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    UK launches massive diagnostic network

    12 Apr, 2020

    The UK government opened its first mass coronavirus-testing facility on 9 April.

    The lab, in Milton Keynes, is the first of three such facilities to open. The others — in Glasgow and Alderley Park in Nether Alderley — are scheduled to open within the next two weeks. In March, the UK government requisitioned polymerase chain reaction machines from university labs across the country in order to outfit these central testing facilities.

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    How a 100-year-old vaccine for tuberculosis could help fight the novel coronavirus

    12 Apr, 2020
    As researchers scramble to find new drugs and vaccines for Covid-19, a vaccine that is more than a century old has piqued researchers' interests. The Bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine -- which was first developed to fight off tuberculosis -- is being studied in clinical trials around the world as a way to fight the novel coronavirus.
    Tuberculosis and Covid-19 infection are two very different diseases -- TB is caused by a type of bacteria while Covid-19 is caused by a virus, for st...

    Pfizer clinches coronavirus vaccine deal, sees potential in antiviral treatment

    10 Apr, 2020

    U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) said on Thursday that early data has helped it identify a drug candidate with the potential to help treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus.

    It also finalized a plan to develop a coronavirus vaccine in partnership with German drugmaker BioNTech SE (22UAy.F) and said the companies hope to produce millions of vaccines by the end of 2020. The companies said they plan to start trials of the vaccine as early as this month.

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    Robotics in PCR tests: Hospital Clínic de Barcelona

    10 Apr, 2020
    The diagnosis center of Hospital Clínic de Barcelona has incorporated a new robot to perform massively PCR tests for COVID-19 diagnosis. After calibrational procedures, it is a matter of days that will be operational. This initiative, Covichain Robots, it has been carried out by several public and private organizations, making possible robot's arrival. Being a high tech open-source robot, it can be modified for adapting it to the procedures required in different hospitals. In this partic...
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    Pass the salt: The minute details that helped Germany build virus defences

    10 Apr, 2020

    As well as the saltshaker, in that instant, they shared the new coronavirus, scientists have since concluded. That their exchange was documented at all is the result of intense scrutiny, part of a rare success story in the global fight against the virus. The co-workers were early links in what was to be the first documented chain of multiple human-to-human transmissions outside Asia of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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    The impact of self-isolation in the UK

    9 Apr, 2020

    The latest analysis of data from the COVID Symptom Tracker app, used by over 2 million people, shows the rate of new symptoms being reported nationally has slowed down significantly in the past few days.  The latest figures estimate that 1.4 million people in the UK aged 20-69 have symptomatic COVID, a fall from 1.9 million on the 1st April. You can read more about our machine learning model to predict symptomatic COVID-19 here.

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    Medtronic Shares Ventilation Design Specifications to Accelerate Efforts to Increase Global Ventilator Production

    8 Apr, 2020
    Medtronic plc  the global leader in medical technology, announced the 30th March it is publicly sharing the design specifications for the Puritan Bennett™ 560 (PB 560) to enable participants across industries to evaluate options for rapid ventilator manufacturing to help doctors and patients dealing with COVID-19. This decision is consistent with the recent FDA Guidance and in accordance with the public health and medical response of governmental agencies gl...
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    A second potential COVID-19 vaccine, backed by Bill and Melinda Gates, is entering human testing!

    7 Apr, 2020

    A new COVID-19 vaccine candidate is entering Phase 1 clinical human testing today, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted an application from Inovio Pharmaceuticals under the regulator’s Investigational New Drug program. Inovio plans to inject its first volunteer test subject with the INO-4800 DNA vaccine candidate it has developed, following promising results from preclinical studies performed on animals that did indicate increased immune response.

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    Siemens Healthineers Releases Test Kit for Coronavirus COVID-19

    7 Apr, 2020

    Siemens Healthineers announced on Apr 02, 2020 the availability of its molecular Fast Track Diagnostics (FTD) SARS-CoV-2 Assay test kit used to aid in the diagnosis of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Test kits are already being shipped within the European Union for research use only (RUO) to expedite availability while the company continues to pursue Emergency Use Assessment and Listing (EUAL) from the World Health Organization (WHO) for cli...
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    IRB Barcelona collaborates with Amazon in the development of a computational tool to speed up the search for drugs against COVID-19

    6 Apr, 2020

    There are currently more than 10,000 scientific articles related to coronavirus infections. In fact, in recent weeks, research to combat COVID-19 has accelerated, and more than 4,000 new academic papers have been published on potential vaccines, therapies, and treatments. Processing this volume of information manually would be unmanageable to be able to advance this urgently needed research fast enough. IRB Barcelona’s Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology Laboratory, led by I...
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    Daily coronavirus deaths continue downward trend in Spain, with 674 in the last 24 hours

    6 Apr, 2020

    The downward trend of daily deaths from the coronavirus continued on Sunday, with the latest number falling to 674, according to official figures supplied by the Health Ministry. This marks a fall of 135 compared to Saturday, which saw 809. Sunday’s figure is the lowest seen in 10 days. The highest total so far was reported on April 2, with 950 fatalities from Covid-19 in a 24-hour period.

    The total number of deaths in Spain from the coronavirus now stands at 12,418,...
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    FDA Continues to Accelerate Development of Novel Therapies for COVID-19

    1 Apr, 2020

    As part of the Trump Administration’s all-hands-on-deck approach across public, academic and private sectors to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stood up a new program to expedite the development of potentially safe and effective life-saving treatments. The program, known as the Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP), is using every tool at the agency’s disposal to bring new therapies to sick patients as quickly as possible, while at the same ...