>Cross-border use of RMB up
Last year, cross-border RMB settlement hit a record high of 19.67 trillion yuan, increasing 24.1% year-on-year, according to a report from China's central bank, the People's Bank of China (PBOC). More than 70 central banks and monetary authorities worldwide have incorporated the RMB into their foreign exchange reserves so far, according to the PBOC's 2020 RMB Internationalization Report.
The central bank promised to steadily push forward RMB internationalization based on market forces and the orientation of better serving the real economy.
"We expect more foreign traders to join crude oil, iron ore and other commodity futures trading and use the RMB more frequently in real commodity trading. More varieties of RMB-denominated financial products will be provided," it added.
>Patent to COVID-19 vaccine
China has granted its first COVID-19 vaccine patent to the adenovirus vector vaccine developed by Chen Wei of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences and Chinese biotech company CanSino Biologics, according to the National Intellectual Property Administration.
The patent was submitted for application on March 18, and was approved on Aug 11, according to the patent document.
The vaccine, dubbed "Ad5-nCoV", uses a weakened common cold virus to introduce genetic material from the novel coronavirus into the human body. The goal is to train the body to produce antibodies that recognize the coronavirus's spike protein and fight it off.
The phase-two clinical trial of the vaccine has found it is safe and can induce an immune response, according to research published in the journal Lancet last month.
The phase-three clinical trial, which will include more participants and be conducted overseas, is currently in the pipeline.
>Guideline issued for schools
The Ministry of Education and the National Health Commission recently issued a guideline on COVID-19 control and prevention for all schools, including universities, middle schools, primary schools and kindergartens, to facilitate their reopening for the fall semester.
The guideline said all teachers, students and staff from low-risk areas must present a green health code to be able to return to school.
Those from medium-risk or high-risk areas will need to have a negative result in a nucleic acid test in the week before their return to campuses.
College staff and students will not be required to wear masks on campuses. But students and staff entering campuses should have their body temperature checked and their health code scanned, the guideline said.
The guideline also said kindergarten children will not have to wear masks, but their teachers and other staff are required to do so.
Students in primary and middle schools will need to carry medical face masks, but those in low-risk areas will not have to wear them, it said, adding that primary and middle schools will be put under relatively closed management, with no entry for visitors, in a bid to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
>Trump's new showerhead rules
The US government issued a proposal to change the definition of a showerhead in an effort to let more water flow, following complaints from President Trump.
Under the definition proposed by the Department of Energy, each showerhead included in a product with multiple showerheads would separately be required to meet the 2.5 gallon per minute standard established in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.
The proposal comes just after Trump talked about water-flow issues at the White House South Lawn in July.
"So showerheads - you take a shower, the water doesn't come out. You want to wash your hands, the water doesn't come out," the president said. "So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair - I don't know about you, but it has to be perfect. Perfect."
A 1992 federal law mandated showerheads couldn't use more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
But, as new showerheads came out over the years with multiple nozzles, the Obama administration said the showerhead restrictions apply to what comes out in total, meaning multiple nozzles have to split the 2.5 gallons of water.
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