Former Sudan PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies following coronavirus infection

Leading Sudanese politician and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection three weeks after being hospitalised in the United Arab Emirates, according to family sources and a party statement early on Thursday. Mahdi, 84, was Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and was overthrown in 1989 in the military coup that bought… Read More Former Sudan PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies following coronavirus infection

Bulgaria imposes lockdown following rise in coronavirus cases

Bulgaria said on Wednesday it would close schools, restaurants, shopping malls and gyms until December 21 as it struggles to contain a surge in new coronavirus infections. The restrictions, which will start late on Friday, are aimed at preventing a strained health system from being overwhelmed and at halting the spread of infections in the… Read More Bulgaria imposes lockdown following rise in coronavirus cases

Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder Patrick Quinn dies at 37

Patrick Quinn, whose personal battle with ALS helped power the Ice Bucket Challenge fundraising campaign, died on Sunday at age 37, seven years after his diagnosis, supporters announced on Facebook. Quinn, who was born and grew up in Yonkers, New York, was co-founder of the campaign that raised more than $220 million for medical research… Read More Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder Patrick Quinn dies at 37

Amazon launches online pharmacy in venture into drug retail

Amazon.com Inc on Tuesday launched an online pharmacy for delivering prescription medications in the United States, increasing competition with drug retailers such as Walgreens, CVS Health and Walmart. Called Amazon Pharmacy, the new store lets customers price-compare as they buy drugs on the company’s website or app. Shoppers can toggle at checkout between their co-pay… Read More Amazon launches online pharmacy in venture into drug retail

Ten dead, seven injured following fire incident at coronavirus hospital in Romania

A fire killed ten people on Saturday at a Romanian hospital treating coronavirus patients, the country’s agency for emergency situations (ISU) said. The fire broke out in one room of the intensive care unit at the Piatra Neamt county hospital and spread to an adjoining room. It was unclear what triggered it, officials said. Seven… Read More Ten dead, seven injured following fire incident at coronavirus hospital in Romania

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hospitalised following contraction of coronavirus

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was hospitalised after he contracted coronavirus earlier this week, a presidential official said on Thursday. “He first went home, but decided to move to Feofania (hospital). To accurately isolate and not expose anyone,” a presidential spokeswoman told Reuters. “There are better conditions for patients. Nothing serious,” she said referring to the… Read More Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hospitalised following contraction of coronavirus

Gates Foundation donates extra $70million for the global provision of COVID-19 vaccines to the poor

The Gates Foundation added another $70 million of funding on Thursday to global efforts to develop and distribute vaccines and treatments against the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it hoped other international donors would now also pledge more. An extra $50 million will go to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) led by the GAVI vaccine alliance,… Read More Gates Foundation donates extra $70million for the global provision of COVID-19 vaccines to the poor

U.S. FDA panel votes against Biogen’s Alzheimer drug

Biogen Inc’s shares slumped about 30% on Monday as the drugmaker’s chances of getting a regulatory approval for its experiment Alzheimer’s treatment suffered a blow after a panel of experts to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted against the medicine. Wall Street analysts largely believe the panel’s near-unanimous votes against the drug, aducanumab, make… Read More U.S. FDA panel votes against Biogen’s Alzheimer drug