Asia Today: S Korea reopening schools despite spike in cases

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday reported 49 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a weekslong resurgence of the virus as the government defended its decision to reopen schools despite h...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Protests across the United States the past six days over the death of George Floyd have eclipsed issues over the coronavirus pandemic that have dominated much of the past three months. ...

Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

A California biotech company says its experimental drug remdesivir improved symptoms when given for five days to moderately ill, hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Gilead Sciences ...

Taiwan allows import of anti-viral drug remdesivir

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is allowing the import of the anti-viral drug remdesivir, but only for the treatment of severe cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the Central Epidemic Comma...

VA says it'll stop almost all use of unproven drug on vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said Thursday that his department has all but stopped use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with COVID-19. At a House...

UN trial for virus therapies pauses testing on Trump's drug

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Monday that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the malaria drug U.S. President Trump says he is taking — from its global s...

WHO: Drug Trump taking to fight COVID-19 best left to tests

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization, which has come under repeated fire from U.S. President Donald Trump, says the science is still unclear on an old malaria drug he's taking to try to defend ...

Japan plunges into recession as US states start opening up

NEW YORK (AP) — Japan’s economy plunged into recession in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic squelched business activity, while leaders in the U.S. and Europe are weighing the risks and rew...

VA says it won’t stop use of unproven drug on vets for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing growing criticism, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Friday that it will not halt use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with COVID-19 but that fewer of its patien...

EU: Possible virus drug approval 'before the summer'

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency predicted that there could be licensed drugs to treat the new coronavirus in the next few months and that a vaccine might even be approved in early 2021, in...

Schumer calls on VA to explain use of unproven drug on vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patient...

Virus case rise in China, South Korea, Obama bashes Trump

ROME (AP) — Both China and South Korea reported new spikes in coronavirus cases on Sunday, setting off fresh concerns in countries where local outbreaks had been in dramatic decline. ...

White House to direct supply of COVID drug amid access fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to head off another chaotic scramble for scarce supplies, the White House said Friday it will step in to help coordinate distribution of the first drug that appears to help so...

The Latest: India starts bringing back stranded citizens

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause m...

Stocks rise on hope that worst of economic plunge has passed

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares surged Friday on optimism the worst of the economic fallout from the pandemic may be over, as Wall Street logged its biggest rally in a week. Japan's benchm...