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Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Coronavirus: US decides not to join global effort to develop, distribute vaccine

7.29 am: US panel says health workers, first responders should be first to get vaccines.

7.27 am: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says public schools will start classes on September 21, according to Reuters.

7.25 am: Australia’s Victoria state reports 90 new cases and six additional deaths, reports Reuters.

7.22 am: Australia’s economy shrinks 7% in the second quarter, reports AFP. This is the first time since 1997 that the country has entered recession.

7.16 am: Every fifth person in Chennai may have been infected by the novel coronavirus, finds a sero survey conducted by the Greater Chennai Corporation, reports News18. “Overall, one-fifth of the population in Chennai was exposed to SARS-CoV-2 [the virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] infection,” says the corporation.

The corporation tested 12,405 individuals of which 2,673 people or 21.5% were found to have developed IgG antibodies to the virus. All 15 zones of the city were covered.

7.10 am: The United States has decided to go alone and not work with an international cooperative effort to develop and distribute a vaccine, reports The Washington Post. The decision is guided by Donald Trump’s reservation about the World Health Organization.

“The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure we defeat this virus, but we will not be constrained by multilateral organisations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China,”...

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