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Gilead Sciences's remdesivir would be the first treatment to pass such a test against the virus, which has killed more than 218,000 people since it emerged late last year.

Company says drug proved effective against coronavirus in US study

Gilead Sciences's remdesivir would be the first treatment to pass such a test against the virus, which has killed more than 218,000 people since it emerged late last year. Having a treatment could have a profound effect on the global pandemic, especially because health officials say any vaccine is likely a year or more away.
The Pentagon has declassified three previously leaked top-secret U.S. Navy videos that show “unexplained aerial phenomena” and that some believe could show Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in an effort “to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real or whether or not there is more to the videos,” said a Pentagon spokesperson.

US Pentagon declassifies Navy videos that show UFOs

The Pentagon has declassified three previously leaked top-secret U.S. Navy videos that show “unexplained aerial phenomena” and that some believe could show Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in an effort “to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real or whether or not there is more to the videos,” said a Pentagon spokesperson.
Bill Gates thinks most countries will fight COVID-19 with interview-based contact tracing and a central database to track exposure.

Bill Gates: Coronavirus vaccine coming sooner than later

U.S. billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates, said a vaccine for the rampaging COVID-19 disease may come between 18-24 months.
A researcher holds a test tube rack containing cells to be infected with Covid-19 during coronavirus vaccine research work. Adrienne Surprenant-Bloomberg

Gavi: Coronavirus vaccine not certain

The race is on to produce a vaccine against COVID-19 but it is not certain that one can be found, the head of the global vaccines alliance said Friday.
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 8, 2020 shows one vial of the drug Remdesivir during a press conference about the start of a study with the Ebola drug Remdesivir in particularly severely ill patients at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany, amidst the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.PHOTO: AFP

Coronavirus: Experimental drug remdesivir failed in human trial – reports

The experimental antiviral drug remdesivir has failed in its first randomized clinical trial to treat the COVID-19 illness, reports said Thursday, quoting draft documents that were accidentally published by the World Health Organization.
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Registered nurse Heather Hoppe receives a flu vaccination in the trial clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital on April 20, 2020 in Perth, Australia. Healthcare workers in Western Australia are participating in a new trial to test whether an existing tuberculosis vaccine can help reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19.PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Registered nurse Heather Hoppe receives a flu vaccination in the trial clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital on April 20, 2020 in Perth, Australia. Healthcare workers in Western Australia are participating in a new trial to test whether an existing tuberculosis vaccine can help reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19. Paul Kane/Getty Images

Oxford University pushing science to the limit in vaccine hunt

Oxford University is launching a human trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine, with the daunting aim of making a successful jab available to the public later this year.
The Minister of State for Education, Honourable Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made this known when FLL national championship winners emerged recently.

Minister: Nigerian universities working on vaccine, cure for coronavirus

The federal government has disclosed that researchers in the country’s universities are working on vaccine and cure for COVID-19.
The exoplanet, Kepler-1649c, circles a red dwarf star that lies 300 light-years from Earth, a new study reports.

NASA scientists find Earth-like planet

NASA scientists have just found an earth-like planet almost its size that may be capable of supporting life as we know it.
COVID-19 research is advancing at an unprecedented speed, but one strategy doctors are leaning on to treat COVID-19 patients looks more antiquated than innovative.

Coronavirus: Why we’re still relying on century-old strategy to treat pandemic

COVID-19 research is advancing at an unprecedented speed, but one strategy doctors are leaning on to treat COVID-19 patients looks more antiquated than innovative. In hospitals around the United States, caregivers are resorting to using century-old convalescent plasma therapy — siphoning blood from survivors and reinfusing it into the sick.
The United Arab Emirates has launched a drive-through coronavirus testing facility as part of the Gulf state’s efforts to fight the disease, the Abu Dhabi government’s media office announced.

Expert: 15 pharmaceutical companies working on coronavirus drugs, vaccines

Dr Arun Balaganga, Medical Director, Indian International Healthcare Centre, Abuja says there is likely to be a breakthrough in the search for a drug or vaccine for COVID-19, latest by June.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 13 mission that never made it to the moon, the one where Commander Jim Lovell uttered the phrase “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

NASA marks 50th anniversary of ‘successful failure’ Apollo 13 mission

Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 13 mission that never made it to the moon, the one where Commander Jim Lovell uttered the phrase “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”
The rampaging coronavirus appears to have a greater preference for obese or overweight people, especially men, doctors said.

Research: Coronavirus hits obese, overweight men more

The rampaging coronavirus appears to have a greater preference for obese or overweight people, especially men, doctors said.
A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.

How coronavirus tricks its way into human body

The coronavirus tricks its way into the human body like a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” by disguising itself in sugars, new research has suggested.
Iran's atomic energy agency has said the country plans to quadruple production of low-level enriched uranium and will reach the limit of the stockpile allowed under the nuclear deal within days.

Iran continues work on nuclear programme in spite pandemic

The Iranian Government on Wednesday said it was continuing to develop its nuclear programme despite COVID-19 wrecking havoc on the country
A professor in the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management, University of Ibadan, Lameed Gbolagade, has advised Nigeria to look inward for a cure and vaccine against coronavirus and other forms of viral infections.

Professor wants Nigeria to refocus on indigenous remedies for coronavirus, other viral infections

A professor in the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management, University of Ibadan, Lameed Gbolagade, has advised Nigeria to look inward for a cure and vaccine against coronavirus and other forms of viral infections.
A research assistant holds coronavirus test samples. Peter Steffen-dpa via AP

HIV drug, which successfully treats coronavirus, moving to phase two trials

An experimental HIV drug that has been used to successfully treat COVID-19 patients is in its second phase of testing with the Food and Drug Administration and could potentially be approved for use in four weeks, its manufacturer says.
In the video and audio clips, it is argued that 5G radio frequencies “are harmful and are the causes of coronavirus.”

Three radiation physics professors debunk G5 conspiracy theory

The way the audio and video clips have been trending, not a few have concluded that they are precursors to apocalypse or Armageddon. Put differently, they are to herald the coming of the Anti-Christ!
A man wearing a protective mask due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), looks on as people celebrate a wedding party on a yacht along the bank of the Nile rive before the start of a night-time curfew in Cairo, Egypt, April 2, 2020.REUTERS

Face masks do reduce spread of flu and some coronaviruses – study

Face masks could help limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers who studied the effect of surgical masks on the transmission of other corona and flu viruses.

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DHQ: Operation Thunder Strike neutralises armed bandits in Kaduna

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Sunday said that the air component of Operation Thunder Strike has neutralised several armed bandits at Chikwale Forest in the Mangoro area of Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State.

PDP tasks Joe Biden to sanction APC leaders, officials for ‘corruption, assault on democracy’

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Ondo university shut indefinitely as students protest over accident

The management of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA), has ordered the indefinite closure of the institution as students protest killings of their colleagues by a truck belonging to Dangote Ltd.
The President, Vision Africa International and the Co-Chair of the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP), Bishop Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, has cautioned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government against further borrowing from both international and national financial organisations in order not to mortgage the future of the country’s children.

Bishop Onuoha: Don’t invite another civil war

Co-Chairman, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace and Methodist Church Bishop, Sunday Onuoha, has warned against invitation of another civil war by some individuals through utterances and actions.
The National Industrial Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) to pay a whistleblower, Sambo Abdullahi, all his salaries and other emoluments from December 22, 2017, till date.

Senate: How NBET mismanaged N50 billion in escrow account

Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Edo South led Senate Committee on Public Accounts, which raised the alarm and exposed the mismanagement of public funds in the Escrow Account, has also discovered that the renegotiation was carried out after two years from 0.02 to 2 percent per annum.