Astra U.S. Test on Hold; Big Ten Football Resuming: Virus Update

The Big Ten college football league said Wednesday it plans to start games the weekend of Oct. 23-24 after postponing the season in August due to virus safety concerns. The league will require student athletes, coaches, trainers and others who are on the field for practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing, according to a statement. Each school will also have a chief infection officer oversee collection and reporting of data.
Shares of U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly gained after an interim analysis of a mid-stage study found one of three doses of an experimental neutralizing antibody treatment tested against Covid-19 was able to lower the viral load in patients. The therapy, called LY-CoV555, was also able to cut the rate at which infected patients were hospitalized.
British Airways, the flagship U.K. carrier expecting to cut as many as 10,000 jobs, has seen 7,200 people leave as of last Friday, Chief Executive Officer Alex Cruz told lawmakers in London. The company remains in discussions with some labor groups, he said, and has rowed back on a plan to fire and rehire staff on new contracts.
The pandemic has reversed decades of growth in the aviation industry, shutting down flights and triggering a slump that could see traffic diminished for years.
Russia agreed to sell 100 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine to India.
Russia’s sovereign wealth fund will cooperate with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, a local drugmaker, on clinical trials and distribution of the vaccine, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
Iran recorded its biggest jump in cases since June 4 with 2,981 new infections in the past 24 hours. The number of fatalities rose by 179 overnight, up from 140 a day earlier.
People living in Dublin should limit travel to the rest of Ireland if possible to stop the virus spreading outside the capital, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said. Dublin has become Ireland’s contagion center and further restrictions there are a “real possibility,” Donohoe said, adding that people should avoid traveling to the city from outside too. Dublin accounted for close to two thirds of all new cases in Ireland on Tuesday.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG is preparing for more drastic cutbacks in its global workforce and airline fleet than previously planned after a hoped-for recovery of air traffic fizzled out.
A surge in European virus cases has forced Europe’s biggest airline to tear up its recovery plan and pare back its ambitions to cope with the deteriorating outlook. Recent rules that forced travelers into quarantine have had a catastrophic effect on bookings, its chief executive told staff at a meeting, according to people in attendance.
Israel will close its schools on Thursday, a day earlier than planned, due to the significant increase in coronavirus infections, the prime minister’s office said. The government had planned to close schools from Friday to coincide with the start of a partial three-week countrywide lockdown. Over 5,500 cases were confirmed in the past day.
Coronavirus vaccines will be ready for public use as early as November or December in China, a top scientist said, which would make the country one of the first in the world with an inoculation.
Several vaccine candidates progressed very smoothly through the final stage of clinical trials, Wu Guizhen, chief bio-safety expert at China’s Disease Control and Prevention Center, said in an interview with state television on Tuesday.
The number of new coronavirus cases rose by the most in eight days in Germany as the infection rate hovered around the key threshold of 1.0.
There were 1,792 new cases in the 24 hours through Wednesday morning, according to data from from Johns Hopkins University. The reproduction factor of the virus, known as R-naught, fell to 1.04 on Tuesday, according to the latest estimate from the Robert Koch Institute. Most new infections are happening in the context of family reunions, according to the health institute, and the proportion of travel returnees among the cases is decreasing.
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