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Virus ‘disappearing’ so fast vaccine has ‘only 50% chance of working’

Virus ‘disappearing’ so fast vaccine has ‘only 50% chance of working’

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There is only a 50% chance of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine working because cases in the UK are declining so fast, one of the scientists behind it has warned. The University of Oxford's Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group began developing a COVID-19 vaccine in January using a virus taken from chimpanzees. But with the number of UK coronavirus cases dropping every day, there may not be enough people to test it on, according to the institute's director Professor Adrian Hill.He told The Sunday Telegraph: "It's a race against the virus disappearing, and against time. We said earlier in the year that there was an 80% chance of developing an effective vaccine by September."But at the moment, there's a 50% chance that we get no result at all. We're in the bizarre position of wanting CO...
Chris Pratt accidentally deleted 51,000 emails

Chris Pratt accidentally deleted 51,000 emails

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Actor Chris Pratt has shared the moment he accidentally wiped clean his entire email inbox. The Marvel star began sorting through his inbox after telling fans his son, Jack, had teased him for having 35,000 unread messages. Unfortunately, Pratt pressed the wrong button and was forced to watch as 51,000 emails were erased. Pratt shared the moment on Instagram, and fans rushed to poke fun at the incident. "Yesterday my son was playing with my phone and he gasped in shock looking at the number of unread emails that I have. It's a lot," Pratt said."I'm one of those idiots who will do an IQ test and be like, 'Wanna take an IQ test? Give me your email'. And then I do, which proves my IQ is about seven, I just get junk from everyone and I just don't erase it."Th...
Wikipedia sets new rule to combat “toxic behaviour”

Wikipedia sets new rule to combat “toxic behaviour”

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Wikipedia is to institute a new code of conduct to battle what the firm called "toxic behaviour" by some volunteers.The Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation that runs the site, voted on new measures that will be finalised by the end of the year.Wikipedia is written and updated by volunteers. Many, particularly women and members of the LGBTQ community, have complained of abuse and harassment from other editors.Wikimedia's board of trustees said maintaining civility was a core value."We must work together to create a safe, inclusive culture, where everyone feels welcome, that their contributions are valued, and that their perspective matters," said Katherine Maher, the chief executive officer of the Wikimedia Foundation."Our goal is all the world's knowle...
Fake online reviews under investigation by competition authority

Fake online reviews under investigation by competition authority

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The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into fake and misleading reviews on several major websites.It said it would examine whether online shops were "doing enough" to protect customers as they turn to online shopping during lockdown.The authority warned it would "not hesitate" to take action if sites are disobeying the law.That could include taking major retailers to court."During lockdown, we're more dependent than ever on online shopping, so it's really important that the online reviews we read are genuine opinions," said CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli."If someone is persuaded to buy something after reading a fake or misleading review, they could end up wasting their money on a product or service that wasn't wh...
Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

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President Donald Trump has been lashing out at scientists whose conclusions he doesn’t like as he pushes to reopen the country during the coronavirus crisisBy JILL COLVIN Associated PressMay 22, 2020, 10:17 AM5 min read5 min readWASHINGTON -- "A Trump enemy statement,” he said of one study. “A political hit job,” he said of another. As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has been lashing out at scientists whose conclusions he doesn't like. Twice this week, Trump has not only dismissed the findings of studies but suggested — without evidence — that their authors were motivated by politics and out to undermine his efforts to roll back coronavirus restr