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7/8/2020

The Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed initiative will purchase 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine being developed by Novavax for $1.6 billion should it prove to be effective based on clinical trial data. Operation Warp Speed has spent nearly $4 billion to support companies developing vaccines, including Moderna Therapeutics and British drugmaker AstraZeneca.

7/7/2020

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said the US is still in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now killed over 130,000 Americans and infected nearly 3 million Americans. At least 32 states are seeing rising rates of new infections, while new cases are holding steady in 14 states and declining in four, and many states have established some type of requirement that people wear face masks.

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CNN
7/7/2020

The FDA has released a statement warning health care providers of an increased risk of false positive results when using Becton Dickinson's BD Max System SARS-CoV-2 tests.

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MassDevice (Boston)
7/7/2020

Drug manufacturers should consider facility and process design principles that accelerate time to market and support regulatory compliance even while they are in the initial stages of development, writes Dan UpDyke of Rockwell Automation. Four factors -- a common network protocol, a standard and not customized equipment platform, automation of data collection and flexibility to scale up -- can alleviate challenges and make the most of single-use facilities in the future.

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Pharma Manufacturing
7/7/2020

Drug manufacturers are developing vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 at a record pace, which presents challenges in designing and deploying data models. Experts should sift through the data to ensure the right information is relayed, rely on the right statistical approach, create models that are easy to understand and be able to explain outputs so the data is trusted, writes Matt Jones of Tessella.

7/7/2020

An artificial intelligence platform has identified a potential COVID-19 treatment that could reduce inflammation caused by the virus and stop the cytokine storm that affects some patients. Baricitinib was identified by BenevolentAI as a promising compound, and it is in trials by Eli Lilly and Co., which owns the rights to the drug.

7/7/2020

When it comes to free testing, laboratories can implement a policy and review process like a standard request form to help give them a structured way to assess a request and compile information, experts at Seattle Children's Hospital advise. Laboratories are also advised to meet with laboratory sales representatives to explain their policies to avoid misleading providers.

7/6/2020

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said COVID-19 vaccine candidates will start moving into late-stage clinical trials by the end of July, continuing through the summer and into fall. "We may be able to at least know whether we are dealing with a safe and effective vaccine by the early winter, late winter, beginning of 2021," Fauci said.

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Reuters, Forbes
7/6/2020

Research published in JAMA Neurology found that COVID-19 is eight times more likely to lead to a stroke than flu. Data showed 1.6% of 1,900 COVID-19 patients experienced a stroke, compared with 0.2% of almost 1,500 seriously ill patients with flu.

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HealthDay News
7/6/2020

Individuals with pretreated multiple myeloma who received once-weekly selinexor, bortezomib and dexamethasone had 13.93 months' median progression-free survival, compared with 9.46 months' median PFS among those who were given twice-weekly bortezomib and dexamethasone, researchers reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's virtual meeting. The findings also showed significantly higher overall response rates among those in the once-weekly triplet regimen group.