Health experts have said the world could be months, if not years, away from having a vaccine available to everyone despite the scientific gold rush now on to create a coronavirus vaccine — or vaccines.
The number of global coronavirus infections has surged past 4.5 million, with over 306,000 deaths and 1.7 million recoveries. Here are more coronavirus-related developments for May 15:
Rescued Italian citizen Silvia Constanzo Romano is handed over to Italian authorities in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
Four million people — an estimated 72 percent of them men — will return to their construction sites and factories as the economically and emotionally shattered country tries to get back to work.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte admitted his government was late to pay out more than $55 billion (50 billion euros) assigned to struggling families and businesses.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says any restart would have to be gradual, and companies would have to introduce strict health safety measures before opening their doors.
US President Donald Trump announced that he would sign an executive order on Wednesday restricting immigration to the United States, where some 22 million people have lost their jobs.
The devil is in the details, but EU leaders this week will wrangle a deal which might be a starter’s pistol for Brussels to fall on its sword.
Italy was the first European country to be hit by the virus, and had been leading the official global death toll until the US overtook it.
EU countries take preventive measures to bar people from unauthorised trips during the holiday, which coincides with rates of coronavirus infection slowing in many countries.
European governments are scrambling to put together hundreds of billions of euros to save lives, companies, and families from going bankrupt as countries hit hardest by the virus are also those that can least afford the costs, like Italy and Spain.
Even some of the most cautious health officials seized on the figures as evidence that the tide might be turning in the deadliest disaster the country has faced since World War II.
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