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Published 18.05.2020 11:28
Worldwide, there were 118 Covid-19 vaccines candidates In May, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
On May 15, the WHO draft landscape of Covid-19 vaccines included eight vaccines in clinical evaluation and 110 candidates in preclinical evaluation. The most advanced vaccines candidates in clinical development (phase 2) are a vaccine from China’s CanSino Biological Inc/and Beijing Institute of Biotechnology and a vaccine from US’ Moderna/NIAID.
Published 27.05.2020 17:11
Google and Facebook employees can work from home for the rest of 2020.
Google originally said it would keep its work from home policy until 1 June, but is extending it for seven more months. Facebook said it would reopen its offices on 6 July as coronavirus lockdowns are gradually lifted. Previously, Amazon and Microsoft also extended its work from home policy, offering…
Published 27.05.2020 15:30
Project Lockdown monitors and collects information about various non-pharmaceutical interventions around the world.
The results are put on a map which provides an overview and allows to visualise the success of different pandemic response measures, monitor effects on Human and Digital Rights, and clarify evaluation metrics. This civic tech initiative combines its own database and data sourced from Johns Hopkins University.
Published 25.05.2020 16:00
An open and public Trello board and Slack channel offer resources for journalists to cover Covid-19 worldwide.
It is launched by Gather, a project and a platform that supports journalists and other professionals by sharing resources and contacts, offering a platform to communicate and find mentorship. The Trello board offers various tips on responding to the information needs of people during the pandemic, how to host online…
Published 27.04.2020 16:37
A global movement #StayTheF—Home urges people to stay inside and avoid close contact.
It is started with a website staythefuckhome.com created by a German software engineer Florian Reifschneider. It has a 12-point “Self-Quarantine Manifesto” with recommendations to practice social distancing, do not attend concerts, wash hands and don’t panic. The website has now various language versions, and the message #StayTheF—Home was repeated around…
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Published 27.04.2020 13:32
In the US, Global Citizen platform organised a global livestream concert.
The full eight-hour event was organised together with singer Lady Gaga. It featured more than 70 celebrities and essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic, including Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, Celine Dion, Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney. During the event more than $150 million were raised for the…
Published 27.04.2020 12:10
China and the US developed the first three coronavirus vaccine candidates.
The World Health Organization announced that there were 70 potential coronavirus vaccines in development worldwide and three vaccine candidates in the clinical testing phase in mid-April. One of them is an experimental vaccine developed by Beijing Institute of Biotechnology and CanSino Biologics Inc., a Chinese biotech firm that already worked…
Published 27.04.2020 12:00
UNICEF launched a global Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action Covid-19 Initiative.
The Initiative will be coordinated by the global partnership on Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families and Communities, including senior leaders of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions – Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Zoroastrian and Indigenous spirituality. It calls upon all communities, together with governments…
Published 27.04.2020 08:22
Save the Children is distributing hygiene and medical supplies in the most vulnerable region impacted by the pandemic.
They initiative covers refugee camps, conflict zones and overcrowded communities. In the US, Save the Children and No Kid Hungry are raising funds to support millions of kids who normally receive free or low-cost school meals.
Published 26.04.2020 22:06
A new website teaches how not to touch your face.
It is called – predictably – Donottouchyourface.com. It uses a machine learning algorithm to recognise images of individuals when they touch their faces. Once trained, it alerts a person by shouting whenever they touch their face. The webcam watches a person while they use a computer, but developers say they…

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