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Cannabis compound CBD stops coronavirus in test tube, but can it treat COVID?

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Jan 25 (Reuters) – Early research suggesting that a popular non-psychoactive compound derived from marijuana might help prevent or treat COVID-19 warrants further investigation in rigorous clinical trials, researchers say. Several recent laboratory studies of cannabidiol, or CBD, have shown promising results, attracting media attention. However, many other potential COVID......

J&J expects COVID vaccine sales to jump as much as 46% in 2022

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People pose with syringe with needle in front of displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken, December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 25 (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) on Tuesday forecast as much as $3.5 billion in sales......

After rocky start to year, Unilever axes 1,500 managers

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To create five product-focused divisions Long-planned revamp comes after failed bid for GSK unit Comes amid news of stakebuilding by activist investor LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Unilever (ULVR.L) will cut about 1,500 management jobs and reshape its business to focus on five main product areas as it tries to......

Britain says 6,000 more people needed for trial of Merck COVID pill

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An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters on October 26, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE......

U.S. FDA limits use of Regeneron, Lilly COVID-19 antibody treatments

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Jan 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. health regulator revised on Monday the emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 antibody treatments from Regeneron (REGN.O) and Eli Lilly (LLY.N) to limit their use, as the drugs are unlikely to work against the Omicron coronavirus variant. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the......

Sinovac regimen gets strong boost from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or J&J COVID shots – study

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Vials of Chinese Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pictured inside the newly inaugurated production lab designated to manufacture the vaccine, in Constantine, Algeria September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 24 (Reuters) – A third booster dose of a COVID-19......

Do not assume COVID pandemic reaching ‘end game’, warns WHO

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Tedros warns against lurching between ‘panic and neglect’ Pandemic in third year, with nearly 6 million dead More variants likely to follow Omicron, WHO warns GENEVA, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that it was dangerous to assume the Omicron variant......

Nelson Peltz’s Trian builds stake in Unilever – source

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Nelson Peltz founding partner of Trian Fund Management LP. speak at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 23 (Reuters) – Trian Partners, Nelson Peltz’s activist hedge fund, has built a stake in Unilever......

Pfizer CEO sees annual COVID vaccine rather than frequent boosters

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JERUSALEM, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on Saturday that an annual COVID-19 vaccine would be preferable to more frequent booster shots in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Pfizer/BioNtech’s (22UAy.DE) COVID-19 vaccine has shown to be effective against severe disease and death caused by the......

Analysis: How Omicron highlights fading hope of herd immunity from COVID

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CHICAGO, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant, which is spreading far faster than previous versions of the coronavirus, is not likely to help countries achieve so-called herd immunity against COVID-19, in which enough people become immune to the virus that it can no longer spread, leading disease experts say.......

U.S. to distribute 400 million free N95 masks at CVS, Walgreens in COVID fight

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WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. government will make 400 million non-surgical “N95” masks from its strategic national stockpile available for free to the public starting next week, a White House official said, as the Biden administration tries to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. Snug-fitting N95 face masks, so-called......

Djokovic bets on a COVID cure as he quests for tennis history

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic arrives at Nikola Tesla Airport, after the Australian Federal Court upheld a government decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open, in Belgrade, Serbia January 17, 2022. REUTERS/Christopher Pike Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register COPENHAGEN, Jan 19 (Reuters)......

Canada approves Pfizer’s oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment, seeks supplies

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Travelers talk to a customs officer behind a “Mask Required” sign at Pearson International Airport during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 18, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register OTTAWA, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Canada on Monday approved Pfizer Inc’s......

Macron touts rosy French economy, new jobs ahead of election

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CHALAMPE, France, Jan 17 (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron on Monday touted 21 new foreign investment projects in France and a booming economy as proof his economic reforms have been bearing fruit less than three months before a presidential election in which he is expected to run. During a visit......

Peru urges vaccine sellers to extend expiration dates to cut risk of losses

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A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to a woman during an initiative to vaccinate people over 12 years old, in Lima, Peru December 6, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LIMA, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Peru’s......

Unilever eyes GSK’s consumer goods arm in possible 50 billion-pound deal

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Unilever confirms interest in GSK assets GSK consumer business would be “strong strategic fit” Sunday Times says 50 billion-pound bid rejected in late 2021 Unilever is under pressure from shareholders over stock price Jan 15 (Reuters) – Consumer goods giant Unilever (ULVR.L) said it had approached Glaxosmithkline (GSK.L) about buying......

Anemia in astronauts could be a challenge for space missions

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Jan 14 (Reuters) – The next “giant leap” for humans may be a trip to Mars, but having enough oxygen-carrying red blood cells for the journey might present a challenge, new research suggests. Even space tourists lining up for short trips might have to stay home if they are at......

U.S. CDC recommends Americans wear ‘most protective mask you can’

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People wait in line to be tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., January 11, 2022. REUTERS/Nick Oxford Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late on......

EMA lists rare spinal condition as side effect of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot

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A healthcare worker holds a vial of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine at the Pentland Medical Practice in Currie, Scotland, Britain, January 7, 2021. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Pool Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 14 (Reuters) – A safety panel of the European drug regulator on Friday recommended......

J&J booster 85% effective against Omicron hospitalisation, S.Africa says

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JOHANNESBURG, Jan 14 (Reuters) – A Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is 85% effective in protecting against being hospitalised by the Omicron variant for 1-2 months after it is received, the head of South Africa’s Medical Research Council (SAMRC) said on Friday. Glenda Gray presented the findings of......

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