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candidate vaccine for Covid-19 developed by the drug maker Moderna appears to generate an immune response similar to the response seen in people who have been infected by the virus and recovered, the company said Monday.

US drugmaker reports progress on coronavirus vaccine trial

US biotech firm Moderna reported promising early results on Monday from the first clinical tests of an experimental vaccine against the novel coronavirus performed on a small number of volunteers.
White House to block Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying before House Appropriations Committee

White House blocks Anthony Fauci’s congressional testimony

The White House is blocking Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, from testifying Wednesday before a House of Representatives committee that is investigating how the Trump administration has handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci’s testimony would be “counter-productive,” Judd Deere, a White House spokesman said in a statement.
According to DHS Science and Technology Advisor, Bill Bryan, “Our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears to have in killing the virus on surfaces and in the air.

Coronavirus: Experts caution against injecting disinfectant after Donald Trump statement

“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute,” he said. “One minute! And is there a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that. So, that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.”
Abbott Laboratories is unveiling a coronavirus test that can tell if someone is infected in as little as five minutes, and is so small and portable it can be used in almost any health-care setting.

US approves test that can detect coronavirus in five minutes

A rapid test has been approved in the United States which is intended to detect within minutes whether a person is infected with the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump declared a federal state of emergency as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the US. The move frees up additional funding that will allow the government to address the effects of the pandemic.

Donald Trump seeks approval of malaria drug for use against coronavirus

US President Donald Trump on Saturday called for malaria drug chloroquine to be approved for use against the novel coronavirus.
FILE - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers remarks at a news conference regarding the first confirmed case of coronavirus in New York State in the Manhattan borough of New York City, March 2, 2020.

Coronavirus: New York to begin testing hydroxychloroquine, zithromax

New York’s governor said Saturday that the state would conduct trials immediately on a malaria drug combined with an antibiotic that has showed promise in a French study in treating COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump is meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss a payroll tax cut as part of efforts to provide substantial relief to businesses and individuals who suffer financially as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

US approves drug for coronavirus treatment

The United States of America has approved the anti-malarial drug, Chloroquine, for the treatment of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci steps away from the podium during a news conference on the coronavirus at the White House, Feb. 29, 2020, in Washington.

Global trials soon to test potential coronavirus treatment

A U.S. biomedical firm has announced it will begin additional clinical trials of remdesivir, so far the most promising potential drug for coronavirus, with clinical trials involving about 1,000 patients starting in March.
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James Allison, Tasuku Honjo win Nobel Medicine for cancer therapy

Two immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won the 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize for research into how the body’s natural defences can fight cancer, the jury said on Monday.
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One in 11 US teens use cannabis in e-cigarettes – study

Nearly one in 11 US youths say they use battery-powered vaping devices, or e-cigarettes, to smoke marijuana or other cannabis products, US researchers said on Monday.
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Two Chinese drug makers confess that their hypertension drugs could cause cancer

Two more Chinese drug makers have announced that a blood-pressure medication they exported to Taiwan contained a potentially cancer-causing impurity, a month after the same problem at another Chinese manufacturer prompted a global recall.
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US approves new drug to treat smallpox to counter risk of bio-terrorism

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the new drug, Tecovirimat, to treat smallpox, the first drug against the deadly disease since a huge vaccination campaign over three decades ago.
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US approves first marijuana-derived drug

US regulators on Monday approved the first marijuana-derived drug ever to hit the US market, Epidiolex, which will be used to treat two rare and severe forms of childhood epilepsy.

Transgender women can breastfeed – study

The first scientific case study has been published describing how a US transgender woman was able to breastfeed her adopted infant by taking hormones that induce lactation.

US scientists find new possible cure for leukemia

A group of American scientists have found a new possibility to cure leukemia, the results of a new study showed on Tuesday.

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Senate calls for quick diversification of economy, frowns against high cost of oil production

The upper chamber of the National Assembly has called on the federal government to quickly diversify the economy, following the high cost of oil production without commensurate result.

NMA: Nigerians may suffer if governors take over coronavirus management

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow states take full control of managing the COVID-19 pandemic saying Nigerians may suffer.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, who raised the concern on Thursday during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja.

Nigerian government says churches, mosques can reopen

The Federal Government has announced relaxation of restriction on gatherings in places of worship imposed as part of the guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
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Delta doctor abducted by gunmen in government hospital

Gunmen have abducted a resident doctor identified simply as Dr. Wisdom Iboyitete at Central Hospital, Ojobo in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

Panic in Imo community as ‘herdsmen’ kill security operative

There is palpable fear in Umuanuma community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State as suspected herdsmen murder a private security operative, Mr Hycinth Ikegwu, at about 6 am on Sunday while returning from work with his motorcycle.