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U.S. Accuses Chinese Hackers Of Targeting COVID-19 Research

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US Accuses Chinese Hackers In Targeting Of Covid-19 Research

Less than a week after the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada accused Russia’s Cozy Bear of trying to hack information and attack academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in Coronavirus vaccine development, the US Department of Justice have again accused two Chinese hackers of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars of trade secrets from companies across the world and more recently targeting firms developing a vaccine for the Coronavirus.

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A top national security official at the Justice Department, Assistant Attorney John Demers said “China has now taken its place, alongside Russia, Iran and North Korea, in that shameful club of nations that provide a safe haven for cyber criminals in exchange for those criminals being ‘on call’ to work for the benefit of the state, here to feed the Chinese Communist party’s insatiable hunger for American and other non-Chinese companies’ hard-earned intellectual property, including COVID-19 research.”

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The indictment includes charges of trade secret theft and wire fraud conspiracy against the hackers, who federal prosecutors say stole information not only for themselves but also that they knew would be of interest and value to the Chinese government.

A research fellow on U.S. studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Lv Xiang said “the hacking charge is an old hat, and such groundless accusations from the U.S. government don’t need to be taken too seriously.”

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In a tweet by the Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming, said “such accusations disrespect for Chinese scientists and their achievements,” and could “undermine international cooperation on R&D,” he added “the world must strongly oppose and reject such groundless claims”.

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Trump Calls On COVID-19 Survivors To Donate Blood Plasma

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Trump Calls On COVID-19 Survivors To Donate Blood Plasma

United States President Donald Trump was joined by his Coronavirus task force when he visited the headquarters of the American Red Cross where he encouraged survivors of COVID-19 to donate plasma.

In the hope that plasma helps other Coronavirus patients recover, thousands of Coronavirus patients have donated their plasma and scientists are testing whether the donations might also prevent infection in the first place.

Medical experts say the jury is still out on how effective it is, however.

According to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, at least 50,000 donors have given plasma but hundreds of thousands of more donors are needed to come forward.

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Chile Pensioners Withdrawing Pension Savings Due To Coronavirus

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Chile Pensioners Withdrawing Pension Savings Due To Coronavirus

Just as the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Coronavirus crisis could set back some countries by a decade

Coronavirus crisis could set back Latin America and the Caribbean by a decade as countries endure faltering economies and rising poverty, according to the United Nations economic commission for the region and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Thousands of Chileans are withdrawing 10 percent of their pension funds because of the economic toll the coronavirus is having on their finances.

Many have been forced to stand in long queues to get the money because they do not have access to a computer or do not know how to use one.

Local municipalities have supplied buses to use as offices in order to help process as many requests as possible.  

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Brazil President Bolsonaro’s Wife, Minister Test Positive For Covid-19

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Just days after Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said he had overcome the Coronavirus with a negative test following weeks in quarantine, officials have on Thursday said Bolsonaro’s wife and one of his ministers have tested positive for COVID-19.

On July 7, the President who told reporters he had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, participated in his first public event on Wednesday, to recognize rural women workers, along with his wife. They were joined by Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina and the minister of women, family and human rights, Damares Alves.

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Brazil’s first lady and a fifth member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s Cabinet have tested positive for the new coronavirus, officials said Thursday.

According to the statement the president’s wife appeared to be in good health, but would follow established protocols.

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Earlier, Brazil’s Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes wrote on Twitter that he tested positive after experiencing flu-like symptoms and headache. The 57-year-old is now in isolation. The presidency’s press office said in a statement later that Michelle Bolsonaro, 38, also tested positive.

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Last week, Citizenship Minister Onyx Lorenzoni and Education Minister Milton Ribeiro announced they tested positive. In March, two other Cabinet members were infected.

In Brazil, the health ministry reported 69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths pushing the country past 2.5 million infections and 90,000 fatalities.

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