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By Lauran Neergard. The global race for a COVID-19 vaccine boils down to some critical questions: How much must the shots rev up someone’s immune system to really work? And could revving it the wrong way cause harm? Even as companies recruit tens of thousands of people for larger vaccine studies this summer, behind the scenes scientists still are testing ferrets, monkeys and other animals in hopes of clues to those basic questions — steps that in a pre-pandemic era would have been finished first. “We are in essence doing a great experiment,” said Ralph Baric, a coronavirus expert at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, whose lab is testing several vaccine candidates in animals. The speed-up is necessary to try to stop a virus that 06/02/2020 15:01
Image source: US Global Investors. Sometimes it can be challenging to remain optimistic, to look past the never-ending raft of negative headlines and see the upside. Last week was no exception. The number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. exceeded 100,000, a significant toll, with cases continuing to climb in new hot spots. Meanwhile, political and racial tensions are running high. 06/02/2020 14:44
Image: Game of Thrones. Source: AT&T WarnerMedia. Buying stocks of communications companies like AT&T and Verizon used to be easy. All phone companies and all cable TV companies stayed in their lanes in different regions of the USA and were relatively easy to analyze. Looking forward, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are on very different growth paths. So, let’s take a closer look at the differences among these three companies and my growth expectations for each. All three companies are good investments, but for different reasons. Knowing the difference is important. Their performance going forward will be measured differently than they have been. AT&T and Verizon started in the telephone business. Then they expanded to wireless, Internet, pay TV a. 06/02/2020 12:45
Image: Carissa Etienne, PAHO director and WHO regional director for the Americas. Source: PAHO. BRASILIA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization’s regional director for the Americas Carissa Etienne said on Tuesday that the COVID-19 epidemiological curve is still rising sharply in the region, with close to 3 million confirmed cases. She said the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) hopes to continue working well with the United States despite the U.S. withdrawal from the WHO. Speaking in a virtual briefing from Washington, Pan American Health Organization directors advised countries not to open their economies too fast and should avoid public crowds especially where coronavirus cases are still increasing. PAHO wears two institutional hat. 06/02/2020 11:29
Image source: Argo AI. (Reuters) - German automaker Volkswagen AG has closed its $2.6 billion investment in Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based self-driving startup disclosed in a blog post on Tuesday. Argo, founded in 2016 by Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander, is now jointly controlled by VW and Ford Motor Co, which made an initial investment in Argo shortly after it was founded. Details of the VW investment, which does not include an agreement to purchase $500 million worth of Argo stock from Ford, was announced last July. VW’s agreement includes the transfer to Argo of its Munich-based Autonomous Intelligent Driving unit, which boosts Argo’s employment to more than 1,000, according to Salesky. Last week, VW disclosed that its supervisory board had. 06/02/2020 08:59
(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp said on Tuesday it is making a $1 billion, four-year commitment to help communities address economic and racial inequality exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The U.S. lender is the first big bank to pledge monetary support following violent protests across the country after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while in police custody in Minneapolis last week. Reporting by C Nivedita in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr. _____. Source: 06/02/2020 08:46
By Yuri Kageyama. TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets rose Tuesday as more economies reopened for business after long and painful shutdowns to contain the coronavirus pandemic. While the social unrest in the U.S. continued to provide a gloomy backdrop, international investors remained focus on the prospects for global economic growth. 06/02/2020 01:07
Video source: The Independent. WASHINGTON (AP) — It began with Attorney General Bill Barr standing with his hands casually in his pockets, not wearing a tie, surveying the scene at Lafayette Park across from the White House, where several thousand protesters had gathered for more demonstrations after the police killing of George Floyd. President Donald Trump had announced he would soon be addressing the nation from the White House Rose Garden, as a 7 p.m. 06/01/2020 18:04
WASHINGTON/MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged state governors to crack down on protests over racial inequality that have engulfed the nation’s major cities, as officials extended curfews in hopes of preventing a seventh night of looting and vandalism. The protests, largely peaceful during the day before turning violent at night, erupted over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who died in Minneapolis police custody after being pinned beneath a white officer’s knee for nearly nine minutes. An independent autopsy ordered by Floyd’s family and released on Monday found that his death was a homicide and he died of “mechanical asphyxiation,” meaning from some physical force that interfered wi. 06/01/2020 17:08
Image: Five-day chart, S&P 500 Index. Source: Yahoo Finance. By Alex Veiga and Damian J. Troise. Stocks shook off a wobbly start on Wall Street and closed broadly higher Monday, adding to the market’s recent run of solid gains. The S&P 500 climbed 0.4% after wavering between small gains and losses in the early going. Banks, companies that depend on consumer spending and communications companies accounted for a big slice of the gains. Health care was the only sector to fall. Bond yields were mostly higher, another sign of optimism among traders. Oil prices fell. Investors are balancing cautious optimism about the reopening of businesses shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic against worries that the civil unrest across the U.S. over pol. 06/01/2020 16:44
Here's the latest update from Roger Seheult, MD, co-founder and instructor at MedCram. Dr. Seheult is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Medicine and Allied Health at Loma Linda University. Dr. Seheult is certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition to being a preceptor for PA and medical students, Dr. Seheult was the Medical Director for the Physician Assistant Sciences Program at Loma Linda University, the Medical Director for a sleep lab and the Medical Director for the Crafton Hills College Respiratory Care Program. Hi. 06/01/2020 12:36
By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Katanga Johnson. NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Well-timed trades in Gilead Sciences Inc’s options ahead of good news on the biopharmaceutical company’s COVID-19 drug treatment may draw regulatory scrutiny, experts said. On April 17, Gilead’s shares jumped nearly 10% following a media report detailing encouraging partial data from trials of the U.S. company’s experimental drug remdesivir in severe COVID-19 patients. Those gains were dwarfed by a price jump in bullish options which traded in unusually high volume just hours before the report and which more than doubled in value overnight. Remdesivir subsequently received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization to treat COVID-19 patients on Ma. 06/01/2020 12:24
Video source: Musei Vaticani. By Nicole Winfield, Pablo Gorondi and Kelli Kennedy. ROME (AP) — The first day of June saw coronavirus restrictions ease from Asia to Europe on Monday, even as . The Colosseum opened its ancient doors in Rome, ferries restarted in Bangladesh, golfers played in Greece, students returned in Britain and Dutch bars and restaurants were free to welcome hungry, thirsty patrons. Countries around the Mediterranean Sea tentatively kicked off a summer season where tourists could bask in their famously sunny beaches while still being protected by social distancing measures from a virus that is marching relentlessly around the world. “We are reopening a symbol. A symbol of Rome, a symbol for Italy,” said Alfonsina Russo, dir. 06/01/2020 12:00
Image: Mural by graffiti artist EME Freethinker on a section of the former Berlin Wall. Source: By Ashraf Khalil, Aaron Morrison and Matt Sedensky. WASHINGTON (AP) — A country convulsed by violent protests picked up the pieces Monday morning and braced for the possibility of more trouble amid a coast-to-coast outpouring of rage over police killings of black people. After six straight days of unrest, a new routine was developing: residents waking up to neighborhoods in shambles, shopkeepers taking stock of ransacked stores, and police and political leaders weighing how to address the boiling anger. While many of the demonstrations around the country have been peaceful protests by racially diverse crowds, others h. 06/01/2020 09:40
Image source: BlueSkyImage / Shutterstock. The themes behind last week's discussing Asset Class Warfare continued to play out with massive shifts taking place in equity markets. Out of the gate last Tuesday Mid-Caps, (MDY), Small Caps (IWM) and Large Cap Value (IVE) exploded higher following the holiday weekend. Large Cap Secular Growth (IVW) had trouble staying green on the day. It wasn't a one-day event as IVW lagged unable to stay positive with most of the other representative segments up greater than 2% the following day. Thursday was a trendless session without the same cyclical conviction of the previous two. Last Week's Action. On Friday, seemingly exhausted Small Caps got smacked down (-2.70%) while large caps put in modest returns. S. 06/01/2020 09:15
Image: Mark Zuckerberg (center) and Facebook management. Source: Facebook. (Reuters) - Facebook employees critical of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to remove an inflammatory comment from U.S. President Donald Trump took their dissent public over the weekend on Twitter, praising the rival social media firm for taking action and rebuking their own employer. Many tech workers at companies including Facebook, Google and Amazon have become active on social justice issues in recent years and urged their employers take action and change policies. Still, the criticism of Zuckerberg marked a rare case of high-level employees publicly taking their own CEO to task, with at least three of the seven critical posts seen by Reuters coming from people 05/30/2020 03:21
Image source: Pension Pulse. Fred Imbert of CNBC reports stocks extend losses ahead of Trump China news conference:. The S&P 500 rose slightly on Friday, erasing losses earlier in the session, as traders breathed a sigh of relief after President Donald Trump signaled no changes to the trade deal with China despite rising tensions. 05/29/2020 17:06
Image: Five-day chart, S&P 500 Index. Source: Yahoo Finance. By Alex Veiga and Damian J. Troise. Stocks closed out a solid week on Wall Street Friday with a late-afternoon rebound after worries that President Donald Trump would reignite a costly trade war with China faded. The benchmark S&P 500 index rose 0.5%, recovering from a 1% slide, after Trump outlined several actions in response to a move by China to exert more control over Hong Kong but steered clear of upending a trade pact struck with Beijing earlier this year. The S&P 500 ended the month 4.5% higher, its second monthly gain in a row. The world’s two largest economies agreed to a Phase 1 trade deal in January after more than a year of talks and billions of dollars in tariffs impose. 05/29/2020 14:15
Image: Little Governor's Camp, Kenya. Source: Unsplash, David Clode. Interview with Johannes Refisch, United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership Programme, Programme Manager and Coordinator. For decades, ecotourism has helped to conserve nature and protect endangered species. COVID-19 and the subsequent closure of ecotourism sites has had an indelible impact on wildlife and the communities that protect it. Johannes Refisch is a United Nations Programme Manager and Coordinator, who oversees the . In this interview, he explains the dilemma faced by ecotourism and how the industry might change to accommodate a post-COVID-19 reality. What exactly do we mean when we talk about ecotourism? According to the International Ecotourism Society, ecot. 05/29/2020 12:06
Image: Slide from Ipsen corporate presentation, January 2020. Source: Ipsen. By Matthias Blamont. PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi ’s head of vaccines David Loew will quit to become chief executive of Ipsen from July 1, the two French drugmakers said on Friday. The announcement comes at a critical time as Sanofi is working on two vaccine projects to protect against COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Loew, who has been with Sanofi for almost seven years and in charge of the vaccines unit since 2016, will fill a management vacuum at Ipsen, which has been struggling to find a new CEO since the departure of David Meek at the end of last year. His main task will be to boost Ipsen’s pipeline, including on the back of deals or acquisitions.

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