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Why It Matters That the U.S. Is Not Supporting COVAX

Why It Matters That the U.S. Is Not Supporting COVAX

There is a global effort to distribute vaccines to poorer countries, but some of the world’s largest countries, including the U.S., Russia and China, do…

Operation Warp Speed’s Big Vaccine Contracts Could Stay Secret

Operation Warp Speed’s Big Vaccine Contracts Could Stay Secret

Instead of entering into contracts directly with vaccine makers, more than $6 billion in Operation Warp Speed funding has been routed through a defense contract…

A Million Deaths From COVID-19: Experts Consider Key Questions

A Million Deaths From COVID-19: Experts Consider Key Questions

The pandemic has reached a grim milestone: one million people have now died of COVID-19, according to Worldometers. On January 13, we published “Mystery China…

Pandemic Testing Capacity: 3D Printed Nasal Swabs Shown Comparable to Flocked Swabs

Pandemic Testing Capacity: 3D Printed Nasal Swabs Shown Comparable to Flocked Swabs

A multisite clinical trial led by the University of South Florida Health (USF Health) Morsani College of Medicine and its primary hospital affiliate Tampa General Hospital (TGH) provides the…

Yale’s COVID-19 Saliva Test Starts Roll Out to External Labs

Yale’s COVID-19 Saliva Test Starts Roll Out to External Labs

Yale has designated independent laboratories in FL, NY and MN to perform the university-developed SalivaDirect™ COVID-19 test. Along with Yale Pathology Labs — the first…

Remdesivir: Second Mechanism of Action Against SARS-CoV-2 Revealed in New Study

Remdesivir: Second Mechanism of Action Against SARS-CoV-2 Revealed in New Study

Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered a novel, second mechanism of action by the antiviral drug remdesivir against SARS-CoV-2. The research team previously demonstrated…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Military Lab Biosafety Reforms, African Swine Fever Spreads in China, Honduras Mumps Outbreak

Military Lab Biosafety Reforms, African Swine Fever Spreads in China, Honduras Mumps Outbreak

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics including medical countermeasure POD drills, rebel attack hampering Ebola vaccination efforts in DRoC, and the appearance…

National Biodefense Strategy, Zika Vaccine Trial Challenges, DARPA Safe Genes

National Biodefense Strategy, Zika Vaccine Trial Challenges, DARPA Safe Genes

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics including the new U.S. National Biodefense Strategy, challenges for the Zika vaccine trial, and the DARPA…

Anti-Vaccine Bots, DoD Biothreat Assay Performance Standards, Orphan Drug Act

Anti-Vaccine Bots, DoD Biothreat Assay Performance Standards, Orphan Drug Act

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics including the global occurrence of Bacillus anthracis, performance standards for Defense Department biological threat assays, and debate…

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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

CEPI to Fund Development of Multiple Candidate Vaccines Against the Novel Coronavirus

CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, today announced the initiation of three programmes to develop vaccines against the novel coronavirus, nCoV-2019. The programmes will leverage rapid…

Inovio Selected by CEPI to Develop Vaccine Against New Coronavirus

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has awarded Inovio a grant of up to $9 million to develop a vaccine against…

Inovio Selected by CEPI to Develop Vaccine Against New Coronavirus

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has awarded Inovio a grant of up to $9 million to develop a vaccine against…

German Researchers Develop 1st Test for New Coronavirus

Researchers from the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have developed a new laboratory assay to detect the novel Chinese coronavirus. The assay protocol has now…

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STATE RESOURCES

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State Health Officials Actively Monitoring for 2019 Novel Coronavirus 1/29 DPH

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