Monthly Archives: August 2020

Dr. Fauci Speaks: Takeaways from a discussion on COVID-19

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National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci talked with Dr. Carlos del Rio for an Infectious Diseases Society of America podcast, released today, on challenges of, and answers to, the COVID-19 pandemic. The two physician scientists, both IDSA members, discussed the outlook for a safe and effective vaccine, testing strategies needed, […]

Phase 3 vaccine trials in the U.S. July 27-Aug. 20/21: A timeline

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trials in the United States began July 27 with both the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Given that both vaccine studies are (separately) enrolling 30,000 volunteers (half receive placebo), and given that both require two doses separated by either 28 days (Moderna) or […]

COVID vaccine candidates:  WHO lists 30 in clinical evaluation, six in phase 3 

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Today the World Health Organization updated its DRAFT landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines. In a nine-page table format, WHO lists 30 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation, and 139 candidate vaccines in preclinical evaluation. For all 169 candidate vaccines, information is provided for the name of the developer and […]

As we face a new pandemic, the Ryan White Program has shown us the path ahead

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Thirty years ago this week Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, named for the young man who stood up to stigma and discrimination before losing his life to the virus in 1990. The legislation, launching a program that addresses obstacles to consistent and effective HIV care confronting communities hardest hit by […]

Three decades after passage of the Ryan White Care Act, an HIV physician looks at gains and the challenges ahead

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Thirty years ago today Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, named for the young man who stood up to stigma and discrimination against people with HIV before losing his life to the virus in 1990. The legislation, launching a program addressing obstacles to consistent and effective HIV care confronting communities hardest […]

COVID-19: Eight key factual statements from Wuhan Institute of Virology’s Dr. Zhengli Shi

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA In response to a series of questions asked by Science magazine’s Jon Cohen, the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s internationally-renowned bat coronavirus researcher and collaborator (with scientists in the United States, Singapore, and elsewhere), Dr. Zhengli Shi provided key facts about her work. Among questions she addressed were ones […]

As environmental destruction accelerates the spread of emerging infections, we need to talk

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By Karen Carvajal, M.D. Over the course of human history we have come a long way in our fight against the threat of infectious diseases and, despite several close calls, we have survived. The 20th century featured a plethora of advancements in the field of infection control: Vaccine campaigns, improvements in sanitation and salubrity, and […]

COVID-19: HHS explains “Operation Warp Speed”

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA On Friday, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services posted a succinct 4-page document titled “Explaining Operation Warp Speed.” The summary begins by answering three questions: What is the goal [of OWS]? How will the goal will be accomplished? Who is working on OWS? It moves to […]

CDC urges physicians, parents to be on lookout for AFM, a polio-like illness seen predominately in children

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With 2018 data showing highest incidence acute flaccid myelitis since monitoring began, officials say awareness, recognition of rare life threatening condition will be crucial to early intervention As seasonal influenza gathers force this fall, and the spread of COVID-19 remains a central concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday called for readiness to […]