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Vaccine race: Test subjects could be exposed to Covid in January

© David Cheskin ‘Human challenge’ vaccine studies could begin in January (David Cheskin/PA)Test subjects could be exposed to the new coronavirus in controlled settings from January in a bid to speed up vaccine development, officials have confirmed.The Government is backing so-called human challenge studies, whereby a small number of participants who have received a vaccine will be purposefully exposed to Covid-19 to assess the vaccine’s efficacy.It is hoped these studies will help speed up vaccine development.© Provided by PA Media ‘Human challenge’ vaccine trials will begin in the new year (David Cheskin/PA)Officials said that human challenge trials offer the chance to speed up vaccine development.No study is completely risk-free, but the Human Challenge Programme partners will be working hard to ensure we make the risks as low as we possibly can.

Solar breakthrough realises potential of ‘miracle material’ forged in Earth’s mantle

© Provided by The Independent Perovskite has been hailed as a ‘miracle material’ for its potential to radically transform everything from solar energy harvesting to internet speedsWikicommonsScientists have solved a fundamental problem that had prevented a “miracle material” from being used in next-generation solar cells.The breakthrough paves the way for the widely acclaimed mineral perovskite to transform the solar industry through cheaper and more efficient photovoltaics, according to researchers in Australia who made the discovery.Perovskite, which is forged deep within the Earth’s mantle, has been hailed for its unprecedented potential to convert sunlight into electricity.“It’s unbelievable, a miracle material,” Z. Valy Vardeny, a materials science professor from the University of Utah, said about perovskite in 2017.The research could also have significant implications for data storage, with perovskites offering a way to dramatically increase a device’s potential capacity.

M25 closed in Surrey after three-vehicle collision involving ambulance

The M25 motorway is closed anti-clockwise in Surrey after a three-vehicle collision involving an ambulance, police say.© Getty The M25 collision involved three vehicles.File picThe collision involved an ambulance, a car and a HGV.Surrey Police said in a statement the motorway was closed between junctions 8 and 9 after the incident at around 3.30am.The force said at 6am that the stretch of road would remain closed for at least three hours, possibly into rush hour.

Rapid one-hour Covid tests begin at Heathrow airport

Passengers flying from London Heathrow to Hong Kong and Italy will be able to have a rapid Covid-19 test at the airport before checking in from Tuesday.The aim is to provide rapid Covid-19 tests for passengers travelling to destinations that require pre-departure tests, including Hong Kong and Italy.Quick guide UK quarantine rules explained Show Hide What are the quarantine rules?The quarantine rules apply to everyone apart from selected groups of people such as freight drivers, very regular business travellers, and politicians or other dignitaries.John Holland-Kaye, the chief executive of Heathrow airport, said: “Many other countries are already using testing to keep their borders safe while restarting trade and travel.

Trump set to remove Sudan from state sponsors of terrorism list

Mr Hamdok said Sudan was looking forward to the official notification by the US authorities.Being on the list, he said, had cost the country "too much".

What Halloween will look like during Covid-19

Even though total Halloween spending across the industry is projected to drop slightly to $8bn, Americans plan to purchase sweets and decorations at relatively similar rates to 2019.“And show me the person who can resist a little Halloween candy.”Garb and goodiesIf people aren’t trick-or-treating in droves, what happens to the industry that’s dependent on families around the country stocking up on sweets and chocolates before Halloween?Sweets companies took lessons from Easter, and quickly applied them to their Halloween plans.Mars Wrigley – known for M&M’s, Snickers and Skittles – slimmed down its own Halloween portfolio to focus on top-selling products, says Tim Lebel, chief Halloween officer and president of US sales.In August, when early birds began stocking up, sweets manufacturers saw a 13% jump in total Halloween sales compared to the same time last year, driven mainly by chocolate as more shoppers returned to grocery stores.

The Trump administration let aviation companies lay off more than 16,500 workers while taking coronavirus relief funds — some used the money to pay executives — according to a congressional report

The Treasury Department "incentivized" companies to fire workers without consequence while they awaited funds, according the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis' report earlier this month.In several cases, aviation contractors didn't rehire any workers once they received the money, and two even used it to restore pay for executives.Negotiations on additional coronavirus aid have stalled since Trump signed the last relief bill in April, with Democrats, Republicans, and Trump unable to come to an agreement.The Treasury Department did not respond to a request for comment on this story.Some companies even used the funds to pay top executives even as they continued layoffs or hadn't yet hired back workers they already let go, according to the report.

Fans fume at ref David Coote and VAR Michael Oliver for ignoring Raul Jimenez's swipe at Robin Koch

Michael Oliver and David Coote were involved in another VAR controversy on Monday night as the officials appeared to miss Raul Jimenez kicking out at Robin Koch.VAR official Oliver also chose not to penalise the Wolves striker for the apparent kick-out.One fan took aim at Oliver in the VAR booth, saying: 'How’s Raul Jimenez not took a RED card for that kick then?Some supporters compared the incident to Son Heung-Min's red card against Chelsea last December, where the South Korean winger was deemed to have intentionally struck defender Antonio Rudiger in an off-the-ball incident.Some supporters compared it to Son Heung-Min's red card against Chelsea last DecemberThe South Korean was sent off by Anthony Taylor for a challenge on Antonio Rudiger (above)Another said: 'Son did the exact same thing last year and got a red card for it.

Conor Coady laughs off talk of a return to Liverpool and insists he 'loves' life at Wolves

Conor Coady laughed off talk of him returning to Liverpool and insisted he 'loves' life at Wolves after Jamie Carragher claimed Jurgen Klopp is eyeing the defender as a replacement for injured Virgil van Dijk.Wolves captain Coady is a well-known Liverpool fan and came through the youth ranks at Anfield before leaving in 2014.His strong form for Wolves has been recently rewarded with a call-up to the senior England set-up, earning three caps and scoring against Wales.'Everything about the England setup has been brilliant, massive credit to Wolves for what they have done for me, the last two camps for England has been amazing', he added.The popular defender recently signed a new five-year contract with Wolves.

Solskjaer rubbishes claims Greenwood and Williams missed Newcastle win for breaching code of conduct

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has denied reports that Manchester United duo Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams missed the win at Newcastle due to disciplinary issues.Williams, 20, however has been included in the United squad to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, while Norwegian Solskjaer has claimed Greenwood is injured despite training with his team-mates before the squad departed for the French capital.When asked again if there was any truth to the reports, the United manager again denied them and said: 'No.'Meanwhile, Solskjaer claimed attacking star Greenwood is suffering from a niggling injury'Bruno has come in and had a positive impact,' said Solskjaer.'To be captain for my team-mates and captain of Manchester United is an important achievement for me.'