Georgia Bio Blog

In Q&A, Vice President Harris calls for urgent action on the Black maternal health crisis

April 19, 2021

It’s an American crisis that was long ignored at the government’s highest levels: Black women in the U.S. are roughly three times more likely to die giving birth than white women. Now, breaking new ground for a vice president, Kamala Harris is calling for sweeping action to curb racial inequities in pregnancy and childbirth. “With every day…

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CVS, Walgreens begin rolling out over-the-counter COVID tests from Abbott, Ellume and more

April 19, 2021

CVS Pharmacy has begun stocking its virtual and in-store shelves nationwide with rapid tests for COVID-19—which can be purchased without a prescription and used by anyone regardless of whether or not they are showing symptoms—including three FDA-authorized diagnostics and sample collection kits produced by LabCorp, Ellume and Abbott. Ellume was one of the first companies…

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Apple launches new smartwatch study to detect COVID-19 early, especially in at-risk groups

April 16, 2021

Hey Siri, can the Apple Watch predict someone’s risk of contracting COVID-19? Apple has launched a study to determine just that. The Apple Respiratory Study will rely on the wearable’s optical heart sensor and self-reported weekly surveys to uncover patterns among participants who end up catching COVID, the flu and other viral infections. The study—led…

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Blood Clots More Likely After Covid-19 Than After Vaccination, Study Finds

April 15, 2021

Review by Oxford shows risk of rare, serious blood clotting is eight to 10 times greater in people who caught the coronavirus than among people who received any of the first three Western-developed vaccines A study by the University of Oxford found the risk of rare but sometimes-deadly blood clotting is roughly eight to 10…

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Pfizer CEO says third Covid vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

April 15, 2021

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said people will “likely” need a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated. His comments were made public Thursday but were taped April 1. Bourla said it’s possible people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus annually. “A likely scenario is that there will be likely a…

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Beware the ‘last mile, first smile’ syndrome when we near the end of the Covid-19 pandemic

April 14, 2021

Fatigue, distracted attention, and the sense that a crisis will soon be over contribute to bad judgment, last-minute accidents, and preventable deaths. This “last mile, first smile” phenomenon happens in the military, in law enforcement, and in the final stages of disasters and crisis situations. It can happen to anyone while driving the last mile…

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Looking back at 15 years of sharing viral genomes to forge ahead

April 14, 2021

Anniversaries represent an opportunity for revisiting the past to make a leap forward. I’m using a 15-year anniversary of an act of scientific rebellion that changed my life — and affected the lives of many others — to look beyond Covid-19. In March 2006, Europe and other parts of the world were threatened by H5N1, the so-called…

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CDC Studies ‘Breakthrough’ COVID Cases Among People Already Vaccinated

April 13, 2021

Ginger Eatman thought she was safe after getting her second COVID-19 vaccination in February. But she kept wearing her mask, using hand sanitizer and wiping down the carts at the grocery store anyway. A few weeks later, she noticed a scratchy throat. “By Wednesday morning, St. Patrick’s Day, I was sick. I had congestion —…

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PhRMA’s new message to Washington: Don’t take us for granted

April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Pharmaceutical companies have a frank new message for Washington: Don’t take us for granted. The industry’s lobbying group, PhRMA, launched a new, seven-figure ad campaign Tuesday with that sentiment prominently laid out across the top, just above a clear reminder of the industry’s role in developing medicines and vaccines for Covid-19. The group…

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