This has been a year of wincing and waiting for the next blow. I’ve learned that hope is best understood not as an emotion, but an orientation.
Virginia HughesLove this, @elamin88: “Among the kindest feedback we get for the newsletter is that the tone & signoff make readers feel cared for. I’ve had to, by necessity of evidence, adjust my job description in my head to include creating a small space for hope.”
AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have restarted their late-stage trials after finding that serious illnesses in a few volunteers appeared not to be related to the vaccines.
Virginia Hugheson astrazeneca trial: According to 2 experts familiar, the F.D.A. did not directly tie the vaccine to the two neurological illnesses. But the agency has advised the company to alert study volunteers about related symptoms like weakness and numbness
The drugmaker’s experimental antibody treatment is similar to the one President Trump received from Regeneron.
Virginia HughesMore info on the Eli Lilly pause: came from a difference between treatment group and placebo group after 5 days of treatment. Could be adverse events, or just futility, says @EricTopol. They'll reassess on Oct. 26