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REGN-COV2 is designed to provide a passive immunization by using synthetic neutralizing antibodies. The drug was developed using a cell line derived from fetal tissue.
Given the fierce resistance of the Trump administration to research involving fetal tissue, it seems extremely hypocritical that the US leader, who has widespread support from anti-abortion campaigners, has lauded REGN-COV2 as a heavenly gift.
https://p.dw.com/p/3ji1o
Angela Merkel: Europe must learn coronavirus lessons as situation gets 'serious'
The chancellor's warning comes as Europe reports its highest number of infections since the outbreak began. All 16 German state premiers are set to meet Merkel on Wednesday to discuss new rules to contain the virus. https://p.dw.com/p/3jrsZ
Coronavirus digest: J&J halts vaccine trials after 'unexplained illness'
Johnson & Johnson said that an "unexplained illness" in a vaccine trial patient was being evaluated. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump held his first public rally after contracting COVID-19. Read the latest here. https://p.dw.com/p/3jpQY
Drugmaker Eli Lilly said Tuesday it was pausing its trial of a combination antibody treatment for coronavirus for safety reasons.
Usually, clinical trials are paused because a volunteer has suffered a side effect or become ill, but the company did not say what happened. https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-10-13-20-intl/h_72e29fab0761c417b9948364bcc471da
G.O.P. senator Ben Sasse: “The United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership, the way he treats women, spends like a drunken sailor.”
Mr. Trump “mocks evangelicals behind closed doors,” he added. “His family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He’s flirted with white supremacists.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/15/us/politics/ben-sasse-trump.html
The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Saturday night on the first day of the government-imposed 9 p.m. curfew that is scheduled to last for at least four weeks. - Check out the image gallery! If you been to some of the places you understand better. https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-toulouse-lille-paris-france-75d4093023671e6046e0d3ecc1ca6d76
The new multidrug-resistant pathogen Candida auris was first described in 2009 in Japan and has emerged in many countries worldwide. This human fungal pathogen has long been considered a haploid fungus. Here, we report the discovery of the diploid form and spontaneous ploidy shifts in clinical isolates of C. auris. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsinfecdis.0c00282#
September 22, 2020 - Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. CDC is concerned about C. auris for three main reasons:

It is often multidrug-resistant, meaning that it is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs commonly used to treat Candida infections. Some strains are resistant to all three available classes of antifungals.
It is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods, and it can be misidentified in labs without specific technology. Misidentification may lead to inappropriate management.
It has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings. For this reason, it is important to quickly identify C. auris in a hospitalized patient so that healthcare facilities can take special precautions to stop its spread.
https://www.seeker.com/videos/health/meet-candida-auris-the-superbug-thats-taking-over-the-world
Dogs detect coronavirus fast and reliably — why not use them everywhere?
Finnish researchers say their canine sniffer experts can detect COVID-19 quickly and cheaply but, so far, their skills are hardly used to control the pandemic. https://p.dw.com/p/3kCYb
Spain has declared a national state of emergency and imposed a night-time curfew in an effort to help control a new spike in Covid-19 infections. Spain was hit hard during the first wave of the pandemic earlier this year and imposed a much more restrictive lockdown - one of the toughest in the world.
Like many other European regions, however, it has been hit by a second wave of infections. In Italy, new restrictions were also announced on Sunday. The government said the steady rise in cases there was causing a huge strain on the country's health services. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54682222
A piece of music composed by a former music teacher with dementia is to be released as a single after he recorded it with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra.
Paul Harvey, 80, originally improvised the composition after being given four notes to play by his son. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-54684038