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Vaccine May Turn MIT Prof Into a Billionaire

Bob Langer has a stake in Moderna

(Newser) - Drug-maker Moderna reported good news Monday about a potential COVID-19 vaccine currently being tested. It was also good news—you might even say great news—for an MIT professor who owns a stake in the company. Bloomberg reports that Bob Langer's piece of the pie is now worth nearly... More »

Oxford Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be Tested on 10K People

Subjects will include older people, children

(Newser) - British researchers testing an experimental coronavirus vaccine are moving into advanced studies and aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if the shot works. Last month, scientists at Oxford University began immunizing more than 1,000 volunteers with their vaccine candidate in a preliminary trial designed to... More »

Dow Surges 963 Points After Encouraging Vaccine Results

Markets had their best day since early April

(Newser) - The stock market bounced back from its worst week in nearly two months Monday as optimism about a potential vaccine for the coronavirus and hopes for a US economic recovery in the second half of the year put investors in a buying mood. The S&P 500 climbed 3.2%,... More »

Vaccine Results Expected to Give Stock Market a Lift

Dow futures jump 650 points, in part on good news from Moderna trials

(Newser) - The stock market is expected to get off to a strong start on Monday after last week's struggles. Dow futures jumped 650 points, nearly 3%, and part of the reason is a promising report from drug-maker Moderna about a coronavirus vaccine, reports CNBC . The company says its vaccine contender... More »

Get Used to Life Like This, Leaders Tell Europeans

Conte, Johnson advise their nations not to count on a vaccine

(Newser) - In separate, stark warnings, two major European leaders have bluntly told their citizens that the world needs to adapt to living with the coronavirus and cannot wait to be saved by a vaccine. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, pushed by his nation's regional leaders and weeks ahead of an... More »

Trump Launches 'Massive' Vaccine Project

Truck drivers' horns interrupt Rose Garden speakers

(Newser) - Describing "a massive scientific industrial and logistical endeavor unlike anything our country has seen since the Manhattan Project," President Trump promised Friday that a new project will deliver a coronavirus vaccine quickly. Trump detailed Operation Warp Speed, a partnership with the private sector, in the Rose Garden and... More »

There's a Secondary Vaccine Problem

World has a shortage of glass vials, stoppers

(Newser) - As pharmaceutical companies around the world race to create a coronavirus vaccine , the alarm is being raised about a problem that may sound small but actually looms large: The world doesn't have enough glass vials to store a vaccine in—and a glass shortage complicates hopes of a quick... More »

Pharma Giant Pfizer Begins Trials for Possible Vaccine

If all goes well, it could be ready in the fall

(Newser) - Human trials for another possible coronavirus vaccine have begun in the US, this time from Big Pharma giant Pfizer, reports Reuters . The company is partnering with a German firm, BioNTech, and if all goes well, the vaccine could be available for high-risk people in September, per the New York Times ... More »

New Strain of Coronavirus Is Possibly More Contagious

And it happens to be the dominant one right now, researchers find

(Newser) - The strain of coronavirus that much of the world is fighting now isn't the original one—and it's potentially more treacherous, per a study out of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Los Angeles Times reports the research, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, found the strain surfaced in... More »

Bill Gates Offers His Own Time Range for Vaccine

Anywhere from 9 months to 2 years from now, he writes

(Newser) - The world anxiously awaits a coronavirus vaccine, and according to Bill Gates, there are a bunch on the horizon that look especially favorable. The Microsoft co-founder says there are more than 100 vaccines in development right now, and of those, "eight to 10 ... look particularly promising," per his... More »

US Coronavirus Cases Just Hit Another Milestone

Number is now over 1M

(Newser) - The bad milestones keep coming in the coronavirus pandemic. The number of confirmed cases in the US topped 1 million Tuesday afternoon, according to stats kept by Johns Hopkins University . That accounts for roughly a third of all reported cases in the world, notes the Washington Post . The stat comes... More »

Team Is '80% Sure' Vaccine Will Work

British researchers had already created a vaccine for an earlier coronavirus

(Newser) - A professor at Oxford University has spent decades trying to perfect a vaccine for malaria. His work may have given researchers a big head start in trying to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. Professor Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute, is part of a team that was preparing... More »

Lawmakers Back Infecting People for Vaccine Trials

FDA hesitates, but bioethicists endorse the idea if done properly

(Newser) - Thirty-five House members have expressed support for intentionally infecting a few hundred people with the coronavirus in an effort to develop a vaccine as quickly as possible. The young and healthy volunteers would first be given either the drug being tested or a placebo, the Hill reports. The alternative is... More »

Bill Gates: 'Impossible to Overstate the Pain' We'll Face

Billionaire warns 'first modern pandemic' is far from over

(Newser) - Bill Gates has plenty to say about the current pandemic—more than 6,000 words, in fact. In a blog post , the billionaire philanthropist offers what Axios calls a "brutal reality check on the coronavirus reopening," noting we do not yet have the innovations—in treatment, testing, contact... More »

Accidental Post Shows Discouraging Results for Drug

Study on remdesivir was briefly posted on WHO website

(Newser) - An early version of a report on the trial results of a drug touted as a COVID-19 treatment threw cold water on those hopes Thursday. A summary of the clinical trial, conducted in China, was accidentally and briefly posted on a World Health Organization website, STAT reports. It showed remdesivir... More »

MIA Said She'd 'Choose Death' Over Vaccine. Now, a New Tiff

Rapper claims 'British Vogue' pulled feature on her over controversial vaccination remark

(Newser) - Last month, rapper MIA started a bit of a hubbub regarding vaccines in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and she now says her remarks cost her a high-profile magazine feature. At the end of March, the musician also known as Maya Arulpragasam tweeted , "If I have to choose... More »

Troubling Signs in 2 Drugs Touted by Trump for Virus

Heart problems linked to both in patients with coronavirus

(Newser) - Two drugs that have been promoted by President Trump for use in treating the coronavirus are being linked to heart problems in international research. The Hill reports that a review by France's drug safety regulator turned up 43 "cardiac adverse effects" in COVID-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine, typically... More »

Doctor Called for Vaccine Trial in Africa. Now He's Sorry

People weren't pleased with idea

(Newser) - A French doctor says he's sorry for suggesting Africa should be home to a trial for a coronavirus vaccine in televised comments viewed as racist. Jean-Paul Mira, the head of intensive care at Paris' Cochin Hospital, was discussing a vaccine trial in Europe and Australia during a debate on... More »

Another Potential Vaccine Surfaces in Pittsburgh

It shows promise in mice, and researchers are seeking permission to start clinical trials

(Newser) - The world is thought to be a year or so away from a coronavirus vaccine, but another potential candidate has entered the race. This one is out of the University of Pittsburgh, where researchers report that their vaccine created antibodies in mice, reports TribLive . The researchers are now appealing to... More »

Bill Gates: 3 Things We Need to Do ASAP on Virus

Microsoft co-founder says that while we've lost time, it's not too late to still make big moves

(Newser) - Though it may seem the US missed its chance to get ahead of the coronavirus, one prominent name sees glimmers of hope. In a Washington Post op-ed, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates notes that "the choices we and our leaders make now will have an enormous impact on how soon... More »

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