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Biden requests $415 billion from Congress to ramp up the country’s Covid-19 response

January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — President-elect Biden called on Congress to approve $415 billion in emergency spending to scale up vaccinations, testing, contact tracing, genomic sequencing, and other efforts to fight Covid-19 — a major part of a broader, $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal. The massive plan, outlined in an address Thursday evening, would allocate $20 billion for a…

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Atlanta startup OncoLens raises $7.25M to expand its cancer treatment platform

January 14, 2021

Atlanta-based health technology startup OncoLens raised a $7.25 million Series A round to increase its platform and hire more employees.   Atlanta’s BIP Capital, Martin Ventures and SeedToB participated in the round, according to a press release. The Series A brings the startup’s total investments to $8 million.   CEO and co-founder Anju Mathew said the new capital will fuel the company’s rapid growth in the cancer treatment space. OncoLens provides a care treatment…

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J&J vaccine on track for March rollout with target to deliver 1 billion doses this year: exec

January 13, 2021

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson is on track to roll out its single-shot coronavirus vaccine in March, and expects to have clear data on how effective it is by the end of this month or early February, the U.S. healthcare company’s chief scientific officer said.FILE PHOTO: Paul Stoffels, Chief Scientific Officer of Johnson &…

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Emory ranks 5th among U.S. universities for infectious diseases program

January 12, 2021

ATLANTA – Emory University’s infectious diseases program ranks 5th in the United States and 9th in the world, according to a new listing from U.S. News & World Report. “Emory is a global leader when it comes to the research and treatment of infectious diseases,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, executive vice president for health affairs…

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Major hep B players Gilead and Vir join forces to find a cure

January 12, 2021

Gilead Sciences and trendy biotech Vir Biotechnology are teaming up in the effort to find a cure to the liver disease hepatitis B. Gilead already has vast experience in hepatitis C, producing drugs and combos a few years back that essentially cured the disease. Now, it’s working its way through the alphabet, penning a deal…

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US reports over 200K new Covid-19 cases every single day for a week straight

January 12, 2021

(CNN)The US set a grim milestone Monday as the country recorded over 200,000 new Covid-19 cases for seven straight days, according to John Hopkins University. The nation has never hit this milestone before, JHU data shows. Over the last week, the US has tallied over 1.7 million total Covid-19 cases and over 20,000 deaths. On…

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