Bloglikes - Science https://www.bloglikes.com/c/science en-US Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:25:01 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Peer-reviewed scientific study claims COVID-19 is embedded in our DNA, can be cured with magical amulets, also Stonehenge https://boingboing.net/2020/12/02/peer-reviewed-scientific-study-claims-covid-19-is-embedded-in-our-dna-can-be-cured-with-magical-amulets-also-stonehenge.html

This news comes from a peer-reviewed paper in the academic journal Science of the Total Environment, based on a study that was, allegedly, supported through funding provided by the US National Institutes of Health. Mark Hay from The Daily Beast sums it up perfectly:

The coronavirus may not really be all that novel.

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Coronavirus live news: Poland exceeds 1m cases; Germany inches towards tougher lockdown https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/dec/02/coronavirus-live-news-cdc-suggests-first-vaccines-to-us-healthcare-workers-england-emerges-from-lockdown Poland grapples with shortage of doctors; German states heading for stricter measures; Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved in UK

12.04pm GMT

People living in areas with Covid-19 spread should wear masks in shops, workplaces and schools if ventilation is not adequate, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

Health workers could wear N95 masks if available when caring for Covid-19 patients, but the only proven protection is when they are doing aerosol-generating procedures, the UN agency said, updating its previous guidance from June.

11.59am GMT

Swiss ski resorts are ploughing ahead with preparations for the year-end holiday season despite pressure from neighbouring Italy, France and Germany to shut until the latest coronavirus wave passes.

Health minister Alain Berset has proposed limits on the capacity of ski lifts at Christmas and the New Year, but lift operators and mountain regions who already expect many foreign visitors to stay away during the festive period bristle at added restrictions.

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Beware fake coronavirus vaccines, says Interpol https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/02/beware-fake-coronavirus-vaccines-says-interpol Agency warns police forces to prepare for criminal gangs to try to sell illicit vaccines

Interpol has issued a global alert to law enforcement agencies around the world warning them that organised crime networks may try to sell fake Covid-19 vaccines or steal real .

The global police coordination agency, based in France, said on Wednesday it had issued an orange alert to police forces in its 194 member states warning them to prepare for organised crime to target vaccines both physically and online.

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UK Approves Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine For Distribution Early Next Week https://gizmodo.com/uk-approves-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-for-distribution-ea-1845789441

Health authorities in the UK have approved a coronavirus vaccine developed by U.S.-based pharma company Pfizer and German-based biotech firm BioNTech, according to a press release from the two companies. The first doses will be given free to some of the most vulnerable Britons and health care workers early next…

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Coronavirus live news: Russia has record daily Covid deaths; UK to get vaccine from next week https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/dec/02/coronavirus-live-news-cdc-suggests-first-vaccines-to-us-healthcare-workers-england-emerges-from-lockdown Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved in UK; Russia suffers worst day of record daily Covid deaths; US reported over 100,000 cases every day in November

8.48am GMT

International tourist arrivals to Spain fell 87% year-on-year in October, official data show, after authorities imposed new travel restrictions.

Over the first 10 months of the year, 17.9 million foreign tourists visited Spain, about 76% fewer than in the same period of 2019, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said. Tourists spent 90% less in October than in the same month a year ago, INE said.

8.39am GMT

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Poland country will surpass 1m on Wednesday, the country’s health minister, Adam Niedzielski, has told the private radio station TOK FM.

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'There's a gaping hole in our knowledge': the scientists studying why gamers invert their controls https://www.theguardian.com/games/2020/dec/02/scientists-studying-why-gamers-invert-their-controls Our article asking why so many players invert their controls provoked a fierce debate that has now caught the attention of researchers into visual perception

It is one of the most contentious aspects of video game playing – a debate where opposing sides literally cannot see each other’s perspective. When the Guardian ran an article asking why a large minority of game players invert the Y axis on their controls – meaning that they push their joypad’s thumb stick down to move upwards on the screen – the response was huge. Hundreds of comments vociferously arguing why axis inversion was the only way to navigate a game world, and hundreds more incredulously arguing the opposite.

The purpose of the article was to discover reasons for this dichotomy in visual perception. Was axis inversion just a habit picked up from playing flight simulators or did it point to fundamental differences in how people perceive themselves in virtual worlds? There was no conclusion, but the argument raged on Twitter for days.

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Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine approved for use in UK to be rolled out next week https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/02/pfizer-biontech-covid-vaccine-wins-licence-for-use-in-the-uk ‘Historic moment’ opens way for mass immunisation with first doses to arrive in coming days

The UK has become the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid, opening the way for mass immunisation with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to begin in those most at risk next week.

The vaccine has been authorised for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), ahead of decisions by the US and Europe. The MHRA was given power to approve the vaccine by the government under special regulations before 1 January, when it will become fully responsible for medicines authorisation in the UK after Brexit.

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UK approves Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine for rollout next week https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/02/pfizer-biontech-covid-vaccine-wins-licence-for-use-in-the-uk ‘Historic moment’ allows mass immunisation, with 800,000 doses expected to be available next week

The UK has become the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid, opening the way for mass immunisation with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to begin next week for those most at risk.

The vaccine has been authorised for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), before decisions by the US and Europe. The MHRA was given power to approve the vaccine by the government under special regulations before 1 January, when it will become fully responsible for medicines authorisation in the UK after Brexit.

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On the same day China landed a probe on the moon, the US's massive telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/IAboHWqA-nk/china-successfully-collects-lunar-samples-while-us-telescope-falls-2020-12

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  • On the same day that China collected lunar rocks in a groundbreaking space mission, a critical US telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed.
  • The observatory, built in 1963, was a beacon for US astronomical research, lasted through natural disasters, and inspired generations of Puerto Rican researchers.
  • China's successful accomplishment with the Chang'e-5 probe is the first time since the 1970s that lunar samples have been collected, and if the spacecraft returns to Earth safely in mid-December, will mark a massive step forward in space exploration. 
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On Tuesday, the United States and China experienced vastly different events in the world of space exploration and observation.

The Arecibo Observatory, a colossal telescope located in Puerto Rico, collapsed after deteriorating sharply since August. The Arecibo Observatory had been operating as a center for astronomical observations for 57 years. 

Meanwhile, far from the Earth's atmosphere, the unmanned Chang'e-5 probe, a Chinese spacecraft, landed on the moon to bring lunar materials back to Earth for the first time in almost 50 years, the Chinese government announced.

China's moon landing and retrieval of lunar rocks mark the first time a country has acquired sample materials from the moon since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 mission in 1976, according to NASA. 

US astronauts in NASA's Apollo program last retrieved over 800 pounds of lunar samples between 1969 and 1972. 

The two separate events on the same day show the stark contrast between China's recent investment in space exploration and research and the US's space efforts, which often have shifting budgets and priorities.

As Business Insider previously reported, there are myriad roadblocks to the US going back to the moon, including the cost of space exploration and priorities shifting with each new presidential administration.

China's moon program began roughly a decade ago with a $180 million investment and with orbiter launches in 2007 and 2008. According to a 2019 report from Fortune, while the US still spends the most on space exploration, China's spending has increased 349% over 15 years.

China National Space Administration An unmanned Chinese spacecraft landed on the Moon on December 1, state media reported, the latest milestone in a mission to collect samples from the lunar surface.

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The Chang'e-5 spacecraft which landed will eventually dock with the rest of the spacecraft remaining in orbit, and from there the samples will head back to Earth in the orbiter. If all remaining steps proceed smoothly, the samples will land in mid-December in the Inner Mongolia region.

In Puerto Rico, the observatory's suspended telescope fell about 450 feet and crashed into the observatory's reflector dish on Tuesday morning, according to the US National Science Foundation.

Built in the 1960s, the observatory was initially funded by the US Department of Defense and is now overseen by the National Science Foundation and the University of Central Florida. The telescope made key scientific discoveries, such as tracking asteroids headed towards the Earth, and helped with research leading to a Nobel prize. It was also one of the iconic backdrops of the James Bond movie, "Goldeneye."

Puerto Rican meteorologist Ada Monzón cried on air Tuesday announcing the fall of the telescope. November marked a tragic end not only to the observatory's structure but also to the observatory's potential uses in the future, as the NSF announced plans to decommission the observatory, prior to the collapse. 

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Coronavirus live news: UK to get vaccine from next week; England enters tier system after lockdown https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/dec/02/coronavirus-live-news-cdc-suggests-first-vaccines-to-us-healthcare-workers-england-emerges-from-lockdown Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved in UK; New tier system replaces lockdown; US reported over 100,000 cases every day in November

7.19am GMT

No actual virus is needed to create an mRNA vaccine. This means the rate at which it can be produced is dramatically accelerated. As a result, mRNA vaccines have been hailed as potentially offering a rapid solution to new outbreaks of infectious diseases.

7.18am GMT

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The UK approved Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine, the first Western nation to give it the green light http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/-juzoRzR170/pfizer-and-biontech-covid-19-vaccines-approved-by-uk-regulator-2020-11 Vaccines can't be rolled out in a country until its drug regulator has scrutinized and approved it.

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  • The UK regulator on Wednesday approved a COVID-19 vaccine made by the US Pharma giant Pfizer and German biotech BioNTech.
  • The approval makes the UK the first western nation to approve one of the several vaccines in the late stages of development.
  • The UK government said that the vaccine will be made available next week.
  • Pfizer and BioNTech started developing the experimental shot in March. Usually vaccine research takes several years.
  • Vaccine frontrunners AstraZeneca and Moderna have submitted trial data for their COVID-19 vaccines to regulators, but they haven't been signed off.
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The UK has become the first Western country to officially have a new coronavirus vaccine, the government announced Wednesday.

The country's regulatory body, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), gave its approval to the vaccine developed by US drugmaker Pfizer and the small German firm BioNTech.

In a press release, the government said that the vaccine would be available within a week.

It said: "The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for use.

"This follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness."

The UK has ordered around 40 million doses. Officials have said that healthcare workers will get priority to start with.

Matt Hancock, the UK minister in charge of the healthcare system, said of the news on Twitter: "The NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week. The UK is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply."

The MHRA said that Pfizer's vaccine protects against COVID-19 — the disease caused by coronavirus — and is safe, after it reviewed all the vaccine's data including from a large, late-stage clinical trial of 43,661 volunteers. 

Pfizer submitted the data to the regulators on 23 November, after it announced preliminary results that its vaccine was 95% effective.

The turn-around from the MHRA has been unusually quick, with regulators in other countries — including the FDA, EMA and authorities in Canada, Japan and Australia — still scrutinizing the data.

Pfizer's vaccine is a new mRNA technology that uses genetic material to stimulate the immune system to protect against coronavirus infection.

The regulatory approval in the UK marks a milestone for Pfizer, but also for other vaccine-makers, like Moderna, that use mRNA technology too. It signals that similar vaccines could work safely and effectively too.

Read more: How the pharma giant Pfizer teamed up with a little-known biotech to develop an effective coronavirus vaccine in record time

Pfizer and BioNTech themselves plan to deliver 50 million doses across the world by the end of 2020, with production ramping up to produce more than 1 billion in 2021. 

The supply chains to get the vaccine to those who need it are already in place in the UK, authorities said. They include designated "hubs" that can store the vaccine. It requires ultra-low temperatures for shipping, and then can be stored for up to 5 days in a normal vaccine fridge.

Read more: Drugmakers behind 3 coronavirus vaccines say they work. Here's everything we know about the race for a vaccine and when you might be able to get a shot.

The milestone approval is significant, but it's just the start. In order to end the pandemic, roughly 80% of the global population vaccine must be immunized.

"Finding a vaccine is not going to end the pandemic overnight, but we are hopeful of being one step closer to defeating this terrible virus," said UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma.

The vaccine is given as two shots, two weeks apart, and experts have already raised concerns about people returning for the second shot, especially if they get side-effects.

Scientists are also in the unusual position of learning about a disease at the same time as they're creating vaccines against it. They're still investigating how long the vaccine's protection lasts for, and whether additional shots will be required. It's also unclear whether it stops people from spreading the virus to others. 

Above all, we don't know how well Pfizer's vaccine will work in real life. However, tracking its use in millions of people is the only way to figure this out. And there's added benefit that this knowledge could be applied to other harmful diseases.

"Pretty soon the question 'Why only COVID?' will come," Albert Bourla, Pfizer's CEO said at a Goldman Sachs healthcare conference. "If we prove that you can make vaccines in less than a year, OK, why can't we do that with other medicines, with cancer medicines?"

Read more: Pfizer's top scientist tells us the pharma giant is already thinking about a new version of its coronavirus vaccine for 2021 that can overcome one of its biggest limitations

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Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine wins licence for use in the UK https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/dec/02/pfizer-biontech-covid-vaccine-wins-licence-for-use-in-the-uk ‘Historic moment’ opens way for mass immunisation with vaccine to target those most at risk

The UK has become the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid, opening the way for mass immunisation with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to begin in those most at risk.

The vaccine has been authorised for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), ahead of decisions by the US and Europe. The MHRA was given power to approve the vaccine by the government under special regulations before 1 January, when it will become fully responsible for medicines authorisation in the UK after Brexit.

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Coronavirus live news: England enters tier system after lockdown as US hospitalisations surge https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/dec/02/coronavirus-live-news-cdc-suggests-first-vaccines-to-us-healthcare-workers-england-emerges-from-lockdown New tier system replaces lockdown; US reported over 100,000 cases every day in November; India reports under 50,000 cases for 25th straight day

6.06am GMT

The efforts of eight people who have continued working on heritage, community and arts projects during the Covid crisis have been celebrated in a spectacular light show at Stonehenge.

Related: Stonehenge lights up in tribute to Covid's heritage champions

5.45am GMT

From avoiding family members to skipping extra study at “cram schools”, the coronavirus has forced nearly half a million South Korean test-takers and proctors to rethink their strategies ahead of a hyper-competitive university entrance exam this week.

Reuters: The gruelling, almost eight-hour test on Thursday is seen as a life-defining event for high school seniors. A degree from a prestigious university is seen as a minimum requirement for securing one of the coveted but limited corporate jobs in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

This year teachers, proctors and students drastically changed their study and teaching practices to try to ensure those taking the test don’t ruin their chances by getting sick.

“We take caution not just in classes but also during lunch, sitting facing the walls, eating alone and not talking at all,” said one teacher who will also serve as a proctor, speaking on condition of anonymity as she was not authorised to speak to the media.

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Apple's Best Apps of the Year Reflect the Shitshow That Was 2020 https://gizmodo.com/apples-best-apps-of-the-year-reflect-the-shitshow-that-1845788467

Each December, Apple picks the best App Store games and apps that debuted or rose to popularity in the preceding year. It’s usually a hodge-podge of social apps, wellness services, and addictive games with a few under-the-radar surprises for good measure. But in the year 2020, which forced us all to stay at home in…

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Drinking blocks a chemical that promotes attention https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uoth-dba120120.php Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Science UT Health San Antonio Building resiliency in children as the COVID-19 pandemic continues through the holidays https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/nch-bri113020.php Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Science Nationwide Children s Hospital Octapharma presents results of study on Octagam® 10% for severe COVID-19 patients at ASH https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/ypr-opr112420.php Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Science Octapharma USA Keeping California a powerhouse of almond production https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/asoa-kca113020.php Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Science California ETRI, DGIST develop new electrode structure for all-solid-state secondary battery https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/nrco-edd120120.php Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Science Native American ancestry associated with more mutations in EGFR gene among Latin Americans https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/aafc-naa113020.php Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Science Latin America EGFR LGB adults may be less likely to take statins to prevent heart disease https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/aha-lam113020.php Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Science LGB New lab-on-a-chip infection test could provide cheaper, faster portable diagnostics https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/icl-nli120120.php Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Science The Big Crunch https://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/2020/12/the-big-crunch.html  Arecibo has fallen.

Dennis Vazquez via Facebook: He took these pictures of the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory. You can see the debris and the remains of the platform and the Gregorian Dome. pic.twitter.com/xneOGSVFYi

— Wilbert Andrés Ruperto (@ruperto1023) December 1, 2020

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The US is averaging one COVID-19 death per minute, according to a global heath expert http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/t3fdqGwi4sw/us-averaging-one-covid-19-death-per-minute-cdc-expert-2020-12 Medical staff move a patient on a gurney across the skyway at Mt. Sinai Morningside Hospital on May 18, 2020 in New York City.

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  • The US is averaging one death from COVID-19 per minute, Dr. Beth Bell, a global health expert who serves on a CDC vaccine advisory panel, said Tuesday.
  • Bell shared the figure at a meeting for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which operates under the CDC.
  • The federal advisory panel met Tuesday afternoon to discuss and vote on recommendations for the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.
  • The committee voted that healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staff should be first in line to receive the vaccine from the initial limited supply.
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The US is averaging one death from COVID-19 per minute, according to a global health expert who serves on an advisory panel under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The grim death rate was shared at a Tuesday meeting for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which operates under the CDC. The federal advisory panel met Tuesday afternoon to discuss and vote on recommendations for the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.

Dr. Beth Bell, a global health expert at the University of Washington who serves as the work group co-chair for the panel, put that death rate into the perspective of the three-hour meeting.

"There is an average of one covid death per minute right now," she said during the meeting. "In the time it takes us to have this ACIP meeting 180 people will have died from COVID-19, so we are acting none too soon."

The committee voted that an estimated 21 million healthcare workers and three million nursing home residents and staff should be first in line to receive the vaccine from the initial limited supply, according to The Washington Post.

Healthcare workers are among the first to receive the vaccine in order to better protect them at the front lines as they treat COVID-19 patients in hospitals. Business Insider's Aria Bendix reported that they could start receiving shots as early as mid-December.

Residents and staffers at nursing homes and long-term care facilities are also first in line, according to the ACIP's recommendations. The group made up 6% of COVID-19 cases reported in the US and 40% of total deaths, citing data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Though the group voted to prioritize distribution to residents and staff at long-term care facilities, some ACIP members had doubts about voting to approve the recommendation.

Dr. Keipp Talbot, an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University and ACIP member, said it was concerning that the recommendation goes against traditional vaccine rollout methods.

"We have traditionally tried a vaccine in a young healthy population and then hoped it works in our frail, older adults. That concerns me on many levels, particularly for this vaccine," Talbot said in the meeting, adding that the staff member should have higher priorities than the residents as it could have more of an effect in stemming the spread of the coronavirus in the communities.

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Voted To Ban Police From Using Facial Recognition Tech https://gizmodo.com/massachusetts-lawmakers-vote-to-ban-police-from-using-f-1845788518

Massachusetts lawmakers voted on Monday to pass a police reform bill that would outlaw the use of facial recognition technology by police departments and other public agencies in the state.

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Microsoft Will Fix the Creepiest Part of Its 'Productivity Score' Thing https://gizmodo.com/microsoft-will-fix-the-creepiest-part-of-its-productivi-1845787864

After Microsoft caused an uproar with its very weird, very invasive “Productivity Score” tool, which essentially spied on Microsoft 365 users’ activity and reported it back to their employers, the company has walked back the creepiest part of that feature.

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Coronavirus live news: CDC suggests first vaccines to US healthcare workers; England enters tier system https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/dec/02/coronavirus-live-news-cdc-suggests-first-vaccines-to-us-healthcare-workers-england-emerges-from-lockdown US hospitalisations surge; New tier system replaces lockdown; BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna file for EU approval of Covid-19 vaccine

12.08am GMT

In England, the government has announced details of the new three tier system that will come into effect in when the four-week national lockdown across the country ends on 2 December.

Non-essential shops in all areas can reopen, as can gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses, with the formal instruction to stay at home coming to an end. The “rule of six” will again apply for outdoor gatherings in all areas.

Related: Tier 2 lockdown rules in England: the latest Covid restrictions explained

11.57pm GMT

Hello, my name is Helen Sullivan and I’ll be bringing you the latest pandemic news for the next few hours.

You can get in touch with me on Twitter @helenrsullivan or via email: helen.sullivan@theguardian.com.

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Google Maps' New Community Feed Will Make Researching Your Favorite Local Spots Easier https://gizmodo.com/google-maps-new-community-feed-will-make-researching-yo-1845787925

If you’ve ever tried in vain to figure out whether or not a local restaurant takes reservations, or spent hours researching the perfect hiking trail only to arrive and find it closed for maintenance, you understand the unique hassle of living in a society. Things are always changing! It’s all terribly confusing and…

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Waymo Is Building an Entire Fake City to Improve Its Driverless Car Testing https://gizmodo.com/waymo-is-building-an-entire-fake-city-to-improve-its-dr-1845785591

As much as I love technology, there’s still a lot about it that I don’t trust. Driverless cars are one of them. One horror story about an autopilot malfunction is enough to scare most people away from the tech, and that’s definitely the case for me. I’ve spent 15 years learning how to dodge a car that’s about to merge…

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Trump's vaccine czar said he has 'no reason to believe' the FDA has altered how it reviews COVID-19 vaccines, amid reports of the president's frustration over how long the process takes http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/OSAoqVZfHi8/operation-warp-speed-chief-fda-separate-from-development-task-force-2020-12 Dr Moncef Slaoui speaks at a White House press conference on May 15, 2020, announcing a program to rapidly develop a coronavirus vaccine.

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  • Operation Warp Speed's Moncef Slaoui said in an interview with the Washington Post that the US Food and Drug Administration should do a "thorough job" reviewing COVID-19 vaccines and that he has "no reason to believe they sped up or slowed down the process."
  • ABC and Axios have reported that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has summoned the head of the FDA to ask why the agency has not moved faster in approving a vaccine.
  • President Donald Trump has reportedly been worried that Joe Biden might "steal" credit for the coronavirus vaccine.
  • Slaoui, Trump's vaccine czar, told the Post that he has only met with the FDA 10 times in the last 7 months. He also said he might resign from his role at Operation Warp Speed after Christmas.
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The head of the Trump administration's vaccine development agency said the US Food and Drug Administration should do a "thorough job" reviewing COVID-19 vaccines. The president has reportedly expressed frustration over the FDA's process.

"I think the FDA should be doing a thorough job to make sure the review of the vaccines are complete and in-depth and fully scientifically driven, and then have a good discussion and review with their advisory committee, and come to the appropriate decision," Moncef Slaoui, the chief science advisor at Operation Warp Speed, said in a Washington Post interview Tuesday morning. "I have no reason to believe they sped up or slowed down the process."

Slaoui told the Post he has had limited interaction with the FDA ahead of their COVID-19 vaccine review process. He added he only met with the FDA 10 times in the last 7 months, and has "appropriately" set up a firewall between the group and Operation Warp Speed during the review process.

Slaoui's remarks come shortly after ABC and Axios reported that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows summoned the head of the FDA to ask why the agency has not moved faster. Peter Marks, the director of the FDA's coronavirus vaccine review process, previously told Business Insider the review could take "weeks" total as the agency carefully vets the trial data. A panel of outside experts that advises the FDA will convene to discuss Pfizer's vaccine trial on December 10

Slaoui took the role heading Operation Warp Speed in May on the condition that politics would not interfere with the development process. Operation Warp Speed donated $3.5 billion to six promising vaccine candidates. Two of which, belonging to pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and biotech upstart Moderna, have filed with the FDA for emergency authorized use.

Read more: We spoke to Trump's coronavirus vaccine czar about when he anticipates getting a coronavirus vaccine, the secrecy around Operation Warp Speed, and his typical day that starts at 2:30 a.m.

Trump has touted the efforts of Operation Warp Speed, which has given $955 million to Moderna to advance its clinical trial and $1.95 billion to Pfizer to manufacture and distribute vaccines. Trump has reportedly worried president-elect Joe Biden might "steal" credit for the coronavirus vaccine, which likely will not reach most Americans until mid-2021.

Slaoui told the Post he has not yet met with Biden, but will provide him with information if the president-elect reaches out. He added he might leave the agency as a chief advisor after Christmas, and instead take a "sporadic," supportive role away from the public eye, a decision that has "nothing to do with politics" or the new administration.

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[Author: insider@insider.com (Allana Akhtar)]

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