FILE PHOTO: The logo of Sanofi is seen at the company’s headquarters in Paris, France, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo
PARIS (Reuters) – A coronavirus vaccine that Sanofi (SASY.PA) is developing with Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) is likely to be priced at less than 10 euros ($11.80) per shot if it is approved for use, Sanofi’s chief in France said on Saturday.
“The price is not totally set … We are assessing production costs for the coming months … We will be below 10 euros,” Olivier Bogillot told France Inter radio.
Drugmakers and government agencies are racing to come up with vaccines for the new coronavirus and treatments for COVID-19, the respiratory diseases it causes which has killed more than 879,000 worldwide and wrecked economies.
Asked about rival AstraZeneca (AZN.L), which is expected to price its shot at about 2.50 euros in Europe, Bogillot said: “The price gap for us can be that we use all our internal resources, our own researchers, our own research centres. AstraZeneca outsources part of its production.”
A Sanofi spokeswoman said in an emailed statement on Sunday that a final price would only be decided when the vaccine reaches its final testing stage.
“We anticipate being able to determine a final price at the time of our Phase III trials, when we know more about dosing. At this stage, any figure is imprecise. Less than 10 euros is only one of the hypotheses we are working on.”
Earlier this week, Sanofi and GSK said they had started a clinical trial of their protein-based coronavirus vaccine candidate, with the ambition of reaching the final testing stage, also known as Phase III, by December.
If the results are positive, Sanofi and GSK hope to get the vaccine approved in the first half of next year.
Sanofi is also working on another coronavirus vaccine candidate with U.S group Translate Bio (TBIO.O) that will use another technology known as messenger RNA.
Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Additional reporting by Matthias Blamont; Editing by Frances Kerry and Mark Potter
Two people wear masks at a community workstation in Paris. August 31, 2020. REUTERS / Christian Hartmann
GENEVA, Aug 31 (Reuters) – More than 90% of countries have seen ordinary health services disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving decades-long healthcare advances vulnerable to disappearing in a short time. period, showed a survey by the World Health Organization.
The Geneva-based body has frequently warned of other vital programs that have been affected by the pandemic and sent mitigation advice to countries, but the survey yielded the first WHO data so far on the scale of the disruptions. .
“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on essential health services is a source of great concern,” the agency said in a report on the study released Monday. “The main advances in health achieved in the last two decades can disappear in a short period of time (…)”.
The survey includes responses from May to July from more than 100 countries. Routine immunizations (70%), family planning (68%), and cancer diagnosis and treatment (55%) are among the most affected services, while emergency services were disrupted in nearly a quarter of the countries that responded.
The eastern Mediterranean region, which includes Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen, was hit the hardest, followed by regions in Africa and Southeast Asia, it showed. America was not part of the survey.
Since COVID-19 cases were first identified in December last year, the virus is believed to have killed nearly 850,000 people, according to the latest Reuters tally.
Reporting by Emma Farge. Edited in Spanish by Gabriela Donoso
File Image: The logo of the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, USA, April 8, 2019. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid
Aug 25 (Reuters) – AstraZeneca said on Tuesday it has begun testing an antibody-based treatment for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, dosing the first participants, news that adds to recent signs of progress in the possible medical solutions of the disease.
The British pharmacist, whose COVID-19 vaccine candidate is already among the most advanced, said the early-phase trial would assess whether AZD7442, a combination of two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), was safe and tolerable in up to 48 healthy participants from between 18 and 55 years old.
If the UK trial has a positive reading, AstraZeneca said it would proceed with larger, mid-to-late stage trials to test AZD7442 as a preventive treatment for the disease and as a drug for patients suffering from it.
Astrazeneca is developing the experimental vaccine with Oxford University, and an Oxford Vaccine Group official said Tuesday that data on the vaccine could be presented to regulators later this year.
“It is possible that if the cases accumulate quickly in clinical trials, we could bring that data to the regulators this year, and then there would be a process that they would go through to do a full evaluation of the data,” Andrew Pollard told BBC Radio. .
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Illustrative Monday photo of a man holding a child on a street in Seoul. Aug 24, 2020. REUTERS / Kim Hong-Ji
GENEVA / LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Some 172 countries have committed to the COVAX plan led by the World Health Organization (WHO), which seeks to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, the institution said. on Monday, although he pointed out that more funding is urgently needed.
“Initially, when there is a limited supply (of COVID-19 vaccines), it is important to administer the vaccine to those most at risk in the world,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in an appearance. before the media.
Reporting by Kate Kelland, John Miller and Stephanie Nebehay; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano
File image of medical workers in protective gear walking into a hospital to treat coronavirus patients amid a surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Daegu, South Korea. March 8, 2020. REUTERS / Kim Kyung-Hoon / Archive
SEOUL, Jul 24 (Reuters) – South Korea will add 4,000 medical students over the next 10 years to strengthen the ranks of its health personnel and improve its response to other health emergencies in the future, government officials and party officials said. in the power.
The authorities warned of the need to train more doctors for possible outbreaks of infectious diseases even more serious than COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus, pointing to the risk of more frequent epidemics at a time when there is a limited number of beds to care for the sick.
To fill that gap, officials said they plan to increase the number of admissions to medical schools using a combination of new fees and incentives for students in less profitable specialties and for those who complete a decade working in public health in a rural area.
“We will increase the quota for medical students to strengthen health teams in specialized fields,” said Kim Tae-nyeon, a lawmaker with the ruling Democratic Party of Korea.
The plan is to raise student admissions to medical schools by about 400 a year over the next decade, before returning to the 3,058 quota, which has been flat since 2006.
The government said it will provide tuition subsidies and full scholarships to around 300 students in areas such as epidemiology, gynecology or surgery, considered unpopular specializations in contrast to plastic surgery or dermatology.
Officials have said that South Korea’s 2018 ratio of 2.4 doctors per 1,000 people was well below the average of 3.5 for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) nations.
Report from Sangmi Cha. Edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo
LUBBOCK, USA, 26 jun (Reuters) – the united States has seen at least 40.870 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the biggest increase of the pandemic in a single day, according to a count by Reuters, that brings the total number of positives in the country to at least 2,475 million.
Archive photo of a health worker at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Jun 22, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O’hare
The record of positive tests occurs when several states in the center of a new increase in the infection retreated in their efforts to relieve constraints on the business.
Governor Greg Abbott gave to the bars of Texas until Friday afternoon to close and demanded that restaurants limit the seating capacity in the inside 50%, while the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Florida told the bars to stop serving alcohol immediately.
The announcement of Abbott, a republican who is in his second term, surprised the owners of the bars. Mark Martinez is heard when a few friends sent text messages.
“I spent thousands of dollars in inventory getting ready for this weekend. Really could have used that (money) for my rental, which expires next week,” said Martinez, 44 years old.
Florida issued the new measures after registering amazing 8.942 new cases of COVID-19, skip and a jump from the previous record of 5.511 new infections as of June 24.
The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, said Friday that the county of Imperial, east of Los Angeles, he was so overwhelmed that the state was recommending strict orders to stay at home. He also said that, in response to increasing hospitalizations, has made a pause to allow the counties to reopen their economies.
The mayor of Anchorage, in Alaska, Ethan Berkowitz, issued an emergency order that requires residents to wear masks in closed public spaces after the state identified 836 cases up to the Friday, with 387 of them in your city.
Texas had been at the forefront of states that eliminated restrictions designed to control the pandemic. Allowed the bars reabrieran in may, when the people ignored the rules of social distancing and held during the weekend of Memorial Day.
Since then, he has seen some of the largest increases in new cases in the country, reporting 5.996 Thursday. The state has also seen a record number of hospitalizations in the past two weeks.
Almost 125,000 americans have died from COVID-19, the greatest number of deaths known by the highly infectious disease in the world.
Despite the grim news from Texas, Florida, and other localities, the president, Donald Trump said that the country was coming out of a crisis that stopped to a large part of the economy and left millions without a job.
“We have a little work to do, and what we will do. We are having very good numbers in terms of the return, the return of our nation, and I think that it goes very fast and it’s going to be very good,” said Trump, at an event at the White House.
Also reported record-breaking increases of cases this week, Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wyoming.
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Several people in a shopping center enjoy the view towards a park and at the same time try to maintain social distance to protect themselves from the coronavirus. South Korea, April 8, 2020. FILE. REUTERS / Heo Ran
SEOUL, Apr 10 (Reuters) – South Korean authorities reported on Friday that 91 patients who had allegedly recovered from the coronavirus tested positive for the disease again.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), told a news conference that the virus could have been “reactivated” rather than the patients being reinfected.
South Korean health authorities say the causes of the trend remain unclear, and are being investigated by epidemiologists.
The possibility that a person may be reinfected with the virus is a factor of international concern, as many countries hope that their already infected populations can develop sufficient immunity to contain the pandemic.
The figure reported by South Korea shows a rise from 51 reported cases of second infection on Monday.
Nearly 7,000 South Koreans have recovered from COVID-19, the disease that causes the coronavirus.
“The number will simply go up, 91 is the beginning for now,” said Kim Woo-joo, professor of infectious diseases at Guro Hospital, University of Korea.
KCDC’s Jeong explained that there was a possibility that patients had undergone a “reactivation” of the virus rather than being reinfected.
Reports by Josh Smith and Sangmi Cha. Edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo
GENEVA / TOKYO (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the United States could become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, which eventually forced reluctant organizers to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Britain joined the ranks of bloc countries to try to detain the virus, and data showed that commercial activity collapsed from Australia, Japan and Western Europe at a record pace in March, with the United States expecting it to be equally terrible.
“The coronavirus epidemic represents a serious external shock to the macro outlook, similar to a large-scale natural disaster,” said analysts at the BlackRock Investment Institute.
But amid the sadness of the harvest, the Chinese province of Hubei, where the virus was first identified in December, said it would lift travel restrictions for people leaving the region as the epidemic subsides.
Confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide exceeded 377,000 in 194 countries and territories earlier Tuesday, according to a Reuters count, over 16,500 of them fatal.
In Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters that there has been a “big acceleration” in infections in the United States.
In the previous 24 hours, 85% of new cases were in Europe and the United States, and of these, 40% were in the United States.
As of Monday, the virus had infected over 42,000 people there, killing at least 559.
Asked if the United States could become the new epicenter, Harris said, “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the United States, so it has that potential.”
US state and local officials have denounced the lack of coordinated federal action, claiming that taking action on their own has put them in competition for supplies.
President Donald Trump acknowledged the difficulty.
“The world market for masks and fans is crazy. We’re helping states get equipment, but it’s not easy, “he tweeted.
OLYMPIC ORGANIZERS ENTER
The organizers of the Olympic Games and the Japanese government had clung to the hope that the biggest sporting event in the world could go on, but in the end they bowed to the inevitable to make Tokyo 2020 the last and greatest victim of a calendar. devastated sportsman.
FILE PHOTO: A lonely person walks in the rain in a mostly deserted Times Square after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, USA, March 23, 2020. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri
After a phone call with the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on July 24th. Event 9 will be rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at the latest, as proof of victory over the coronavirus.
“President Bach has said he agrees, 100%.”
It was the first time in the 124-year history of the Olympics that they had been postponed, although they had been canceled three times during the two world wars of the 20th century.
Of the top 10 countries by number of cases, Italy reported the highest mortality rate, around 10%, which at least partially reflects its elderly population. The global mortality rate – the ratio of confirmed deaths to infections – is around 4.3%, although national data may vary widely based on how many tests are performed.
Britain, believed by experts about two weeks behind Italy in the epidemic cycle, began to curb unprecedented peacetime movements on Tuesday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the country to stay home.
The streets of the capital were strangely silent since all but the essential shops closed and people only went to work if it was inevitable.
Johnson had resisted the pressure to impose a complete blockade even if other European countries had done so, but he was forced to change course as projections showed that the health system could be overwhelmed.
Meanwhile, the Chinese province of Hubei, the original center of the epidemic, will raise the sidewalks on people leaving the area, but other regions will strengthen controls as new cases will double due to imported infections.
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The capital of Wuhan province, which has been completely blocked since January 23, lifted travel restrictions on April 8.
However, the risk of infections abroad appears to be on the rise, prompting more stringent screening and quarantine measures in major cities such as the capital Beijing.
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WASHINGTON / NEW YORK (Reuters) – A week after millions of Americans began taking refuge at home with the coronavirus, at least one Republican governor warned Tuesday that he would ease the restrictions too early even though the crackdown is wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy.
PHOTO FILE: US President Donald Trump addresses the daily briefing on the coronavirus response while Attorney General William Barr and Ambassador Debbie Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, look at the White House in Washington, in the States United, March 23, 2020. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst
President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was considering how to restart working life when a 15-day shutdown ends next week, although the highly contagious virus spreads quickly and poorly equipped hospitals struggle with a wave of fatalities.
Republican Trump tries to win re-election in November with a promise of economic growth.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, also a Republican, warned against allowing people to travel, socialize and return to work too quickly.
“We don’t think we will be ready in any way to get out of this in five or six days or so, or whenever these 15 days have passed since they started this imaginary watch,” said Hogan Tuesday CNN, adding that most some people think the peak of the crisis is in weeks or months.
More than 42,000 people in the United States have contracted COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, and at least 559 have died. The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the United States has the potential to become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, citing a “big acceleration” of infections.
Last week Trump issued guidelines that he claimed to aim to slow the spread of the disease for 15 days, including curbing unnecessary travel. Economic activity has stopped in important states such as New York and California.
“America will be back and soon open to business,” Trump said at a White House press conference Monday. “We won’t let it turn into a long lasting financial problem.”
The rapid reopening of the economy could backfire, with higher deaths and people continuing to fear going out, according to investors who remain concerned about the uncertain trajectory of the coronavirus and its economic balance sheet.
“Markets will react badly because they have learned that this approach does not work,” said Axel Merk, Merk Investments’ Chief Investment Officer. “From a medical point of view, you have to stop exponential growth and you do it with on-site protection policies.”
WALL ROAD JUMPS
After beating for most days in the past few weeks, Wall Street jumped out on Tuesday amid signs that Washington was about to conclude a deal on a $ 2 trillion package to save the economy from the coronavirus.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 1,130.26 points, or 6.08%, in the open. Oil jumped 3% to $ 28 a barrel, supported by the steps of the US Federal Reserve to strengthen the economy and hopes for an agreement on the aid package.
Negotiators predicted that the United States Senate could pass the stimulus law, which includes financial aid for ordinary Americans, small businesses and critically affected industries as soon as Tuesday.
Holly Huelster, a 33-year-old nanny from New York, said she believed Trump’s rhetoric about the economy threatened real harm to human life.
“It’s horrible for the economy, but I’d always give priority to health,” he said, pushing the 2-year-old boy he cares about on 11th Avenue.
Asked about Trump’s comments about willingness to facilitate social withdrawal soon, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus coordinator, told NBC News: “We must be willing to adjust our plans when we see the impacts.” .
For now, Birx has said that people in the United States should continue to follow the guidelines of social distancing.
“What the president is doing is looking for the future … don’t try to change what we’re doing now,” he said.
Stephen Moore, an economic commentator told by Trump’s aides to influence the president, told Reuters Monday that there was a review in the White House of the wisdom of “a large-scale shutdown … of the economy”.
He said some thought that “if we go on too long with the economy closed, the human budget for this could be greater than the risk of the virus.”
The coronavirus has blocked thousands of U.S. companies, thrown millions of jobless people, and has led state governors to order around 100 million people – nearly a third of the national population – to stay home.
There were signs that the nerves had begun to wear out after days of people working from home, taking care of children whose schools were closed and severely downsizing their daily activities.
BATTLE ON RIFLE RIGHTS Gun enthusiasts have argued that gun stores and shooting ranges are essential and should remain open. Many states have closed these businesses, but Connecticut, Ohio and Illinois are allowing the workshops to operate despite return orders at home, according to the firearms news site The Trace.
The Second Amendment Coalition of Rhode Island, an arms rights advocacy group, sought to combat Governor Gina Raimondo’s order to close arms ranges, arguing that closures deprive new arms owners of having the opportunity to learn gun safety, according to the Providence Journal.
“It’s a public safety disaster. You can’t have it,” coalition president Frank Saccoccio told the newspaper.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said arms stores are non-essential activities that will be forced to close and said he will add 1,300 deputies to the patrol, FOX 11 said.
Despite the huge changes in daily life, many Americans still say they are willing to make sacrifices.
Christine Schindler, 58, a former receptionist, was alone waiting for a bus on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Tuesday. He said he thought it was dangerous to lift the restrictions too early for the good of the economy.
“It will come back anyway, really, once things hit rock bottom,” he said. “This should be the number one economy in the world,” he said.
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NEW YORK / WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. governors and mayors on Monday became more desperate in their requests for help from the federal government to combat coronavirus as the military prepared to set up field hospitals in New York and Seattle to relieve the stress of creaking health services.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged US lawmakers to approve an economic aid package and appealed to fans and medical equipment, even asking for help from private citizens.
“Anyone who can help us get these supplies, we only have days to fix them. This is reality,” de Blasio told CNN. New York, the most populous city in the United States, is now at the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States.
Karine Raymond, a nurse from Jack D. Weiler hospital in the Bronx in New York, said that most nurses were unable to obtain specialized N95 masks and that even simpler surgical masks were scarce. Nurses are told to wear them for as long as possible, he said.
“We are the end-to-end being and lifeline for these patients, yet we are contaminated and cross contaminated,” said Raymond.
While health authorities have struggled to cope with the growing number of sick people and the United States Senate has failed to advance an economic stimulus package, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the U.S. military is preparing to deploy. field hospitals in New York and Seattle.
The planned hospitals, essentially tent structures that can be installed quickly, can only manage a limited number of patients and are less suitable for treating highly infectious people who need to be isolated. But they can relieve pressure on hospitals by treating patients with diseases other than COVID-19.
The Army Corps of Engineers are preparing to convert hotels and dormitories into treatment facilities for sick patients as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States exceeded 40,000 on Monday, more than 500 of whom have died.
The New York de Blasio urged US lawmakers to provide more help.
“I want to appeal to everyone in the House and in the Senate, you have to help cities, towns, countries, states, public hospitals, private hospitals. You have to get all of them direct relief, “he said.
A far-reaching economic package for the coronavirus crisis failed to advance to the Senate after Democrats said it contained too little money for hospitals and not enough restrictions on a fund to help big businesses. Democrats predicted that a modified version would soon win the move.
Both Democrats and Republicans say they are aware that failure to agree on the bill could have a devastating effect on states, cities and businesses and trigger further heavy losses on U.S. stock markets.
The USNS Mercy, a ship from the Navy hospital, departs from San Diego Naval Station and heads to the port of Los Angeles to help local medical facilities that deal with coronavirus patients (COVID-19), in San Diego, California, USA, March 23, 2020. REUTERS / Mike Blake
The US Federal Reserve has launched an unprecedented new series of programs aimed at reducing the “serious disturbances” of the economy caused by the coronarvirus epidemic.
The central bank will support purchases of corporate bonds and direct corporate loans. It will expand its equity participation just enough to stabilize the financial markets and launch a program to obtain credit for small and medium-sized enterprises.
The steps briefly raised US equity index futures by more than 3%, but stock prices quickly turned red, bringing the S&P 500 .SPX to its worst month since World War II.
With the addition of Maryland, Indiana, Michigan and Massachusetts on Monday, 15 out of 50 U.S. states have now imposed restrictions on people’s movements to reduce the virus, putting the country on a similar path to European countries. more devastated as Italy and Spain.
The population affected by the state blocs amounts to over 150 million people out of a total of about 330 million in the United States.
In what appeared to be sending a mixed message about the federal government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus health crisis, a senior White House adviser said President Donald Trump is considering measures to reopen the U.S. economy.
A week ago Trump issued guidelines that aimed to slow the spread of the disease for 15 days. Late Sunday, she tweeted, “We can’t let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” adding that at the end of the 15-day closing period, “we’ll make a decision on how we want to go.”
Trump’s senior economic adviser Larry Kudlow followed Monday, saying to Fox News: “The president is right … We will have to make some difficult compromises.”
The lack of coordinated federal action was wreaking havoc for states and municipalities and even competing with each other for resources, said the governors of New York, New Jersey and Illinois.
The states “are all looking for the same thing,” New Jersey governor Phil Murphy told CNN on Monday.
Leaving states to look after themselves has put them into bidding wars with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, other U.S. states, and even against other countries, said Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.
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“We are competing against each other over what should be a national crisis in which we should meet and the federal government should guide, helping us,” Pritzker told the “Today” program.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on Washington to implement federal defense production law to eliminate this “ad hoc” system. Trump on Sunday defended his decision to resist using this power, based on the fact that nationalizing businesses “is not a good concept”.
General Motors Co (GM.N) and medical device manufacturer Ventec are accelerating efforts under a partnership called “Project V” to build fans in a GM plant in Kokomo, Indiana to help fight the coronavirus epidemic.
Reporting by Stephanie Kelly, Susan Heavey, Doina Chiacu, Dan Levine and Nathan Layne; Written by Daniel Trotta and Sonya Hepinstall; Editing by Howard Goller and Alistair Bell
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