According to NBC News, on Wednesday in the US more new cases of coronavirus were reported than on any other day earlier, as the virus spreads to new communities and causes outbreaks mainly in the American south and west. Nearly half of all new cases came from Florida, Texas, and California, where outbreaks seem to be increasing.
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- Global cases: more than 9.44 million
- Global deaths: at least 482,923
- US cases: more than 2.38 million
- Mortality in the USA: no less than 121 979
The above data was collected by Johns Hopkins University.
LabCorp Launches New Antibody Test
Adam Schechter, president and chief executive officer of LabCorp, talks about the coronavirus in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, April 27, 2020 in Washington, as president Donald Trump and Stephen Russkovsky, CEO of Quest Diagnostics. Listen.
Alex Brandon | AP
7:35 a.m. EST – LabCorp has announced a new test that can be used to assess the ability of antibodies in the plasma of patients to fight coronavirus.
Plasma from recovered patients is being studied as a potential treatment for this disease. Information from the new test can be used in the development of Covid-19 vaccines, the manufacturer of diagnostics said. LabCorp said the antibody test will be available to biopharmaceutical companies, hospitals, blood banks, and other plasma diagnostic facilities.
“Using our capabilities in drug development and diagnostics, we are working tirelessly to find solutions for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19,” said Paul Kirchgraber, head of LabCorp’s drug development division, in a statement on Thursday. “The launch of this neutralizing antibody test is our company’s latest effort to expedite the evaluation of vaccine candidates so that a successful candidate can reach patients faster.” –Holly elliatt
WHO has “all the necessary support,” says the chief
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhan Gebreesus attends a press conference on the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland, on 11 February 2020.
Denis Balibaus | Reuters
7:12 am ET – The World Health Organization said it was receiving all the necessary political and financial support. Comments were received at a press conference in Geneva, where France and Germany expressed support for the United Nations agency, and Germany announced the allocation of more than 250 million Euros (280 million US dollars) of new funding for the agency.
Germany also said it would provide WHO with medical equipment for distribution in countries with a deficit, said German Minister of Health Jens Spahn, although new funding and donations still depend on parliamentary approval.
“Based on this medical equipment, the German Ministry of Health will provide WHO with more than 500 million, more than half a billion euros, this year,” Span said. “This is the largest amount we have ever contributed to WHO in one year.”
The announcement was made almost a month after US President Donald Trump announced that the United States, WHO’s largest sponsor, would break ties with WHO because of its dissatisfaction with its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Today we get all the necessary support, political and financial, as already mentioned,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gebrees. —Will Feyer
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