Origins, Symptoms, Vaccine

Vaccine and test kit for Wuhan Coronavirus, May 2020

29/05 – Head of Pfizer pharmaceuticals says vaccine could be ready by October

With over 100 labs scrambling to develop COVID-19 vaccination, pharma executives hopeful for roll out before 2021, but cite ‘daunting’ challenges in producing billions of doses

28/05 – Israeli-designed instant coronavirus breathalyser could be rolled out globally

Device created by team at Ben-Gurion University may be installed at hundreds of entry points around the world to stop the spread of Covid-19

25/05 – Novavax Is Beginning Clinical Trials Of Its Coronavirus Vaccine

24/05 – Two more COVID-19 vaccines move towards Phase 2 human trials

23/05 – Thailand begins coronavirus vaccine trials on monkeys

14/05 – Europe supercharges research in the battle against COVID-19

Harvard and MIT researchers are developing a face mask that lights up when it detects the coronavirus

  • For the last six years, bioengineers have been developing sensors that can detect viruses like Zika and Ebola
  • Sensors in face mask would light up to signal the presence of the new coronavirus when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes

Coronavirus: New COVID-19 antibody test is 100% accurate, says Public Health England

13/05 – Australian researchers find what they believe could be a ‘secret ingredient’ in the race for a coronavirus vaccine

  • Researchers may have found ‘secret ingredient’ for an effective malaria vaccine 
  • Research strategy could be adapted to help find a vaccine for the coronavirus
  • The race for a vaccine hots up with scientists investigating viable possibilities 
  • CSIRO is conducting preclinical tests on two vaccines: from the UK and US 
  • Human trials will be done by Oxford University, UK; Inovio Pharmaceuticals 
  • Science Minister says vaccine may be ready in 10 to 15 months – very fast

12/05 – Moderna’s potential coronavirus vaccine gains FDA’s ‘fast track’ status

11/05 – Trump administration ‘fears Chinese hackers and spies will try and STEAL key research from the US in the race to develop the first coronavirus vaccine’

  • US officials are reportedly planning to issue an accusation against China soon 
  • The warning accuses China of activating hackers to steal vaccine and treatment research from academic and private laboratories in America 
  • News of the accusation against China comes just days after it was revealed that hackers linked to Iran targeted staff at Gilead Sciences in recent weeks
  • Gilead Sciences is racing to deploy a treatment for the coronavirus in the US

09/05 – Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine has moved to second phase of testing

US approves new coronavirus antigen test with fast results

Coronavirus: Hong Kong researchers find three-drug combination suppresses virus nearly twice as fast as drug held up as major hope against pandemic

  • Covid-19 patients on the antivirals are free of their mild-to-moderate symptoms in half the time as those only medicated with HIV drug Kaletra, researchers say
  • Expert not involved in the University of Hong Kong study says it represents ‘a step towards finding a much-needed therapy’

A brief overview of all the Covid-19 vaccines in the pipeline

06/05 – Italy claims world’s first Covid-19 vaccine: Report

China suspected of bio-espionage in ‘heart of EU’

Australia Coronavirus: ‘Malicious’ hackers in attacks on virus research

05/05 – Scientists Create Antibody That Defeats Coronavirus in Lab: Report

The experimental antibody has neutralized the virus in cell cultures. While that’s early in the drug development process, the antibody may help prevent or treat Covid-19.

Israeli scientists discover monoclonal antibody that neutralizes SARS-CoV-2

Coronavirus Vaccine Enters Human Testing in U.S.

Healthy volunteers receive first of four vaccine candidates from Pfizer and partner BioNTech

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