Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he will be tested for COVID-19

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said he will be tested for COVID-19 after having an X-ray of his lungs on Monday. He didn’t say whether he was showing symptoms of the new coronavirus. Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly downplayed the risks of the disease, told supporters outside the presidential residence in capital Brasilia […]

COVID-19 cases mount at the ends of the Earth in Timbuktu

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Harandane Toure started taking malaria pills when he first spiked a fever but as the days passed his illness only worsened. Doctors ultimately told him he was among the hundreds now infected with the coronavirus in this town long fabled for being inaccessible from the rest of the world. There are […]

‘Pooled testing’ for COVID-19 holds promise, pitfalls

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top health officials are banking on a new approach to dramatically boost U.S. screening for the coronavirus: combining test samples in batches instead of running them one by one. The potential benefits include stretching laboratory supplies, reducing costs and expanding testing to millions more Americans who may unknowingly be spreading […]

Who would be the first to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Who would be the first to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Probably people in the country where the first effective vaccine is developed. About a dozen different vaccines are in various stages of testing worldwide, including in Britain, China and the U.S. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said he is […]

Burundi starts taking COVID-19 seriously, begins screening

NAIROBI,Kenya (AP) — Burundi launched a campaign of mass screening for COVID-19 on Monday, indicating that the new president is changing policies to more assertively combat the spread of the disease. Named “I won’t get infected and propagate COVID-19,” in the Kirundi language, the new program was launched in three centers in the north, center […]

Sign up to be a volunteer in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

(WTNH/CNN) — COVID-19 vaccines are currently being developed and researchers are starting clinical trials nationwide. If you would like to be one of the first people to get a vaccine, a new website formed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the US National Institutes of Health can help. It’s called the […]

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