Making Flu Vaccination Over Twice as Effective With a Pro-Active Public Health System

Flu vaccination effectiveness has ranged from 10-60% over the past 20 years. This compares with the 90+% effectiveness of the new COVID-19 vaccines. The reason for this is that national health agencies monitor a few thousand samples globally and then ramp up chicken egg production of flu vaccines six months in advance of the fall …

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Moderna COVID Vaccine is 94.5% Effective

Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA) reported the results of its Phase 3 study of mRNA-1273 has met the statistical criteria pre-specified in the study protocol for efficacy, with a vaccine efficacy of 94.5%. A secondary endpoint analyzed severe cases of COVID-19 and included 11 severe cases (as defined in the study protocol) in this first interim …

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Eli Lilly COVID Antibody Treatment Gets Emergency FDA Authorization

U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Eli Lilly & Companies investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients. Bamlanivimab is authorized for patients with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing who are 12 years of age and older weighing at …

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Three More Repurposed Drugs Identified as Useful Against COVID

Three drugs out of 4000 existing drugs were identified as possibly effective against COVID. They are candidates for clinical trials. They are the antimalarial drug amodiaquine, the anti-psychotic zuclopenthixol, and the blood pressure medication nebivolol. University of New Mexico researcher Oprea and his team published in ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science, reported that an older …

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The Algorithms That Could Help Save The World from COVID-19

Two countries orchestrated a near-perfect response to COVID-19, and artificial intelligence (AI) played a key role. Taiwan’s handling of the pandemic has been outstanding. The country has only 530 confirmed cases, and only 7 deaths since the outbreak. Iceland, too, stands out, with around 3,660 confirmed cases and 10 deaths. While both immediately closed their …

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WHO Doctor Nabarro Says We Must Fight COVID Without Lockdowns

Dr. David Nabarro, World Health Organization special envoy on COVID, is arguing for the middle way to have robust defenses against the virus without using lockdowns as the primary control method. Nabarro says “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your …

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Trump On Dexamethasone Steroid But Possible Discharge to White House Tomorrow

There was another update on President Trump’s COVID from Walter Reed and the medical team. Trump is now getting the steroid Dexamethasone. This was due to oxygen levels getting to around 94. The steroid Dexamethasone was given to patients in the UK. COVID patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one fifth. Trump …

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Trump Given Regeneron Antibody Cocktail and Trump is in Hospital

President Trump’s doctor reported that he has been given Regeneron’s antibody cocktail to treat COVID-19. This was a precautionary measure. REGN-COV2 is a combination of two monoclonal antibodies (REGN10933 and REGN10987) and was designed specifically to block infectivity of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. President Trump has been taken to hospital. He is at …

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US 2020 GDP Could be -2% With Possible Pandemic Economic Recovery By End of 2021

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve published results of a survey of 35 economic forecasters on August 14, 2020. They predicted the US economy would expand at an annual rate of 19.1 percent in the third quarter. This was almost double the prediction of 10.6 percent from the last survey. The forecasters expected real GDP to decrease …

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