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Stopping the Public Health Infodemic: Wikipedia and W.H.O. Join Forces

Stopping the Public Health Infodemic: Wikipedia and W.H.O. Join Forces

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that administers Wikipedia, announced today a collaboration to expand the public’s access to the…

Centivax Licenses Anti-COVID-19 Antibodies to Thermo Fisher

Centivax Licenses Anti-COVID-19 Antibodies to Thermo Fisher

Centivax Inc, the therapeutics spinout of Contract Research Organization Distributed Bio Inc, announced today a licensing agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific. Thermo Fisher has developed…

Two Studies Show COVID-19 Antibodies Persist for Months

Two Studies Show COVID-19 Antibodies Persist for Months

More than 8 million people in the United States have now tested positive for COVID-19. For those who’ve recovered, many wonder if fending off SARS-CoV-2—the…

Inside the Lab: How Do Coronavirus Researchers Avoid Catching COVID-19?

Inside the Lab: How Do Coronavirus Researchers Avoid Catching COVID-19?

Around the world, virologists in labs are constantly handling samples of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as part of our global quest to understand,…

Finding the Golden Window for Collecting COVID-19 Survivor Antibodies

Finding the Golden Window for Collecting COVID-19 Survivor Antibodies

In recovering COVID-19 patients, antibodies fade quickly, but adequate time must be given to clear viral particles before plasma collection The blood of recovered COVID-19…

The Mental Health Impact of Pandemics for Front Line Health Care Staff

The Mental Health Impact of Pandemics for Front Line Health Care Staff

New research estimates the high prevalence of common mental health disorders in health care workers based in pandemic-affected hospitals, aiming to inform hospital managers of…

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HEADLINE NEWS

NBAF Delays, Brexit Impact on Biosecurity, Financing Preparedness

NBAF Delays, Brexit Impact on Biosecurity, Financing Preparedness

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics including: NBAF high containment lab is behind schedule and over budget; Brexit’s impact on…

Radiation Injury Biomarkers, Germline Gene-Editing Moratorium, FMD Vaccine Stockpile

Radiation Injury Biomarkers, Germline Gene-Editing Moratorium, FMD Vaccine Stockpile

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics including: how the government’s failure to reauthorize the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act…

Attack on Ebola Treatment Center, Marburg Virus Vaccine Funding, Mumps Outbreak

Attack on Ebola Treatment Center, Marburg Virus Vaccine Funding, Mumps Outbreak

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics including: HHS funding development of a Marburg virus vaccine; expansion of extraterritorial reach of…

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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

Janssen Scientists Collaborate with BIDMC Virology Lab to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Johnson & Johnson today announced that its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies have entered a collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) to support the development of…

FDA Issues EUA to Thermo Fisher Scientific for COVID-19 Diagnostic

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA)…

LabCorp Launches Test for COVID-19

LabCorp® is making its LabCorp 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAA test available today for ordering by physicians or other authorized healthcare providers anywhere in the U.S. The…

CureVac CEO Discusses Coronavirus Vaccine Development with White House Leadership

Daniel Menichella, CEO of biopharmaceutical company CureVac, was today invited to the White House to discuss strategies and opportunities for the rapid development and production of a…

Pfizer Provides Comment on COVID-19 White House Meeting

Pfizer Inc. announced that today Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officer Mikael Dolsten participated in a meeting with other pharmaceutical companies about various ways to develop vaccines and therapeutics…

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STATE RESOURCES

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Health

Arkansas Public Health Laboratory

Kentucky

Kentucky Division of Laboratory Service

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

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American Samoa