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Nigeria’s $82 billion health-care gap: Investors stand by

Nigeria's $82 billion health-care gap: Investors stand by

A security man administers sanitiser to a visitor to a state hospital in Lagos, on February 28, 2020. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI | AFP via Getty Images The coronavirus pandemic has sharpened the lens on a substantial health-care spending gap in Africa’s largest economy, and international investors are seeking to fill …

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UK rolls out AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine

UK rolls out AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for a photograph with a vial of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University Covid-19 candidate vaccine. WPA Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — The U.K. has started rolling out the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, marking another step …

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How to travel this Christmas through live virtual tours

How to travel this Christmas through live virtual tours

For people staying safely at home this holiday season, new virtual tours let anyone with an internet connection tour famous Christmas destinations around the world.    Homebound travelers can book live interactive tours with local guides to learn about everything from the religious sites of Jerusalem to the department store …

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Cooperation with AstraZeneca a ‘great example’

Cooperation with AstraZeneca a 'great example'

A picture taken on December 4, 2020 shows the production of Russia’s Gam-COVID-Vac vaccine against the coronavirus. OLGA MALTSEVA | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — Cooperation between vaccine makers will increase in 2021, according to the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, who welcomed the recent announcement of a …

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Guide to tier 3 restrictions

Guide to tier 3 restrictions

People wearing face masks cross Oxford Circus in London, England, on October 16, 2020. NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images LONDON — The U.K.’s capital city is about to move into the country’s highest level of coronavirus restrictions as cases continue to surge ahead of the holiday period. On Monday, …

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UK supermarkets stockpile food; shoppers told not to hoard

UK supermarkets stockpile food; shoppers told not to hoard

Shoppers were faced with partially empty shelves at a supermarket in London on March 14, 2020 when the coronavirus outbreak led to stockpiling. JUSTIN TALLIS | AFP | Getty Images British grocery stores are stockpiling food amid the possibility of a no-deal scenario as Brexit trade deal negotiations between the …

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Technology and big data could drive sustainable investments

Technology and big data could drive sustainable investments

The JP Morgan Chase & Co. headquarters, The JP Morgan Chase Tower in Park Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan, New York. Tim Clayton – Corbis | Corbis Sport | Getty Images SINGAPORE — While there’s “nothing new” to sustainable investing, technology has made it easier to state the financial case for considering …

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Here’s what you need to know

Here's what you need to know

Margaret Keenan, 90, is applauded by staff as she returns to her ward after becoming first patient in Britain to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at University Hospital, at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the British history, in Coventry, Britain December 8, 2020. Jacob King | …

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Italy coronavirus outbreak: What’s happening there now

Italy coronavirus outbreak: What's happening there now

Healthcare workers transfer a COVID-19 patient in a biocontainment stretcher at the Covid emergency room of San Filippo Neri Hospital during the lockdown measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on October 29, 2020 in Rome, Italy. Antonio Masiello | Getty Images Italy became Europe’s first coronavirus …

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UK to rollout Covid vaccine Tuesday

UK to rollout Covid vaccine Tuesday

Nurses at the Royal Free Hospital, London, simulate the administration of the Pfizer vaccine to support staff training ahead of the rollout, on December 5, 2020 in London, England. WPA Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images The U.K. is preparing to administer the first Covid-19 vaccines to the …

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UK approves Pfizer coronavirus vaccine: Who could be next?

UK approves Pfizer coronavirus vaccine: Who could be next?

A health worker wearing a protective mask works in a lab during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Eva Marie Uzcategui | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — The U.K.’s decision to grant emergency approval to Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine …

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Top Glove becomes the epicenter of Malaysia’s Covid resurgence

Top Glove becomes the epicenter of Malaysia’s Covid resurgence

SINGAPORE — Top Glove, the world’s largest medical glove maker, has shut 20 manufacturing sites in Malaysia after thousands of workers tested positive for Covid-19. A total of 2,684 Top Glove employees — most of them foreign workers — have tested positive as of Wednesday, local media reported, citing Malaysia’s …

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How Europeans are going to spend Christmas this year

How Europeans are going to spend Christmas this year

Children look at a window display at store on Regent Street in London. Hollie Adams | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — There’s one thing that most people are agreed upon as the festive season approaches and the coronavirus pandemic continues: Christmas is not going to feel the …

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Germany looks set to extend lockdown into December

Germany looks set to extend lockdown into December

People with face masks walk in the city center of Cologne, Germany, on November 21, 2020. NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images Germany could be preparing to extend its current lockdown into December as the number of coronavirus infections remains high across the country. Yet Berlin is hopeful a coronavirus …

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Hong Kong looks to mainland China for next air travel bubble

Hong Kong looks to mainland China for next air travel bubble

SINGAPORE — Hong Kong is hopeful its next “air travel bubble” could be with mainland China, the executive director of the city’s tourism board has said. Dane Cheng told CNBC such plans would hinge on the success of the forthcoming Hong Kong-Singapore travel corridor. But he noted that adding a …

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Christmas amid coronavirus can still be merry: WHO

Christmas amid coronavirus can still be merry: WHO

A pedestrian wearing a face mask or covering due to the Covid-19 pandemic takes a photograph of Christmas trees in Covent Garden in central London on November 17, 2020. TOLGA AKMEN | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — Scientists and governments are pondering how and whether families should get together …

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Covid vaccines must be a ‘global public good,’ WHO says

Covid vaccines must be a 'global public good,' WHO says

A health care worker injects the a syringe of the phase 3 vaccine trial, to a volunteer at the Ankara University Ibni Sina Hospital in Ankara, Turkey on October 27, 2020. This vaccine candidate developed against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by the U.S. Pfizer and German BioNTech company. Dougkan …

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Mouthwash can kill coronavirus in 30 seconds, lab study finds

Mouthwash can kill coronavirus in 30 seconds, lab study finds

Mouthwash. (Photo By BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images) BSIP | Universal Images Group | Getty Images Commonly-used mouthwashes are able to kill the coronavirus within 30 seconds of exposure in laboratory conditions, a new study from scientists in the U.K. has found. The study from Cardiff University, which has not yet …

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Emirates working with Pfizer, others on vaccine transport ‘challenge’

Emirates working with Pfizer, others on vaccine transport ‘challenge’

An Airbus A380-800 passenger plane of the Emirates Airlines at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Mikhail Tereshchenko | TASS | Getty Images Emirates is working with global pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, to address the logistical challenges of distributing coronavirus vaccines, according to Emirates President Tim Clark. “The industry is trying to establish …

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Moscow will work with winner of U.S. elections

Moscow will work with winner of U.S. elections

A woman and her dog leave Red Square in downtown Moscow on September 24, 2020. YURI KADOBNOV | AFP | Getty Images U.S.-Russia relations are at a low point, according to the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, who told CNBC that Moscow was willing to work with the next …

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Russia says its vaccine is 92% effective

Russia says its vaccine is 92% effective

A heath worker injects the ‘Gam-COVID-Vac’, also known as ‘Sputnik V’, Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), into a patients arm during a post-registration phase trial at the City Clinic #46 in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, …

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How to travel safely and host travelers over the holidays

How to travel safely and host travelers over the holidays

Despite rising Covid-19 infections throughout the United States, Europe and beyond, people are preparing to travel in late 2020. According to a survey by travel booking app Hopper, 39% of Americans are expected to travel during the upcoming holiday season. By that estimate, nearly 130 million people will be hitting …

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Ex-IBM CEO Rometty says remote work is here to stay

Ex-IBM CEO Rometty says remote work is here to stay

Technology trends driven by the coronavirus pandemic — such as the shift to remote working — will continue after a vaccine becomes available, according to the former boss of IBM. Ginni Rometty, who serves as IBM’s executive chairman after stepping down from the CEO role this year, predicted that digital …

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Russia is about to register its third coronavirus vaccine, Putin says

Russia is about to register its third coronavirus vaccine, Putin says

A screen shows Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during the 15th annual end-of-year news conference at the World Trade Centre in Moscow. Valery Sharifulin President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia is about to register its third vaccine against the coronavirus, according to Russian news agencies. Putin also said “all” Russian …

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