• BioNTech says it will know in 2 weeks whether the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Pfizer works against the new variant rapidly spreading in southern Africa

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    BioNTech says it's testing the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Pfizer against the new variant that appears to have emerged in southern Africa. Peter Kovalev/TASS/Getty Images
    BioNTech is testing its COVID-19 vaccine against a rapidly-spreading variant, the Financial Times reported.
    The B.1.1.529 variant has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, and Israel.
    BioNTech said it would know in two weeks whether its shot works against the variant.
    BioNTech says it's testing the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Pfizer against the new variant that appears to have emerged in...
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  • Belgium records Europe's first case of the new coronavirus variant spreading in southern Africa

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    A coronavirus vaccine vial. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images Belgium recorded its first case of the new coronavirus variant seen spreading in southern Africa, its health minister said Friday. Frank Vandenbroucke announced that the B1.1.529 variant was found in an unvaccinated traveler who entered Belgium and tested positive on November 22, De Morgen reported. "Caution is necessary, but don't panic," Vandenbroucke said, Het Laatste Nieuws reported. Previous cases had been restricted to South Africa, Botswana, and a single case in Hong Kong, which was imported by a traveler. The origin of the...
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  • Bitcoin slides, metaverse coins hammered as fears about new COVID variant drive investors to dump crypto

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    Bitcoin lost 8% Friday to touch its lowest level in two months, as cryptos fell across the board.
    The discovery of a new, potentially vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variant drove investors to dump riskier assets.
    Metaverse-linked coins plunged, reversing a recent rally, as sand dropped 4.2% and mana lost 10.8%.
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    Bitcoin , ether and metaverse-linked coins mana and sand were all knocked down in a broad-based crypto sell-off Friday as worries about the impact of a new COVID-19 variant prompted...
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  • A leading infectious diseases expert has pleaded with Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett to help fight coronavirus variants in Africa

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    Doctors Without Borders nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose performs a COVID-19 test on a health worker at the Vlakfontein Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 13, 2020. Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images
    South Africa's top infectious diseases expert has asked billionaires to help fight coronavirus variants in Africa.
    Tulio de Oliveira said Africa needs financial support "to control and extinguish variants."
    His plea comes amid concerns about a "worrying" new variant that has spread fast across southern Africa.
    South Africa's leading infectious diseases expert has appealed to the world's...
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  • Europe Daily Briefing: News of COVID-19 Variant Chills European Stocks

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    European stocks sell off with news of a heavily mutated variant in South Africa.
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  • Rise of a new coronavirus variant in Africa looks like the disaster scenario experts warned of if rich nations hoarded vaccines for themselves

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    A man receiving a coronavirus vaccination on a train in South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo
    A new coronavirus variant was found in southern Africa. Experts worry it could be the worst so far.
    Scientist had warned that a dangerous new variant could emerge if there isn't global vaccine access.
    They said all countries need vaccines before wealthy ones get boosters. Rich nations didn't listen.
    As coronavirus vaccines were produced, approved, and rolled out, health experts said the doses needed to make it around the world, not just to the richest countries. This was needed, they...
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  • Bitcoin plunges as Covid rears its ugly head

    Bitcoin plunges as Covid rears its ugly head

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    Bitcoin dropped 6.7% Friday on reports of the aggressive new coronavirus variant from southern Africa, the spread of which threatens to bring the global economy to a halt.
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  • Israel has reported its first COVID-19 case involving a 'worrying' new coronavirus variant that's spreading fast in southern Africa

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    An Israeli woman receives a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Ramat Ha Sharon on July 30, 2021. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner
    Israel has reported its first COVID-19 case involving a "worrying" new coronavirus variant.
    The B.1.1.529 variant was detected in a person traveling to Israel from Malawi, the Israeli health ministry said.
    The variant, which appears to have emerged in southern Africa, is concerning experts .
    Israel has identified its first COVID-19 case involving a "worrying" new coronavirus variant that is spreading fast in southern Africa. The variant, known as B.1.1.529...
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