Not realistic to get vaccine this year, says WHO; weighing UAE as the destination for IPL 2020; US, China relations worsen, and other headlines to follow during the day.
While Researchers Make Progress, 'Realistic' to Not Expect Covid-19 Vaccine Until Early 2021: WHO
Researchers are making "good progress" in developing vaccines against COVID-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Wednesday.
WHO is working to ensure fair vaccine distribution, but in the meantime it is key to suppress the virus's spread, said Mike Ryan, head of WHO's emergencies programme, as daily new cases around the globe are at near-record levels. Read more.
‘Pay Re 1, Apologise’: Sachin Pilot’s Legal Notice to Congress MLA
Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Tuesday, 21 July, served a legal notice to Congress MLA Giriraj Malinga for claiming that he had offered him Rs 35 crore to topple the government, news agency PTI reported quoting sources.
Pilot has reportedly demanded Re 1 as compensation from the MLA, as well as a written apology, within seven days, for levelling allegations against him, purportedly to tarnish Pilot’s image and gain political mileage. Read more.
IPL 2020: Why UAE Makes Most Sense as Hosts for IPL 2020 - All You Need to Know
Indian Premier League is set to return to UAE for the second time after it hosted the first leg of 2014 edition due to the general elections being held in India that year. This time around it's the coronavirus pandemic that has brought IPL to UAE shores. Even though BCCI got the window to host the IPL 2020 in September-November this year in the account of T20 World Cup Postponement, having the tournament in India could have been possible because of the increasing caseload of the Covid-19 cases in India. Read more.
As Ties Worsen, US Gives China 72 Hours to Shut Houston Consulate as Trump Says Other Closures 'Possible'
The United States gave China 72 hours to close its consulate in Houston amid accusations of spying, marking a dramatic deterioration in relations between the world's two biggest economies.
The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday the Chinese mission in Houston was being closed "to protect American intellectual property and Americans' private information."
President Donald Trump said in answer to a question at a news briefing it was "always possible" other Chinese missions could be closed too. Read more.
California Moves Past New York, Now Tops in Nation for Coronavirus Cases
A record one-day total of newly confirmed coronavirus cases gave California more than 415,000 since the pandemic began, sending it past New York for the most in the country, data from Wednesday showed.
California’s cases have climbed rapidly in the last month, punctuated by the 12,807 recorded Tuesday, while New York's have fallen to less than 1,000 per day. California's overall total is about 6,000 more than New York's, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Read more.