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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-10-22 16:08

A laboratory technician inspects syringes of a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech Ltd at its factory in Beijing on Sept 24. [Photo/Agencies]

>Trials of China's vaccines
China currently has 13 vaccine candidates in clinical trials, of which three inactivated vaccines and one adenovirus vector vaccine are in phase three trials, said Tian Baoguo, deputy head of the Department of Science and Technology for Social Development of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
And about 60,000 volunteers have been inoculated with the four vaccine candidates.
No severe adverse reaction has been reported among them, and preliminary results show that these vaccines are generally safe and only have minor side effects such as pain and bruising at the injection site, as well as temporary low-grade fever.
Zheng Zhongwei, head of China's COVID-19 vaccine development task force, said the nation's annual COVID-19 vaccine production capacity could reach 610 million doses this year and will expand further next year.

The logo of Alibaba Group is seen during Alibaba Group's 11.11 Singles Day global shopping festival at the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Nov 10, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Shopping gala draws near
E-commerce giant Alibaba Group is roping in 250,000 brands to offer perks and discounts on some 14 million products for its upcoming Nov 11 Shopping Festival, an event it expects will drive the largest consumption splurge in China since the COVID-19 outbreak.
By spending some 2 billion yuan worth of digital coupons through virtual gameplay, the e-commerce giant is looking to attract at least 800 million users to place orders during the extravaganza, according to Jiang Fan, president of Taobao and Tmall, the online marketplaces owned by Alibaba.
Entering its 12th year, this year's edition has for the first time added a new sales window from Nov 1 to Nov 3 on top of the traditional 24-hour sales period that falls on Nov 11.
Alibaba is expecting some 400 company executives and 300 internet celebrities to endorse a variety of offerings, including even eye-catching bigger items from automobiles to apartments.


>Billionaires see biggest gains
China's richest individuals have recorded the biggest wealth increase in 22 years, as shown by the latest Hurun China Rich List published on Tuesday. The group, with minimum wealth of 2 billion yuan, added $1.5 trillion based on calculations from Aug 28. A total of 2,398 billionaires made it to the list and half of them live in six large cities - Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Suzhou.
Shenzhen's list of the superrich grew the fastest, adding 84 individuals to a total of 275.
Healthcare overtook real estate to become the second-highest source of wealth, with 10.9 percent of the list. Manufacturing led with 23.8 percent, while real estate slipped to third at 10.6 percent, down from 14.8 percent, the biggest drop since records began in 1999.
Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has topped the Hurun China Rich List for the third year in a row. China's second richest man is Pony Ma of social media and gaming giant Tencent. In the third spot on this year's list was Zhong Shanshan of YST, which is known for its bottled water brand Nongfu Spring.

Photo provided by NASA on Oct 20, 2020 shows Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission readies itself to touch the surface of asteroid Bennu. [Photo/Xinhua]

>NASA snags sample of asteroid
NASA said its OSIRIS-REx mission touched down on asteroid Bennu on Tuesday and collected a sample from the asteroid's surface. It is the first US mission to retrieve a pristine sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for further study.
The spacecraft performed the entire sequence of approaching the asteroid and collecting the sample autonomously, which lasted about 4.5 hours. The sample is scheduled to be returned to Earth in September 2023.
OSIRIS-REx was launched on Sept 8, 2016 and arrived at Bennu on Dec 3, 2018.
The samples from Bennu could help scientists understand not only more about asteroids that could impact Earth but also about how planets formed and life began.

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