Medicine


Coronavirus Antibodies Drop Precipitously 3 Months After Mild Cases Coronavirus Antibodies Drop Precipitously 3 Months After Mild Cases
- July 23, 2020

David Ho, scientific director of the Aaron Diamond Aids Research Centre and professor of medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, directed the study . Viruses have proteins on their surfaces that they use to latch onto and infect cells. "We discovered that these powerful antibodies are not too hard for the immune system to generate". (more...)
U.S. to pay Pfizer & BioNTech $2 billion for Covid-19 vaccine U.S. to pay Pfizer & BioNTech $2 billion for Covid-19 vaccine
- July 23, 2020

Americans will be able to get a coronavirus vaccine for free under a deal with its makers, the companies say. Unlike other vaccine deals signed by the government, Pfizer and BioNTech will not collect a payment until their vaccine proves to be safe and effective in a large pivotal clinical trial expected to start this month. (more...)
Synairgen's SNG001 shows strong promise in COVID-19 trial Synairgen's SNG001 shows strong promise in COVID-19 trial
- July 23, 2020

The experimental drug known as SNG001 is an inhaled formulation of beta-interferon developed by the pharmaceutical company Synairgen and was given to patients in hospital with COVID-19 who needed oxygen assistance. Injections of beta-interferon are already used to help treat multiple sclerosis. Mr Marsden declined to comment on how the beta interferon drug, if approved, would be priced, saying more data was needed. (more...)
People are more likely to get COVID-19 at home, study finds People are more likely to get COVID-19 at home, study finds
- July 23, 2020

The KCDC said 29 of the new cases were local transmissions and tied the other 34 to worldwide arrivals as the virus continues to spread in Asia, the United States and beyond. South Korea has been requiring foreigners from six high-risk nations to hand in documentation showing they tested negative for the virus. Health authorities, however, said it is not likely for such cases to lead to local infections. (more...)
South Africa's excess deaths surge as virus like 'wildfire' South Africa's excess deaths surge as virus like 'wildfire'
- July 23, 2020

The organisation's emergency chief Michael Ryan said what was happening in South Africa "may, unfortunately, be a precursor" and "a warning for what will happen in the rest of Africa". Local transmission of the virus has begun in many countries across the continent, and once it is seeded in vulnerable communities such as slums it "spreads like wildfire, which is what we're seeing in South Africa now", Nkengasong said. (more...)
NSW urged to limit activity as cases rise NSW urged to limit activity as cases rise
- July 23, 2020

The employee at Ashfield Baptist Homes aged care in Sydney's inner-west dined at the Thai Rock Restaurant in Wetherill Park, which has since been linked to 37 cases. The state's previous record was 428 new cases last Friday. "What NSW Health and myself are anxious about most at this moment in time is what people are doing when they're entering hospitality venues. (more...)
COVID Vaccine likely by Early November in Odisha COVID Vaccine likely by Early November in Odisha
- July 23, 2020

Poonawalla said the Serum Institute is seeking regulatory clearances to conduct phase 3 of the human trials in India. It will take another three weeks to inject patients in hospitals, he was quoted as saying. Asked whether the AstraZeneca vaccine has side effects, SII CEO said studies have shown that it is on par with most other vaccines side effects where people experience fever, headache and some swelling. (more...)
Thirty-Six New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed Taking Total To 25,802 Thirty-Six New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed Taking Total To 25,802
- July 23, 2020

Dr Ronan Glynn , acting chief medical officer, Department of Health, said: 'Together, we have achieved so much in our ongoing effort to limit the spread of Covid-19 in our communities, making it possible to take steps to reopen society and the economy. (more...)
California registers highest number of COVID-19 cases in US California registers highest number of COVID-19 cases in US
- July 23, 2020

The total number of cases is about 4,700 higher than the overall number of infections in NY, which became an epicenter of America's coronavirus crisis in the spring. California, however, initially succeeded in slowing the spread of the virus but has had a sharp reversal with COVID-19 infection rates climbing sharply in recent weeks. (more...)
USA coronavirus cases far more than reported — CDC USA coronavirus cases far more than reported — CDC
- July 23, 2020

And 28 days later, on July 8, the U.S. reached 3 million cases. The United States will need to increase its viral testing capacity almost 18 times more, becoming able to test approximately 4.3 million people each day, to effectively suppress further disease transmission, according to estimates cited by Brown and Walensky. (more...)
Pfizer, US Reach $1.95 Billion Coronavirus Vaccine Deal
- July 23, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense announced the agreement with Pfizer for the large-scale production of over 100 million doses following the vaccine's successful manufacture. Alex Azar said in a statement . Almost two dozen potential vaccines are in various stages of human testing worldwide, with a handful entering necessary late-stage testing to prove effectiveness. (more...)
California sets record for coronavirus cases, hospitalizations California sets record for coronavirus cases, hospitalizations
- July 23, 2020

California has placed a new order for face masks with Chinese electric-car maker BYD Co.to build stocks amid a rise in Covid-19 cases. Officials stressed that in comparing numbers, one must consider the fact that California has the largest population in the country - almost 40 million - which is more than double that of NY. (more...)
Survey shows COVID-19 taxing on mental health as cases rise Survey shows COVID-19 taxing on mental health as cases rise
- July 23, 2020

Health officials say this is especially important as numerous recent cases have been linked to social gatherings, particularly among young people. The vast majority of cases have been recorded in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions, with 1,043 and 1,731 cases of the virus recorded in each region, respectively. (more...)
Young people attending large indoor gatherings behind spike in COVID-19 cases Young people attending large indoor gatherings behind spike in COVID-19 cases
- July 22, 2020

Ontario recorded one additional COVID-19 death on Tuesday. The increase prompted Premier Doug Ford to issue a strong rebuke to young people for violating public health measures and endangering their families, especially parents and grandparents."I just asked people, just hold off on these parties", he said. (more...)
United States orders up to 600M doses of Pfizer, BioNTech COVID vaccine United States orders up to 600M doses of Pfizer, BioNTech COVID vaccine
- July 22, 2020

On Monday, Pfizer and BioNTech announced a plan to supply 30 million doses of one of their vaccine candidates to the United Kingdom this year and next, though they did not disclose what they stood to gain from the agreement. Earlier this month, the United States signed a $1.6 billion deal with Novavax for 100 million doses. Regulatory review could begin as October 2020, the announcement said. (more...)
AstraZeneca virus vaccine shows promise in trial AstraZeneca virus vaccine shows promise in trial
- July 22, 2020

All potential vaccines included in the studies, however, have moved through Phase I and II clinical testing - meaning that they have been tested in hundreds of people to determine the appropriate dosage and identify possible side effects. According to WHO, there are 23 coronavirus vaccine candidates in clinical trials around the world and another 140 in early stage development. While a vaccine candidate might show its effectiveness by year's end, the question is how soon it could be mass ... (more...)
Inhaled interferon beta therapy shows promise in COVID-19 trial
- July 22, 2020

According to the key findings of the trial, patients who received SNG001 had a 79 per cent lower risk of developing severe disease symptoms as compared to patients who had been given a placebo. Last month a Britain-based team of researchers lead by the University of Oxford announced they had successfully reduced the risk of death among seriously ill patients by administering the commonly available steroid dexamethasone. (more...)
Alberta plans to reopen schools in fall; COVID-19 cases still increasing Alberta plans to reopen schools in fall; COVID-19 cases still increasing
- July 22, 2020

Last weekend, however, Hinshaw said the there were "clear improvements" at lakes in the province and that was thanks to the work of local officials, health officials and Albertans in general. "The reason why we're announcing right now is that we've heard from parents and from the system that they want clarity as soon as possible as to what scenario we will be in and this will allow parents to make plans for the upcoming school year, as well as the system as a whole to continue the plans that ... (more...)
DuPage County reports 103 cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, including one death DuPage County reports 103 cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, including one death
- July 22, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health added 965 new cases to its count on Sunday. The community total is at 59. There are 33 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since Friday. Elliott says everyone needs to continue to follow public health guidelines; maintain only one social circle of 10 people, physically distance with anyone outside of it, and wear a face covering when you can't physical distance. (more...)
Chinese hackers tried to steal COVID research, hacked hundreds of companies Chinese hackers tried to steal COVID research, hacked hundreds of companies
- July 22, 2020

Today's announcement follows increasing government warnings about foreign espionage directed at coronavirus research, while also adding a new level of specificity and urgency to that threat. Justice Department called a "sweeping global computer intrusion campaign" against companies including those located in Australia, Britain, Germany, Japan and South Korea. (more...)

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