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Publication Date: January 13, 2021
Post Date: January 15, 2021
Residents in Shenyang, China are being tested for COVID-19 by a plastic-wrapped robotic arm, Euronews reports. The goal of the arm, which is being controlled by a health worker from the next room, is to minimize contact and reduce the risk of cross contamination between people.

Tags: COVID-19vaccinationvaccine distribution

Publication Date: January 13, 2021
Post Date: January 15, 2021
Lessons learned from the rapid outbreak of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 have influenced the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision to create a global stockpile of the Merck and Sharp & Dohme Corp vaccine. The stockpile of this single-dose Ebola vaccine is necessary to guarantee response capabilities for any outbreak as there is no natural market for an Ebola vaccine, given the sporadic nature of Ebola outbreaks.

Tags: Ebola virusEbola vaccineEbola preparedness

Publication Date: January 13, 2021
Post Date: January 15, 2021
A computer program developed more than twelve years ago by researchers at the University of North Texas (UNT) to respond to a bioterrorism attack may be used to assist Tarrant County coordinate COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Originally designed to mobilize antibiotics in a massive effort, the latest version is designed to orchestrate efficient, reliable mass vaccinations.

Tags: COVID-19vaccine distributionsupply chain risk management

Publication Date: January 13, 2021
Post Date: January 15, 2021
Type H5N8 bird flu was confirmed in Germany (in Kobrow in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) and the state agriculture ministry confirm it will slaughter about 37,000 chickens as a result.

Tags: avian influenzaH5N8bird flu

Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Post Date: January 15, 2021
Asia has a high number of emerging infectious diseases. Of particular concern is the Nipah virus as there is no treatment and a high mortality rate of up to 75 percent.

Tags: Nipah virusemerging illnessinfectious disease monitoring

Publication Date: January 11, 2021
Post Date: January 12, 2021
Plum Island Animal Disease center scientists studying African swine fever virus have made advancements in the fight against this virus which is lethal to pigs. To read more about the vaccine candidate, use the link below.

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Publication Date: January 11, 2021
Post Date: January 11, 2021
Viruses found in animal feed threaten the health and safety of animals and human food. To find out more information about how to prevent viruses from spreading and keep animal feed safe, click on the link below.

Tags: feed biosecurityanimal disease control

Publication Date: January 11, 2021
Post Date: January 11, 2021
A group of researchers are taking steps to develop models to test leishmaniasis vaccines, led by the University of York. Leishmania, transmitted by sand flies, is the basis from which the controlled model is being studied. This development model has been effective for development of a number of vaccines including influenza, malaria, and other infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

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Publication Date: January 11, 2021
Post Date: January 11, 2021
Two groups have been working to develop antidotes to neutralize botulinum toxin. Using chimeric fusion proteins, the method has been deemed the new "trojan horse" approach. Read more to find more about what Patrick M.

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Publication Date: January 8, 2021
Post Date: January 11, 2021
A study conducted by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has shown only one-fifth of the typical yellow fever vaccine dose can provide protection from this deadly disease. These results will allow a greater number of individuals to be inoculated.

Tags: yellow fever vaccinecountermeasures