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Image of article 'Fauci, Azar cast doubt on Putin's coronavirus vaccine claim'

Fauci, Azar cast doubt on Putin's coronavirus vaccine claim

He said the U.S. process should enable the production of a "gold-standard, safe and effective vaccine" available in the tens of millions of doses by the end of the year.

Azar said the U.S. is combining the powers of its government, economy and biopharmaceutical industry to "deliver as quickly as we can for the benefit of the United States' citizens, but also for the people of the world, safe and effective vaccines."

Separately, U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said during a visit to Taiwan Wednesday that the push to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is "not a race to be first."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday he hopes Moscow has "actually definitively proven that the vaccine is safe and effective.

Two leading voices on health issues in the U.S. are expressing skepticism about Russian President Valdimir Putin's claim that his country was the first to develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine.

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Naked tourist caught on video climbing onto Buddhist shrine in Thailand

Police Lieutenant Somkit said: “The correct procedure is for psychological reports to be produced which will help us when considering any charges or fines.

They said that she was now being held at the Suan Prung hospital while doctors make medical reports to be handed to police.

Officers arrived and detained her before taking her to the local hospital to sober up.

Farah Haque, 28, shocked locals when she took off her clothes and climbed onto the religious site in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, yesterday evening.

A drunk tourist sparked outrage after stripping off and climbing onto a Buddhist shrine in Thailand.

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Renova up 19% on advancement of CellMist for burns (OTCMKTS:RCAR

Ultra-thinly traded micro cap RenovaCare (OTCPK:RCAR ) is up almost a 5x surge in volume, albeit on turnover of only 87K shares, in reaction to its announcement that the FDA has conditionally signed off on a clinical trial evaluating autologous stem cells rendered by its CellMist System applied with the SkinGun spray device for the treatment of thermal burns.

The open-label single-arm study will enroll 14 patients with partial-thickness second- or third-degree thermal burn wounds.

The company says it is working to complete the agency's technical requirements so it may proceed with the study.

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Texas COVID Positivity Rate Hits New Record High As Bill Gates Slams US "Testing Insanity": Live Updates

Update (1850ET): After the US added 1 million new cases in roughly 2 weeks to surpass 5 million cases, the New York State's positivity rate on Sunday tumbled to a record low of 0.78%, while Texas's positivity rate climbed to a record high for the second straight day.

The Texas Health Department said that its seven-day average for COVID-19 positivity has reached a new record high of 20.3%.

Finally, Bill Gates on Sunday decried the "testing insanity" gripping the US, which he said had caused the country to fall behind the rest of the world.

Though the numbers have rebounded a bit over the past week, on average, the daily numbers across the US have declined from a recent peak, as the outbreak in the Sun Belt outpaced the outbreak in New York.

As Australia's second-most-populous state, Victoria (the home of its second-largest city, Melbourne) continues to struggle with the country's largest outbreak yet, neighboring New Zealand has just confirmed its 100th straight day without even a single coronavirus transmission.

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Image of article 'New York’s largest hospital network had to buy garden hoses to fix ventilators: book'

New York’s largest hospital network had to buy garden hoses to fix ventilators: book

The book describes how Long Island Jewish Forest Hills was so overwhelmed by the pandemic that 423 COVID patients were transferred to its other hospitals during a four-week period — and 17 people died at the Queens hospital on a single day in March.

Fortunately, Northwell officials said, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and federal health officials had this time waived many of regulations and laws, which exempted doctors and hospitals from medical malpractice suits and making it easier to convert space into COVID-treatment units.

GEORGIA SCHOOLS REPORT CASES OF CORONAVIRUS AMONG STUDENTS, STAFF AMID REOPENINGS The newly-published 187-page book — co-written by Dowling and Northwell’s chief journalist/editor Charles Kenney — is believed to be the first major book written by front-line medical providers who confronted the killer bug’s devastating impact on New York, costing 32,000 lives.

This experience and many others resulted in Northwell Health seeking to buy its own medical supply company so it never again has to rely on China or other governments for vital goods like vents, scrubs and masks.

At one point during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, staffers at New York’s largest hospital network were forced to shop at hardware stores for garden hoses to make the ventilators they had received from the state actually work, according to a new book.

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Qualcomm now wants to sell processors to Huawei after HiSilicon loss

Qualcomm is lobbying the U.S. government for a license to sell chips to Huawei, the Wall Street Journal reported.

As the Chinese company is no longer able to build chips with HiSilicon due to new restrictions placed on it by the U.S., it is now unable to rely on its own chips as it used to and now has to seek out partners and suppliers.

As U.S. companies can still do business with Huawei if they manage to acquire a license, Qualcomm has been lobbying hard to get one as per the Journal's report.

"If Qualcomm is subject to export licensing, but its foreign competitors are not, U.S. government policy will cause a rapid shift in 5G chipset market share in China and beyond," the American chip maker said.

While Huawei may not be able to sell phones as effectively outside China, the company is large enough in China (a huge market in itself) that a company like Qualcomm would still benefit from working well with Huawei.

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One of the most important things you need to kill the coronavirus is still impossible to find

Dorer told Reuters that grocery stores won’t be fully stocked until sometime next year, as Clorox is struggling with overwhelming demand.

But it turns out you may have a harder time finding some of the supplies you need to wipe down surfaces around you, as Clorox CEO Benno Dorer revealed earlier this week that disinfecting wipes supply will continue to be constrained through 2021.

Clorox took several measures to increase the production of its popular disinfecting wipes and expects supply to meet demand sometime next year.

Clorox disinfecting wipes continue to be in short supply, the company confirmed earlier this week.

Clorox usually stocks an excess supply of hygiene products for the flu season, but the pandemic drove up sales for disinfectants.

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Kodak deal with US government to produce pharmaceuticals appears to be on hold

The company’s plans included production of ingredients for drugs such as hydroxychloroquine, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Kodak CEO Jim Continenza told The Wall Street Journal that he expected pharmaceuticals to become 30 to 40 percent of the company’s business.

Kodak said Friday it was conducting an internal review of recent activity by the company in connection with a $765 million loan it would receive under the Defense Production Act to produce pharmaceuticals.

An agreement between the US government and Kodak to develop generic drug ingredients appears to be on hold, after the US International Development Finance Corporation tweeted that “recent allegations of wrongdoing raise serious concerns.”

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), chair of the House Financial Services Committee and other Democrats sent a letter to DFC head Adam Boehler August 4th asking why the agency was supporting a loan for Kodak, “an organization that was on the brink of failure in 2012 and was unsuccessful in its previous foray into pharmaceutical manufacturing, in its efforts to develop the capacity to produce up to 25 percent of domestic pharmaceutical components.”

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Canada Exports Basic Chemicals And Industrial Chemical Products | 1988-2020 Data

Exports (Bop) - Basic Chemicals And Industrial Chemical Products in Canada increased to 1288.20 CAD Million in June from 1132.30 CAD Million in May of 2020.

Exports (Bop) - Basic Chemicals And Industrial Che in Canada averaged 1114.63 CAD Million from 1988 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 2146.90 CAD Million in July of 2008 and a record low of 287.30 CAD Million in December of 1989.

This page includes a chart with historical data for Canada Exports of (bop) - Basic Chemicals And Industrial.

Exports (Bop) - Basic Chemicals And Industrial Chemical Products in Canada is expected to be 1593.71 CAD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations.

Looking forward, we estimate Exports (Bop) - Basic Chemicals And Industrial Chemical Products in Canada to stand at 1593.71 in 12 months time.

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Image of article 'Property news: The DIY jobs that could knock up to £70,000 off your house value'

Property news: The DIY jobs that could knock up to £70,000 off your house value

Planting trees in your garden Gardens have become even more valuable than before thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, with Britons realising the importance of having some outdoor space.

However, while you may have been green-fingered over the last few months and planting new additions to your garden, it’s worth considering a buyer’s perspective if you’re planning to sell up in the future.

Paul Keighley, Residential Partner at Bramleys Estate Agents, explained: “Always take advice about tree planting.

“While certain species have a small root base, others can stretch further than the height of the tree.

“These roots can crack drains, break driveways and ultimately affect the foundations of the house and become a costly fix.”

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Pfizer, Gilead Strike Multiyear Partnership To Manufacture COVID-19 Drug Remdesivir

"Our Veklury manufacturing network now includes more than 40 companies in North America, Europe and Asia," according to Gilead.

In that spirit, we are pleased that Gilead is using our manufacturing capacity to help facilitate supply of this medicine to patients as quickly as possible," Albert Bourla, Pfizer chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

The Pfizer-Gilead Partnership: Pfizer said it has entered a multiyear agreement with Gilead to manufacture and supply Gilead's investigational antiviral remdesivir, as it joins a host of companies lending a helping hand to scale up the supply of coronavirus drugs.

Large-cap biopharma companies Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) announced a deal Friday for GIlead's remdesivir, which has been accorded emergency use authorization by the FDA for treating COVID-19.

PFE, GILD Price Action: At last check, Pfizer shares were trading down slightly at $38.26, while Gilead shares were up 0.66% at $69.26.

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Pfizer to help manufacture Gilead's remdesivir

Shares of Pfizer Inc.

PFE, +0.47% gained 1.0% in premarket trading on Friday after it announced that it will help manufacture Gilead Sciences Inc.'s GILD, +0.78% COVID-19 treatment remdesivir as part of a multi-year agreement.

Gilead's stock was up 0.6% on Friday before the market opened.

Remdesivir, which has received an emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for severely ill COVID-19 patients, has not been formally approved by the regulator.

Since the start of the year, Pfizer's stock is down 2.3%, shares of Gilead have gained 5.9%, and the SP 500 SPX, +0.06% has rallied 3.6%.

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SSE sends letters threatening to cut off elderly womans energy supply

However, SSE can send the letters to Andrew too under the Standards of Conduct licence condition which says that suppliers need to understand vulnerable consumer circumstance and support appropriately.

An SSE Energy Services spokesperson said: 'We've called Mr J to reassure him that we will not disconnect the property and explained that if he provides up-to-date meter readings we can provide an accurate statement.

Andrew said: 'They have now sent a letter to my mother's address which is a final notice before court action and are stating that they will put a pay as you go meter in her flat. '

Andrew J, who does not wish to be fully named, from Swindon, has voiced his frustration at the energy firm, after it continually sent estimated bills to his mother, who lives in an assisted living building.

SSE have come under fire for 'threatening' an elderly customer with excessive energy bills – despite the fact she has dementia and her son looks after her finances.

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Image of article 'Chinese tech firm actively recruiting AI talent in Singapore'

Chinese tech firm actively recruiting AI talent in Singapore

Black Sesame, which raised US$100 million (S$137 million) in its Series B financing round last year, is known for its visual perception solutions used for autonomous driving and advanced driver-assistance systems.

Speaking to The Straits Times in a video call, Mr Xu added that the focus will be on hiring Singaporeans and permanent residents for its research and development (R&D) centre here - the company's only one outside of the United States.

The artificial intelligence (AI) and automotive chip developer is actively recruiting AI talent and hopes to increase the number of employees from 20 now to 50 by the end of next year, said the firm's Singapore general manager Xu Jin.

While other firms have had to resort to mass layoffs amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Chinese tech company Black Sesame Technologies plans to more than double its headcount in Singapore within 11/2 years.

In June, the company released automotive chips that can support levels three and above of autonomous driving.

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Image of article 'Buzz B-Gone Mosquito Trap: The Must-See UV Insect Bug Zapper'

Buzz B-Gone Mosquito Trap: The Must-See UV Insect Bug Zapper

Where to Buy the BuzzBGone Insect Zapper The UV light mosquito trap device is only available on the official website,

It is not just an insect zapper, but it is also a trap system that ensures all mosquitoes sucked into the vortex die either by the UV light zapping mechanism or simply by dehydrating them.

With easy to clean access and a highly effective kill rate, the Buzz B Gone Mosquito Trap device is not your average flying insect zapper.

NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Found only online at, the BuzzBGone Mosquito Zapper uses the 360-degree ultraviolet light to attract flying bugs and a powerful suction fan that pulls them right into the central holding chamber to die a slow death either by zap or dehydration.

Click here now to get a 50% discount by visiting the official website for Buzz B Gone Mosquito Trap Buzz B Gone is a new USB-powered rechargeable insect zapper and mosquito trap that uses UV light to lure flying bugs into its one-way, no-escape reservoir for safe and effective killing of those pesky mosquitoes.

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Image of article 'Relocating during the coronavirus pandemic? Beware of mold, experts warn'

Relocating during the coronavirus pandemic? Beware of mold, experts warn

Larry Jenkins, an environmental consultant and industrial hygienist in Maryland, told Fox News potential buyers or renters should look for clues when inspecting a home.

The inspector may see that these situations could allow mold to grow," McCormick said, noting that based on the report, the buyer can then decide if they should bring in a professional mold inspector to determine if there is mold growth.

Jennifer McCormick, a Maryland real estate advisor for Engel Volkers Annapolis, told Fox News she recommends potential home buyers or renters to "look for any suspected areas of mold growth and note items such as musty smells, standing water in basements or stains in a ceiling."

MORE AMERICANS SIGNED CONTRACTS TO BUY HOMES IN JUNE According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people are sensitive to molds, and some studies suggest a potential link between early mold exposure and asthma development in children.

But as people flock to find their new nests, health experts caution to be wary of a hidden danger to your health that could be lurking in the potential new home: mold.

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Syapse Deepens Scientific and Technical Expertise with Key Leadership Team Additions

About Syapse Syapse works with leading health systems, life sciences companies, and regulators to explore opportunities to use real-world evidence to improve the outcomes of cancer patients.

Ensuring data privacy and information security are at the forefront of every decision Syapse and our health system and life sciences partners make."

"Dr. Berry's role represents our commitment to delivering the best science, and will allow us to meet the market's need for rigor in molecular pathology, genomics and laboratory medicine, in concert with our use of real-world evidence.

Esteemed molecular pathologist to accelerate the use of real-world data for life sciences and health systems product and service development Data security and privacy protection programs to be led by experienced health information security professional SAN FRANCISCO, Aug.

About the Syapse Learning Health Network™ This international network of healthcare providers enables improved cancer care by sharing real-world data to support clinical decisions and by fostering collaborations among participants.

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Image of article 'Plasticizers Market to Reach USD 20.96 Billion By 2027       |       CAGR: 5.3%       |       Reports And Data'

Plasticizers Market to Reach USD 20.96 Billion By 2027 | CAGR: 5.3% | Reports And Data

NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Plasticizers Market is expected to reach USD 20.96 Billion by 2027, according to a new report by Reports and Data.

The construction sector is a significant contributor to the increase in the sales of the plasticizers attributed to the continuous expansion of the construction sector and the diverse applicability of this plasticizer in this industry, like in wire & cable and flooring & wall coverings.

Request free sample of this research report at: various supporting factors are propelling the industry growth, adverse market factors like strict regulatory norms about the usage of plasticizers may hinder market growth.

To identify the key trends in the industry, click on the link key findings from the report suggest For the purpose of this report, Reports and Data has segmented the Global Plasticizers Market on the basis of type, distribution channel, application, and region: Browse more similar reports on Materials and Chemicals category by Reports And Data Reports and Data is a market research and consulting company that provides syndicated research reports, customized research reports, and consulting services.

We offer market intelligence studies ensuring relevant and fact-based research across a multiple industries including Healthcare, Technology, Chemicals, Power and Energy.

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Woman’s COVID test proved negative

Earlier it was reported the woman had been confirmed as Queensland’s latest COVID-19 case but that it could be a false positive, as pathologists and scientists scramble to confirm her test results.

It means there are now only 11 active COVID-19 cases in Queensland.

She was the only case reported on Wednesday, but on Thursday morning the state’s health minister and deputy premier Steven Miles said investigations were ongoing.

Queensland’s total number of active COVID-19 cases has been revised, after follow up test results for a 68-year-old Ipswich woman showed she had not contracted the virus.

It comes eight days after it was revealed two women, who were infectious with the potentially deadly virus, were confirmed COVID-19 cases after allegedly lying their way into Queensland and spending days in the community.

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What is ammonium nitrate, the chemical that exploded in Beirut

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 1 minute 11 seconds1m 11s The massive blast in Beirut was captured by onlookers who were filming the fire at the port.An ammonium nitrate explosion produces massive amounts of nitrogen oxides.

Residents' health at risk In Beirut, it has been reported 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stored in a warehouse for six years without proper safety controls.

(AP: Hassan Ammar)It's relatively difficult for a fire to trigger an ammonium nitrate explosion.

The latter is what happened in the 2015 Tianjin explosion, which killed 173 people after flammable chemicals and ammonium nitrate were stored together at a chemicals factory in eastern China.

Ammonium nitrate decomposition can be set off if an explosion occurs where it's stored, if there is an intense fire nearby.

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Image of article 'Only 42% of Americans plan on getting a coronavirus vaccine'

Only 42% of Americans plan on getting a coronavirus vaccine

Nearly enough to hit herd immunity - 55 percent - said 'yes' when asked if they would get vaccinated against coronavirus if a shot was available.

Establishing herd immunity against coronavirus will require a minimum of 60 percent of the US population to get a shot, when one is available, scientists estimate.

With any vaccine, there are small pockets of the population for whom the shot will not be safe - namely, very young children, people with some immune diseases and potentially the elderly, who are also most vulnerable to coronavirus.

A number of companies making potential coronavirus vaccines have reported promising results from their tests and several are now in the final stages of trials before (if all goes well) their shots can be brought to market.

Only 42 percent of Americans now plan on getting a coronavirus vaccine if and when one is available, nearly a quarter fewer than said they'd get the shot in May.

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Do you want to be a vaccine volunteer? Here’s what to know.

This type of vaccine research is called a “challenge trial,” which entails giving volunteers a vaccine, then deliberately exposing them to the virus to see if they end up infected.

There’s no guarantee that you’ll actually be protected from the coronavirus at any phase of a vaccine trial, no matter how hyped the product has been.

Only a phase three trial allows researchers to study if their vaccine works.

At this point, researchers are still watching for side effects, but they are also examining whether their vaccine is generating an immune response, said Dr. Larry Corey, a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the leader of the COVID-19 Prevention Network.

Still, phase one trials are appealing to some volunteers because clinicians can sometimes assure all subjects that they’ll get the experimental vaccine, not an inactive placebo.

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Image of article 'U.S. factory orders climb 6.2% in June, signaling steady manufacturing recovery'

U.S. factory orders climb 6.2% in June, signaling steady manufacturing recovery

Factory orders are off 10% from a year earlier.

Orders for non-durable goods such as oil, chemicals and textiles and advanced 5%, the Commerce Department said.

Read:Manufacturers expand for 3rd straight month, but not all the jobs are coming back What happened: Orders for durable goods rose a revised 7.6% in July, the government said Tuesday, a bit higher than the initially reported 7.3% increase.

The numbers: U.S. factory orders rose 6.2% in June to mark the second increase in a row, pointing to a steady rebound after widespread shutdowns in the early stages of the pandemic.

Read: Economy suffers titanic 32.9% plunge in 2nd quarter, points to drawn-out recovery Also:‘A massive welfare economy’ - federal aid prevents even steeper GDP collapse Market reaction: The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.61% and SP 500 SPX, +0.36% rose modestly in Tuesday trades.

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Image of article 'DNA test kits that may enlighten you'

DNA test kits that may enlighten you

23andMe might just be the most popular brand of at-home DNA testing on the market, for good reason.

It will let you know what your ancestral composition is out of more than 1,500 regions, trace the origins of your maternal and paternal lines, figure out when new ancestries were introduced to your DNA, and how many generations ago you had an ancestor that came from a single population.

You can also opt-in to the relatives tool, which lets you see who else shares your DNA across 23andMe users.

While the recorded number of users is smaller than AncestryDNA (5 million as opposed to 10 million), you will still get compare traits and connect with a whole host of potential family members.

You might finally know why you have freckles when the rest of your immediate family is freckle-free.