Wednesday, 20th May Daily Roundup
Here’s a quick summary of what has happened around the world over the last 24 hours, brought to you exclusively by British Herald.
Just over a third of companies in Britain believe they can fully restart operations while implementing the government’s coronavirus workplace guidance, a survey showed on Wednesday.
The British Chambers of Commerce said 45% of firms it questioned felt they would be able to partly reopen and 10% said they would not be able to operate at all, mostly citing problems with social distancing.
100-year-old Captain Tom Moore, the British veteran who raised record-breaking sums of money for charity amid the coronavirus crisis, is looking forward to being knighted by Queen Elizabeth. “I hope she’s not very heavy-handed with the sword. By then I might be rather a poor old weak soul,” he said. A knighthood is bestowed as the Queen taps a sword on the recipient’s shoulders.
U.S. immunotherapy company Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc on Wednesday said its experimental vaccine to prevent coronavirus infection was shown to produce protective antibodies and immune system responses in mice and guinea pigs.
“We saw antibody responses that do many of the things we would want to see in an eventual vaccine,” said Dr. David Weiner, director of the vaccine and immunotherapy center at the Wistar Institute, which has collaborated with Inovio. “We are able to target things that would prevent the virus from having a safe harbor in the body.”
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