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World Coronavirus Dispatch: Experts warn of new variant spreading across EU

A team of scientists that has been tracking the virus through its genetic mutations has described the extraordinary spread of the variant, called 20A.EU1, in a research paper to be published recently

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Saudi Arabia expects the budget deficit in 2021 to narrow to 145 billion riyals, or about 5.1 percent of GDP, according to a statement published by the Finance Ministry.

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Gilead criticised a WHO study that raised doubts about its Covid-19 treatment, insisting that the overnight blockbuster drug does improve survival rates for a large group of hospitalised patients.  The company mounted the defence of remdesivir as it revealed that the drug, which had not even been approved by the US FDA at the start of the year, generated $873 million in revenue in the third quarter. The WHO study published this month found remdesivir, now known by its brand name Veklury, had little effect on mortality, reducing time in hospital or whether a patient ends up on a ventilator. 

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First Published: Oct 29 2020 | 2:57 PM IST

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