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Publication Date: October 23, 2020
Post Date: October 23, 2020

Moderna became the first US-based COVID vaccine manufacturer to reach full enrollment for its clinical trials.    

Tags: COVID-19vaccine trialSARS-CoV

Publication Date: October 22, 2020
Post Date: October 26, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns the risk of international spread of poliovirus remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and recommended the extension of Temporary Recommendations for a further three months. The WHO has seen an increase in transmission and new outbreaks in Guinea, South Sudan, and Sudan.

Tags: polio eradicationvaccine derived poliopolio outbreak

Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Post Date: October 22, 2020

The Federal Select Agent Program dictates that all research entities in the United States must rigorously assess laboratory protocols to sterilize samples being removed from containment areas. Kesterson, Craig, Chuvala, and Heine validated procedures using sterile filtration and methanol to remove the following select agents: Francisella tularensisBurkholderia pseudomalleiB. malleiYersinia pestis, and Bacillus anthracis. Authors validated methanol treatment for B. pseudomallei.

Tags: select agent and toxinsbiosafety best practicebiosafety laboratory regulation

Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Post Date: October 22, 2020

The new biosecurity law addresses the prevention and control of infectious diseases, establishment of a risk monitoring and early warning system, track and trace mechanisms, the management of biological laboratories, biodiversity protection, and measures to prevent biological attacks by terrorists.

Tags: biosecurity lawbiosafety regulationbiodefense law

Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Post Date: October 22, 2020

The UK National Health Service (NHS) in partnership with academia and the private sector are exploring the establishment of human challenge trials in the United Kingdom to speed up the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Using controlled doses of virus, researchers initially aim to discover the smallest amount of virus it takes to cause COVID-19 infection in small groups of healthy young adults.

Tags: COVID-19vaccine developmentcountermeasures

Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Post Date: October 22, 2020

Researchers are using supercomputers to simulate the inner workings of Ebola (as well as COVID-19), looking at how molecules move, atom by atom, to carry out their functions. The research has revealed structural features of the Ebola virus's protein shell, providing therapeutic targets to destabilize the virus and knock it out with an antiviral treatment.

Tags: COVID-19Ebolacountermeasures

Publication Date: October 15, 2020
Post Date: October 16, 2020

As the influenza season approaches, artificial intelligence (AI) tools and their developers are up for a test. Will AI tools analyzing symptom data, x-rays, and scans be able to distinguish an influenza patient from those with COVID-19?

Tags: artificial intelligenceCOVID-19pathogen identification

Publication Date: October 14, 2020
Post Date: October 16, 2020

On October 14, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Inmazeb an antibody mixture consisting of atoltivimab, maftivimab, and odesivimab-ebgn. This is the FDA's first approved treatment for the Ebola virus. 

Tags: EbolaEbola treatmentcountermeasures

Publication Date: October 14, 2020
Post Date: October 15, 2020

In the race to produce new pharmaceuticals to treat COVID-19 and other diseases, researchers at Purdue University have created a novel method for using machine learning applications with tandem mass spectrometry in order to improve information flow in development of new compounds for therapeutic use. 

Tags: drug developmentmachine learningcountermeasures

Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Post Date: October 16, 2020

Farm biosecurity protocols tend to evolve over time as disease epidemiology is better understood. Though studies are few, research indicates biosecurity compliance and gaps exist and emphasize training is key.

Tags: swine biosecuritybiosecurity trainingagriculture best practice