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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’

Technology
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...
Fast decisions in Bay Area helped slow virus spread

Fast decisions in Bay Area helped slow virus spread

Technology
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the morning of March 15, as Italy became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, a half dozen high-ranking California health officials held an emergency conference call to discuss efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the San Francisco Bay Area. The tight-knit group of Bay Area doctors organized the call to discuss a consistent policy on public gatherings for the region's 7 million people, which then had fewer than 280 cases and just three deaths. Soon, though, the conversation focused on the potentially catastrophic emergency on their hands and how stay-at-home orders could slow the advance of the virus. Many factors have fueled the speed of the disease spread throughout the world. But that three-hour call and the bold decisions to come out of it we...
Researchers find fast way to deliver radiation therapy to cancer patients

Researchers find fast way to deliver radiation therapy to cancer patients

Health
Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy typically come in for treatment multiple times over several weeks -- making what is already both a physically and mentally taxing process even more challenging. Researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania may have found a safe and effective way to deliver an entire course of radiation therapy in less than a second. They report the findings in an article published Thursday in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics. "This is the first time anyone has published findings that demonstrate the feasibility of using protons -- rather than electrons -- to generate FLASH doses, with an accelerator currently used for clinical treatments," study co-senior author James M. Metz, ...
Fintech’s fast pass to traditional banking is now cut off

Fintech’s fast pass to traditional banking is now cut off

Finance
Getty ImagesTech start-ups trying to become banks will now have to take a slower, more traditional route.Fintech companies had welcomed a special bank charter that cleared a quicker path for them to become a bank. But that was dealt a blow this week as a federal district court in New York decided that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the regulator issuing the charters, didn't have the authority to do so.The ruling highlights the sometimes murky nature of tech companies getting into banking. It also means that finance start-ups will have to go through the same drawn out process as everyone else."It's a step back for fintechs that are looking long term to become banks," said Lindsay Davis, fintech analyst at CB Insights. "A fintech charter helped streamline that regulatory proc...
Microsoft president: Don’t move fast and break things

Microsoft president: Don’t move fast and break things

Technology
Some US tech firms have gained a reputation for being willing to launch products before it is clear whether they could be damaging to society.But Microsoft's president, Brad Smith, says that it is not good enough for such companies to absolve themselves of responsibility and say that it is solely up to lawmakers to decide what is right and wrong.Mr Smith's book - Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age - aims to serve as a wake-up call to the industry.He spoke to the BBC's Leo Kelion while visiting London.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology