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Ex-‘Supermarket Sweep’ Host David Ruprecht Could Be Reboot Announcer

David Ruprecht wants in on the new “Supermarket Sweep” fun, but with a different J-O-B — the former host says he’s is in the running to be the announcer. David, who hosted ‘Sweep’ from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2000 to 2003, tells TMZ … he…

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Antibody injection to save vulnerable patients could be ready next year

Antibody injection to save vulnerable patients could be ready next yearThe British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant leading the global race to manufacture the first Covid-19 vaccine is also nearing a breakthrough on life-saving antibody treatments for the elderly and vulnerable. A cloned antibody injection – which instantly arms the body to neutralise the virus – is likely to be a game-changer for those in the first stages of coronavirus. Scientists in AstraZeneca bases in the UK and America are up to "full speed" on testing, with executives increasingly hopeful an effective treatment can go into production next year. The company is beginning pre-emptive manufacturing of a pioneering vaccine, AZD1222, being tested with Oxford University. This week the firm agreed deals to supply two billion doses of the vaccine worldwide by the end of the year. It is hoped Britons will get access to the first doses in September. One of the new partnerships agreed this week was with the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume. SII has hinted it is exploring other "parallel" partnerships with AstraZeneca, suggesting it may increase funding for the antibody treatment too. Pascal Soriot, AstraZeneca's chief executive, told The Sunday Telegraph, that the treatment being developed is "a combination of two antibodies" in one injection "because by having both you reduce the chance of resistance developing to one antibody". Antibody treatment can be used for similar purposes as a vaccine, which normally sparks a bodily reaction to create its own antibodies. However, it is more expensive to produce than the vaccine so would be prioritised for older or more vulnerable patients "who may not be able to develop a good response to a vaccine". The greatest hope of all remains the Oxford vaccine, however. Two deals which could eventually be worth almost a billion pounds were agreed on Thursday, one of which was with Microsoft philanthropist Bill Gates, to supply half of the doses to low and middle-income countries. Mr Soriot has said he expects to know by August if the AZD1222 vaccine is effective.



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'Devastatingly worrisome': Birx says protesters gathering without face masks or social distancing could unknowingly infect high-risk relatives at home

'Devastatingly worrisome': Birx says protesters gathering without face masks or social distancing could unknowingly infect high-risk relatives at home"It's devastatingly worrisome to me personally because if they go home and they infect their grandmother or grandfather who has a comorbid condition."



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New Zealand could pull off bold goal of eliminating virus

New Zealand could pull off bold goal of eliminating virusWhile most countries are working on ways to contain the coronavirus, New Zealand has set itself a much more ambitious goal: eliminating it altogether. The virus “doesn’t have superpowers,” said Helen Petousis-Harris, a vaccine expert at the University of Auckland. If any place could be described as socially distant it would be New Zealand, surrounded by stormy seas, with Antarctica to the south.



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Sunlight destroys virus quickly, new govt. tests find, but experts say pandemic could last through summer

Sunlight destroys virus quickly, new govt. tests find, but experts say pandemic could last through summerPreliminary results from government lab experiments show that the coronavirus does not survive long under high-temperature, high-humidity conditions, and is quickly destroyed by sunlight, providing evidence from controlled tests of what scientists believed — but had not yet proved — to be true.



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UN: Pandemic could shrink global economy almost 1% in 2020

UN: Pandemic could shrink global economy almost 1% in 2020The global economy could shrink almost 1% this year due to the new coronavirus, a sharp reversal from the pre-pandemic forecast of 2.5% growth, the United Nations said Wednesday. The U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs warned in a report that the decline could be even deeper if restrictions on economic activities extend into the third quarter of the year and if fiscal stimulus efforts don’t support income and consumer spending. “Fears of the exponential spread of the virus — and growing uncertainties about the efficacy of various containment measures — have rocked financial markets worldwide,” the report noted, “with market volatility surpassing its peak during the global financial crisis and equity markets and oil prices plunging to multi-year lows.”



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Cory Booker Could Have Been the Nominee

Cory Booker Could Have Been the NomineeWith decisive victories in Michigan and Missouri on Tuesday, Joe Biden widened his lead over Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. With looming primary contests in Biden-friendly, delegate-rich Florida, Ohio, and Illinois, Sanders could be forced to concede sooner than he’d like.A number of factors have aided Biden’s ascent. The dearth of debates before the Super Tuesday primaries helped to shield him from voters. Moderate Democrats and the party establishment coalesced around him after South Carolina, fearful of losing the House with a Sanders-led ticket. And as the race narrowed, Sanders struggled to win votes outside his base of young progressive supporters.One move that almost certainly had no bearing on Biden’s step to the cusp of the nomination Tuesday? New Jersey senator Cory Booker’s endorsement, which he offered Monday over Twitter.In one sense, the contrast between Booker and Biden could not be clearer. Booker, for all of his insipid theatrics as a senator — from the “I am Spartacus” gambit to the “tears of rage” performance — is a young, capable politician in control of his faculties. He is also a black man in a party eager to project diversity. Biden, by contrast, is an old white man who can hardly finish a paragraph without slurring his speech or succumbing to some cringe-inducing gaffe that betrays his cognitive decline.In another sense, though, both Booker and Biden are ostensible “moderates” at a moment in which — if recent electoral results are to be believed — a significant faction of Democratic voters are hankering for a centrist figurehead.Why did Booker fail where Biden succeeded? The Occam’s-razor explanation is probably the right one: Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president, while Booker has been an unremarkable senator with few legislative achievements.But even with his inherent advantages, the former vice president’s vulnerabilities would be insurmountable in a normal primary cycle. His mental lapses — mistakenly declaring his candidacy for the Senate, calling the most popular rifle in America the “AR-14,” failing to remember the preamble to the Declaration of Independence — are less anomalous mistakes than a window into a receding mind, one that is poorly equipped to lead the free world, the current president’s relative fitness (or lack thereof) notwithstanding.If Biden was eminently beatable, could Booker have beaten him? On paper, the New Jersey senator figured to be well primed to challenge Biden for the “moderate” vote. His heterodox views on school choice and relatively pro-business Senate record could have enamored him to centrist Democrats, who were resigned to a choice between an enfeebled septuagenarian, a small-time mayor, and a lamp-throwing senator with narrow appeal. But Booker, no doubt wary of being attacked as a moderate, Wall Street–friendly candidate in a field whose progressive wing included class warriors such as Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, chose to tack left, taking positions that made him appear unelectable to lunch-bucket Democrats more interested in lowering health-care costs than in upending the patriarchy.Last year Booker wrote “An Open Letter to Men on Abortion” for GQ, exhorting men “to acknowledge that they benefit from abortion rights and reproductive health care” and waxing poetic about his efforts “to be the best ally and partner I can be” in the fight for legal abortion. Normal people — whose votes Booker, even in a Democratic primary, would presumably need — do not use the word “ally” that way. They almost certainly never make consecutive use of the words “reproductive health care” in casual conversation. That language appeals to Wesleyan professors and wine-track moms in the suburbs, sure. But Elizabeth Warren already had a stranglehold on such voters, who in any event, are not the ones fueling Biden’s rise. Meanwhile, the voters who did eventually flock to Biden were likely also put off by Booker’s proposal to decriminalize unauthorized border crossings into the United States, an idea that polls terribly across almost every demographic in America, including self-described moderate Democrats.In short, Booker ran as a progressive and willingly forfeited the moderate voters he needed to win the nomination. The shame for Democrats it that unlike Biden, he is lucid and presentable. Had he focused his campaign on winning over Biden voters — “O’Biden-Bama” Democrats, as the former vice president has called them — he could well have been standing in the position of the doddering old warhorse he just endorsed.



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Mexico frets about U.S. coronavirus spread, could restrict border

Mexico frets about U.S. coronavirus spread, could restrict borderMexico could consider measures at its northern border to slow the spread of the coronavirus into its relatively unaffected territory, health officials said on Friday, with an eye to containing a U.S. outbreak that has infected more than 1,800 people. Mexico so far has confirmed 16 cases of the coronavirus, with no deaths. In the United States, 41 people have died.



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