“Certainly, there are pharmaceutical concerns in China, but there is a concerted integration between public institutions and what would be considered private enterprises, so to the point where not only where is the research being done by public institutions but for essential goods,” Goodrum said, also noting that there are price controls and subsidies for medications in China to ensure they are affordable. Currently, there are many countries involved in COVID-19 vaccine development. American biotech company Moderna, which is collaborating with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been given the green light to begin phase two testing of its vaccine, mRNA-1273. Several other companies and organizations are testing vaccines too, including Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, as well as the University of Oxford in cooperation with AstraZeneca. … [Read more...] about China Regards COVID-19 Vaccine as ‘Public Good’ While US Sees Valuable Commodity – Journalist
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"If a vaccine against coronavirus becomes available to the public, 49 percent say they plan to get vaccinated, and 20 percent say they will not. Another 31 percent are not sure," said a statement from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which based its survey on interviews with 1,056 adults across the US. … [Read more...] about 49% in US favor vaccination
Also in Australia, scientists are examining the sewage waste in a town in Queensland where a 30-year-old man died this week from the virus. Nathan Turner is the youngest victim in the country so far and the case has baffled experts because he had not left the remote town of Blackwater. … [Read more...] about Global report: new clues about how coronavirus formed as US severs ties with WHO
In a separate study published on Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 42% of 78 close contacts of Covid-19 patients in a hospital in Wuhan, China, showed no symptoms of the disease. The researchers found the asymptomatic study participants had a shorter duration of viral shedding, a shorter duration of disease and were less likely to pass it on. The asymptomatic cases were more likely to be women, and to only shed the virus (shedding refers to the replication of the virus inside the body being released into the environment, such as on to surfaces or into the air) for eight days compared with 19 for those with symptoms. … [Read more...] about Asymptomatic coronavirus: how common is it and can its spread be contained?
According to the researchers, including those from the University of California (UC) Santa Barbara in the U.S., droplets carrying the virus can travel up to 20 feet, making the current social distancing norms of six feet insufficient to contain its spread. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus | Social distancing norms of 6 feet insufficient, virus can travel nearly 20 feet: study