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Published 25.06.2020 17:48
In South Africa a school has installed DIY screens to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Educators at the Dr. GJ Joubert Primary School in Cape Town have built and installed DIY screens to stop the spread of Covid-19. The screens made from wood and plastic supplied by staff members have been placed on the pupil’s desks. Teachers at the school came up with the initiative…
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Published 25.06.2020 14:30
In Namibia an entrepreneur is using discarded ink to make sanitizers.
Bruce Salt, a local entrepreneur is using discarded ink from printing companies to make hand sanitizers. Salt is using the discarded ink to distill ethanol which is the main ingredient for the sanitizers. He has also expanded his product line to include other products needed in the fight against Covid-19…
Health, ,
Published 24.06.2020 17:08
In South Africa’s Eastern Cape a motorbike service has been launched to fight Covid-19.
The health department has acquired 100 motorbikes with sidecars to transport patients to health facilities. The motorbikes will also be used by health workers to provide mobile health services in the mostly rural province. Health officials believe the motorbikes will increase access to healthcare and help fight Covid-19 as many…
Unemployment, ,
Published 20.06.2020 10:47
In Kenya unemployed professionals have set up a road side market during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Various unemployed professionals who lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic have set up a roadside market in a residential area in Kenya’s Kiambu County. Sellers at the market are selling various items such as herbal supplements and imported used goods from the trunks of their cars. They came up…
Health,
Published 19.06.2020 06:17
European researchers are testing osteoporosis drug Raloxifene against Covid-19.
They are researchers from the EXSCALATE4CoV (E4C), a public-private consortium supported by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 tender for projects to ease the pandemic. The researchers used supercomputers to virtually screen more than 400,000 molecules. They announced “promising results” for a potential Covid-19 treatment, according to the European Commission press…
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Published 26.06.2020 18:47
Ugandan startup turns plastic bottles into coronavirus face shields.
A startup called Takataka Plastics is testing a new process to turn plastic waste into construction materials and, most recently, reusable, locally made plastic face shields for medical workers who are fighting Covid-19. Takataka Plastics has been manufacturing in Gulu since March, with 14 staff, having made about 1,200 of…
Health,
Published 17.06.2020 07:46
In the UK, experts from Oxford University have proved Dexamethasone drug cuts the risk of death of Covid-19 patients seriously ill.
It is the first drug shown to be able to save the lives of coronavirus patients so far. Dexamethasone is a cheap corticosteroid and widely available drug. According to the research, since the treatment is up to 10 days and the drug costs about  £5 (€5,5 per patient) it would…
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Published 16.06.2020 07:53
Worldwide, there are 136 Covid-19 vaccines in development in June.
Among them, there are 10 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation, including one by the University of Oxford (UK), in phase 2b/3, which means running large scale efficacy tests and Casino Biological/Beijing Insititute of Biotecnic (China), in phase 2, meaning running expanded safety trials and one by Moderna/NIAID (US), which is…
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Published 16.06.2020 07:09
Chinese company Sinovac signed an agreement with Brazilian immunobiologic producer Instituto Butantan to run the vaccine’s phase 3 in Brazil.
Phase 3 involves testing the vaccine’s efficacy in humans which will require thousands of volunteers. The company said they are building a commercial plant in China aiming to make up to 100 million doses of the vaccine in a year.
Health,
Published 24.06.2020 15:15
UK researchers are to test whether an experimental drug can prevent potentially deadly blood clots associated with Covid-19.
A new drug for preventing lung damage and blood clots in people with coronavirus is set to be trialled in UK hospitals with support from researchers at the British Heart Foundation of Research Excellence at Imperial College London. The drug, TRV027, works to restore the balance and could dampen the…

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