• The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic

    As CEO of Novartis, the world’s second-largest drug company, Vas Narasimhan knows that Big Pharma is an object of love and hate. Pharmaceutical products save lives and help people manage difficult medical conditions. But the industry’s drug prices are often indefensible, and companies’ practices are sometimes questionable or worse. In the pandemic year of 2020, the stakes are even higher, as people look to Narasimhan’s industry to produce preventions or cures for the SARS-CoV-2 virus devastating the world’s health and economy.

    The perils and promise are embodied in recent Novartis developments. As a manufacturer of hydroxychloroquine, the company was in the uncomfortable position of distributing a product that was overhyped for an unintended—and, as the FDA concluded, not likely to be effective—use as a Covid-19 treatment or preventative drug. And recently Novartis, which exited the vaccine business in 2014, dipped a toe back in by agreeing to manufacture vaccines

  • Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country deemed COVID-19 “safe” to visit the EU. Why?

    The European Union (EU) opened its borders again on July 1 after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But there’s a catch.

    Only 15 countries are allowed to begin flights into their member nations.

    And Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has been deemed “safe” by the EU.

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    Here’s the full list of countries deemed COVID-19 “safe”:

    • Algeria
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Japan
    • Georgia
    • Montenegro
    • Morocco
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • Serbia
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay

    Noticeably excluded from the list are the United States and Russia.

    Though it’s also included in the EU’s list, travelers from China will only be allowed to fly into the EU on the condition that Beijing opens its doors to EU residents in return, according to the Bangkok Post. The list is likely to be amended in

  • FuboTV increases monthly subscription to $65

    FuboTV is the latest virtual TV service to introduce a sharp subscription fee hike, not long after YouTube TV announced that it was drastically increasing its subscription fees to $65 a month.

    The company sent out emails to subscribers today letting them know that standard plans are increasing from $55 a month to $65 as of their next billing cycle following August 1, 2020. As part of the hike, people on standard accounts will be rolled into Fubo’s Family Bundle plan, which includes three simultaneous streams, Cloud DVR Plus, and 500 hours of DVR space, according to the email.

    Fubo last increased the price of its standard plan in March 2019, going from $45 to $55 a month. Other FuboTV customers posted screenshots on social media of emails received informing them of $5 increases; FuboTV’s family plan currently costs $60 a month. The Verge has reached out