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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A drug treatment called remdesivir that appears to shorten recovery time for people with coronavirus is being made available on the NHS. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was probably the biggest step forward in the treatment of coronavirus since the crisis began. Remdesivir is an anti-viral medicine that has been used against Ebola.

Monday, May 25, 2020

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has made his first public appearance after more than two months in quarantine amid the Covid-19 crisis. Wearing a black face mask, the former vice-president laid a wreath at a ceremony in his home state of Delaware. It was part of event to mark Memorial Day - an annual holiday held on the last Monday of May in honour of those who died serving in the US military. The date also marks the unofficial start of summer. "It feels good to be out of my house," Mr Biden told reporters through his mask, adding: "Never forget the sacrifices that these men and women made. Never, ever, forget." read more

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company has tried unsuccessfully to launch a rocket over the Pacific Ocean. The booster was released from under the wing of one of the UK entrepreneur's old jumbos which had been specially converted for the task. The rocket should have ignited its engine seconds later but engineers had to terminate the flight. read more

Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed he "could have died" after being rushed to hospital following a heart attack. The 72-year-old said he was "shocked" to discover he needed surgery after what he described as a "small" heart attack earlier this month. read more

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Formula E driver Daniel Abt was disqualified and ordered to pay 8,900 to charity for getting a professional gamer to compete under his name in an official esports race. read more


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