Tag Archives: NIH

Fauci Forecasts Verdict On Vaccine By Early December

Reuters reports: U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday it would be clear whether a COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective by early December, but that more widespread vaccination would not be likely until later in 2021. “We will know whether a vaccine is safe and effective by the end of November, the beginning of December,” Fauci told …

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NIH Head: Trump Hasn’t Met With COVID Task Force In “Quite Some Time,” He Gets His Info From Fox Doctor

ABC News reports: President Trump has not met with the White House coronavirus task force in “quite some time,” the head of the National Institutes of Health said Tuesday. During an interview on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” NIH Director Francis Collins said Trump instead gets his information from Vice President Pence and Scott Atlas, neither of whom are infectious disease experts. …

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RedState Anti-Fauci Troll Exposed As NIH Staffer

The Daily Beast reports: The managing editor of the prominent conservative website RedState has spent months trashing U.S. officials tasked with combating COVID-19, dubbing White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci a “mask nazi,” and intimating that government officials responsible for the pandemic response should be executed. But that writer, who goes by the pseudonym “streiff,” isn’t just …

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Fauci: Use “Goggles Or Eye Shield” For Added Safety

ABC News reports: “If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert told ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton during an Instagram Live conversation on ABC News. When asked if we’re going to get to a point where eye protection is recommended, the director of the National Institute of …

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Fauci: Widely Available Vaccine Unlikely Until Next Year

CNN reports: A Covid-19 vaccine likely won’t be “widely available” in the US until “several months” into next year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday. “I think as we get into 2021, several months in, that you would have [a] vaccine that would be widely available to people in the …

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NIH Has Ownership Stake In Moderna COVID Vaccine

Axios reports: The National Institutes of Health may own intellectual property that undergirds a leading coronavirus vaccine being developed by Moderna, according to documents obtained by Axios and an analysis from Public Citizen. Because the federal government has an actual stake in this vaccine, it could try to make the vaccine a free or low-cost public good with wide distribution, …

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NIH Head: Large-Scale Vaccine Testing To Begin In July

The Associated Press reports: At least four or five possible vaccines “look pretty promising” and one or two will be ready to begin large-scale testing by July with others to follow soon, NIH Director Francis Collins told The Associated Press. “The big challenge now is to go big and everybody is about ready for that. And we want to be …

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Fauci: Testing Must Double Before Reopening Begins

The New York Post reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that coronavirus testing needs to at least double before lockdowns are lifted — even as some states have already started re-opening parts of their economies. The US currently gets through about 1.5 million to 2 million tests a week, which America’s top infectious disease expert says is still nowhere near …

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NIH Panel Recommends Against Trump’s Drug Combo

NPR reports: A panel of experts convened by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommends against doctors using a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for the treatment of COVID-19 patients because of potential toxicities. “The combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin was associated with QTc prolongation in patients with COVID-19,” the panel said. QTc prolongation increases the risk of …

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Fauci: “We’re Not There Yet” On Reopening Economy

Politico reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Tuesday the U.S. does not yet have the critical testing and tracing procedures needed to begin reopening the nation’s economy, adding a dose of caution to increasingly optimistic projections from the White House. “We have to have something in place that is efficient and that we can rely …

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Fauci: It’s “False” To Say The Pandemic Is Under Control

The Hill reports: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said Sunday that it would be “a false statement” to say the government has the coronavirus pandemic under control. “We are struggling to get it under control, and that’s the issue that’s at hand right now,” Fauci said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday. Trump has several …

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POLL: 42% Trust Trump To Protect From Coronavirus

Axios reports: Strong majorities of Americans trust the major health agencies to protect the country from the coronavirus, while fewer trust President Trump, according to an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll. The results suggest that health officials have a high degree of credibility in this crisis — and that Trump is on safer ground when he closes ranks with them, as he did …

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Associated Press: NIH Vaccine Trial Starts Tomorrow

The Associated Press reports: A clinical trial evaluating a vaccine designed to protect against the new coronavirus will begin Monday, according to a government official. The first participant in the trial will receive the experimental vaccine on Monday, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the trial has not been publicly announced yet. The National Institutes of …

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Top NIH Official Made To Cancel All TV Appearances

The Hill reports: Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) on Friday said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was told to “stand down” and not appear on five Sunday morning talk shows to discuss the coronavirus. Garamendi told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson that Anthony Fauci was scheduled to do all five major Sunday talk shows, but says Fauci …

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NIH Trial Of Experimental HIV Vaccine Ends In Failure

From a statement by the National Institutes of Health: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has stopped administration of vaccinations in its HVTN 702 clinical trial of an investigational HIV vaccine. This action was taken because an independent data and safety monitoring board (DSMB) found during an interim review that …

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Trump Administration Shuts Down NIH Study That Uses Fetal Tissue Implanted In Mice In Search For HIV Cure

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration has shut down at least one government-run study that uses fetal tissue implanted into mice even before federal health officials reach a decision on whether to continue such research, which is opposed by antiabortion groups. A senior scientist at a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana told colleagues that the Health and …

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HHS Diverts Millions From HIV And Cancer Programs To Pay For Housing Detained Immigrant Children

Yahoo News reports: The Department of Health and Human Services is diverting millions of dollars in funding from a number of programs, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, to pay for housing for the growing population of detained immigrant children. In a letter sent to Sen. Patty Murray, D.-Wash., and obtained by …

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NIH Reports Advance In Search For HIV Vaccine

Via press release from the National Institutes for Health: An experimental vaccine regimen based on the structure of a vulnerable site on HIV elicited antibodies in mice, guinea pigs and monkeys that neutralize dozens of HIV strains from around the world. The findings were reported today in the journal Nature Medicine by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and …

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Feds Fund Implantable PrEP Study

Poz.com reports: A group of 15 researchers and clinical investigators at Northwestern University received a $17.5 million grant to develop an implant capable of delivering meds that protect against HIV, according to a press release from the McCormick School of Engineering. The hope is that the implants would last for up to a year. The five-year project is underwritten by …

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New Strategy On Blocking HIV

From the National Institutes Of Health: A laboratory study led by scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), lends further weight to the potential effectiveness of passive immunotherapy to suppress HIV in the absence of drug treatment. Passive immunotherapy for HIV is an experimental strategy that involves periodically administering …

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