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The Response: This Week’s Stories of Solutions, Progress and Development

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Israel and Netherlands studies claim progress in Covid-19 antibody trials 

Separate studies in Israel and the Netherlands claim to have created antibodies that can block the coronavirus infection, a potential future treatment touted as a game-changer until a vaccine becomes available (The Guardian) 

Senegal’s COVID-19 testing kits could save millions of lives 

The west African nation is doing what most countries can’t. They are testing everyone for coronavirus, whether they have symptoms or not, and they have no shortage of testing kits. (Inkline)

Pakistan’s virus-idled workers hired to plant trees 

Such “green stimulus” efforts are an example of how funds that aim to help families and keep the economy running during pandemic shutdowns could also help nations prepare for the next big threat: climate change. (Al Jazeera)

No new virus cases in HK for fifth straight day 

It is also the seventh time this month. Since April 11, the CHP had reported either no or single-digit new daily cases. (The Standard)

World leaders pledge billions for vaccine fight 

More than $8bn (£6.5bn) has been pledged by some 40 countries to help develop a coronavirus vaccine and fund research into the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. (BBC)

Vietnam, Slovenia, and 3 other overlooked coronavirus success stories 

There appears to be a playbook being created for success in a pandemic. Those countries that have followed it seem to have figured out not only how to flatten their coronavirus curves, but also how to send them plunging downward. (VOX)  

Tech non-profits pivoting the pandemic 

Many of us are itching for ways to feel productive from home, and digital volunteering has been surging, says Nicole Dunn, program and marketing manager for Fast Forward, a San Francisco–based accelerator for tech nonprofits. (Ozy News)

In Chile, strangers write letters to offer hope to coronavirus patients in hospital 

With social distancing in full force and people retreating into digital worlds, a Chilean hospital has reintroduced letter writing as a way to comfort its coronavirus-stricken patients. (Reuters)

Emptier Jails Could Stay That Way 

Covid-19 is showing us what ending mass incarceration could look like. It was a drastic measure, taken in the heat of a crisis. As it happened, it was also a goal that many — on both ends of the political spectrum — had long hoped to achieve. (Reasons to be Cheerful)

In Other News…

Malaria ‘completely stopped’ by microbe 
Scientists have discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria. The team in Kenya and the UK say the finding has “enormous potential” to control the disease. (BBC)

A Sporting Chance 
We all know that sport is great for our health – and if you’re talented it can bring you great riches. But this week we look at how sport is changing lives and giving hope to young people leading the toughest lives. (BBC)

Britain breaks record for coal-free power generation 
Britain has gone without coal-fired power generation for its longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution, breaking the existing record of 18 consecutive days (The Guardian)

Lockdown singing: the science of why music helps us connect in isolation 

We are by nature, social animals, but video chats and messages sometimes aren’t enough. We need to connect in a way that the social brain will resonate with on an emotional level. This is where music comes in (The Conversation)

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