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Premier League: ‘Signings could open up title race’ – Alan Shearer previews new season

Premier League: ‘Signings could open up title race’ – Alan Shearer previews new season

Sports
By Alan ShearerMatch of the Day punditLast updated on 4 hours ago4 hours ago.From the section Premier LeagueAlan Shearer joins Gary Lineker and Ian Wright on Match of the Day at 22:20 BST on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website for highlights of four Premier League games. You can also listen to Shearer previewing the new season from 12:00-12:25 on Saturday on BBC Radio 5 Live, which then has live commentary of Crystal Palace v Southampton at 15:00, the first of its 140 Premier League commentaries in 2020-21.Here he looks at the contenders in the title race, and the prospects for his former club Newcastle. It is only 42 days since the FA Cup final so it doesn't really feel as if we have been away, but we are off again with the first Match of the Day of the season on Saturday - and ...

China firm uses workers to ‘pre-test’ vaccine in global race

Technology
BEIJING -- In the global race to make a coronavirus vaccine, a state-owned Chinese company is boasting that its employees, including top executives, received experimental shots even before the government approved testing in people. “Giving a helping hand in forging the sword of victory,” reads an online post from SinoPharm with pictures of workers it says helped “pre-test” its vaccine. Whether it’s viewed as heroic sacrifice or a violation of international ethical norms, the claim underscores the enormous stakes as China competes with U.S. and British companies to be the first with a vaccine to help end the pandemic — a feat that would be both a scientific and political triumph. “Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the new Holy Grail,” said Lawrence Gostin, a global public health law expert at

Summer may decide fate of leading shots in vaccine race

Technology
People on six continents already are getting jabs in the arm as the race for a COVID-19 vaccine enters a defining summer, with even bigger studies poised to prove if any shot really works -- and maybe offer a reality check. Already British and Chinese researchers are chasing the coronavirus beyond their borders, testing potential vaccines in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates because there are too few new infections at home to get clear answers. The U.S. is set to open the largest trials -- 30,000 people to test a government-created shot starting in July, followed about a month later with another 30,000 expected to test a British one. Those likely will be divided among Americans and volunteers in other countries such as Brazil or South Africa, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the N...
Zuckerberg: Facebook in ‘arms race’ against electoral interference

Zuckerberg: Facebook in ‘arms race’ against electoral interference

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has told the BBC that preventing electoral interference is an "arms race" against countries such as Russia, Iran and China. He admitted that the firm was "behind" in the 2016 US presidential election. In his first UK broadcast interview in five years, he said that Facebook had been unprepared for state-sponsored interference in 2016.But he added the company was confident it had since learnt its lessons.Facebook was previously embroiled in a political scandal in which tens of millions of its users' data ended up in the hands of political interest groups including Cambridge Analytica.However, he said the social media giant, which also owns Whatsapp and Instagram, was n...