FDA Could Approve COVID-19 Vaccine This Fall
June 25, 2020
By Neozene

This article originally appeared in FiercePharma and was written by Eric Sagonowsky About six months into the pandemic and about 130 days until the U.S. presidential election, COVID-19 vaccines are moving ahead at record speeds. Now, a group of analysts predicts “at least one” vaccine will be approved before November 3. Jefferies healthcare strategist Jared Holz told MarketWatch that “perhaps multiple vaccines” could get FDA authorizations “early in the fourth quarter and quell fears of a second wave of COVID-19.” The team cited several reasons why an approval, or emergency use

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The United Kingdom Approves Dexamethasone in COVID-19 Treatment
June 17, 2020
By Neozene

The following article originally appeared on FiercePharma and was written by Eric Sagonowsky Right on the heels of data showing the decades-old, inexpensive steroid dexamethasone can reduce COVID-19 deaths among hospitalized patients requiring oxygen, the U.K. government granted a world-first approval. The nod, in COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized and requiring oxygen, including those on ventilators, came hours after government-funded research proved the drug reduced risk of death by 35% for patients on ventilators and 20% for those receiving oxygen. The medicine reduced 28-day mortality by 17% in the large

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Harvard Study Suggests COVID Protection Can Come From Previous Infection or DNA Vaccine
May 21, 2020
By Neozene

The following is from FierceBiotech and was written by Arlene Weintraub In all the excitement over the potential for a quick vaccine to prevent COVID-19, one burning question has emerged: Are the antibodies that form in response to the virus adequate for fending off future infections? Scientists led by Harvard University have published two studies that they believe begin to answer that question. In one study, nine macaques that were infected with SARS-CoV-2 and then recovered were protected against the disease when they were exposed to it again 35 days later.

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