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Coronavirus update: As pandemic wanes, scientists hunt virus hotspots in Latin America and Africa to test COVID-19 vaccines

The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may be waning. For vaccine developers, that could be a problem as scientists need volunteers in sections of populations or in countries where the disease is still rife.

Meanwhile, though Russia has the world's third-highest tally of coronavirus cases, Free Press Release Network from today Moscow residents will gain some measure of freedom, including being able to come out for walks three days a week.



Scientists hunt pandemic hotspots in race to test vaccines

Scientists in Europe and the United States say the relative success of strict lockdown and social distancing policies means virus transmission rates may be at such low levels there is not enough disease circulating to truly test potential vaccines.
They may need to look further afield, to pandemic hotspots in Africa and Latin America, to get convincing results.
A vaccine is seen as essential to ending the pandemic, but running large-scale clinical trials of potential vaccines against a completely new disease at speed is complex, scientists say.
"For this to work, people need to have a risk of infection in the community. Free Press Release Website If the virus has been temporarily cleared out, then the exercise is futile," said Ayfer Ali, an expert in drug repurposing at Britain's Warwick Business School.
"The solution is to move to areas where the infection is being spread widely in the community — that would be countries like Brazil and Mexico at the moment."

China says US 'addicted to quitting' over plan to withdraw from WHO

China has said the United States was "addicted to quitting" following Washington's decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO).
Beijing said on Monday that the withdrawal revealed a pursuit of power politics and unilateralism.
Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that the international community disagreed with what he said was the selfish behaviour of the United States.
In April, US President Donald Trump announced he was instructing his administration to halt funding of the organisation.
Mr Trump said the WHO had "failed in its basic duty", promoted Chinese "disinformation" about the virus, and "it must be held accountable".
The decision drew criticism from the US and around the world, including the European Union.

Moscow allows residents out for walks under partial easing of tough lockdown

Residents of Moscow can leave their homes for a stroll for the first time in nine weeks from today under Free Press Release Site a partial easing of a tough lockdown regime following a fall in novel coronavirus cases.
Russia currently has 405, 843 cases, the world's third highest tally with a total number of 4,693 deaths.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin last week told President Vladimir Putin he would relax some lockdown rules in the Russian capital, which has a population of 12.7 million, and that an array of shops could reopen.
Residents will be allowed out for walks three times a week on designated days that are determined by the address they live at.
People can also jog or do outdoor sports, but only between 5am and 9am, officials say.
Shopping centres and most parks, all of which have been fenced off for weeks, have also opened though children's playgrounds inside them and sports facilities will stay shut.
Officials are still reporting thousands of new infections every day Free Press Release Distribution across Russia's 11 time zones and the capital remains the worst-hit region in terms of the volume of confirmed cases.

But the rate of infection has fallen sharply in recent weeks. Moscow on Sunday (local time) reported 2,595 new infections. Daily infection increases were previously running at over 6,000.
Mr Putin has warned of the risk of a second outbreak in the autumn, but said the situation overall had stabilised.
Moscow's lockdown has been strict on paper, with residents told to stay at home except to buy food, seek medical attention or to work if their employers were given special dispensation.

Japan considering opening international borders to travelers from selected countries

Japan is considering re-opening its borders to travellers from selected countries which have low levels of coronavirus infections, as it begins to ease restrictions put in place earlier this year to control the outbreak.
As schools, cinemas, sports clubs and department stores reopened in the nation's capital Tokyo on Monday, Japanese media reported that the government is Free Press Release Service also planning to allow travellers from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand into the country in the coming months.
There was no immediate comment from the foreign ministry.
Around 17,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Japan, with roughly 900 deaths.
Since February, Japan has banned entry by foreigners to limit the spread of the virus from overseas visitors.
The government is considering allowing business travellers from the four countries to enter if they test negative for COVID-19 in two separate tests conducted upon departure from their home country and arrival in Japan, the Asahi Shimbun reported, citing unnamed sources.
Once permitted into the country, visitors' movements would be restricted to areas including place of stay, Free Press Release Submission company offices and factories, the newspaper said, adding that use of public transportation would be banned.
Along with Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand are members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) and have strong trade ties with Japan.

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