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GSK says Q3 earnings fall 14.4% amid COVID-19 disruption

LONDON (AP) — Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline says third-quarter earnings fell 14.4% as disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic reduced sales of vaccines, antibiotics and consumer...

Sanofi, GSK to provide COVID-19 vaccine to global alliance

LONDON (AP) — Drugmakers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline have agreed to provide 200 million doses of their potential COVID-19 vaccine to the COVAX Facility, a...

Pfizer tops 3Q earnings views, makes progress on COVID shot

Drugmaker Pfizer, one of the leaders in the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, is tweaking its timeline for when it will know if...

Strong sales of drugs, vaccines, propel Merck in 3Q

Drugmaker Merck, bouncing back from a $1.6 billion hit from the coronavirus pandemic in the second quarter, boosted its third-quarter profit by 55% and...

Lilly stays confident in possible COVID drug after setback

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Lilly continues to back a potential COVID-19 treatment despite research showing that it may not work on hospitalized patients. ...

Germany’s Bayer to buy US gene therapy specialist AskBio

BERLIN (AP) — German health care company Bayer said Monday it is buying Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, a U.S.-based firm specializing in gene therapy, in a...

Vaccine storage issues could leave 3B people without access

GAMPELA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The chain breaks here, in a tiny medical clinic in Burkina Faso that went nearly a year without a...

AstraZeneca, J&J resuming US tests of COVID-19 vaccines

Two drugmakers announced Friday the resumption of U.S. testing of their COVID-19 vaccine candidates. ...

US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientific advisers told U.S. regulators Thursday they’re concerned that allowing emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine could damage confidence in the...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro rejects coronavirus vaccine from China

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday rejected the announced purchase of 46 million doses of a potential vaccine against the...

The Latest: New Mexico sets another one-day COVID-19 record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials on Friday confirmed the state set another single-day record with 819 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total...

Feds planning now to get coronavirus shots to nursing homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Friday unveiled a plan to get yet-to-be-approved coronavirus vaccines to nursing home residents free of charge, enlisting...

China rapidly expands use of experimental COVID-19 vaccines

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the...

Russia approves 2nd virus vaccine after early trials

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have given regulatory approval to a second coronavirus vaccine after early-stage studies, two months after a similar move prompted...

Extra safety scrutiny planned as virus vaccine worries grow

Facing public skepticism about rushed COVID-19 vaccines, U.S. health officials are planning extra scrutiny of the first people vaccinated when shots become available —...

World Bank approves $12B to finance virus vaccines, care

The World Bank has approved $12 billion in financing to help developing countries buy and distribute coronavirus vaccines, tests, and treatments, aiming to support...

Asian shares track Wall Street decline on pandemic jitters

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after pandemic concerns snapped a four-day winning streak on Wall Street. ...

Possible safety issue spurs pause of COVID-19 antibody study

Independent monitors have paused enrollment in a study testing the COVID-19 antiviral drug remdesivir plus an experimental antibody therapy being developed by Eli Lilly...

Facebook bans anti-vaccination ads but not antivax posts

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it will ban ads on its platform that discourage vaccinations — with an exception carved out for advocacy...

2nd COVID-19 vaccine trial paused over unexplained illness

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A late-stage study of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a...

The Latest: 3 million tested for coronavirus in Chinese city

BEIJING -- Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao say they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following...

Trump official says vaccine expected starting in January

A Trump administration official leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.S. can expect delivery of a vaccine starting in January 2021,...

China joins COVAX coronavirus vaccine alliance

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China, which has at least four coronavirus vaccine candidates in the last stage of clinical trials, said Friday it is...

The Latest: California governor tests negative for virus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tested negative for the coronavirus. ...

Antibody drugs are no cure but seem promising for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re not cures and it’s not likely that everyone will be able to get them as President Donald Trump has suggested....

Lilly seeks emergency use of its antibody drug for COVID-19

A drug company says it has asked the U.S. government to allow emergency use of an experimental antibody therapy based on early results from...

FDA publishes vaccine guidelines opposed by White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration released updated safety standards Tuesday for makers of COVID-19 vaccines despite efforts by the White House...

Australia plans massive pandemic budget, record deficit

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Tuesday announced plans to cut income taxes, create jobs for young people and stimulate business investment...

Nvidia says it will build UK’s most powerful supercomputer

LONDON (AP) — Graphics chip maker Nvidia said Monday it plans to build Britain's fastest supercomputer that healthcare researchers can use to work on...

The Latest: S. Korea reports virus numbers trending lower

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 73 new cases of the coronavirus, its fifth straight day of below 100, although officials expressed...

Asia Today: India has another 75,800 cases, recovery high

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has registered 75,829 confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 total fatalities. ...

India, South Africa ask WTO to ease IP rules for COVID-19

NEW DELHI (AP) — South Africa and India have asked the World Trade Organization to waive some provisions in the international agreements that regulate...

Trump gets experimental drug aimed at curbing severe illness

The experimental antibody drug given to President Donald Trump has been called one of the most promising approaches to preventing serious illness from a...

The Latest: Trump campaign manager tests positive for COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump testing positive for the coronavirus and being hospitalized (all times EDT): ...

US panel tackles race, poverty in virus vaccine priorities

A U.S. advisory panel made recommendations Friday for who should be first in line to get COVID-19 vaccine, including a plea for special efforts...

The Latest: 2 Philippine tourist spots partially reopen

MANILA, Philippines — Two of the most popular Philippine tourist destinations, including the Boracay beach, have partially reopened with only a fraction of their...

Pfizer CEO pushes back against Trump claim on vaccine timing

The head of Pfizer, one of the drugmakers racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, told employees on Thursday he was disappointed that its work...

High demand for flu shots? Experts hope to avoid ‘twindemic’

October is prime time for flu vaccinations, and the U.S. and Europe are gearing up for what experts hope is high demand as countries...

Push to bring coronavirus vaccines to the poor faces trouble

LONDON (AP) — An ambitious humanitarian project to deliver coronavirus vaccines to the world's poorest people is facing potential shortages of money, cargo planes,...

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of...

Asia Today: Philippines placing southern city in lockdown

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One southern Philippine province and its war-battered capital will be placed under a mild lockdown starting Thursday and the rest...

Trump’s $200 prescription cards won’t hit mailboxes just yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re on Medicare, don’t run to the mailbox looking for a $200 prescription drug card courtesy of President Donald Trump....

China aims to make 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses a year

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese health official said Friday that the country's annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next...

Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

LONDON (AP) — U.S.-based Novavax has begun a late stage trial of its potential COVID-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom because the high-level of...

Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese pharmaceutical company said Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide,...

Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

LONDON (AP) — Two firms developing COVID-19 vaccines say pharmaceutical companies are trying to give the public as much information as possible about their...

The Latest: China lifts pandemic bar on entry by foreigners

BEIJING — Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat...

US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top...

The Latest: Nigeria urges vaccine to be available to all

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): ...

What a gift: Russia offers UN staff free virus vaccines

MOSCOW (AP) — What do you do when Vladimir Putin offers you Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine, for free? ...

As US struggles, Africa’s COVID-19 response is praised

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At a lecture to peers this month, John Nkengasong showed images that once dogged Africa, with a magazine cover declaring it...

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad...

The Latest: South Korea’s daily virus total drops slightly

South Korea __ South Korea’s new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month, as the country’s...

Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) — In front of baskets of tomatoes and peppers, near a sizzling burrito grill, the “promotoras” stop masked shoppers at...

Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

A drug company said Friday that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized...

Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately...

The Latest: UN assembly head warns of pandemic unilateralism

UNITED NATIONS — The new president of the U.N. General Assembly is warning that unilateralism will only strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and is calling...

Germany boosts own vaccine makers in race for COVID-19 jab

BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it is providing up to 750 million euros ($892 million) to support three domestic pharmaceutical companies that are developing...

Asian markets mixed after Wall Street rises on dealmaking

Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street rose on a flurry of corporate deals and China's economic activity improved. ...

The Latest: Domestic air travel recovers in Wuhan, China

BEIJING — Domestic air travel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say. ...

Oxford and AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial

LONDON (AP) — Oxford University announced Saturday it was resuming a trial for a coronavirus vaccine it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, a...

The Latest: South Korea stays in downward infection trend

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s daily count of new coronavirus cases is under 200 for a ninth straight day, continuing a downward trend...

Vaccine trial stopped after neurological symptoms detected

LONDON (AP) — A woman who received an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed severe neurological symptoms that prompted a pause in testing, a spokesman for...

Vaccine by Nov. 3? Halted study explains just how unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspension of a huge COVID-19 vaccine study over an illness in a single participant shows there will be “no compromises”...

COVID-19 vaccine latest flashpoint in White House campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prospect of a vaccine to shield Americans from coronavirus infection emerged as a point of contention in the White House...

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness

Late-stage studies of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate are on temporary hold while the company investigates whether a recipient’s “potentially unexplained” illness is a side...

Companies testing vaccines pledge safety, high standards

The top executives of nine drugmakers likely to produce the first vaccines against the new coronavirus signed an unprecedented pledge meant to boost public...

Asia Today: India reports record 1,133 new virus deaths

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Tuesday reported 1,133 deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, its highest single-day total. ...

Bold hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers trumpeted a new test that would...

COVID-19 vaccine latest flashpoint in White House campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prospect of a vaccine to shield Americans from coronavirus infection emerged Monday as a point of contention in the White...

Asia Today: India surges to world’s 2nd-worst virus caseload

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus cases surged to 4.2 million, the second-highest total in the world, on Monday as urban metro trains partially...

The Latest: Australia OKs funding for two potential vaccines

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia announced on Monday it had struck supply and production agreements with pharmaceutical companies worth 1.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.2 billion)...

The Latest: Mexico states run out of death certificates

MEXICO CITY — The coronavirus pandemic has hit Mexico so hard that the governments of several states ran out of death certificates. ...

The Latest: Australia adds 53 earlier dead to pandemic toll

SYDNEY — Australian authorities...

White House faces skepticism over prospects for a vaccine

Could the U.S. really...

The Latest: Beijing airport receives international flights

BEIJING — Beijing’s main...

CDC tells states: Be ready to distribute vaccines on Nov. 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) —...

The Latest: Australian hot spot extends state of emergency

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s...

US says it won’t join global effort to find COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The...

California OKs bill to flex power on prescription drugs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —...

The Latest: SKorea reports highest new virus total in months

SEOUL, South Korea --...

Moscow announces advanced trials for new COVID-19 vaccine

MOSCOW (AP) — The...

Asia stocks rise, spurred by hopes for COVID treatment

TOKYO (AP) — Asian...

PNG demands China explain COVID-19 vaccine trial on miners

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) —...

The Latest: Virus spike in S Korea capital may be spreading

SEOUL, South Korea —...

Qantas expects global travel won’t resume until mid-2021

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) —...

FDA blocks much-anticipated BioMarin hemophilia gene therapy

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (AP)...

Asia Today: 623 virus cases linked to South Korea church

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)...

The Latest: Australia announces coronavirus vaccine deal

CANBERRA, Australia —...

Asia Today: Philippine capital’s virus lockdown to be eased

MANILA, Philippines (AP) —...

Indonesia takes part in late-stage China vaccine trial

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) —...

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

SEOUL, South Korea —...

Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19

With a coronavirus vaccine...

The Latest: China’s community virus cases hit single digits

BEIJING — China’s newly...

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