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Senegal’s $1 COVID-19 test kit and the race for a vaccine | Counting the Cost

What ought to take 10-15 years, the international scientific group hopes to cram into months. The World Well being Group (WHO) says there are 70 vaccines in the works for COVID-19, 4 of the most promising are already being examined.

The billions being spent now might assist return the financial system again to normality. There is no such thing as a assure that any of the vaccines will work.

For now, on and off lockdowns and flare-ups of coronavirus could possibly be the norm.

The Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis will fund the manufacturing of seven potential vaccines. Regardless of the incontrovertible fact that billions of {dollars} could possibly be wasted, perhaps only one or two of the vaccines can be profitable. However Invoice Gates argues that dropping a billion is best than the international financial system dropping trillions of {dollars}.

The US has put aside $27bn from its multitrillion-dollar stimulus bundle for the improvement of vaccines. It wager virtually $500m on drugmaker Moderna to ship its COVID-19 vaccine, which is already in trials.

Tech start-up BenevolentAI has unleashed its machine-learning energy to search out present medication that could be utilized in the battle in opposition to the pandemic. It has recognized a rheumatoid arthritis drug from Eli Lilly which will do the job.

It is only one of many medication which are in trials proper now.

And it’s not simply the Western world that has the scientific know-how to beat the virus, in Senegal a laboratory has used its AIDS and Ebola expertise to develop a $1 COVID-19 testing kit.

Whereas there are not any medication to deal with COVID-19, enterprising pharmaceutical corporations are utilizing present medication to assist these significantly affected by the pathogen. CytoDyn is looking for approval for compassionate use of its drug.

Dr Nader Pourhassan, chief govt of US drugmaker CytoDyn, tells Al Jazeera about the impact of its medication on sufferers dealing with extreme and crucial coronavirus signs.

Has OPEC misplaced its capacity to manage oil costs?

A pandemic, a international glut and a lack of storage was the good storm that despatched US oil costs into destructive territory for the first time ever.

Merchants had been pressured to pay patrons to take oil off their palms. With oil at historic lows, the US oil business is paying a heavy worth with many corporations submitting for chapter.

Regardless of OPEC’s report manufacturing minimize, oil costs have fallen additional. Has the oil cartel misplaced its capacity to handle costs?

Rajat Kapoor, an oil analyst and managing director of Oil & Gasoline at AWR Lloyd, shares his ideas on oil costs and the business’s present challenges with Al Jazeera.

Ought to governments think about inexperienced bonds to revive pandemic-hit economies?

As the world throws out the rule e-book and spends trillions of {dollars} to keep away from a whole collapse of economies, is it time to think about stimulus that may carry us past the disaster?

The lockdown has confirmed, the pure world will go on with out us. Whereas many countries have targets to scale back air pollution, the cash tells us in any other case.

$250bn in “inexperienced bonds” had been issued final 12 months. Inexperienced bonds work in the identical manner as others however are particularly used for environmental and climate-related initiatives.

It could sound like a lot however added to what’s already on the market, that’s lower than 0.1 p.c of the whole authorities debt which stands at $9 trillion {dollars} worldwide.

Paul Simpson, chief govt of non-profit environmental consultancy CDP, explains inexperienced bonds and whether or not governments ought to think about using them to revive the pandemic-hit economies.

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