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    • Bringing 330 petaflops of supercomputing to fight the outbreak

      Bringing 330 petaflops of supercomputing to fight the outbreak

      IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are teaming with the White House, the US Department of Energy, and other federal agencies to bring a massive amount of supercomputing power and public cloud resources to scientists, engineers and researchers who are working to tackle the novel coronavirus global pandemic. And the new consortium is already hard at work harnessing the power of the nation’s high-performance computers to better understand the virus, find treatments that can be used and develop potential vaccines and cures.

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    • Divided G20 pressured to lead global response to Covid-19

      Divided G20 pressured to lead global response to Covid-19

      The Group of 20 major economies are expected to talk by teleconference next Monday to prepare for a meeting complicated by an oil price war between two members, Saudi Arabia and Russia, and a war of words between two others, the United States and China. Yet, many questions remain ahead of the impromptu leaders, including what action could be agreed, what technology will be used to communicate given the leaders will not be meeting in person, and even the date.

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    • US begins first human trial of coronavirus vaccine

      US begins first human trial of coronavirus vaccine

      The first human trial to evaluate a candidate vaccine against the new coronavirus has begun in Seattle, US health officials said Monday, raising hopes in the global fight against the disease. But it may be another year to 18 months before it becomes available, once it has passed more trial phases to prove it works and is safe.

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    • WHO: Coronavirus confirmed as pandemic

      WHO: Coronavirus confirmed as pandemic

      In a press conference Wednesday in Geneva, the World Health Organization officially called the novel coronavirus that has swept the world, infecting more than 120,000 people in more than 100 countries, a pandemic. It is the first time the head of the UN's top health body characterises the outbreak this way, in a warning against rising global spread and severity of the potentially deadly respiratory ailment.

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    • Nice memories but no trade deal for Trump

      Nice memories but no trade deal for Trump

      The President of the United States Donald Trump failed on Tuesday to strike a trade deal with India at the end of his two-day visit, which was big on photo opportunities but short on substance and overshadowed by deadly riots. Speaking at the end of a short tour that saw him hold hands at the Taj Mahal with First Lady Melania and address a huge rally, Trump said only that they had made "tremendous progress" towards an accord - a statement later repeated by White House's press service.

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