Covid-19: hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine trials to restart
June 30 2020 05:31 PM
A healthcare worker holds a packet of hydroxychloroquine sulfate, azitrophar and chloroquine diphosp
A healthcare worker holds a packet of hydroxychloroquine sulfate, azitrophar and chloroquine diphosphate, which some doctors have been distributing to people who have tested positive for Covid-19, as part of a remedy kit for treatment, at the riverside community Santo Ezequiel Moreno, as healthcare workers travel to riverside communities during the coronavirus disease outbreak, in the municipality of Portel, at Marajo island, Para state, Brazil, June 5.

Reuters

A global trial designed to test whether the anti-malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can prevent infection with Covid-19 is to restart after being approved by British regulators.

Deaths and infections
* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open this link.
* For a US-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, see this.

Europe
* Bavaria approved plans for universal testing, prompting debate elsewhere in Germany about whether to follow suit or stick with a targeted approach to prevent a second wave of infections.
* Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to fast-track 5 billion pounds ($6.15 billion) of infrastructure investment to spur Britain's economy and to "build, build, build" out of the crisis.
* Britain has imposed a stringent lockdown on the English city of Leicester after a local flare-up of the virus.
* China has halted almost all imports of pork from the Netherlands, apparently motivated by Covid-19 outbreaks at some of the largest Dutch slaughterhouses.

Americas
* US senators called for a government analysis of foreign influence in the US pharmaceutical supply chain, saying the pandemic has exposed an over-reliance on China and other countries for the production of essential drugs.
* California and Texas saw record spikes in new infections on Monday, and Los Angeles reported an "alarming" one-day surge that put it over 100,000 cases.
* Canada is over the worst of the outbreak, but a spike in cases in the United States and elsewhere shows Canadians must remain vigilant, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Asia-Pacific
* A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential "pandemic virus", a study said, although experts said there is no imminent threat.
* Indonesia reported on Tuesday its biggest rise in deaths with 71 new fatalities, taking the total to 2,876.
* Uzbekistan has imposed an overnight curfew in parts of the country, including the capital Tashkent, in response to a fresh rise in infections following the gradual lifting of a two-month lockdown.

Middle East and Africa

* The United Nations pushed governments at a virtual conference for nearly $10 billion in aid for Syria, where nine years of war has displaced millions in a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by soaring food prices and the coronavirus crisis.
* Nigeria will allow travel between its states outside curfew hours from July 1.
* Senegalese president on Monday said he had decided to lift a state of emergency to support the struggling economy.

Medical developments
* Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental vaccine induced immune responses in healthy volunteers and was shown to be safe in an early-stage trial.
* The US Food and Drug Administration plans to outline on Tuesday its conditions for approving a vaccine, the Wall Street Journal reported.
* Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine became the first domestic candidate to win approval for human trials.
* Gilead Sciences Inc priced its Covid-19 antiviral drug remdesivir at $2,340 per patient for wealthier nations.

Economic fallout
* European shares rose on Tuesday, extending the optimism of the Asian session, and oil prices steadied as investors looked for signs of second-half economic recovery.
* Global M&A activity tumbled to its lowest level in more than a decade in the second quarter, according to data provider Refinitiv.
* The Canadian economy contracted by a record 11.6% in April as the country shutdown, Statistics Canada said.
* Hong Kong's retail sales fell 32.8% in May from a year earlier, as the coronavirus outbreak kept tourists away and sent many retailers to the brink of collapse.



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