UK companies team up to tackle coronavirus Apr 07, 2020 0 1045 12345 LONDON: British pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline has teamed up with US peer Vir Biotechnology to find antibodies to help fight COVID-19 and “likely” future outbreaks, the pair announced on Monday.It comes as UK defence engineering group Babcock said it was collaborating to make 10,000 ventilators, which are in short supply across the country that has seen more than 5,000 deaths from coronavirus.“GlaxoSmithKline plc and Vir Biotechnology, Inc. today announced they have signed a binding agreement to enter into a collaboration to research and develop solutions for coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” said a statement.GSK will invest $250 million (228 million euros) into Vir to help “identify new anti-viral antibodies that could be used as therapeutic or preventative options to help address the current COVID-19 pandemic and future outbreaks”, it added.Vir Biotechnology chief executive George Scangos said “it is likely that the current coronavirus outbreak will not be the last”. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES British PM in intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worsen Apr 07, 2020 0 153 Spain tops Italy as country with most COVID-19 cases but deaths down for 4th day Apr 07, 2020 0 195 Italy’s virus deaths jump to 636 after big drop Apr 07, 2020 0 158 US embassy denies ‘Wild West’ swoop on Berlin-bound masks AFP BERLIN THE US embassy in Germany on Monday denied a claim that a Berlin-bound shipment of protective masks had been “confiscated” by the United States, calling it disinformation designed to stoke division. “The .. US brands white supremacists as foreign terrorist group AFP WASHINGTON THE United States on Monday branded a Russian far-right group as a foreign terrorist organisation, the first time it has targeted white supremacists with tools regularly used against militant groups. .. US state of Wisconsin forges ahead with vote despite health concerns AFP WASHINGTON NATIONAL Guard members will man some polling stations and voters in more than 100 municipalities will have nowhere to cast their ballots as the US state of Wisconsin holds elections today, Tuesday, .. Brazil minister offends China with ‘racist’ virus tweet AFP Brasília CHINA demanded an explanation from Brazil on Monday after the far-right government’s education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country’s “plan for world domination,” in a tweet .. Thousands sign French call for chloroquine in coronavirus fight AFP PARIS MORE than 215,000 people have signed a petition urging French officials to let more doctors prescribe the anti-malaria drug chloroquine for coronavirus patients, a controversial proposal that has divided .. Norway says it has brought coronavirus outbreak under control OSLO: The Norwegian government has brought its coronavirus outbreak under control, Health Minister Bent Hoie said on Monday, while noting that it was too early to end restrictions aimed at curbing the pandemic. The .. Swedish government seeks extra powers to curb virus STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s government said Monday it will seek temporary extra powers to combat the coronavirus outbreak, drawing criticism from the opposition. Sweden has not imposed extraordinary lockdown orders seen ..