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Russia trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine data, say UK, U.S. and Canada

  • Hackers backed by the Russian state are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said on Thursday. A co-ordinated statement from Britain, the United States and Canada attributed the attacks to group APT29, also known as 'Cozy Bear', which they said was almost certainly operating as part of Russian intelligence services. "We condemn these despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the coronavirus pandemic," said NCSC Director of Operations, Paul Chichester.

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  • Reuters

    Russia trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine data, say UK, U.S. and Canada

    Hackers backed by the Russian state are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said on Thursday. A co-ordinated statement from Britain, the United States and Canada attributed the attacks to group APT29, also known as 'Cozy Bear', which they said was almost certainly operating as part of Russian intelligence services. "We condemn these despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the coronavirus pandemic," said NCSC Director of Operations, Paul Chichester.

  • The Telegraph

    Vaccine hopes rise after strong trial results

    Oxford scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in their quest for a Covid-19 vaccine after discovering that the jab triggers a response that may offer a "double defence" against the virus. Phase I human trials of the world-leading Oxford vaccine have shown that it generates an immune response against the disease, The Telegraph has learned. Blood samples taken from a group of UK volunteers given a dose of the vaccine showed that it stimulated the body to produce both antibodies and "killer T-cells", a senior source said. The discovery is promising because separate studies have suggested antibodies may fade away within months, while T-cells can stay in circulation for years. However the source cautioned that the results, while "extremely promising", did not yet prove that the Oxford vaccine provides long-lasting immunity against Covid-19. "I can tell you that we now know the Oxford vaccine covers both bases – it produces both a T-cell and an antibody response," the senior source told The Telegraph. "It's the combination of these two that will hopefully keep people safe. "So far, so good. It's an important moment. But we still have a long way to go."

  • Yahoo Finance UK

    UK employers have shed almost 650,000 jobs since virus crisis began

    The UK unemployment rate remained at 3.9% in the three months to May, the Office for National Statistics (ONS)'s figures show.

  • The Independent

    'This is urgent': Second round of stimulus checks 'a necessity' in next coronavirus package, Pelosi says

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi is demanding Congress send out a second round of stimulus checks for American taxpayers as negotiations heat up between Democrats and Republicans for a fifth round of federal coronavirus relief.Earlier this year, Congress approved the Treasury Department to cut $1,200 checks to every American taxpayer, with extra monetary benefits for parents with children under 18.

  • Yahoo News UK

    Parts of local coronavirus lockdown in Leicester must stay in place, Matt Hancock announces

    The city was put into a prolonged lockdown on 29 June while the rest of England continued lifting restrictions.

  • The Independent

    Trump news - live: President replaces campaign manager four months before election as Republicans cut convention capacity amid coronavirus surge

    Donald Trump has shaken up his campaign staff amid falling poll numbers less than four months before the US presidential election, replacing his campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran Republican operative Bill Stepien.The move came following a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month that drew an unexpectedly low crowd of about 6,200 people after Mr Parscale bragged that more than a million people had requested tickets.

  • The Independent

    Boris Johnson news – live: Russia-linked hackers try to steal UK coronavirus vaccine research, amid Tory anger at No 10 ‘incompetence’

    It is “almost certain” Russian actors sought to interfere in the 2019 general election, foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said. Mr Raab said Russian elements had acted to “amplify” leaked documents relating to post-Brexit trade talks with the US.It comes as Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has said ‘Cozy Bear’ hackers linked to Russian state intelligence are attempting to steal secret research on coronavirus vaccines from UK labs. “We condemn these despicable attacks,” said the NCSC.

  • The Independent

    Matt Hancock orders pause in use of sub-standard coronavirus testing swabs

    Health secretary Matt Hancock has ordered a pause in the use of Randox-branded swabs in coronavirus testing after some were found not to be up to required standards.Mr Hancock told the House of Commons that there was no evidence of clinical harm or of the testing system being undermined due to the presence of the sub-standard equipment.

  • HuffPost UK

    BAME People Who Have Coronavirus Should Not Be Stigmatised, Lisa Nandy Says

    Shadow cabinet minister tells HuffPost UK there needs to be a "conversation" about how Covid-19 is impacting different communities.

  • The Independent

    Coronavirus news – live: Parts of Leicester to remain in lockdown as chief scientist admits UK outcome ‘has not been good’

    Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has announced that the UK’s first local lockdown in Leicester will only be partially lifted, with schools and some non-essential retail reopening. The resumption of much of the hospitality sector enjoyed across the rest of England will not yet take place in the city, where the infection rate remains “well above the national average”.Meanwhile, the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, who previously said 20,000 deaths would be a “good result” in the pandemic, told MPs on the Commons science and technology committee: “It’s clear the outcome in the UK has not been good. I think we can be absolutely clear about that.”

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