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World’s First COVID-19 Human Challenge Study Is a Go
COVID-19 Human Challenge Study
Coronavirus
World’s First COVID-19 Human Challenge Study Is a Go
Researchers have gotten the green light to deliberately infect people with the coronavirus as part of the world’s first COVID-19 human challenge study.
February 21, 2021

Researchers have gotten the green light to deliberately infect people with the coronavirus as part of the world’s first COVID-19 human challenge study.

Coronavirus
The Hunt for a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine
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Coronavirus
The Hunt for a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine
A universal coronavirus vaccine that protects against multiple coronaviruses could stop the next potential pandemic from ever starting.
February 20, 2021

A universal coronavirus vaccine that protects against multiple coronaviruses could stop the next potential pandemic from ever starting.

Coronavirus
Study: Strong Immunity Without Pfizer Vaccine’s Second Dose
Pfizer Vaccine's Second Dose
Coronavirus
Study: Strong Immunity Without Pfizer Vaccine’s Second Dose
The Pfizer vaccine's second dose might not be as necessary as thought — and ultra-cold storage of the COVID-19 vaccine might not be necessary at all.
February 20, 2021

The Pfizer vaccine's second dose might not be as necessary as thought — and ultra-cold storage of the COVID-19 vaccine might not be necessary at all.

Coronavirus
Fauci Predicts Universal COVID-19 Vaccine Availability by April
COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
Coronavirus
Fauci Predicts Universal COVID-19 Vaccine Availability by April
Anthony Fauci expects April will be “open season” for COVID-19 vaccines. Here’s why his prediction about COVID-19 vaccine availability appears accurate.
February 13, 2021

Anthony Fauci expects April will be “open season” for COVID-19 vaccines. Here’s why his prediction about COVID-19 vaccine availability appears accurate.

Coronavirus
Vaccines and Recovery Both Provide Strong COVID-19 Immunity
COVID-19 immunity
Coronavirus
Vaccines and Recovery Both Provide Strong COVID-19 Immunity
Natural COVID-19 immunity — the kind coronavirus survivors have — is about as robust as the immunity prompted by vaccines.
January 17, 2021

Natural COVID-19 immunity — the kind coronavirus survivors have — is about as robust as the immunity prompted by vaccines.

Medical Innovation
These Are the Medical Breakthroughs That Inspired Us in 2020
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Medical Innovation
These Are the Medical Breakthroughs That Inspired Us in 2020
2020 has put medicine to the forefront like never before. Freethink’s B. David Zarley looked back on the year and chose three medical developments that inspired him.
December 24, 2020

2020 has put medicine to the forefront like never before. Freethink’s B. David Zarley looked back on the year and chose three medical developments that inspired him.

Coronavirus
The New Coronavirus Mutation: What We Know & What We Need to Figure Out
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Coronavirus
The New Coronavirus Mutation: What We Know & What We Need to Figure Out
A new coronavirus mutation is spreading quickly in the U.K. Here’s what we know about the coronavirus strain and what we need to figure out.
December 21, 2020

A new coronavirus mutation is spreading quickly in the U.K. Here’s what we know about the coronavirus strain and what we need to figure out.

Coronavirus
Tobacco-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Moves to Human Trials
Tobacco-Based COVID-19 Vaccine
Coronavirus
Tobacco-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Moves to Human Trials
British American Tobacco has FDA approval to begin human trials on a tobacco-based COVID-19 vaccine that could potentially be stored at room temperature.
December 19, 2020

British American Tobacco has FDA approval to begin human trials on a tobacco-based COVID-19 vaccine that could potentially be stored at room temperature.

Coronavirus
Your Questions About the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Answered
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Coronavirus
Your Questions About the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Answered
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in the U.S., this is your place to find answers.
December 15, 2020

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in the U.S., this is your place to find answers.

Public Health
A Universal Flu Vaccine Has Aced Phase I Trials
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Public Health
A Universal Flu Vaccine Has Aced Phase I Trials
Influenza’s constant genetic shifting means flu vaccines aim at a moving target. But a universal flu vaccine just passed its phase 1 trials.
December 13, 2020

Influenza’s constant genetic shifting means flu vaccines aim at a moving target. But a universal flu vaccine just passed its phase 1 trials.

CRISPR
HIV Can Hide Inside Human Cells for Years. Can CRISPR Cut It Out?
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CRISPR
HIV Can Hide Inside Human Cells for Years. Can CRISPR Cut It Out?
Using CRISPR to stop the replication of SIV, a primate virus closely related to HIV, researchers may have taken a step to wiping the virus out in the body.
December 13, 2020

Using CRISPR to stop the replication of SIV, a primate virus closely related to HIV, researchers may have taken a step to wiping the virus out in the body.

Coronavirus
FDA Authorizes First Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test
Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test
Coronavirus
FDA Authorizes First Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test
The FDA has authorized the first over-the-counter COVID-19 test for home use, but buyers still have to send their samples to a lab for processing.
December 11, 2020

The FDA has authorized the first over-the-counter COVID-19 test for home use, but buyers still have to send their samples to a lab for processing.

Coronavirus
The Quest for a “Warm” COVID-19 Vaccine
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Coronavirus
The Quest for a “Warm” COVID-19 Vaccine
Developers are on the hunt for a warm COVID-19 vaccine, one that could be distributed in places where a reliable cold chain isn’t available.
November 29, 2020

Developers are on the hunt for a warm COVID-19 vaccine, one that could be distributed in places where a reliable cold chain isn’t available.

Coronavirus
Congo Just Used Vaccines to Beat Ebola. What They Learned Could Stop COVID, Too.
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Coronavirus
Congo Just Used Vaccines to Beat Ebola. What They Learned Could Stop COVID, Too.
Congo’s recent success delivering frigid Ebola vaccines to remote areas may provide invaluable experience for a COVID-19 vaccine cold chain.
November 28, 2020

Congo’s recent success delivering frigid Ebola vaccines to remote areas may provide invaluable experience for a COVID-19 vaccine cold chain.

Coronavirus
When Will We Have a COVID-19 Vaccine?
When Will We Have a COVID-19 Vaccine
Coronavirus
When Will We Have a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Several developers have reported incredible coronavirus vaccine progress, so when will we have a COVID-19 vaccine ready for distribution?
November 24, 2020

Several developers have reported incredible coronavirus vaccine progress, so when will we have a COVID-19 vaccine ready for distribution?

Coronavirus
Oxford Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine Is Up to 90% Effective
Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine
Coronavirus
Oxford Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine Is Up to 90% Effective
The University of Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine was up to 90% effective in a phase 3 trial and could be easier to distribute than other coronavirus vaccines.
November 23, 2020

The University of Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine was up to 90% effective in a phase 3 trial and could be easier to distribute than other coronavirus vaccines.