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Oct 25, 2020

https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/932065/open-orphan-moves-forward-with-government-backed-covid-19-vaccine-human-challenge-study-932065.html

Executive chairman Cathal Friel said the contract with the government could be worth up to £40mln. The first volunteers will enter the facility early next year, where they will be exposed to the virus so that the scientists can build a ‘challenge virus’ to then use in the vaccine trials.


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Oct 25, 2020

https://www.newswise.com/coronavirus/research-team-discovers-the-molecular-processes-in-kidney-cells-that-attract-and-feed-covid-19

Although the lungs are a common target for COVID-19’s cytokine storm, so are the kidneys, making the 1 in 4 U.S. adults with diabetes resulting in diabetic kidney disease at increased risk for virus mortality.


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Oct 25, 2020

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/how-to-scale-up-the-covid-19-response/

COVID-19 continues to sweep across the globe. Here are 7 of the challenges the pandemic poses to global health security... and 7 ways to counter them.


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Oct 25, 2020

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-treatment-covid-19

FDA approved Veklury (remdesivir) for adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization


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Oct 21, 2020

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/could-certain-covid-19-vaccines-leave-people-more-vulnerable-aids-virus

Certain COVID-19 vaccine candidates could increase susceptibility to HIV, warns a group of researchers who in 2007 learned that an experimental HIV vaccine had raised in some people the risk for infection with the AIDS virus.


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Oct 19, 2020

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/remdesivir-and-interferon-fall-flat-who-s-megastudy-covid-19-treatments

Solidarity fails to find mortality benefits in four treatments—but the global trial itself wins praise. “We would love to have a drug that works, but it’s better to know if a drug works or not than not to know and continue to use it,” says WHO’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan.


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Oct 19, 2020

https://scitechdaily.com/closing-borders-and-stopping-the-covid-19-virus-who-eu-were-fatally-mistaken/

Countries with international travel restrictions suffered fewer COVID-19 fatalities. Travel restrictions implemented early on in the pandemic have been crucial in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and keeping death rates low. A new study published by Ruud Koopmans, director at the WZB Berlin So


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Oct 18, 2020

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/scientists-advice-for-ways-to-ward-off-the-coronavirus-68037

We asked experts for measures people can take that may help boost defenses against COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.


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Oct 15, 2020

https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20201012/first-confirmed-us-case-of-covid-reinfections

A 25-year-old man from Nevada and a 42-year-old man in Virginia experienced second bouts of COVID-19 about 2 months after they tested positive the first time. Gene tests show both men had two slightly different strains of the virus, suggesting that they caught the infection twice.


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Oct 12, 2020

https://www.cnet.com/health/is-the-coronavirus-airborne-the-scientific-consensus/

Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists and doctors have warned of airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Finally, in October 2020 -- seven months into the pandemic -- public health agencies have acknowledged the potential of airborne spread. Here's what you should know about airborne transmission of COVID-19.


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