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Pfizer and BioNTech Announce Early Positive Data from an Ongoing Phase 1/2 study of mRNA-based Vaccine Candidate Against SARS-CoV-2

July 1, 2020

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced preliminary data from the most advanced of four investigational vaccine candidates from their BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine program, Project Lightspeed, against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the current global pandemic. The BNT162 program is evaluating at least four experimental vaccines, each of which represents a unique combination of mRNA…

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Pfizer, Merck KGaA’s Bavencio breaks into new bladder cancer field with latest FDA nod

July 1, 2020

Pfizer and Merck KGaA’s Bavencio has itself a leg up in the ultra-competitive bladder cancer market. Late Tuesday, the FDA greenlighted the drug in the so-called first-line maintenance setting for urothelial carcinoma patients who have completed an initial round of chemo and haven’t seen their disease progress. The verdict makes Bavencio the only med in the PD-1/PD-L1…

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Kemp pushes masks and extends state of emergency for the coronavirus

June 30, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday extended the state’s public health emergency, certain business restrictions and his shelter-in-place order for the medically fragile amid a record spike in new cases of the coronavirus. The governor also announced Monday that he’s set to go on a statewide fly-around tour ahead of the July Fourth weekend to encourage Georgians to…

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GEMA/HS Releasing Three Million Cloth Face Coverings to Counties, Department of Education

June 30, 2020

The Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is releasing a total of three million cloth face coverings in July, to the Georgia Department of Education and 39 county emergency management agencies across the state. The cloth face coverings are washable and reusable, and will help protect…

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Biotech Innovation Will Play Key Role in Solving the Climate Crisis

June 30, 2020

Cleaner air, healthier soils, and improved human health – goals of a Congressional climate crisis action plan released today – are just a few climate change solutions made possible by biotech innovation, according to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). The report, “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and…

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Across Atlanta, unprecedented demand for Covid tests strains capacity

June 30, 2020

By 4:30 a.m. Saturday, people seeking a Covid-19 test had parked their cars in a line that wrapped around a 13-acre Alpharetta shopping center and looped and weaved through the center of it. Some caught a nap behind the wheel.  Others read on their smartphones.  Many wore masks as they waited for the rapid drive-through…

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