Medical journal editorial refutes WHO finding on Gilead's remdesivir for Covid-19
The release in October of the trial’s summary findings sparked a reevaluation by some of the utility of remdesivir, which was shown to shorten Covid-19 hospitals stays by five days compared with a placebo in an earlier U.S. government-run trial.
WHO tightens guidelines on mask-wearing in COVID-19 areas
WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said the recommendations were among the biggest changes to its guidance on mask-wearing, and updated advice from June.
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong defiant as he is jailed over 13 months for protest
About 100 supporters gathered quietly inside the court ahead of the sentence, while a small group of pro-Beijing people rallied outside, calling for a hefty prison sentence.
UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first in the world
Pfizer said Britain’s emergency use authorization marks a historic moment in the fight against COVID-19.
China successfully lands spacecraft on moon to retrieve lunar rocks
If the mission is completed as planned, it would make China the third nation to have retrieved lunar samples after the United States and the Soviet Union.
OECD sees global economy turning the corner on coronavirus crisis
The global economy will grow 4.2% next year and ease to 3.7% in 2022, after shrinking 4.2% this year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said in its latest Economic Outlook.
Biden names top economic advisers as Arizona, Wisconsin certify vote results
The advisers, several of whom would need to be approved by the US Senate, come from liberal research organizations and worked in previous Democratic administrations.
Darth Vader actor David Prowse dies aged 85
The champion weightlifter-turned-actor starred as the body, but not the voice, of one of cinema's best-known villains.
Singaporean gives birth to baby with COVID-19 antibodies
The World Health Organisation says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her foetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.
Suspected Iranian nuclear mastermind Fakhrizadeh assassinated near Tehran
Fakhrizadeh has long been described by Western countries as a leader of a covert atomic bomb programme halted in 2003, which Israel and the United States accuse Tehran of trying to restore in secret.
Fists and pig guts fly in Taiwan parliament debate on US pork
Taiwan is a rambunctious democracy and fighting is not uncommon in parliament.
Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca: Which Covid-19 vaccine could reach developing countries first?
Nations have already bought over 6 billion doses of vaccines yet to be approved for market but as of November 20 no low-income country has struck a direct deal, according to Duke University researchers.
China wields patriotic education to tame Hong Kong's rebellious youth
Alarmed that so many young Hong Kongers showed hostility to the ruling Communist Party, the leadership has turned to re-education - a tried and tested tactic of the Party through decades of extinguishing domestic opposition.
Argentina's Maradona, one of soccer's greatest, dies aged 60
Maradona, 60, had recently battled health issues and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma several weeks ago.
Carbon pricing rises as world's weapon of choice in climate fight
More than fifth of global emissions are covered by 46 national carbon-pricing schemes operating today or in the planning stage, as well as 32 regional systems within countries, according to the World Bank.
Where are we in the COVID-19 vaccine race?
AstraZeneca said on Monday its vaccine for the novel coronavirus, developed by Oxford University, could be around 90% effective without any serious side effects.
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can be 90% effective, results show
The Astra vaccine does not require ultra-cold storage which may make it easier to administer than the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, which needs to be refrigerated at -70 degrees.
G20 says it will strive for fair global access to COVID-19 vaccine
G20 nations will work to "protect lives, provide support with a special focus on the most vulnerable, and put our economies back on a path to restoring growth, and protecting and creating jobs for all".
Moderna to charge $25-$37 for COVID-19 vaccine: CEO tells paper
The EU has been in talks with Moderna for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine at least since July.
Twitter, Facebook to hand over @POTUS account to Biden on January 20
The social media giants will also hand over other institutional handles - for the White House, vice president and first lady of the United States - on inauguration day.