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FDA Withdraws Emergency Use Authorization For Hydroxychloroquine, Chloroquine To Treat COVID-19, Warns Of Combining With Remdesivir; Trump Critical Of Decision

POLITICO: FDA ends emergency use of hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus “The Food and Drug Administration on Monday withdrew emergency use authorizations for two coronavirus treatments that President Donald Trump promoted despite concerns about their safety and effectiveness. The agency revoked the authorizations for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine after a request from Gary…

Gilead Deal With Generic Pharmaceutical Companies To Produce Remdesivir Could Hinder Access For Some Countries; Gavi Advance Market Commitment Aims To Improve Access To Coronavirus Vaccines

Devex: Gilead’s closed-door deal sets precedent for COVID-19 drug access “Amid global conversations to ensure equitable access to future drugs and vaccines for COVID-19, Gilead Sciences, Inc. made its own side room deal. Over the past month, the U.S.-based company made an agreement with generic pharmaceutical companies in Egypt, India,…

Amid Pandemic, More Girls At Risk Of FGM; New Outbreak In Beijing Tops 100 Cases; New Zealand Records 2 Cases In Travelers; U.K. Begins Vaccine Trial; Model Predicts 200K Deaths In U.S. By October

AFRICA The Guardian: Why coronavirus has placed millions more girls at risk of FGM (Hodal, 6/16). New York Times: Coronavirus Accelerates Across Africa (Maclean, 5/16). Reuters: Nigerian doctors strike for better benefits during coronavirus crisis (Sotunde et al., 6/15). Scientific American: African Countries Scramble to Ramp up Testing for COVID-19…

News Outlets Examine Pandemic’s Impacts On Medical Journals’ Peer Review Processes, Scientists’ Research Priorities

New York Times: The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals “One study promised that popular blood-pressure drugs were safe for people infected with the coronavirus. Another paper warned that anti-malaria drugs endorsed by President Trump actually were dangerous to these patients. The studies, published in the New England Journal…

AstraZeneca Signs Agreement With European Vaccine Group To Supply Up To 400M Doses; CEPI CEO Says Scarcity, ‘Vaccine Nationalism’ Biggest Challenges To Access; Research Continues Into Experimental Vaccines

Devex: CEPI CEO: Scarcity, ‘vaccine nationalism’ biggest barriers for COVID-19 vaccine access “Global politics and vaccine scarcity are the biggest challenges to ensuring that a future COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the world’s poorest countries, according to Richard Hatchett, CEO at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. ‘Managing the…

E.U. To Spend Billions On Coronavirus Vaccine Advance Purchase Deals; Researchers Evaluate Potential Of Old Vaccines For Other Diseases To Help Prevent SARS-CoV-2

Financial Times: E.U. to spend billions to secure coronavirus vaccine “Brussels plans to pump billions of euros into advance purchase deals with pharmaceutical companies for potential coronavirus vaccines, in a sign of intensifying rich country efforts to secure supplies of any future treatment. The E.U. proposes using a ‘large majority’…

Middle East Sees COVID-19 Surge; WHO Urges Vigilance In Africa As Cases Top 200K; Kremlin Defends Russia’s Data On Coronavirus Deaths

AFRICA AP: Congo doctor quits COVID-19 task force, notes testing delays (Maliro/Larson, 6/11). National Geographic: Why South Africa’s coronavirus outbreak could be a ‘catalyst for transformation’ (Nordling, 6/11). New Humanitarian: Child marriage worries rise amid coronavirus lockdown in Cameroon (Fonyuy, 6/11). NPR: Risks Of Home Birth Loom For Women in…

WIRED Examines Underrepresentation Of Women In HIV Prevention Drug Trials Testing PrEP

WIRED: The Dangers of Excluding Women From HIV Prevention Drug Tests “…The underrepresentation of women in all kinds of medical research — from heart disease to sexual dysfunction — is a longstanding concern among women’s health activists. With HIV, inequity not only leaves women vulnerable to a life-altering disease, but…