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Common vulnerabilities among the three deadly coronaviruses — SARS, MERS and COVID-19 — could lead to broad treatments for all viruses. This and more in @BL_Owens’ latest roundup of COVID-19 news, straight out of science journals:

2/ Formed in 1984, SARS is a semi-autonomous tactical police team originally aimed to curb crime in Nigeria. Today, SARS is known for extorting citizens, and carrying out extrajudicial killings and beatings unchecked. The #EndSARS  campaign, explained:

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He said: "The disruptions/curtailment of the free flow of vehicular movement occasioned by the end SARS protests and the attendant curfews/ restrictions and vandalism, particularly in Lagos, must have affected petroleum products supply.

Many protesters, inspired by BLM to expand the scope of the campaign, are calling for full systemic reform of the police, punishment of officers guilty of brutality and compensation for SARS victims.


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#Thread 🧵 Faces of SARS officers accused of killing innocent Nigerians#EndSARS  | Rest In Peace | #candlenight  #EndPoliceBrutality  #ENDBADGOVERNANCE 

At least 10 protesters have died in Nigeria at ongoing protests against police brutality. An effort to reform the police unit from SARS to SWAT appears to be little more than a rebranding exercise. @StephanieBusari  reports

A 14-year-old has won $25,000 for a discovery that could provide a potential therapy to Covid-19. Anika Chebrolu's invention uses in-silico methodology to discover a lead molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

End SARS: Nigerian police 'open fire on protesters' in Lagos after 12 days of anti-police brutality demonstrations

Despite the announcement of the ban on the controversial police unit known as SARS, protesters in Nigeria's capital Abuja reported that police were using water cannons and firing live ammunition and teargas during a #ENDSARS  march on Sunday afternoon.

‘Enough is enough’: Nigerians demand SARS police unit scrapped

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Nigeria dissolves controversial anti-robbery squad, SARS, but concerns remain as protesters block roads, and continue marches to end police brutality in all forms and make rogue officers accountable. @StephanieBusari  reports

"Sars of today is not the same Sars I established in 1984." Fulani Kwajafa, who set up the police unit accused by #EndSARS  protesters of human rights abuses, says that he feels "sad" and "guilty" about what the agency has become.

“It’s not just about End Sars at this point, it’s become a revolution” @burnaboy  discusses the #EndSARS  campaign with @tiffanycalver  on the #1XtraRapShow 

Police chief Mohammed Adamu announced that Swat would now carry out the duties of SARS - but protestors want to see a full reform of the police, and many are using #EndSwat  to oppose the new unit