Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
* One of China’s front-running coronavirus vaccine candidates was shown to be safe and triggered immune responses in a combined early and mid-stage test in humans, researchers said.
* Gilead Sciences Inc’s remdesivir had little or no effect on COVID-19 patients’ length of hospital stay or chances of survival, a clinical trial by the World Health Organization has found.
* Fujifilm Holdings Corp said it had applied for approval in Japan for its anti-influenza drug Avigan as a treatment for COVID-19.
* The risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus on flights is very low, a US Department of Defense study found, a positive sign for the airline industry.
* Spanish pharmaceutical company PharmaMar said on Friday a clinical trial of its cancer drug Aplidin to treat adult patients with COVID-19 had achieved its safety and efficacy goals and it aimed to start phase III trials.
* China reported 24 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Oct. 15, compared with 10 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Friday. As of Oct. 15, mainland China had 85,646 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll stands at 4,634.
* US President Donald Trump urged for a big stimulus to cushion the economic impact of COVID-19, as the country’s tally of infections surpassed eight million while reporting record spikes in several states.
* India’s tally of coronavirus infections stood at 7.37 million on Friday, having risen by 63,371 in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed. Deaths from COVID-19 infections rose by 895 to 112,161, the ministry said.
* Brazil has registered 713 additional coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 28,523 new cases, the nation’s Health Ministry said on Thursday evening. The South American country has now registered 152,460 total coronavirus deaths and 5,169,386 total confirmed cases.
* Russia’s daily tally of new coronavirus cases surged to a record high of 15,150 on Friday, including 5,049 in the capital Moscow, pushing the national total to 1,369,313 since the pandemic began. Authorities reported 232 COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 23,723.
* Mexico’s health ministry on Thursday reported 5,514 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 387 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 834,910 cases and 85,285 deaths. The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
* The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 7,334 to 348,557, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday. The death toll rose by 24 to 9,734, the RKI data showed.
* The Polish government urged its citizens to stay at home and ordered new national restrictions after cases rose by 24% to a record.
* India is bracing for a surge in coming weeks as it heads into its main holiday season with an economy freed of restrictions.
* Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted on Friday to end a state of emergency in capital Bishkek as Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov consolidated his power by formally assuming the interim presidency in the country closely allied with Russia.
* Hundreds of New Zealand plane passengers started arriving in Sydney on Friday as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble amid a rapidly falling growth rate in cases at the epicentre of Australia’s coronavirus outbreak.
* The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose to a two-month high last week, stoking fears the pandemic was inflicting lasting damage to the labor market.
* Rio Tinto warned a resurgence in infections was putting global economic growth at risk and that steel production outside China has sharply dropped even as stimulus measures prop up demand in the top consumer.
* South Africa will embark on a massive public works and job-creation drive in response to the coronavirus crisis, President Cyril Ramaphosa said, unveiling a plan to return Africa’s most industrialised economy to growth.
* Azerbaijan will suspend secondary school classes and the use of Baku’s metro system from Oct. 19 until Nov. 2 to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said on Friday. The former Soviet republic in the South Caucasus of almost 10 million people had reported 43,280 coronavirus cases and 619 deaths as of Thursday.
* Ukraine registered a record 5,992 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the national security council said on Friday, up from a previous record of 5,804 new cases on Oct. 9. The total number of cases climbed to 287,231, including 5,394 deaths, with 92 in the past 24 hours.