Trump says coronavirus vaccine could be ready in a month

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a coronavirus vaccine may be available within a month — an acceleration of even his own optimistic predictions — but added that the pandemic could go away by itself. “We’re very close to having a vaccine,” he told a town hall question-and-answer session with voters in Pennsylvania aired […]

Japan economy shrinks historic 7.8% in April-June

Japan’s economy shrank a record 7.8 percent in the April-June quarter, the worst contraction in the nation’s modern history, data showed Monday, as the coronavirus deepens the country’s economic woes. The contraction from the previous quarter was slightly worse than expectations but is still significantly less severe than declines seen in many other industrial economies. […]

Thousands of South Korea church members quarantined over virus

Thousands of members of a Protestant church linked to a coronavirus cluster in Seoul have been asked to quarantine, South Korean authorities said Monday, as they accused the group’s firebrand conservative leader — who has reportedly tested positive — of obstruction. The country’s “trace, test and treat” approach has been held up as a global […]

Court tells Uber, Lyft to classify drivers as employees

A California court has given Uber and Lyft until the middle of next week to reclassify drivers as employees in compliance with a new state law. The order came Monday when a judge granted a restraining order in a lawsuit filed by California attorney general Xavier Becerra and three cities including San Francisco, where Lyft […]

Lebanon government on brink over blast fallout

Lebanon’s government was teetering Monday as two ministers’ resignations over the deadly Beirut port explosion threatened to snowball and protesters’ fury on the scarred streets showed no sign of abating. The under-fire cabinet, struggling to weather the political storm, was due to meet in the afternoon amid widespread demands for an end to an entrenched […]

Coronavirus vaccine: WHO chief scientist thinks mid-2021 is possible

Widespread coronavirus vaccination could begin in the middle of next year, the chief scientist of the World Health Organisation, Soumya  Swaminathan said. She expressed cautious optimism about the state of the research and development process in an interview with dpa. “We have now over 20 candidates in clinical studies. “So we are hopeful that a […]