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The FDA just authorized its first coronavirus blood test. What does that mean? - quartz

The FDA just authorized its first coronavirus blood test. What does that mean?

There's a difference between being authorized and being approved by the FDA.
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‘Dark day’ in Prague: Czech authorities use sham ‘no mask’ Covid-19 excuse to tear down monument to Soviet liberator - rt

‘Dark day’ in Prague: Czech authorities use sham ‘no mask’ Covid-19 excuse to tear down monument to Soviet liberator

A monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev, who commanded the forces that liberated Prague from the Nazis in 1945, has been removed and mocked for ‘not having a mask’ by one local official, in what Russia has condemned as an insult.
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High-energy particle physicists figured out video conferencing a long time ago - quartz

High-energy particle physicists figured out video conferencing a long time ago

If scientists can solve the universe’s toughest problems over video chat, you can too.
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An Australian Rugby League Is Thinking About Putting 500 Players on a Luxury Quarantine Island

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Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy will loom large over British politics

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Why you’re probably having less (or more) sex right now

One possible reason: anxiety.
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Music legend Bill Withers, who has died at 81, wrote the perfect song for these times

"Lean on Me" captures both the grief that comes with painful periods and the beauty of being supported, and giving support in kind.
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With Covid-19 infections climbing, Washington has diverted shipments of vital protective masks from its allies in Germany and Canada to the US. A Berlin senator described the move as “modern piracy.”
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The US can’t supply enough medical masks for healthcare workers, let alone the general public

US health authorities may soon recommend that everyone wear masks. Where are they going to come from?
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South Africa is leading the continent’s coronavirus testing challenge boosted by private labs

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US airlines are obliged to refund passengers for cancelled flights

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Amazon is already scrambling to prevent a coronavirus hit to Prime Day—in July

Amazon is already scrambling to prevent a coronavirus hit to Prime Day—in July

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Grappling with the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon is already taking steps to avoid supply-chain disruptions in China that could hurt its Prime Day sales eventa key revenue drivertaking place about five months from now.

This week the e-commerce giant sent emails to third-party merchants indicating it’s concerned about inventory for the two-day sales extravaganza in mid-July, according to the New York Times. One message reportedly read: Amazon issued off-cycle orders to you last night in order to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions due to recent global events originating in China.

Much of what Amazon and its partners sell on the platform is made in China, where, according to the latest WHO report (pdf), the coronavirus outbreak has claimed more than 2,200 lives and infected over 75,500 people. Amid the turmoil, which has included citywide lockdowns and quarantined workers, factories have been slow to resume normal operations. With production of consumer goods like phones, clothing, and automobiles hampered, Amazon has been making larger and more frequent buys, the Times reports. Meanwhile, suppliers are pulling back on advertisements and promotions so they dont run out of items too quickly.

Amazon is more likely to suffer from potential shortages than other retailers due to how it structures its inventory. The company tends to keep fewer items in stock than rivals, allowing it to run more efficiently. In addition, because most products on Amazon are bought and sold by third-party merchants, the retail giant has limited visibility into supply since it simply facilitates those sales.

Some brands have pulled back on their ads on Amazon by 25% to 50%, as well as stopped promotions they had planned, according to the Times. Other sellers are contemplating whether to raise prices to prevent running out of stock.

Numerous companies have said that the coronavirus outbreak could take a toll on them. This week Apple cut back its sales expectations, with the iPhone supply being temporarily restrained. Nike has shut down half of its stores in China, with Adidas taking similar measures.

Amazon’s scrambling indicates just how important Prime Day has become to its bottom line. Last year, the company sold more than 175 million items during the event.

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