COVID-19: Vaccine Could be Ready in 6 Months, by September

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Expert leading Oxford team: Vaccine could be ready in six months 

A vaccine for the coronavirus could be ready by September, Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at Oxford University told the Times newspaper.

"The best-case scenario is that by the autumn of 2020 we have the results about the effectiveness of the vaccine from a phase III trial and the ability to manufacture large amounts of the vaccine," says the Oxford team in an interview with The Telegraph.

Gilberts team is one of dozens worldwide working on a vaccine. She told the newspaper she is 80 percent certain the the vaccine her team is developing could be effective and could possibly be ready by September.

Scientists have previously said a coronavirus vaccine would likely take 12 to 18 months. 

US surpasses Italy as worst-hit country

Health workers wheel a patient to an ambulance in Brooklyn, New York, on April 11. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The US recorded a total death toll of 20,529, surpassing Italy in the number of fatalities from the coronavirus.

Italy has a total death toll of 19,468.

With more than 530,000 confirmed cases, the US has the highest number of coronavirus infections in the world.

In the hardest-hit state of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said 783 more people died, raising the total number of deaths in the state to 8,600.

A Rush of Local News

China reported on Saturday 99 more COVID-19 cases on its mainland, The two cases of local transmissions were registered in northeastern China's Heilongjiang Province. The remaining 97 imported cases, including 72 from Russia, according to the National Health Commission.

Shanghai reported 51 new imported cases, all Chinese nationals, on the same flight from Russia on Friday. Northeastern China's Heilongjiang Province recorded 21 new imported cases from Russia on Saturday, all Chinese nationals.

A woman walks in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, on April 11. Getty Images

Guangzhou police Saturday dismissed rumors saying two foreign patients escaped while the city is in tight prevention and control of COVID-19. The person who spread the rumor was warned by police.

Authorities in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu Province, said the city will encourage and flexibly extend rest days in every week to 2.5 days to boost consumption as the COVID-19 situation improves and life gradually returns to normal in the city. 

A team of 10 medical experts, hailing from Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, along with donated medical suppliesleft for Russia On Saturday to help combat the COVID-19 epidemic in the country.

Preliminary results of using Remdesivir showed that of the 53 COVID-19 patients who were administered the drug, on a compassionate-use basis, 36 showed clinical improvements, while conditions of 8 deteriorated, and 7 died: Gilead Sciences.

Several Chinese provinces have found cluster cases of COVID-19 infections again, Chinas National Health Commission said on Sat. The commission demanded to strengthen monitoring at important venues and among key groups of people to ensure early detection and to minimize the risks.

Cost per patient dataAs of April 6, the average medical expenses of confirmed coronavirus inpatients is roughly 21,500 Yuan ($3055). Treatment costs for severe patients exceed 150,000 Yuan, and for some critically ill patients the cost reaches one million Yuan.

Suifenhe, a small city on China-Russia border, has been accepting donations of medical materials from public as imported cases of COVID-19 surge. The city with a population of less than 70K has accommodated nearly 2,500 people for quarantine in past week. 

Elderly Recovery Rate: Seven out of eight COVID-19 patients over the age of 100 in Wuhan have been discharged from hospitals, the oldest is 108 years old, an official from Chinas National Health Commission said on Saturday. The treatment success rate of seniors over 80 in Wuhan is near 70%.

A Rush of News

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making "very good progress" in his recovery from COVID-19, his office has said. Johnson was moved out of intensive care after three nights on Thursday and Downing Street said on Friday he had managed to start walking, although his recovery was at an early stage.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that a national state of alarm due to novel coronavirus will be extended for thirty days.

Belarus is the only country in Europe still playing soccer amid the coronavirus pandemic but a growing number of fans are boycotting league matches, anxious about catching the disease. 

Armenia has extended by another 30 days the state of emergency that it declared last month to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to extend a nationwide lockdown to tackle the spread of the coronavirus, the Delhi state's chief minister has said, without saying how long the extension would be for.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for citizens across Japan to avoid evening spots like bars and restaurants. The nationwide call for citizens to stay home in the evenings follows the declaration of a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures last week.

Bangladesh has extended its nationwide lockdown by 11 days to April 25. 

Vietnam's Bamboo Airways and VietJet Air will resume domestic flights from Thursday after the expiry of a government order for 15 days of physical distancing, the companies said.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud approved an extension of the curfew imposed across the country until further notice, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

An aerial view shows deserted streets in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on April 8. Bandar Aldandani/AFP/Getty Images

There are 550 sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt who have tested positive for coronavirus as of Saturday, according to a statement from the US Navy.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is seen docked at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor on April 10. Tony Azios/AFP via Getty Images

The president of Harvard University said he and his wife will be donating plasma to help combat the coronavirus. Lawrence Bacow and his wife, Adele, tested positive for the virus on March 24 and have now recovered. 

The Turkish government announced late Friday night that 31 cities around the country would go into a 48-hour curfew beginning at midnight - effectively banning most people from leaving their homes and allowing only pharmacies, bakeries and essential services like hospitals to stay open.

Iran started reopening government offices Saturday after a brief nationwide lockdown. Authorities had ordered most government agencies and all non-essential businesses to remain closed for a week after the Nowruz holiday ended on April 4. 

Hard-Hit Countries/Regions Official Announcements

Note: The news under this section are according to official reports in these countries; the numbers might not necessarily correspond to the data in the Global table, at the top of this article, which is calculated based on Beijing 24 hours time zone at around 10:00 AM. 

Cases in Canada reach 22,559 with 600 deaths

Canada confirmed 1,316 new coronavirus cases, raising the total toll to 22,559, according to data by the country's Public Health Agency. It recorded 69 more deaths, taking the total death toll to 600.

Turkey's death toll rises by 95 to 1,101

Turkey recorded 95 deaths, raising the total death toll to 1,101 with 5,138 new coronavirus cases confirmed, according to Turkey's health minister. Total number of cases now stands at 52,167.

US reports highest daily death toll

The US became the first country to report more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day. It recorded 2,108 deaths, pushing the total death toll to 18,781. The US will soon overtake Italy, which has a death toll of 18,849. Cases in the US surpassed 501,000.

UK deaths near 10,000

The UK recorded 917 deaths in the last 24 hours, authorities said, raising the total death toll to 9,875. "269,598 people have been tested of which 78,991 tested positive," the Department of Health reported.

Dutch cases rise by 1,316 to 24,413

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose by 1,316 on Saturday to 24,413, health authorities said, with 132 new deaths. The country's cumulative death toll is 2,643, the Netherlands' National Institute for Health (RIVM) said in its daily update.

Switzerland death toll rises to 831

The Swiss death toll has reached 831, the country's public health ministry has said, rising from 805 people on Friday. The number of confirmed cases also increased to 24,900 from 24,308, it said.

Iran says total number of infected reaches 70,029

Iran's total death toll has risen to 4,357, with 125 people having lost their lives in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said. The total cases rose by 1,837 in the past 24 hours to a total of 70,029, ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpur said on state TV, with 3,987 of those infected in critical condition.

Spain records 510 new deaths, continuing downward trend

Spain, the European country with the most reported coronavirus infections, has confirmed 510 new deaths, the lowest daily toll since March 23. The death toll now stands at 16,353, while the 4,830 new cases added, continuing a downward trend and bringing the country total to 161,852 cases.

Russia reports 1,667 new cases in last day

Russia has reported 1,667 new coronavirus cases , bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to 13,584. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country rose by 12 to 106, the Russian coronavirus crisis response centre said.

Italy records 619 more deaths

Italy recorded 619 more deaths in a single day, bringing the country's total death toll to 19,468. The total number of infections in Italy surpassed 150,000, the Italian Civil Protection Agency reported.

France reports fall in deaths

France on Saturday declared that a 'plateau' had been reached, albeit at a very high level [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters]

France reported a lower daily death toll, declaring a "plateau" was reached, albeit at a very high level.

Top French health official Jerome Salomon said 353 more people had died in hospitals and 290 in nursing homes, bringing the total death toll to 13,832.

A day earlier, 554 had died in hospitals and 433 in nursing homes.

"A very high plateau for the epidemic appears to have been reached but the epidemic remains very active," he told reporters. "We must absolutely remain vigilant."

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson releases first statement after leaving intensive care

A general view is seen of St Thomas' Hospital in central London on April 11, where Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be on the road to recovery from the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images

In a brief statement, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked National Health Service staff at St Thomas Hospital following his treatment in the hospital's intensive care unit, , according to the UK Press Association,

"I can't thank them enough. I owe them my life," Johnson said, according to the press association.

This is the first known statement from Johnson since he entered hospital last Sunday night.

For the first time in US history, every state is under a disaster declaration simultaneously

President Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Wyoming in response to coronavirus, making the current pandemic the first time in history that every state in the country is under a federal disaster declaration simultaneously.

This is the 55th disaster declaration issued in response to coronavirus.

All 50 states plus the US Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico have all received a federal disaster declaration.


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