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Science behind Pfizer vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs ‘within a couple of years’

Science behind Pfizer vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs ‘within a couple of years’

Technology
The co-creator of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine has said the technology behind it could soon be used to fight cancer too.While the vaccine has been bankrolled by the American pharmaceutical giant, the science itself is the work of BioNTech, a German company founded by married couple and dedicated physicians Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci. Dr Tureci was working on a way to harness the body's immune system to tackle tumours when the pair learned last year of a mystery virus infecting people in China. Image: mRNA could be used to treat more than just COVID-19. Pic: NIAID Over breakfast, they decided to apply the technology they'd been researching for two decades to the new threat, dubbing the effort "Project Lightspeed."Both COVID-19 vaccine...
Uber to give 70,000 UK drivers worker benefits after court ruling

Uber to give 70,000 UK drivers worker benefits after court ruling

Business
Uber is to treat its 70,000 drivers in the UK as workers, giving them a number of basic employment protections.The ride-hailing app lost a Supreme Court case last month, with a judge ruling that drivers should be classed as workers, not as independent third-party contractors. This means they have access to holiday pay and a pension scheme, as well as earning at least the minimum wage starting from Wednesday.Minimum wage is currently £8.72 per hour for those aged 25 and over, although it will increase to £8.91 per hour for everyone aged 23 and over from 1 April.The holiday pay will be paid fortnightly and based on 12.07% of the worker's earnings, while the automatic enrolment into a pension plan will include employer contributions. ...

New child tax credit proposals could give families more money than the $1,400 stimulus checks

Finance
Getty ImagesMany Americans are eager to see more money from the federal government in the form of $ 1,400 stimulus checks.But another part of Democrats' $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, changes to the child tax credit, could actually give qualifying families more money than the direct payments."The child tax credit is going to be more important to many families than the economic impact payments," said Howard Gleckman, senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan think tank.The child tax credit works to provide financial support to help parents care for children. Because it's a credit, it lets parents subtract a certain amount from their federal tax liability.More from Personal Finance:Long-term unemployment is close to a Great Recession recordHow Biden...
The Latest: Seoul to give free COVID-19 tests to pets

The Latest: Seoul to give free COVID-19 tests to pets

Health
SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea's capital says it will give pet dogs and cats free coronavirus tests if they come into contact with infected humans and show symptoms.Seoul official Park Yoo-mi told an online briefing that pets found infected with the virus must be quarantined at their homes or a city-run facility for 14 days.The central government last week released guidelines on virus tests on pets, after a cat in the southeastern city of Jinju became the country’s first animal confirmed to have COVID-19. The cat belongs to a mother and daughter who were among dozens of confirmed patients associated with a Jinju religious facility.Park said officials are ready to conduct free tests of pets starting Monday.Seoul officials say there is no evidence that animals transmit the virus to humans...

How this child tax credit proposal could give some families monthly $300 checks

Finance
kate_sept2004President Joe Biden wants to get more money to certain American families by expanding the child tax credit for one year.For those who are eligible, that would mean extra cash could come their way via a refund check.Now Democrats are planning to propose a bill next week to enact a long-term change to give those families a boost. That could come through monthly checks of up to $ 300 per month per child instead of one lump sum at the end of the year.The president included the child tax credit changes in his new $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal. The bill would increase the credit to $ 3,000 for children age 17 and under who qualify, while children under 6 would get a $ 3,600 credit. Currently, families can claim up to $ 2,000 per qualifying child under age 17.More f...