Barrick Gold buys 800,000 COVID-19 antibody test kits

Barrick Gold has purchased more than 800,000 finger-prick antibody testing kits to screen workers and the communities living close to its mines.

Chief executive Mark Bristow said the Canada-based company had invested a lot in the tests, which can be used to detect if a person’s immune system has COVID-19 or has recovered from it.

“We’ve got 300,000 kits on the way. We’ve got about 150,000 in the country already and another 400,000 that we have just finalized (buying),” Bristow said in an interview from Johannesburg, where he is working from a home he hasn’t lived in for 12 years.

“We buy them from all over the place. South Korea, China. We’ve bought some from the U.K. There are also some local tests available in the Dominican Republic.”

Barrick is one of one of the world’s biggest mining companies, with assets spread around the globe from Papua New Guinea to

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Report says COVID-19 patients respond to Gilead’s remdesivir, shares surge By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Gilead Sciences Inc. office is shown in Foster City, California

(Reuters) – Gilead Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:)’s shares surged 16% in after hours trading on Thursday following a media report detailing encouraging partial data from trials of the U.S. company’s experimental drug remdesivir in severe COVID-19 patients.

A University of Chicago hospital participating in a study of the antiviral medication said it is seeing rapid recoveries in fever and respiratory symptoms, with nearly all patients discharged in less than a week, according to medical news website STAT https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/16/early-peek-at-data-on-gilead-coronavirus-drug-suggests-patients-are-responding-to-treatment.

Gilead, in an emailed statement, said “the totality of the data need to be analyzed in order to draw any conclusions from the trial.”

UChicago Medicine, also in an email, said “partial data from an ongoing clinical trial is by definition incomplete and should never be used to draw conclusions.”

The university said information from an internal forum

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Scammers are posing as banks to steal stimulus checks, Secret Service warns

Your phone rings. Your caller ID shows the name of your bank, so you answer. A concerned customer service worker tells you that, to ensure your government stimulus funds get to you, he needs to confirm a few bits of information. You gladly hand it over, reassured to know your bank is looking out for you.

Congratulations. You’ve just been robbed.

The Secret Service and Visa say that, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve seen a rise in sophisticated phone scams in which fraudsters imitate victims’ banks to obtain key security information, then drain their accounts. They’re urgently warning Americans to be even more cautious than usual about sharing sensitive information, even if they think they’re talking to someone trustworthy.

Above all, they warn victims that no bank or government agency will ever call them and ask for sensitive information, making such questions a sure sign of a … Read More