Another Bay Area biotech jumps in to fight coronavirus

For the past month, Vir Biotechnology Inc. said it was working on ways to address the coronavirus epidemic that has killed 3,000 people since December. It made good on that promise Tuesday, inking a deal with Shanghai's WuXi Biologics. Financial terms of the development, manufacturing and commercialization collaboration centering on human monoclonal antibodies against the Covid-19 coronavirus were not disclosed by San Francisco-based Vir (NASDAQ: VIR). The deal emerges as the National Institute…
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Cape Cod Healthcare has come under fire from union nurses after announcing the closure of one of its maternity and pediatric inpatient units during the coronavirus epidemic.   The move will permanently transition all obstetric and pediatric units at Falmouth Hospital to the campus at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, beginning April 6. The 95-bed hospital said the units at Falmouth would be transitioned to adult patient care units capable of treating patients needing ICU- level care. The hospital added…
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[Unicef] The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)'s battered healthcare system needs urgent support as it struggles with measles and cholera epidemics that kill thousands of children, as well as the mounting threat from the coronavirus, COVID-19, says UNICEF.
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The C.D.C. director says new data about people who are infected but symptom-free could lead the agency to recommend broadened use of masks.
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The U.S. has more detected cases than any other country, with New York at the center of the American outbreak. President Trump warned of “hard days that lie ahead” as governors scrambled to try and slow the spread in their states.
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(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) — A senior Saudi official urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to delay making plans this year in comments suggesting the pilgrimage could be cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic. In February, the kingdom took the extraordinary decision to close off the holy cities of Mecca and Medina to foreigners over the virus, a step which wasn’t taken even during the 1918 flu epidemic that killed tens of millions worldwide. Restrictions have tightened in the kingdom as it grapples with over 1,500 confirmed cases of the new virus. The kingdom has reported 10 ...
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By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Apr 1 2020 (IPS) The experience and interpretation of the Coronavirus pandemic oscillates between the personal and the general spheres. The official discourse and measures taken by authorities have a direct impact on our lives, change our daily existence and foster worries for the future. A dark cloud of uncertainty hovers above us. What do decision makers know? What can they do? What can we do? Many of us are secluded in our own homes, others in wards or hospitals, or even alone and far away from the ones they love: All you who sleep tonight Far from the ones you love, No hands to left or ...
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With a deadly coronavirus epidemic creeping northward and the nearest hospital 230 miles away, Galen Gilbert, First Chief of Arctic Village, Alaska, knew his 200-person town could not afford to take any chances. A single case of COVID-19 could lead to the virus quickly spreading around the tight-knit community, but anybody who needed hospitalization would likely face an overstretched medevac system. As national infection rates rose, the 32-year-old leader and his village made an agonizing decision: rather than risk a potentially devastating outbreak, Arctic Village cut itself off almost entirely from the outside world. &ld...
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We live in unprecedented modern times experiencing how an outbreak of a particular viral disease, COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, also commonly referred to as the Coronavirus, is disrupting societies and personal lives. The virus is likely to spread to most, if not all, countries, illustrating the interconnectedness of the world. At the time of writing, Italy and Spain have become the epicenters in terms of fatalities in Europe, whereas the United States has recorded the most diagnosed cases worldwide. While many national measures to contain, suppress, mitigate, or delay the spread of the virus are being taken, there is gr...
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As the coronavirus epidemic stretches health services around the world to the limit, businesses for good are stepping in, providing everything from protective masks to meal boxes for frontline staff.Reuters Health Information
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The looming threat of the new coronavirus disease COVID-19 is just the latest challenge to the beleaguered health care system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is struggling with deadly measles and cholera epidemics that have killed thousands of children over the past year, the UN children’s fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.
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