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FDA Approves Emergency Use Authorization For Gilead’s Remdesivir To Treat Patients With COVID-19; BARDA Researching New Diagnostic Test

STAT: FDA to allow emergency use of Gilead’s Covid-19 drug “The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it would permit emergency use of remdesivir, the antiviral medicine from Gilead Sciences, to treat patients with Covid-19. The decision to issue an ’emergency use authorization’ was based on positive results from…

More News In Global Health

CBS News: How the fight against polio was won (Kessel, 5/3). Devex: Where are the health workers? New data efforts aim to answer big coronavirus questions (Lieberman, 5/4). Devex: This nonprofit needs your cough sounds to detect COVID-19 (Ravelo, 5/4). The Guardian: Coronavirus ‘reinfections’ were false positives, says WHO technical…

Blogs, Podcasts Address Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Center for Global Development: Accountability for COVID-19 Aid: Better Visibility Matters for the Quality of the Response Janeen Madan Keller, assistant director for global health and senior policy analyst; Julia Kaufman, program coordinator; and Amanda Glassman, executive vice president of CGD, CEO of CGD Europe, and senior fellow, all with…

Zimbabwe Pleads For Debt Forgiveness, Aid; Australia, New Zealand Look To Create Travel ‘Bubble’; E.U. Says Several Nations Not Yet Reached Pandemic Peak

AFRICA AP: Thousands of hungry people line up for food in South Africa (Janssen/Delay, 5/2). Financial Times: Zimbabwe pleads for aid to avert ‘collapse’ and fight Covid (Cotterill/Pilling, 5/3). The Guardian: Easing of lockdown a relief to Ghana’s poor — despite fears it is premature (Akinwotu/Asiedu, 5/3). The Telegraph: Will…

U.S. Intelligence Community Confirms Novel Coronavirus Not Manmade But Investigating Origins; Trump-China Rivalry Hampers Intelligence Gathering; Senior U.S. Officials Considering Retaliation Against China

The Hill: U.S. intelligence says it’s investigating COVID-19’s origins “U.S. intelligence agencies in a rare public statement Thursday said they agreed with ‘the widespread scientific consensus’ that the COVID-19 virus was ‘not manmade or genetically modified’ but also that they are investigating whether it emerged from a laboratory in Wuhan,…

Organizations Discuss Global Health Aid, Gavi, Nursing Report, Global Herpes Prevalence

Center for Global Development: Examining Uncertainties in Global Health Aid through the Lens of Family Planning: A Tale of Three Countries in Three Figures Janeen Madan Keller, assistant director of global health and senior policy analyst, and Julia Kaufman, program coordinator, both with CGD (4/30). ONE: 6 things Gavi supports…

Trump Administration Organizing Manhattan Project-Style Effort To Speed Coronavirus Vaccine Efforts; NIH Announces Initiative To Hasten Diagnostics Development

Bloomberg: Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine “The Trump administration is organizing a Manhattan Project-style effort to drastically cut the time needed to develop a coronavirus vaccine, with a goal of making enough doses for most Americans by year’s end. Called ‘Operation Warp Speed,’ the program will…