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Jan 24, 2015
Jan 24, 2015

Liberia Ebola vaccine trial ‘challenging’ as cases tumble

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – A steep fall in Ebola cases in Liberia will make it hard to prove whether experimental vaccines work in a major clinical trial about to start in the country, the head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Saturday.

The NIH might have to move some testing to neighboring Sierra Leone, while regulators could end up approving Ebola shots based on efficacy data from animal tests backed by only limited human evidence, Francis Collins told Reuters.

Jan 24, 2015
Jan 23, 2015

India to open coal to commercial mining firms soon, minister says

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 23 (Reuters) – India expects to hold
auctions for private firms to mine and sell coal in the near
future, the country’s coal and power minister Piyush Goyal said
but first wants to deal with mines that are directly linked to
plants that use the fuel.

To boost output and cut imports, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi passed an executive decree in December to open up India’s
nationalised coal industry. Bids have been invited from firms
that use coal for their own power, steel or cement plants.

Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015

Davos bosses fret over threats to Internet free trade

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Business leaders pushing for frictionless free trade have something new to worry about: the potential break-up of the Internet, which today forms the backbone of the global economy.

The issue is a hot topic at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, and the forum is seeking to provide a platform for debate over ways to maintain an open, cross-border Web in the face of pressures for national regulation.

Jan 23, 2015

After Ebola, flu and drug resistance top pandemic threats

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – The worst-ever Ebola epidemic is waning, but after ravaging three West African nations and spreading fear from Dallas to Madrid, it has hammered home the message that the world needs a better detective system for emerging diseases.

Risks posed by pandemic threats such as deadly strains of flu and drug-resistant superbugs have shot up the agenda of global security issues at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos as politicians and scientists grapple with the lessons from an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 8,600 people.

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      "Ben Hirschler is European pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare correspondent, based in London. Previously, he was in charge of British company news and before that was posted to Johannesburg, covering the economic challenges facing post-apartheid South Africa."
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