Tag Archives: vaccine

Fauci: Trump never asked to slow down testing, ‘cautiously optimistic’ about vaccine by 2021

Dive Brief: Top Trump administration public health officials denied President Donald Trump ever asked them to slow down COVID-19 testing to tamp rising case counts, despite the president’s weekend remarks to the contrary, at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday. The U.S. has conducted more than 27 million tests to date, with a… Read More »

Saving Money as a Financial Vaccine: BlackRock Finds Consumer Savings Drain and Etsy Sellers Not Saving Much

“Americans are feeling incredible financial pressure as a result of the COVID outbreak,” John Thompson, Chief Program Officer with the Financial Health Network. One in three people in the U.S. has skipped or stopped paying a bill, and over half of Americans have used emergency savings, according to a survey from the BlackRock Emergency Savings Initiative… Read More »

Operation Warp Speed gains two leaders in effort to accelerate vaccine development

On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced two leadership appointments to Operation Warp Speed, the program of public and private partnership aimed at accelerating the development of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. Venture capitalist Dr. Moncef Slaoui is being brought on as chief advisor. Slaoui most recently served as a partner at… Read More »

BCG vaccine helps fight infections by boosting immune cell production

By Layal Liverpool BCG vaccine (red, lower left) infecting a human white blood cell (green)NIBSC/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin) tuberculosis vaccine boosts the production of immune cells, which may explain why it can protect newborn babies from dying of sepsis. Previous studies have shown that BCG vaccination can protect newborns against a broad… Read More »

China’s Sinovac amps up COVID-19 vaccine work with new facility backed by Chinese government

Chinese biotech Sinovac, one of many drugmakers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, is leveraging aid from the People’s Republic of China to help it cross the finish line. But first, Sinovac will have to build out a massive new facility on the government’s dime. With financial backing from the Chinese government, Sinovac will erect a new vaccine production facility… Read More »