 'Brand-new disease, no treatment, no cure': how Anthony Fauci's fight against Aids prepared him to tackl...
Tags: Science, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, US domestic policy, Aids and HIV, Anthony Fauci, Coronavirus



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