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The W.H.O. announced on Feb. 11 a new name for the disease caused by the current novel coronavirus epidemic: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). As for the virus itself, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses has decided on SARS-CoV-2, which “formally recognizes this virus as a sister to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviruses.” #COVID19 and #SARSCoV2 are the common social media signatures we are encouraging people use.

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OraSure Gains BARDA Backing for First Rapid COVID-19 Home Testing Kit

OraSure Gains BARDA Backing for First Rapid COVID-19 Home Testing Kit

BARDA and OraSure Technology, Inc. are working together on the development of a point-of-care (POC) test for SARS-CoV-2 that could bring testing closer to the patient.…

FDA-ARGOS SARS-CoV-2 Reference Grade Sequence Data Now Available

FDA-ARGOS SARS-CoV-2 Reference Grade Sequence Data Now Available

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA—in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Biodefense and Emerging Infections Research Resources…

Designing Face Shields to Protect Medical Staff During Critical Supply Shortages

Designing Face Shields to Protect Medical Staff During Critical Supply Shortages

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented need to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital staff. A team of Montreal medical experts has partnered…

Tests in Engineered Human Tissues Show hrsACE2 Drug Blocked Early Stages of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Tests in Engineered Human Tissues Show hrsACE2 Drug Blocked Early Stages of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

An international team led by University of British Columbia researcher Dr. Josef Penninger has found a trial drug that effectively blocks the cellular door SARS-CoV-2…

JPEO-CBRND, BARDA Partner with SAb Biotherapeutics to Develop COVID-19 Therapeutic

JPEO-CBRND, BARDA Partner with SAb Biotherapeutics to Develop COVID-19 Therapeutic

A therapeutic to treat novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is moving forward in development through a partnership announced Apr. 1 between BARDA, the Department of Defense…

Health Security Today – 1 April 2020

Health Security Today – 1 April 2020

FEATURED FDA, NIH, Veteran Affairs Partner with America Makes for 3D Printing Innovations During Pandemic Response Through this collaboration, the U.S. government and partners will…

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Google Releases COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

Google Releases COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

Google Maps today published an early release of the company’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports to provide insights for public health officials into what has changed in response…

The U.S. Government Efforts to Build Low-Cost Ventilators Hit Industry Resistance Over Past Decade

The U.S. Government Efforts to Build Low-Cost Ventilators Hit Industry Resistance Over Past Decade

Thirteen years ago, a group of U.S. public health officials came up with a plan to address what they regarded as one of the medical…

Coronavirus Pandemic Bond Payouts Likely to Be Held Up By Fine Print

Coronavirus Pandemic Bond Payouts Likely to Be Held Up By Fine Print

Investors are looking at big losses in two “pandemic bonds,” issued by the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) in 2017, which were…

USAMRIID: America’s Key Lab for Fighting Infectious Diseases Has Become a Pentagon Backwater

USAMRIID: America’s Key Lab for Fighting Infectious Diseases Has Become a Pentagon Backwater

At the White House briefing Wednesday on efforts to combat COVID-19, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he had just visited the U.S. Army Medical…

How Did Florida Hire 100 Epidemiologists in a Weekend?

How Did Florida Hire 100 Epidemiologists in a Weekend?

Last week, Florida health officials found themselves overwhelmed. The state’s disease experts were working around the clock to trace the rapidly spreading coronavirus, and the…

US Authorities Failing to Conduct Contact Tracing, a Cornerstone of Outbreak Response

US Authorities Failing to Conduct Contact Tracing, a Cornerstone of Outbreak Response

If the US forgoes contact tracing in favour of aggressive social-distancing measures alone, the country risks the outbreak worsening, and lockdown measures such as school…

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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus — United States, January 2020

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) On January 17, CDC and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection began health screenings at U.S.…

Bats’ Fierce Immune Systems Drive Viruses To Higher Virulence, Making Them Deadlier in Humans

A new University of California, Berkeley, study finds that bats’ fierce immune response to viruses could drive viruses to replicate faster, so that when they jump to…

Steroids Could Do More Harm Than Good in Treating Coronavirus

Steroids should be avoided in the treatment of the current novel coronavirus, experts have advised. A commentary article published in The Lancet concludes that, based on evidence from previous…

A Pneumonia Outbreak Associated with a New Coronavirus of Probable Bat Origin

NOTE: The following paper (.pdf) is undergoing accelerated peer-review. Abstract follows: Since the SARS outbreak 18 years ago, a large number of severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronaviruses…

Coronavirus and Brexit: UK Must Act Quickly Before Being Shut out of Europe’s Health Protection System

The threat posed by 2019-nCoV and the fragmentation of existing health protection systems caused by Brexit call for urgent assessment of cross Europe cooperation, say Mark Flear…

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JOURNAL HUBS

“We call on researchers, journals and funders to ensure that research findings and data relevant to this outbreak are shared rapidly and openly to inform the public health response and help save lives.” – Wellcome Trust

NEJM Novel Coronavirus

JAMA Network 2019-nCoV

The Lancet 2019-nCoV Resource Center

Springer Nature Novel Coronavirus Articles

The BMJ Coronavirus Free Online Resources

Elsevier Novel Coronavirus Information Center

BioRxiv Preprint Server *(Caution: information not yet peer-reviewed)

ASM Journal Network Coronavirus Articles American Society for Microbiology

RSTMH Coronavirus Collection


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INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE

Celularity Announces FDA Clearance of IND Application for CYNK-001 in Coronavirus, First in Cellular Therapy

Celularity Inc., a clinical-stage company developing allogeneic cellular therapies from human placentas, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Company’s Investigational New…

Cue Health Awarded $13 Million BARDA Contract for Development of Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Test

BARDA and Cue Health will collaborate to accelerate the development, validation, and manufacturing of a portable, molecular diagnostic test capable of detecting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,…

Sanofi and Translate Bio Team Up to Develop Novel Coronavirus mRNA Vaccine

Sanofi Pasteur and Translate Bio this week announced plans to collaborate to develop a novel messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine for COVID-19. This collaboration leverages an existing 2018 agreement…

Gladstone Institutes Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

Gladstone Institutes scientists have rapidly pivoted the focus of their research labs to the novel virus, SARS-CoV-2. Specifically, they are leveraging their established tools, unique infrastructure, and…

Cambridge University to Spearhead £20 million Alliance to Map Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

The University of Cambridge is to take a leading role in a major national effort to help understand and control the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) announced today…

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