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New French coronavirus deaths steady, infections creep up

June 19, 2020 - 12:20am
The number of people who died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 28 to 29,603 on Thursday, the same increase as Wednesday, but the number of new confirmed cases crept up again to reach a five-day high.

Canada hits 100,000 coronavirus cases, major challenges remain

June 19, 2020 - 12:06am
Canada officially racked up 100,000 cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday and although the outbreak is slowing, health experts said major challenges remain.

Iran's death toll from coronavirus outbreak approaches 10,000

June 18, 2020 - 11:55pm
Iran is approaching 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in the country, according to official figures from the Ministry of Health.

UK ditches homegrown COVID-19 tracing app to use Google-Apple model

June 18, 2020 - 11:35pm
Britain will switch to the Apple and Google model for its COVID-19 test-and-trace app, ditching an attempt to develop an app by itself after the homegrown system did not work well enough on Apple's iPhone, the government said on Thursday.

Blood type, genes tied to risk of severe COVID-19: European study

June 18, 2020 - 11:17pm
A person's blood type and other genetic factors may be linked with severity of coronavirus infection, according to European researchers looking for further clues about why COVID-19 hits some so much harder than others.

France reports 28 more coronavirus deaths, cases up slightly

June 18, 2020 - 11:05pm
The number of people who died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 28 to 29,603 on Thursday, the same increase as Wednesday.

No date for release of test-and-trace app in UK, minister says

June 18, 2020 - 10:10pm
Britain's health minister declined on Thursday to set a date for when a smartphone app to help trace people who have been in contact with a person infected with the new coronavirus would be rolled out.

Johnson & Johnson in talks with governments on possible COVID-19 vaccine

June 18, 2020 - 9:21pm
Johnson & Johnson is in talks with multiple governments and global organizations as it seeks to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, it said on Thursday after Reuters reported that the U.S. company is in talks over a potential EU supply deal.

U.S. court rules in favor of Mylan over Biogen's key MS drug patent

June 18, 2020 - 9:07pm
A U.S. district court on Thursday ruled in favor of generic drugmaker Mylan NV in a patent dispute over Biogen Inc's blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug, Tecfidera, sending Biogen's shares down nearly 6%.

UK ditches COVID-19 app model to use Google-Apple system

June 18, 2020 - 9:02pm
Britain will switch to Apple and Google technology for its COVID-19 test-and-trace app, ditching its homegrown system which was not working well enough on Apple's iPhone, the government said on Thursday.

U.S. district court rules for Mylan in MS drug patent battle with Biogen

June 18, 2020 - 7:36pm
A U.S. district court on Thursday ruled in favor of generic drugmaker Mylan NV in a patent dispute over Biogen Inc's blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera, sending Biogen's shares down nearly 6%.

Filipino SFX artist seeks to ward off virus with horror-inspired face masks

June 18, 2020 - 7:27pm
With film and television productions halted in the Philippines due to lockdown, one special effects artist is maximizing his skills by making scary face masks to raise cash and a few smiles.

UK ditches COVID-19 app model to use Google-Apple system, BBC says

June 18, 2020 - 7:13pm
The British government will switch to Apple and Google technology for its test-and-trace app, ditching its current system in a U-turn for the troubled programme, the BBC reported on Thursday.

New study casts more doubt on Swedish coronavirus immunity hopes

June 18, 2020 - 7:09pm
Sweden's hopes of getting help from herd immunity in combating the coronavirus received a fresh blow on Thursday, when a new study showed fewer than anticipated had developed antibodies.

Medtronic ties up with Foxconn to boost ventilator production

June 18, 2020 - 6:42pm
Medtronic said on Thursday it had partnered with Foxconn to boost production of its ventilators to 10,000 over the next year amid surging demand as the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus overwhelms hospitals.

Russia says preparing for new wave of coronavirus in autumn

June 18, 2020 - 6:37pm
Russia said on Thursday it was already preparing for a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the autumn, after officials reported their lowest daily rise in new infections since May 1.

Pfizer's hemophilia gene therapy shows sustained effect in early-stage study

June 18, 2020 - 6:34pm
Pfizer Inc and Sangamo Therapeutics Inc said on Thursday their gene therapy helped maintain levels of a vital protein for up to 14 months in patients with a rare genetic disorder in which blood does not clot easily.

Medtronic partners with Foxconn to boost ventilator production

June 18, 2020 - 6:16pm
Medical device maker Medtronic said on Thursday it had partnered with Foxconn to increase production of its ventilators that are critical in the care of patients with COVID-19.

UK to use Google-Apple model for tracing app in U-turn: BBC

June 18, 2020 - 6:15pm
The British government will abandon the centralized model of its coronavirus test-and-trace app and switch to one based on technology provided by Apple and Google, the BBC reported on Thursday.

Exclusive: EU in advanced talks with Johnson & Johnson on COVID-19 vaccine deal - sources

June 18, 2020 - 5:55pm
The European Commission is in advanced talks with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to reserve or buy up-front doses of its COVID-19 vaccine under development, two officials familiar with the talks told Reuters.