Every country wants a covid-19 vaccine. Who will get it first?

The Chinese company Sinovac Biotech developed an experimental vaccine for SARS back in 2004. That disease went away after killing just 800 people, and the project was shelved. But it meant that when the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, exploded in China last January, the company had a road map for what to do next. Four months later, it published evidence that it could protect monkeys against the disease using a simple vaccine made from killed virus.

By then, though, China had a different problem: not enough covid-19. Its draconian lockdown measures had quashed the virus at home so effectively that doctors couldn’t find patients to fully test their vaccine on. The US had plenty of infections, but tensions between the countries meant no Chinese vaccine for covid-19 will ever be tested on US soil. 

So in June Sinovac struck a deal with a Brazilian vaccine center, the Butantan Institute in São

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G Suite: Mail, Chat, Rooms and Meet come together in new Gmail experience

The revamped Gmail experience combines popular G Suite services within the Gmail app, simplifying collaboration and multitasking.

Google has started rolling out its new integrated Gmail experience for G Suite customers that brings together Chat, Mail, Rooms and Meet in a single interface.

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The update,
first announced by Google in July,

is currently on its way to Gmail on the web and for Android users, and sees Gmail overhauled with four distinct tabs for Google’s chat, messaging and email services. The idea is that G Suite customers can access all of the platform’s core communication components from one place, cutting out the hassle of having to regularly switch between different Google apps and making it easier to collaborate with fellow G Suite colleagues.

The experience will largely be familiar to anyone who has used Google

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66% of hotels and hospitality enterprises considering SaaS models in COVID-19 response

According to a new survey, 38% of IT leaders plan to increase their investment in cloud-based networking.

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A new survey from Hewlett Packard’s wireless networking giant Aruba found that IT departments are now making pivotal business decisions in light of the drastic changes forced on all organizations by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More than seven months into the crisis, enterprises are getting a better understanding of what it will take to move forward and adjust to the new workplace realities, according to the 2,400 IT decision-makers interviewed by market research company Vanson Bourne. 

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Nearly 40% of IT leaders said they plan to increase their investment in cloud-based networking, while another 35% reported looking into artificial intelligence (AI)-based networking. The report, titled Preparing for the post pandemic workplace: How IT decision-makers are responding

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