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Group Of 77 Nobel Laureates, 31 Scientific Societies Send Letters To NIH, HHS Denouncing Funding Cut For EcoHealth Alliance Research, Call For Review

New York Times: Prominent Scientists Denounce End to Coronavirus Grant “A group of 77 Nobel laureates has asked for an investigation into the cancellation of a federal grant to EcoHealth Alliance, a group that researches bat coronaviruses in China. The pre-eminent scientists characterized the explanation for the decision by the…

Research Shows Hydroxychloroquine Increases Risk Of Death Among COVID-19 Patients, Study Shows; Trump Continues To Promote Drug, Lashes Out At Scientists Who Contradict Him

AP: Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him “…As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has been lashing out at scientists whose conclusions he doesn’t like. Twice this week, Trump…

AstraZeneca Secures Agreements For 400M Doses Of Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine, Receives $1.2B U.S. BARDA Investment; 2 Studies Raise Hopes Of Antibody Immunity, Vaccine; U.S. Vaccine Lead Has Various Investments In Pharma Companies

AP: AstraZeneca secures orders for virus vaccine under testing “Drug maker AstraZeneca said Thursday it had secured its first agreements for 400 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine it is testing, bolstered by an investment from the U.S. vaccine agency. The Anglo-Swedish company reported it had received more than $1…

Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Development Efforts In Africa; Trump Administration’s Actions On Women’s Health, Relationship With China; Violence In Afghanistan; Access To TB Treatment

Devex: Opinion: A bipartisan legacy of Africa trade worth remembering Tom Sheehy, principal of Quinella Global (5/18). The Hill: Trump assault on women’s choice continues despite pandemic Bridget Kelly, director of research at the Population Institute (5/16). New York Times: Trump Is Playing the China Card. Who Believes Him? Susan…

Science Speaks Discusses Study Examining Long-Acting Injectable HIV Prevention Drug

Science Speaks: Long-acting injected HIV prevention effective and safe, HPTN 083 trial data shows Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer at Science Speaks, discusses the results of a study assessing an investigational drug for HIV prevention. Barton notes the “injection every eight weeks has been found to be effective and…

China Leads Race To Develop Coronavirus Vaccine; Moderna’s Trial Results Provide Little Information, Experts Say; WSJ Examines European, U.S. Funding For Vaccine Research

NPR: China Leads The Worldwide Race To Develop A COVID-19 Vaccine “China is leading the global race in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Half of the vaccines that have already gone into clinical trials were discovered by Chinese companies…” (Ruwitch, 5/19). STAT: Vaccine experts say Moderna didn’t produce data…

Moderna’s Experimental SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Shows Promising Results In Small Study

New York Times: Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Shows Promising Early Results “…The preliminary findings, in the first eight people who each received two doses of the experimental vaccine, must now be repeated in far larger tests in hundreds and then thousands of people, to find out if the vaccine can…