Tag Archives: NIH

Collins: The Un-Vaxxed Are “Sitting Ducks” For Delta

The Insider reports: National Institutes of Health Director, Dr. Francis Collins, says unvaccinated people are “sitting ducks” as the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to spread in areas across the US. “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace asked Collins about how many new COVID-19 cases we can expect to see on a daily basis as the surge continues. “I will …

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NIH Director Hopes Delta Is Tipping Point For Holdouts

“I think maybe I’m trying to look on the bright side of this. What’s the silver lining of this is that people are waking up to this. “And this may be a tipping point for those who have been hesitant to say, ‘OK, it’s time,’ I hope that’s what’s happening. “That’s what desperately needs to happen if we’re going to …

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NIH: Life Expectancy For Treated HIV Now Near Normal

Changing America reports: Since the HIV/AIDS pandemic exploded in the 1970s, no cure has been developed for the 1.2 million Americans living with the human immunodeficiency virus. But with today’s medical care, their life expectancy could be the same as any other American, according to a new study. Mortality rates for those entering HIV care dropped “dramatically” between 1999 and …

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Fauci: You Can “Put Aside Your Mask” When Outside

“We’ve got to make that transition. If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside. It would be a very unusual situation, if you were going into a completely crowded situation where people are essentially falling all over each other, then you wear a mask. But any other time, if you’re vaccinated and you’re outside, put aside …

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NIH To Fund Major Studies Into COVID “Long-Haulers”

Roll Call reports: The National Institutes of Health is preparing to award grants in the next three weeks to researchers studying the long-term effects of COVID-19 and patients experiencing “long COVID.” NIH Director Francis Collins told the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee that the agency expects laboratory research and imaging studies to be underway by the summer. The agency received …

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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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