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5 things you need to know this morning: November 20, 2020

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. New public health projections shows 'rapid growth of COVID-19 in Canada

Canada's chief public health officer is warning that the country is "not on a good trajectory," as the average number of daily cases approaches 5,000. Dr. Theresa Tam said that urgency is required to lower case counts, presenting new modelling projecting that "without sufficient reduction in contact rates," Canada is heading towards a surge of more than 20,000 cases per day by the end of December.

2. Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine to be available to frontline workers in India by February 2021

Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine could become available by January-February 2021 to frontline workers in India, and to the general public by March-April. A dose of the vaccine would cost $5-6.

3. WHO advises against the use of Gilead's remdesivir for all hospitalised COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised against the use of Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir for treating COVID-19 patients. WHO said that it is not recommended, no matter how ill they are, because there is no evidence that the medicine improves survival or reduces the need to put patients on a ventilator. Gilead Sciences has called the recommendation "disappointing."

4. Trump campaign withdraws federal lawsuit in Michigan

In a statement by Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, the campaign said it was pulling its lawsuit in Michigan. Giuliani claimed that they had achieved "the relief we sought: to stop the election in Wayne County from being prematurely certified before residents can be assured that every legal vote has been counted and every illegal vote has not been counted." However, local election officials voted to certify the results Tuesday night.

5. Japan's farmers tackle rising bear sightings with ‘Monster Wolf’ robots

A record number of bear sightings have been reported in Japan during the coronavirus pandemic, causing accidents and damaging crops. Farmers are fighting back using an interesting method — “Monster Wolf” robots. The intimidating robots are designed to scare away the hungry bears.

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