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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying paramedic

LONDON (Reuters) - Paramedics in England’s remote, rugged Lake District region have been testing a jet suit that gets them to people in danger or distress in a fraction of the time it would take to travel by car or on foot. In scenes reminiscent of a James Bond movie, test pilot and suit inventor Richard Browning hovers and moves a few metres above the rough terrain with the help of small jets mounted on his arms and back. “Who knows what the ... Full story

France says number of confirmed coronavirus cases up by 8,051 over 24 hours

A health worker, wearing a protective suit and a face mask, talks to a patient at a drive-through testing site for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in front of a laboratory in Thouare-sur-Loire near Nantes, France, September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe. PARIS (Reuters) - French health authorities on Tuesday reported 8,051 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, up sharply from Monday’s 4,070, while intensive care admissions were ... Full story

GlaxoSmithKline CEO optimistic COVID-19 vaccine widely available in 2021

FILE PHOTO: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) CEO, Emma Walmsley, arrives for a meeting in Downing Street in central London, Britain, October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville. FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s largest maker of vaccines, said she was optimistic the industry will be able to make an immunisation against COVID-19 widely available next year. “I share the optimism that we will have solutions next year. The ... Full story

We make the rules, Portugal tells U.S. after China threats

FILE PHOTO: Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa calls state of emergency over coronavirus crisis in Lisbon, Portugal March 18, 2020. Miguel Figueiredo Lopes/Pool via REUTERS. LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese leaders have criticised U.S. ambassador George Glass after he said they must choose between the United States and China or risk the consequences. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told reporters on Monday: “In Portugal it ... Full story

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears safe, shows signs of working in older adults - study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Results from an early safety study of Moderna Inc's MRNA.O coronavirus vaccine candidate in older adults showed that it produced virus-neutralizing antibodies at levels similar to those seen in younger adults, with side effects roughly on par with high-dose flu shots, researchers said on Tuesday. Slideshow ( 3 images ). The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, offers a more complete picture of the ... Full story

North Korea tells U.N. that now it has 'effective war deterrent' it will focus on economy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Korea has a “reliable and effective war deterrent for self-defence” and will now focus on developing its economy, North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Kim Song said on Tuesday, though he acknowledged that international sanctions were a hindrance. FILE PHOTO: North Korean ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song speaks during a news conference in New York, U.S., October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid. Addressing the U.N. ... Full story

GlaxoSmithKline CEO optimistic COVID-19 vaccine widely available in 2021

FILE PHOTO: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) CEO, Emma Walmsley, arrives for a meeting in Downing Street in central London, Britain, October 9, 2017. Picture taken October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville. FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s largest maker of vaccines, said she was optimistic the industry will be able to make an immunisation against COVID-19 widely available next year. “I share the optimism that we will ... Full story

Meatpackers deny workers benefits for COVID-19 deaths, illnesses

(Reuters) - Saul Sanchez died in April, one of six workers with fatal COVID-19 infections at meatpacker JBS USA’s slaughterhouse in Greeley, Colorado, the site of one of the earliest and deadliest coronavirus outbreaks at a U.S. meatpacking plant. Before getting sick, the 78-year-old Sanchez only left home to work on the fabrication line, where cattle carcasses are sliced into cuts of beef, and to go to his church, with its five-person ... Full story

Lonza confident of 2020 target for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine supply

VISP, Switzerland (Reuters) - Lonza is confident that U.S. and Swiss plants it is building to help make Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate will be ready for commercial production this year, executives at the Swiss company said on Tuesday. A logo is pictured on the Ibex building of Lonza, where the Moderna mRNA coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine will be produced, in Visp, Switzerland, September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse. New ... Full story

Stopgap bill funding U.S government through December 11 advances in Senate

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol Building as seen on February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to advance a temporary funding bill to keep the government open through Dec. 11, with final passage of the measure expected on the deadline, Wednesday. Government funding runs out at midnight Wednesday. The legislation, if passed by then and signed into law by President Donald Trump, ... Full story

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