Coronavirus: US buys up almost entire world supply of COVID-19 drug remdesivir

The US has bought up almost the entire global supply of one of two drugs used to treat coronavirus which UK patients helped test. Remdesivir, which was developed to treat Ebola, is produced almost exclusively by US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Read More …

New swine flu with pandemic potential identified by China researchers

Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study in the US science journal PNAS, although experts said there is no imminent threat. Named G4, it is Read More …

COVID-19: WHO reports record daily global case increase as known infections pass 8.9m

Concerns that Donald Trump’s inner circle might pressure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rush a coronavirus vaccine to market in time for the presidential election have risen after the White House attacked the agency for reversing itself on an experimental Read More …

UK: NHS COVID-19 app developers ‘tried to block rival symptom trackers’

NHSX, the health service technology unit responsible for the government’s failed contact-tracing app, attempted to block rival apps to protect its own, hampering efforts to track the early spread of the coronavirus. Developers of several apps were urged to stop Read More …

China halts salmon imports over possible link to Beijing outbreak as consumers leap to conclusions

China has halted imports from European salmon suppliers amid fears they may be linked to a coronavirus outbreak at a Beijing market , although experts say the fish itself is unlikely to carry the disease. State-run newspapers reported that the Read More …

Travellers from the UK take COVID-19 back into New Zealand after three weeks of no infections

Two new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in New Zealand – both related to recent travel from the UK – after the country went more than three weeks with no confirmed new infections. Both women, from the same family, Read More …

Beijing reimposes lockdown measures after new Covid-19 outbreak

Parts of Beijing have reimposed lockdown measures after a cluster of locally transmitted coronavirus cases emerged nearly two months after the Chinese capital appeared to have stamped out the virus. The outbreak, linked to a major wholesale food market, raised Read More …

Ebola: Congo hit by second outbreak as country faces coronavirus and measles crises

A second Ebola outbreak has hit Congo as the country struggles to cope with coronavirus and the world’s largest measles outbreak, health officials have announced. The Democratic Republic of the Congo had not yet declared an official end to Ebola in its Read More …

Coronavirus: China’s plan to test everyone in Wuhan

China has been carrying out an ambitious plan to test everyone in Wuhan, the city where the Covid-19 pandemic began, following the emergence of a cluster of new infections. The authorities had pledged to test the city’s inhabitants over a Read More …