The Lung Center of the Philippines has been chosen as a clinical trial site for molnupiravir, an investigational oral antiviral pill being evaluated for the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).    Developed by MSD (known as Merck in the United States and Canada) and Miami-based Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, the drug entered Phase 3 clinical trials this June.  The study will be conducted in more than 100 sites worldwide, with a target ...

HONG KONG — Hong Kong democracy supporters flocked to buy copies of pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily on Friday, citing anger over a police raid of its newsroom as part of an inquiry into whether some articles threatened China’s national security.  The popular 26-year-old paper, which combines liberal discourse with celebrity gossip and investigations of those in power, increased its Friday press run to 500,000 ...

Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) was recognized for its efforts to protect the data privacy of its customers in the recently concluded Privacy Awareness Week 2021 (PAW) Awards organized by the National Privacy Commission (NPC). UnionBank Chief Technology & Operations Officer and Chief Transformation Officer Henry Aguda was named the Privacy Advocate of the Year for his outstanding effort ...

The all-new vivo V21 5G and V21e are both feature-rich, selfie phones, running on seriously powerful mobile processors for a virtually lag-free experience. Extra powerful processors and Extended RAM Technology enable users to enjoy the glossy-smooth functionality of the vivo V21 Series Enjoy the smooth performance of the vivo V21 Series, made possible with 8GB + 3GB Extended RAM Technology ...

SYDNEY/BEIJING — A World Bank-led project declined to award a contract to lay sensitive undersea communications cables after Pacific island governments heeded US warnings that participation of a Chinese company posed a security threat, two sources told Reuters.  The former Huawei Marine Networks, now called HMN Technologies and majority owned by Shanghai-listed Hengtong Optic-Electric Co Ltd, submitted a bid for the $72.6 million project ...

Father’s Day is just around the corner and although our dads may insist that he doesn’t need or want anything for Father’s Day, we all know that having nothing prepared is not really an option. After all, today is a good day to spoil the man we’ve always looked up to all these years; it’s only fitting that we treat ...

TOKYO — Japan’s top medical experts warned on Friday that holding the Olympics during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic could increase infections, and said banning all spectators was the least risky option, setting up a possible collision with organizers.  The report, led by top health adviser Shigeru Omi, was released after Tokyo 2020’s organizing committee chief told the Sankei newspaper she wanted to allow ...

Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide passed a grim milestone of 4 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, as many countries struggle to procure enough vaccines to inoculate their populations.  While the number of new cases and deaths have abated in countries like the United States and Britain, several nations have vaccine shortages as the Delta variant becomes the dominant strain ...

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the smash-hit video app TikTok, saw its earnings double last year. An internal memo released to staff showed that the firm’s total revenue jumped by 111% to $34.3bn (£25.6bn) for 2020. The figures underscore TikTok’s continued global popularity. It comes as ByteDance and several other Chinese technology giants have come under increasing pressure from governments ...

JP Morgan has struck a deal worth about £700 million to buy Nutmeg, the digital wealth manager, as America’s biggest bank seeks to kickstart plans to build a consumer business in Britain. The surprise move by the Wall Street financial services group comes before the launch of its long-awaited online retail bank in the UK this year. Nutmeg will sit ...

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