– Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly pandemic. “If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we’ll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic,” Gates, a…"Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people who need them, not ‘highest bidder’"
SYDNEY – Australia’s second most-populous state on Saturday reported one of its highest daily increases in new coronavirus infections and warned the numbers would get worse before they got better as it began its first weekend under a six-week lockdown. Victoria state recorded 216 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, down from a record 288 cases the previous day but still one of the biggest daily…"Australia’s Victoria state records another day of high coronavirus infections"
MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 6,891 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 665 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 289,174 cases and 34,191 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases."Mexico reports 6,891 new coronavirus cases, 665 more deaths"
– The United States reported at least 62,500 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a record daily increase for a third day in a row, according to a tally. Seven states reported record increases in cases on Friday: Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin. Walt Disney Co stuck to its plans to reopen its flagship theme park in Orlando on Saturday even as Florida recorded its second-highest increase in cases ever with more than…"U.S. coronavirus cases rise by record for third day in a row, up over 62,500"
– Goya Foods Inc, the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company and a popular brand among Latino Americans, became the target of a boycott campaign on social media on Friday sparked by its CEO effusively praising President Donald Trump at the White House. The hashtags #Goyaway and #BoycottGoya began trending on Twitter after Robert Unanue, chief executive officer of the New Jersey-based company, appeared with Trump on Thursday for the signing of an executive order creating…"Head of leading Hispanic-owned U.S. food company sparks backlash over praise for Trump"
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is considering commuting Roger Stone’s sentence just days before his longtime friend and adviser is due to report to prison, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Stone, 67, is scheduled to report by Tuesday to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia to begin serving a sentence of three years and four months for lying under oath to U.S. lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.…"Trump mulls commuting longtime adviser Roger Stone’s sentence, source says"
– The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported 3,106,931 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 59,260 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 799 to 132,855. The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET on July 9 compared with its previous report a day earlier.…"U.S. CDC reports 3,106,931 coronavirus cases"
– Amazon.com Inc said it sent an email earlier on Friday that requested employees remove the TikTok app from mobile devices that also had access to company emails in error. A company spokeswoman said there has been no change in its policy on TikTok. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” a company spokeswoman said. “There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok.”"Amazon.com says it sent the TikTok ban email to employees in error"
GENEVA – Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO, said on Friday that airborne transmission of the new coronavirus had always been a concern but that droplets appeared to be the most common infection route. “Aerosol transmission is one of the modes of transmission that we have been concerned about since the beginning, particularly in healthcare settings … where we know these droplets can be aerosolised – which means can…"WHO says airborne COVID transmission a concern but droplets appear dominant"
LONDON – The British government is expected to set a deadline of 2025 for removing equipment made by China’s Huawei from the country’s 5G telecoms networks, the Telegraph newspaper said on Friday. The Telegraph reported that British culture minister Oliver Dowden will make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday about Huawei, and that ministers wanted Huawei’s removal within five years. Adding to strains in ties between London and Beijing, Britain in January capped Huawei’s role…"UK expected to order removal of Huawei 5G equipment by 2025: Telegraph"