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The coronavirus crisis is unique. Addressing it will require new ideas, new perspectives, and new voices. That's our mission at Freethink.

In our weekly "Coronavirus News Roundup," we're highlighting the most important stories from the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. Stories that inform, challenge, and inspire.

Here are our must reads for this week.

1. A Chinese Coronavirus Vaccine Advances to Phase II Trials

CanSino Bio's in-development coronavirus vaccine was the second in the world to reach human trials — and it's now the first to advance to the second stage of human testing.

2. The FDA Authorizes the First At-Home Coronavirus Test Kit

For the first time, people have the option of collecting their own coronavirus samples at home, a development that could both increase access to testing and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

3. We May Need Fewer Ventilators for COVID-19 Patients Than We Expected

New research suggests that healthcare workers may be overusing ventilators for COVID-19 patients — meaning there might be more of the machines to go around than previously thought.

4. Microsoft's "Plasma Bot" Helps You Donate Plasma for COVID-19

Microsoft created an online bot to help guide coronavirus survivors through the process of donating their antibody-rich plasma — a move that could help advance COVID-19 trials and research.

5. Ghana Is Using Drones to Speed Up Its Coronavirus Testing

The African nation of Ghana is using autonomous drones to transport coronavirus test samples from rural areas to two city labs — and the devices might be flying over the U.S. in the near future.

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A New Device Is Protecting Healthcare Workers from Airborne Coronavirus
Protecting Healthcare Workers
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A New Device Is Protecting Healthcare Workers from Airborne Coronavirus
Researchers have developed a system for protecting healthcare workers while they treat coronavirus patients in need of respiratory support.

Researchers have developed a system for protecting healthcare workers while they treat coronavirus patients in need of respiratory support.

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FDA Authorizes First At-Home Coronavirus Test Kit
At-Home Coronavirus Test
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FDA Authorizes First At-Home Coronavirus Test Kit
The FDA has authorized LabCorp’s at-home coronavirus test kit, meaning people no longer need to leave their houses to find out if they have COVID-19.

The FDA has authorized LabCorp’s at-home coronavirus test kit, meaning people no longer need to leave their houses to find out if they have COVID-19.

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Ghana Uses Drones to Speed Up Coronavirus Testing
Speed Up Coronavirus Testing
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Ghana Uses Drones to Speed Up Coronavirus Testing
In Ghana, Zipline is helping speed up coronavirus testing by using drones to deliver test samples, and it wants to bring the service to the U.S.

In Ghana, Zipline is helping speed up coronavirus testing by using drones to deliver test samples, and it wants to bring the service to the U.S.

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Why Is an Antigen Test a Big Deal for COVID-19?
Antigen Test
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Why Is an Antigen Test a Big Deal for COVID-19?
The FDA has issued its first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 antigen test, a new type of test for diagnosing the coronavirus.

The FDA has issued its first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 antigen test, a new type of test for diagnosing the coronavirus.

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Converting Shipping Containers Into ICUs for Coronavirus Patients
ICUs for Coronavirus Patients
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Converting Shipping Containers Into ICUs for Coronavirus Patients
The CURA project aims to address the shortage of room in ICUs for coronavirus patients by creating new units out of shipping containers.

The CURA project aims to address the shortage of room in ICUs for coronavirus patients by creating new units out of shipping containers.

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Antiviral Pill Shows Promise as Treatment for Coronavirus
Treatment for Coronavirus
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Antiviral Pill Shows Promise as Treatment for Coronavirus
The oral antiviral drug EIDD-2801 has emerged as a promising treatment for coronavirus, performing well in the lab and in mouse studies.

The oral antiviral drug EIDD-2801 has emerged as a promising treatment for coronavirus, performing well in the lab and in mouse studies.