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Explainer: How common cold viruses are being used in vaccines from Russia, China

Explainer: How common cold viruses are being used in vaccines from Russia, China

Published 01/09/2020

(Reuters) - The modified common cold viruses behind high-profile COVID-19 vaccine candidates from China’s CanSino Biologics (6185.HK) and Russia’s Gamaleya Institute have been studied for [more…]

Explainer: Facebook, Google battle Australia over proposed revenue-share law

Explainer: Facebook, Google battle Australia over proposed revenue-share law

Published 01/09/2020

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) said it will block news sharing on its platforms in Australia if the government goes ahead with a law [more…]

Explainer: The purpose of U.S. presidential nominating conventions

Explainer: The purpose of U.S. presidential nominating conventions

Published 16/08/2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has held presidential nominating conventions for almost 200 years, and they have served in recent decades as an important [more…]

Explainer: Microsoft’s TikTok bid spotlights Windows maker’s history with China

Explainer: Microsoft’s TikTok bid spotlights Windows maker’s history with China

Published 10/08/2020

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has emerged as the most likely buyer of the U.S. operations of TikTok, the popular Chinese short-video app that U.S. [more…]

Explainer: What’s at stake in the battle over U.S. unemployment benefits in Congress?

Explainer: What’s at stake in the battle over U.S. unemployment benefits in Congress?

Published 27/07/2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Enhanced unemployment benefits that the U.S. Congress authorized early in the coronavirus pandemic are due to expire at the end of July [more…]

Explainer: How Fed’s Main Street program compares to other small business pandemic aid

Explainer: How Fed’s Main Street program compares to other small business pandemic aid

Published 15/06/2020

(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Monday launched its latest life raft for U.S. businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Administered by the Boston Fed, [more…]

What do new U.S. sanctions mean for Syria?

What do new U.S. sanctions mean for Syria?

Published 15/06/2020

AMMAN (Reuters) - The toughest U.S. sanctions yet on Syria take effect this week, increasing the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad as he grapples with [more…]

Explainer: Europe steps up tech battle vs. coronavirus with German app

Explainer: Europe steps up tech battle vs. coronavirus with German app

Published 15/06/2020

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany on Tuesday becomes the latest European country to launch a smartphone app that seeks to break the chain of coronavirus infection [more…]

Explainer: What are antibody therapies and who is developing them for COVID-19?

Explainer: What are antibody therapies and who is developing them for COVID-19?

Published 09/06/2020

NEW YORK (Reuters) - While some potential vaccines have emerged in the global race to find a way to stop the spread of COVID-19, many [more…]

Explainer: Australia and New Zealand ‘travel bubble’ in sight as virus growth slows

Explainer: Australia and New Zealand ‘travel bubble’ in sight as virus growth slows

Published 04/05/2020

SYDNEY (Reuters) - New Zealand and Australia could soon open their borders to each other, creating what they call a “Trans-Tasman bubble” as they look [more…]