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Trump expects coronavirus vaccine ‘by end of year’

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US President Donald Trump says he expects to have a coronavirus vaccine on the market by the end of year, or shortly after, while all care home residents and staff in the UK will be tested by early June, heavy amid criticism.

US President Donald Trump says he expects to have a coronavirus vaccine on the market by the end of year, or shortly after, while all care home residents and staff in the UK will be tested by early June, heavy amid criticism.


Mr Trump said today that he's hopeful to have a coronavirus vaccine on the market by the end of the year or shortly thereafter.

Moncep Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive who Mr Trump has tapped to serve as the administration's coronavirus czar, said that early trial data suggests that "a few hundred million doses of vaccine" will be delivered by late 2020.

Mr Trump, speaking at a Rose Garden event, reiterated that he wants to see states move forward with reopening their economies.

"We are back, vaccine or no vaccine," Mr Trump said.

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency is meanwhile pushing back on reports it confiscated or diverted shipments of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor calls such reports "absurd". The agency has been coordinating the emergency import of millions of surgical masks, respirators, and other protective equipment and distributing the gear around the country.

Mr Gaynor says FEMA doesn't have the legal authority to seize or divert PPE shipments.

After two months of strict limits on business and social distancing, New York Gov Andrew Cuomo has welcomed the first loosening of restrictions in many parts of the state, announcing that beaches would be allowed to open in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

State and municipal beaches throughout the state will be allowed to open the Friday before the holiday, but with limits, the Democrat said.

Capacity will be limited to no more than 50 per cent of normal, with parking limited to trim crowds. Group activities will not be allowed. Picnic areas and playgrounds will stay closed. Employees need to wear masks.

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British Health Secretary Matt Hancock says all care home residents and staff in England will have been tested for the coronavirus by early June, following days of criticism of the government over the scale of the epidemic in care homes.

The government said another 384 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died in all settings, including care homes, taking the total to 33,998. That's the highest death toll in Europe and second only to the US.


The European Union and Spain say they are convening a donor conference this month in support of refugees and migrants from Venezuela as the coronavirus pandemic deepens their plight.

Venezuela is gripped by a deepening political and economic crisis under President Nicolás Maduro. Refugee agencies have said that the number of people fleeing the country could reach 6.5 million by the end of 2020. Most stay in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In a statement Friday, the EU said the aim of the May 26 event is to "mobilise resources to support the displaced population and the main host communities, tackle the aggravated situation created by COVID-19, and facilitate greater commitment and coordination of the key actors".


Ireland's prime minister, Leo Varadkar, has confirmed that the lockdown restrictions in his country will start to be eased from Monday.

Mr Varadkar said in a tweet that it is "safe to proceed" with the first stage in the government's plan to ease the restrictions.

Earlier this month, the Irish government set out a road map of how to reopen society. Each one of the five stages will be staggered three weeks apart.

From Monday, groups of up to four people, who can be family or friends, may meet outdoors within five kilometres of home.

And some workers, such as those in construction, can return to their jobs, while the rules on exercise have been relaxed.

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And garden centres, as well as other primarily outdoor retail businesses, will be able to reopen. Social distancing rules have to be observed in all cases.


Italy registered an increase of 789 COVID-19 infections from Thursday to Friday (local time) as the country anxiously waits to learn if partial easing of lockdown restrictions earlier this month has triggered any uptick in contagion rate.

Other Health Ministry figures released on Friday evening indicated the number of patients needing intensive care in hospitals has continued to steadily decline. Currently 808 people with coronavirus infections occupy ICU beds in Italy.

Early in the outbreak, ICU units were overwhelmed in the north, Italy's epicentre for coronavirus cases, helping to sharply drive up the number of deaths.

Italy's known death toll by Friday evening stood at 31,610, after 242 deaths were registered in the last 24 hours.


Brazil's health minister, who took office less than a month ago, resigned on Friday.

It's part of the upheaval in the nation's battle with the COVID-19 pandemic and President Jair Bolsonaro's pressure to prioritise the economy over health-driven lockdowns.

Nelson Teich's resignation was confirmed by the Health Ministry. The oncologist, a former health care consultant, took the job on April 17 under pressure to align the ministry's actions with the president's view that the economy must not be destroyed by restrictions to control spread of the virus.

Bolsonaro fired Teich's predecessor, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, after disagreements over efforts to contain the coronavirus. Mr Mandetta was one of Brazil's most popular ministers.

Officials say more than 13,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Brazil, though experts say the figure is significantly higher due to insufficient testing. Analysts say the peak of the crisis has yet to hit Latin America's largest nation.


A county in western Germany that recorded a large number of COVID-19 infections among slaughterhouse workers will be allowed to reopen restaurants and cafes Monday after authorities decided to separate those cases from the region's overall tally.

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North Rhine-Westphalia state's top health official says without the slaughterhouses cases, the Coesfeld county had fewer than eight infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past week. That's below the threshold of 50 when tighter restrictions are needed.

Karl-Josef Laumann says the 268 confirmed COVID-19 infections involving mostly migrant workers from Eastern Europe would be considered a "local outbreak incident" that didn't affect the rest of the county.

Coronavirus: what you need to know

What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

The symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are very similar, as they both can cause fever and respiratory issues.

Both infections are also transmitted the same way, via coughing or sneezing, or by contact with hands, surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus.

The speed of transmission and the severity of the infection are the key differences between COVID-19 and the flu.

Coronavirus: Flattening the curve explained

The time from infection to the appearance of symptoms is typically shorter with the flu. However, there are higher proportions of severe and critical COVID-19 infections.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing involved minimising contact with people and maintaining a distance of over one metre between you and others.

When practicing social distancing, you should avoid public transport, limit non-essential travel, work from home and skip large gatherings.

It is okay to go outdoors. However, when you do leave home, avoid touching your face and frequently wash your hands.

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Reported with Associated Press.

Source: 9News

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