Several vaccines are in Phase 3 trials. So when will we know whether any of these will protect against COVID-19?
Sept. 22, 2020 • ~10 min
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The new BinaxNOW antigen test is quick, easy, accurate and cheap. It could solve the US testing problem, but the emergency use authorization only allows people with COVID-19 symptoms to get tested.
Sept. 1, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus fda screening sars-cov-2 food-and-drug-administration testing viruses abbott emergency-use-authorization antigen-test pcr-testing covid-test
FDA is departing from long-standing procedures to deal with public health crises, and this may foreshadow problems for COVID-19 vaccines
The rushed emergency approval for a treatment that might help COVID-19 patients has raised questions: Is the FDA abandoning its own guidelines?
Aug. 27, 2020 • ~10 min
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Aerosols of some FDA-approved food coloring could deactivate airborne viruses.
Aug. 20, 2020 • ~4 min
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Consuming the plant can be lethal to animals and humans.
Aug. 18, 2020 • ~3 min
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Rapid screening tests that prioritize speed over accuracy could be key to ending the coronavirus pandemic
Testing large numbers of people regularly would reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the US. Laboratory testing is slow and expensive, but rapid screening tests could be the answer.
Aug. 14, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus fda sars-cov-2 food-and-drug-administration testing viruses false-positive rt-pcr swab-test false-negative diagnostic-test
The FDA has sped up its approval process for coronavirus treatments, creating a new division to expedite the regulatory process. But is safety being sidelined for speed?
June 10, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic donald-trump fda food-and-drug-administration hydroxychloroquine clinical-trials oversight
A Lyme disease vaccine doesn't exist, but a yearly antibody shot shows promise at preventing infection
Researchers are developing a seasonal shot that blocks Lyme disease-causing bacteria from a tick.
June 4, 2020 • ~7 min
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Drugs and vaccines to fight the coronavirus are already in clinical trials. It is important to understand the difference between each step in this process as efforts to fight COVID-19 continue.
June 2, 2020 • ~8 min
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Vaccine development is usually a long process. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing researchers to innovate and test potential vaccines faster than ever before.
May 8, 2020 • ~10 min
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