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Experimental COVID drug used on Trump receives emergency approval

Experimental COVID drug used on Trump receives emergency approval

Technology
An experimental drug used by Donald Trump when he had COVID-19 has received emergency approval by US health authorities.The antibody drug developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is administered in a single intravenous dose, and can be now used in coronavirus patients in the US even though studies examining how safe and effective it is are still ongoing. Regeneron hopes the drug will be able to prevent COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms being hospitalised by boosting their immune system response. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Kicked into the long g...
Damon Albarn calls for ‘live music prescription’ during ‘existential emergency’

Damon Albarn calls for ‘live music prescription’ during ‘existential emergency’

Entertainment
Twenty years ago, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett created a visionary concept: the virtual band.As all of us have learnt a fair bit about living virtually this year, the conception of the Gorillaz - a band made up of a musician, a cartoonist and four cartoon members - now seems particularly prescient. Albarn tells Sky News: "We are lucky we've always had our virtual world... A new kind of creativity is emerging out of all of this."Described by Elton John as the "most interesting British musician working today," Albarn is as prolific as he is resilient. Image: Damon Albarn leads Gorillaz at Demon Dayz Festival in California in 2018 With chameleon-like ease he has transitioned from Britpop poster boy with Blur - where his songs defined a...
Rishi Sunak defends emergency jobs scheme

Rishi Sunak defends emergency jobs scheme

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said it is "impossible" to predict how many jobs the government's new wage subsidy scheme will save. The scheme, set to replace furlough, will see the government top up the pay of people unable to work full time.It aims to stop mass job cuts after the government introduced new measures to tackle a rise in coronavirus cases.Mr Sunak said he hoped the plan would "benefit large numbers", but he could not say what job is "viable or not".Under the Job Support Scheme, if bosses bring back workers part time, the government will help top up their wages with employers to at least three-quarters of their full-time pay. It will begin on 1 November and last for six months. How will th...
Covid-19: Sunak set to unveil emergency jobs scheme

Covid-19: Sunak set to unveil emergency jobs scheme

Business
Chancellor Rishi Sunak will later unveil a plan aimed at minimising further unemployment as stricter Covid-19 restrictions come into force.The new measures are expected to replace the furlough scheme, which is set to expire next month.In July, around five million workers were still receiving some or all of their income through the scheme, many in the hospitality sector.Pubs and restaurants have warned they will be hit hard by new restrictions.From Thursday, hospitality venues in England will have to shut at 22:00 BST as the government tries to control the spread of the coronavirus. Scotland is introducing similar measures, with pubs and restaurants having to close at 22:00 BST from Friday, while in Wales restrictions are limited to stopping alcohol sales ...
Coronavirus: Campaigners call for emergency cash for renters

Coronavirus: Campaigners call for emergency cash for renters

Business
The government is being urged to provide emergency financial help to tenants in England who have fallen into arrears due to coronavirus. Housing charities and groups representing landlords and letting agents are calling for loans and grants for those struggling to pay rent. New research on behalf of Shelter suggests 322,000 people have fallen behind since the outbreak in March. The government said it had taken "unprecedented action" to help renters. Six organisations - including Shelter, Crisis and Citizens Advice - have joined forces to call for short-term financial aid for renters.The groups say £270m is needed to help tenants keep their homes and assist landlords who rely on rental income for their livelihoods.They are proposing grants for renters alre