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Moderna And Pfizer Begin Late-Stage Coronavirus Vaccine

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Many countries are in a race to produce vaccines for the treatment of Ccoronavirus.  Although there are some that are at an advanced stage, the two more promising potential coronavirus vaccines at this stage are those being developed by Moderna, a company based in the U.S. State of Massachusetts.  Wide scale testing began on Monday to determine their safety and effectiveness.

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The first dose of the experimental vaccine was administered to a volunteer in Savannah, Georgia.  He is the first of 30,000 healthy persons around the country who will receive two doses of the vaccine over the next several weeks in a late-stage phase of the study to see if people get infected or sick from COVID-19.

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The vaccine is being developed by researchers at the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases.  The institute’s head, Dr. Anthony Fauci told reporters on Monday the first results of the late-stage trial of the vaccine may be known by early November.

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If the trial is successful, Moderna will produce half a billion doses a year, with the hopes of making 1 billion doses annually beginning in 2021.

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Belarus: Mass Protests After Lukashenko Secretly Sworn In

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Belarus: Mass Protests After Lukashenko Secretly Sworn In

Mass street protests have continued in Belarus’s capital of Minsk, after the unannounced swearing in of president Alexander Lukashenko.

There were reports of beatings and detentions by police, and video footage showed water cannon being used.

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Lukashenko was secretly sworn in for a sixth term, with only a few hundred supporters in attendance. Opposition members call the ceremony, quote: “thieves’ meeting”.

The opposition says last month’s poll was rigged in Lukashenko’s favour.

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Belarus electoral commission announced Lukashenko won more than 80% of the vote, triggering weeks of mass protests across the country.

Several EU countries and the us say they do not recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus.

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Two Louisville Police Officers Shot And Injured Amid Protests Over Breonna Taylor’s Death

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Two Louisville Police Officers Shot

Protesters took to the streets of Louisville, Kentucky expressing anger hours after a grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for killing Breonna Taylor.

Authorities confirmed two officers were shot and wounded during the demonstrations over police killings of black people.

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Interim Louisville police chief, Robert Schroeder, said a suspect was in custody but did not offer details on whether that person was participating in the demonstrations. He said both officers are expected to recover.

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The violence comes after prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Taylor, a black woman, were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend.

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The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s with people inside.

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Alexei Navalny Discharged From Berlin Hospital

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Alexei Navalny Discharged From Berlin Hospital

Medical authorities at the German hospital in berlin that has been treating Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny say he has improved enough to be released from the hospital.

Navalny is the most vociferous opponent of president Vladimir Putin who was flown to Germany two days after falling ill in August on A Russian domestic flight.  On his arrival in Germany, medical tests revealed he was poisoned with a Soviet-er nerve agent.

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Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks.  Members of his team have accused the kremlin of involvement in the poisoning.  Russian, of course, has strongly denied that charge.

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Medical officials at the berlin hospital say it is possible Navalny would completely recover from the nerve agent poisoning.

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