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Pfizer’s German partner, BioNTech, achieves breakthrough in quest for multiple sclerosis vaccine

Pfizer’s German partner, BioNTech, achieves breakthrough in quest for multiple sclerosis vaccine

BioNTech, the German biotechnology company that developed a coronavirus vaccine with U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, has found some success using the same mRNA technique while attempting to treat multiple sclerosis in lab mice. In a new report published in the medial journal, Science, BioNTech revealed it had encoded MS-specific autoantigens that effectively combated the condition when administered via shot to mice. It also prevented further deterioration in mice showing early symptoms linked to MS. Advertisement Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease, which is not caused by a virus,that...

Jan 12
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Kansas mayor resigns after receiving death threats over support for COVID mask mandate

Kansas mayor resigns after receiving death threats over support for COVID mask mandate

A Kansas mayor has said she received hate mail and death threats over her recent support of a local mask mandate, triggering her resignation. “This is harder for me than people realize,” Dodge City Mayor Joyce Warshaw said as she battled back her emotion. “I really love this city with all my heart. I still believe in this city, and I believe in their ability to not harm one another.” Advertisement The Republican leader said she started receiving the threats and terrifying messages after she was quoted in a USA Today article regarding a recent city council vote, which required all residents...

Dec 16
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British grandmother becomes first person to receive clinically approved Pfizer vaccine

British grandmother becomes first person to receive clinically approved Pfizer vaccine

Keep calm and get vaccinated. The United Kingdom on Tuesday became the first western nation to launch a mass coronavirus immunization campaign, marking what could be a turning point in a global pandemic that has killed more than 1.5 million. Advertisement At 6:31 a.m. local time, 90-year-old Margaret Keenan was jabbed with what could be a life-saving birthday present. More than 300 days after the first COVID-19 death was reported in China and just a week before her 91st birthday, the retired shop clerk became the first person in the world to receive a clinically approved vaccine for the...

Dec 8
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Oregon doctor who refused to wear mask has license suspended

Oregon doctor who refused to wear mask has license suspended

An Oregon doctor who refused to wear a mask in his clinic despite the ongoing global health crisis has had license suspended. Steven LaTulippe in November appeared at a “Stop the Steal” rally in support of President Trump, where he announced that neither he nor his staff wore face coverings while working at his Dallas health care facility. In video of the event, which recently resurfaced online, the doctor also dismissed COVID-19 as a “common cold.” Advertisement “I want to expose what I call corona mania,” he said in the clip, posted on YouTube by the political group . He also encouraged...

Dec 5
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West Virginia cop dies two days after getting shot in the face

West Virginia cop dies two days after getting shot in the face

A West Virginia police officer shot in the face in the line of duty earlier this week has died from her injuries. Charleston Police Officer Cassie Johnson was taken off life support on Thursday and pronounced dead by doctors around 4 p.m. Advertisement The 28-year-old cop had been battling for her life at the Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital since Tuesday afternoon. She was shot around 3 p.m. that day while responding to a parking complaint, police said. Johnson was rushed to the hospital and underwent immediate surgery, but her wounds proved to be fatal. Authorities said...

Dec 4
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U.S. citizens detained for speaking Spanish at Montana grocery store settle suit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. citizens detained for speaking Spanish at Montana grocery store settle suit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A pair of American women detained by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent after they were overheard speaking in Spanish at a Montana convenience store have reached an undisclosed settlement in their lawsuit against agency, the ACLU announced. Ana Suda and Martha “Mimi” Hernandez were out buying groceries in the city of Havre, a small town about 35 miles from the Canadian border, when they were approached by Agent Paul O’Neal the night of May 16, 2018. He asked both women for their IDs and then admitted to doing so because he heard them chatting in another language. Advertisement The...

Nov 25
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Police move in after fights break out during Stone Mountain protests in Georgia

Police move in after fights break out during Stone Mountain protests in Georgia

Mostly peaceful protests in the Georgia city of Stone Mountain, home to a massive sculpture of the Confederate war leaders, turned violent Saturday afternoon, prompting police to move in. Demonstrators descended on the downtown area of the Atlanta suburb in protest of the Three Percenters, a far-right group that had requested to hold a 2,000-person rally in Stone Mountain Park “to defend and protect our history and Second Amendment rights.” Advertisement They were met with several dozen right-wing demonstrators, some of them waving the Confederate battle flags and many wearing military...

August 15, 2020
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Russian President Putin announces approval of coronavirus vaccine before completion of clinical trials

Russian President Putin announces approval of coronavirus vaccine before completion of clinical trials

Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed Tuesday that he has approved a coronavirus vaccine, calling it the world’s first treatment for the fast-spreading disease ripping its way across the globe. He made the announcement on state TV despite the fact that the vaccine has not yet completed clinical testing. It has raised the eyebrows of both scientists in Russia and abroad, who have warned that rushing to implement a vaccine prior to Phase 3 trials — which normally last for months and involves testing thousands of people — could prove detrimental. Advertisement The Russian leader attempted...

August 11, 2020
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Delaware to remove whipping post previously used for public punishments and lashings

Delaware to remove whipping post previously used for public punishments and lashings

A public whipping post on display outside a historic Delaware courthouse will be taken down Wednesday after community members called it a painful reminder of the city’s racist past. The said in a statement Tuesday that people, many them African Americans, were bound to the 8-foot post and whipped for crimes ranging from theft to rape up until the 1950s. The punishments were typically done in public settings outside local jails and disproportionately affected people of color. Advertisement “It is appropriate for an item like this to be preserved in the state’s collections, so that future...

July 1, 2020
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Connecticut brothers in car chased down black teens on bikes while hurling racial slurs, police say

Connecticut brothers in car chased down black teens on bikes while hurling racial slurs, police say

Two brothers accused of chasing down a pair of black teens on bikes while shouting racial slurs have been arrested by police in Connecticut. Matthew Lemelin, 27, and his 28-year-old brother, Michael, are facing charges including risk of injury to a minor and second-degree reckless endangerment. The younger Lemelin was additionally hit with a second-degree intimidation based on bigotry or bias count. Advertisement The charges stem from an incident that unfolded in the early hours of Sunday morning along Main Street in Manchester, reported. Authorities responded to the area around 1:30 a.m....

June 25, 2020
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