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Exclusive: Taiwan in talks to make first purchase of sophisticated U.S. drones - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four of its large sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for the first time, according to six U.S. sources familiar with the negotiations, in a deal that is likely to ratchet up tensions with China.

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Exclusive: Fauci says regulators promise politics will not guide vaccine timing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators have assured scientists that political pressure will not determine when a coronavirus vaccine is approved even as the White House hopes to have one ready ahead of the November presidential election, the country's leading infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday.

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U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 4.8 mln: Johns Hopkins University

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 4.8 million on Wednesday, reaching 4,802,275 as of 3:34 p.m. local time (1934 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

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Anti-China feeling masks West's own COVID-19 failures: The Lancet chief editor

LONDON, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- To blame China for this pandemic is to rewrite the history of COVID-19 and to marginalize the failings of Western nations, said Dr. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of medical journal The Lancet.

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Decoy receptor neutralizes coronavirus in cell cultures: study

CHICAGO, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- To contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, a study of the University of Illinois (UI) suggests luring the virus with a decoy - an engineered, free-floating receptor protein - that binds the virus and blocks infection.

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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 4

MACAO -- Researchers from the University of Macao of China's Macao Special Administrative Region and institutions in central China's Hubei Province have worked together to develop an intelligent system to distinguish pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from other common pneumonia, said the university Tuesday.