Day: May 23, 2020

Thailand begins coronavirus vaccine trials on monkeys

BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thailand on Saturday began testing a vaccine against the coronavirus on monkeys after positive trials in mice, an official said.

Thailand’s minister of higher education, science, and research and innovation, Suvit Maesincee, said researchers had moved testing of the vaccine to monkeys and hoped to have a “clearer outcome” of its effectiveness by September.

“This project is for the human race, not just Thais. The prime minister (Prayuth Chan-ocha) has outlined a policy that we must develop a vaccine and join the world community workforce on this,” Suvit told reporters on Saturday.

Thailand announced on Wednesday that

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Abe to attend if G-7 holds in-person summit

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has informed the U.S., the chair of the Group of Seven nations this year, that he will attend a leaders’ meeting if it takes place in June as the White House hopes.

U.S. President Donald Trump said this week that he may again host an in-person summit of the G-7 leaders in or near Washington, after earlier canceling the meeting amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

If Abe does attend, it will be his first overseas trip since visiting the Middle East in mid-January. He is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Trump

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Modi buried under avalanche of COVID-19 cases and 120m jobless

NEW DELHI — India has seen a sharp spike in new coronavirus cases with the total crossing 125,000, about 70% of which surfaced in this month alone. This has forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to review its strategy to contain the outbreak, which has shocked an already slowing economy, adding to joblessness and despair.

A high-level ministerial meeting chaired by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on May 15 discussed focusing COVID-19 management on the states having the highest number of cases and fatalities, as well as on treatment, “for which timely detection of infection and contact tracing [are] the best

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Time to experiment with 4-day working weeks: Lynda Gratton

TOKYO — The coronavirus pandemic has made the issue of longevity even more relevant given that the damage to financial markets could force people into longer working lives, Lynda Gratton, a leading expert on human resources and organizational behavior, told Nikkei.

She also expects more flexible work patterns to emerge now that people have broken the norm of working eight hours a day, five days a week, by adopting teleworking.

“Executives should be preparing now to experiment with four-day working weeks,” she said.

Gratton, a professor of business management at London Business School, serves as a member of Japanese Prime

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