The CDC invited Philly and 4 states to help develop U.S. strategy for distributing a vaccine. After a brief consult, a playbook was released nationwide.
Lauren MorelloIn which the city of Philadelphia learned via press release that it was part of a federal vaccine pilot program ... and then learned from another press release that the program no longer existed.
Drug makers developing Covid-19 vaccines plan to issue a pledge not to seek government approval until the shots have proven to be safe and effective, an unusual joint move among rivals that comes as they work to address concerns over a rush to mass...
Lauren Morello@WSJ breaking: "Several drug makers developing Covid-19 vaccines plan to issue a public pledge not to seek government approval until the shots have proven to be safe and effective, an unusual joint move among rivals."
The White House pivot amounts to a tacit admission that the administration’s months-long containment effort has failed.
Lauren MorelloJust eight weeks from election day, the White House has stopped trying to contain the coronavirus — shifting instead to shielding the nation’s most vulnerable groups and restoring a sense of normalcy.
After reviewing new information from large clinical trials the agency now believes that the suggested dosing regimens "are unlikely to produce an antiviral effect," FDA chief scientist Denise Hinton said in a letter announcing the decision.
Lauren MorelloFDA ends emergency use of hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus patients. Says the drug is unlikely to have an antiviral effect based on recent trials.
Hospital data from China and a classified drug screening program led to the rapid launch of $21 million study
Lauren MorelloSign of the times:
"Unlike other drugs the 23-hospital system is testing ... Northwell kept the famotidine study under wraps to secure a research stockpile before other hospitals, or even the federal government, started buying it."
It is urgent to understand the future of severe acute respiratory syndrome–coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission. We used estimates of seasonality, immunity, and cross-immunity for betacoronaviruses OC43 and HKU1 from time series data from the USA...
Lauren MorelloNew study in @ScienceMagazine projects that "recurrent wintertime outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 will probably occur," & "prolonged or intermittent social distancing may be necessary into 2022" w/o an effective drug or vaccine.
Lauren MorelloA computational biologist whose salary is paid through an NSF postdoc can't get unemployment during the shutdown because neither NSF or his university consider him an employee. He's worried about how he'll feed his 2-year-old boy.
Lauren MorelloThe shutdown is imperiling the world's longest-running study of predators and prey, which has tracked wolves and moose on an island in Michigan for 60 years. The lead scientist has $100,000 worth of GPS-enabled moose collars he can't use.
Ageing telescope’s wide-field camera fails while key NASA staff are on involuntary, indefinite leave due to political impasse.
Lauren MorelloA camera on the ~30-year-old Hubble telescope is broken, and NASA may not be able to repair it until the #shutdown ends, @alexwitze reports. #shutdownscience #scienceshutdown #aas233
The patas monkey is native to Kenya, where the children’s author wrote much of his environmental fable The Lorax.
Lauren MorelloNear the town of Nanyuki
No Grickle-grass grows
And the wind smells fast-and-sweet when it blows.
Nevertheless some scholars propose
That this is the home of the Lorax.
go.nature.com/2mAREk3 (by the awesome @colinbarras)