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AstraZeneca antibody cocktail study shows COVID prevention and treatment



AstraZeneca’s antibody cocktail can both prevent AND treat Covid, trial data shows

New treatments for COVID-19 are being made available as an alternative for those who don’t want to be vaccinated.

AstraZeneca has developed an antibody cocktail, that works as a preventative shot as well as a treatment that’s been shown to prevent severe disease or death by 50% if used within a week of first showing symptoms.

The drug combines two antibodies with an AstraZeneca executive saying “if and when this is approved it will be used in the treatment setting” as well as in a preventive setting.

And another company has created the first ever oral medication to treat COVID-19.

Merck and Co applied for U.S. emergency use authorisation on Monday, for the drug to be used for treating mild to moderate patients of COVID-19.

The trial showed hospitalisation and death decrease by 50% in patients who had at least one risk factor for the disease.

FDA authorisation would allow patients to self-medicate at home, changing clinical management of the virus.


Fears of a coup as military force arrests Sudanese leaders



Unidentified Sudanese military forces have reportedly arrested four cabinet ministers and one civilian

There are also reports that the military have surrounded the house of the country’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, as the leader remains in house arrest.

It comes as the PM warns that Sudan is facing the “worst crisis” of its transition to civilian rule following the removal of its long-time ruler more than two years ago.

The remarks on Friday come as the country reels from deep divisions among the civilian and military political factions that have been leading its transition under an August 2019 power-sharing deal with the aim of leading the country towards free and fair elections.

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Michael Jordan’s sneakers sell for record $1.47m at auction



A pair of basketball shoes worn by US basketball star Michael Jordan have sold for a record price at a Las Vegas auction

Jordan wore the pair of Nike Air Ships during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984.

The shoes were what founded the iconic partnership between Jordan and Nike – now a signature global brand.

The sale also marks the highest price ever paid for game-worn footwear of any sport, easily beating out the previous record of $615,000 paid for a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s in 2020.

The price still falls short of the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

Recent sales are just the beginning of rare shoe market that’s beginning to soar.

In April, rapper Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes sold for $1.8 million at a private sale.

The record price for sneakers has broken several times in recent years, and the market is now considered much more niche than ever before, attractive interest from leading collectors as well as the general public.

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Ship spews toxic gas off Canada’s coast



Sixteen people have been evacuated as fire rages onboard the Zim Kingston container ship off the coast of Canada

The vessel was en route to Vancouver when it caught fire on Saturday, and has since been expelling toxic gas which officials say is not a risk to people on land.

The coast guard reported the ship was carrying more than 52,000 kg of chemicals located in two of the ten containers that caught fire.

“The ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas,” the Canadian coast guard said. It added that 10 containers had been affected by the fire.

“Currently there is no safety risk to people on shore, however the situation will continue to be monitored,” it said.

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