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Friday, April 16th, 2021

Emerging Infectious Diseases

NIH touts mosquito protein study benefits

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is espousing the benefits of an AEG 12 mosquito protein study authorities said could help develop treatments to combat life-threatening viruses. Researchers at the NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) used X-ray crystallography... Read More »

Battelle’s assays play role in assessing COVID-19 vaccines

Research and development company Battelle announced Tuesday that it had developed a microneutralization assay that uses live SARS-CoV-2 virus to analyze the neutralizing response against the virus in human serum samples. The assay allows the company to test samples from vaccine clinical trials.... Read More »

Research pinpoints viral outbreaks by looking at sewage

Research from Battelle shows that wastewater analysis can pinpoint neighborhoods that are hotspots for viral outbreaks of COVID-19. A preliminary report was preprinted on Feb. 20 in the MedRxIv found that by testing wastewater for the presence of SARS-COV-2 and other pathogens, they were able... Read More »

AstraZeneca initiates COVID-19 vaccine global rollout

The biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said it has initiated steps to provide broad and equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine, noting doses have begun arriving globally in low and middle-income countries. “These first steps towards fulfilling our broad, equitable, and no-profit emergency... Read More »

CARB-X awards up to $18M to GSK for two vaccines

Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator (CARB-X) awarded up to $18 million to GSK Biologicals and its affiliate GSK Vaccines Institute for Global Health (GVGH) to develop new vaccines for two different illnesses. One is a vaccine for Group A streptococcus... Read More »

UC San Diego RADx projects receive NIH funding

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has earmarked funding totaling nearly $33 million over four years for five University of California San Diego Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) projects. The RADx initiative seeks to expedite the development, commercialization, and implementation of... Read More »

Rep. Reed introduces $163B bill to fight COVID-19

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced a $163 billion bill to funds efforts to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. The Crush The Virus Act (H.R. 1371) provides $163 billion in funding to increase the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines, boost access to COVID-19 testing throughout... Read More »