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Top scientist raises efficacy issues with Chinese Covid-19 vaccines

Top scientist raises efficacy issues with Chinese Covid-19 vaccin

(ATF) China's vaccination campaign has taken a double body blow in recent days, with a leading scientist criticising the standards of the country's homegrown jabs, and a long-awaited study confirming that the Sinovac vaccine has an efficacy rate barely above a coin toss.Over the weekend, the Chinese Center for Disease …

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News Corp agrees global content deal with Google

News Corp agrees global content deal with Google

(ATF) Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp struck a global news deal with Google, the media company said on Wednesday February 17, in the most extensive agreement yet for news content with big tech.The two companies will develop a subscription platform, share advertising revenue through Google’s ad technology services, build audio journalism …

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Korean shipyards vying to build huge oil rigs for Petrobras

Korean shipyards vying to build huge oil rigs for Petrobras

(ATF) Three shipyards in east Asia are among companies vying to build large offshore platforms for Petrobras, Brazil's state-owned oil company, which wants them for oil and gas projects.The shipyards in South Korea – Samsung Heavy Industries Co, Hyundai Heavy Industries Holding Co Ltd and Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery …

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Chinese Covid-19 vaccine has lower success rate than expected: report

Chinese Covid-19 vaccine has lower success rate than expected:

(ATF) The coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech showed a general efficacy of less than 60% in its late-stage trial in Brazil, according to a report published in São Paulo on Monday.UOL, a news website, said the figure - which contradicts the official efficacy rate - was sourced from …

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Sinovac trial suspension complicates vaccine race for China

Sinovac trial suspension complicates vaccine race for China

(ATF) Brazil’s health regulator has suspended a Covid vaccine trial by Chinese firm Sinovac, citing a severe adverse effect.The extent to which the rollout of vaccines has become politicised was underlined when Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro hailed the suspension as a “victory” for him personally, in a swipe at Sao …

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Many central banks looking at digital currencies

Central banks develop digital currencies 

(ATF) The coronavirus has accelerated the world’s move away from cash. Now central banks are considering developing digital versions of the notes and coins in our wallets. Sweden and mainland China could well launch CBDCs – central bank digital currencies – during 2021.These are not cryptocurrencies or units used in …

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