Posted on Wed 8 Apr 2020, 04:51 PM

US Senator Bernie Sanders has suspended his presidential campaign, his team said Wednesday, clearing the way for rival Joe Biden to become the Democratic nominee to challenge Republican incumbent Donald Trump in November.

Sanders, a 78-year-old leftist who challenged Hillary Clinton for the nomination in 2016, was holding a staff conference call on Wednesday when he “announced that he is suspending his campaign for president,” his aides said in a statement.

Posted on Mon 16 Mar 2020, 02:19 PM

Germany’s foreign minister said Monday the rights to coronavirus vaccine research were not for sale, following reports Donald Trump wanted the US to buy exclusive access to a potential vaccine developed by a German biotech firm.

The comments, made in an interview with Funke Mediengruppe (Germany’s third largest newspaper and magazine publisher), come as scientists raced to develop a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus that has killed some 6,000 people, seen millions placed under lockdown and devastated global markets.

Posted on Tue 3 Mar 2020, 11:01 PM

The US death toll from the new coronavirus epidemic rose to nine Tuesday after authorities confirmed that a nursing home patient who died last week was infected with the disease.

Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman for Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where the patient died, said tests have shown the deceased was infected with the disease.

She said public health officials were identifying care workers who had come in contact with the patient.

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