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UK Scientists Trial “Instant Immunity” COVID Drug

The Guardian reports: British scientists are trialing a new drug that could prevent someone who has been exposed to coronavirus from going on to develop the disease Covid-19, which experts say could save many lives. The antibody therapy would confer instant immunity against the disease and could be given as an emergency treatment to hospital inpatients and care home residents …

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Experts Debate Viability Of Single-Dose COVID Vax

The Hill reports: The first coronavirus vaccine shots administered across the country have raised hopes for a breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19, but experts are now raising an even more hopeful possibility: that people might only need one shot instead of the current two-dose regimen. The prospect would effectively double the number of vaccine doses available and allow more …

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CDC: 1M Americans Have Gotten First COVID Shot

Politico reports: More than 1 million Americans have received Covid shots, but the government isn’t likely to make good on the goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of this month, federal officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention touted breaking the 1 million mark 10 days after the start of the most ambitious immunization …

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US Close To Deal On Tens Of Millions Pfizer Doses

The Associated Press reports: The U.S. government is close to a deal to acquire tens of millions of additional doses of Pfizer’s vaccine in exchange for helping the pharmaceutical giant gain better access to manufacturing supplies. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the deal is under discussion and could be finalized shortly. …

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Experts Expect Vaccine Will Work On Mutant Strain

CNN reports: Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research expect to know in the next few days if there’s a concern that the coronavirus vaccines might not work against a mutated variant of the virus that’s rapidly spreading in parts of England, according to the institute’s top vaccine researcher. While there’s always a worry that a vaccine won’t …

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The Pharma Douche Story Just Got Even Weirder

The Daily Beast reports: A former Bloomberg News reporter quit her job, divorced her husband, and froze her eggs for imprisoned former CEO Martin Shkreli, known as the “Pharma Bro,” who now refuses to talk to her, Elle reported Sunday. Christie Smythe first broke the news of Shkreli’s arrest on fraud charges in December 2015.  Smythe said she and Shkreli …

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Moderna’s COVID Vaccine Begins Shipping [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Workers on Sunday began packaging shipments of the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S., a desperately needed boost to efforts to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control. Employees at a factory in the Memphis area were boxing up the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health. The much-needed shots are expected …

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Online Tool Estimates Your Place In COVID Vax Line

ABC News reports: The priority groups outlined by the Framework for Equitable Allocation of the COVID-19 Vaccine report were based on the relative risk facing certain groups as well as the broader societal needs of protecting certain groups of people, such as frontline medical workers. While states are tasked with creating their own distribution plans, most of them are following …

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FDA Advisory Panel Approves Moderna Vaccine

CNBC reports: An influential Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday overwhelmingly backed Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, a key step paving the way to distribute the second Covid-19 vaccine in the United States next week. An emergency use authorization means the FDA will allow some people to receive the vaccine as the agency continues to evaluate data. It isn’t the …

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FDA Could Okay Moderna Vax As Soon As Tomorrow

The Washington Post reports: A Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts is meeting Thursday to review the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. The panel is discussing the vaccine’s safety and efficacy and, if all goes as expected, the shots could get emergency clearance as soon as Friday. The FDA, in a report Tuesday, confirmed that in Moderna’s clinical trial, the …

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OTC “Fully At-Home” COVID Test Kit Will Cost $30

The Associated Press reports: The first home test for COVID-19 that doesn’t require a prescription will soon be on U.S. store shelves. The FDA’s action Tuesday allows sales in places like drugstores “where a patient can buy it, swab their nose, run the test and find out their results in as little as 20 minutes,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. …

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Willingness To Get Vaccine Soars As Rollout Begins

ABC News reports: With the trucks rolling and the first government-authorized coronavirus vaccine making its way to all 50 states, a strong majority of Americans are inclined to get the vaccine but are divided over exactly when, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Monday finds. More than eight in 10 Americans say they would receive the vaccine, with 40% saying …

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First Vaccine Shipment Leaves Pfizer’s Michigan Plant

CNN reports: Freight trucks carrying about 184,275 vials of coronavirus vaccine departed a Pfizer plant in Portage, Michigan, on Sunday, a landmark moment in the fight against the deadly virus. The combined 189 boxes of vaccine vials are expected to arrive in all 50 states on Monday, and another 3,900 vials are expected to ship later Sunday to United States …

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Walmart Pharmacies To Administer COVID Vaccine

Reuters reports: Walmart Inc said on Thursday it was entering into agreements with U.S. states to administer COVID-19 vaccine to the public once it was approved for use. The retailer said it was preparing over 5,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies with freezers and dry ice to handle storage requirements for the vaccine doses. Walmart is preparing its 5,000 pharmacies …

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Recall: Antidepressant Accidentally Mixed With Viagra

Via press release from the FDA: AvKARE, Pulaski, TN is voluntarily recalling one lot of Sildenafil 100 mg tablets and one lot of Trazodone 100mg tablets to the consumer level. These products have been recalled due to a product mix-up of the listed two separate products inadvertently packaged together during bottling at a 3rd party facility. Unintentional consumption of sildenafil …

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US Could Face Vax Shortages Amid Global Competition

Politico reports: The United States could be heading for a vaccine cliff this spring, with shortages forcing hundreds of millions of Americans to wait for shots amid intense global competition for limited doses. The Trump administration has bought 100 million doses each of vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, but the U.S. is unlikely to get additional doses anytime soon because …

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FDA Approves First OTC At-Home COVID Test Kit

CNN reports: The US Food and Drug Administration has granted an emergency use authorization for the first non-prescription, over-the-counter Covid-19 test kit for at-home use. The LabCorp Pixel COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit allows anyone 18 and older to buy the kit and collect nasal swab samples at home, the FDA said in a news release Wednesday. The samples are …

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FDA: Pfizer Vax Provides Protection After First Dose

The New York Times reports: The coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech provides strong protection against Covid-19 within about 10 days of the first dose, according to documents published on Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration before a meeting of its vaccine advisory group. The finding is one of several significant new results featured in the briefing materials, …

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Nasal Drug May Offer Short-Term COVID Protection

The Arizona Republic reports: The treatment, called KEPTIDE, is a nasal spray that works by stopping the virus from attaching onto and entering cells. Studies done in mice, primate cells, and human lung cells have all been promising so far, the company said, showing 100% effectiveness with no negative side effects. One hitch: The treatment won’t offer long-term protection. Its …

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Blood Test To Detect Alzheimer’s Goes On Sale To Labs

The Associated Press reports: A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia. It also raises concern about the accuracy and impact of such life-altering news. Independent experts are leery because key test results have not …

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