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The COVID-19 Pandemic – News and Features


$12 M Awarded for New COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturing Efforts

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre VIDO-InterVac will receive $12 million to help address Canada’s shortage of vaccine manufacturing capacity.

Clinical Trial To Assess Antiviral Drug for COVID-19 Launched

Participant recruitment has begun for a Phase II clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of treating adult patients with COVID-19 with remdesivir.

COVID-19 Portal Will Provide Scientists Free Access to Completed Clinical Trial Data

Vivli, the Center for Clinical Research Data, recently issued a press release announcing the launch of the COVID-19 portal, designed to enable the sharing of completed interventional treatment trial data. Technology Networks spoke with Julie Wood, Vivli’s Director of Strategy and Operations, to learn more about the COVID-19 portal and discover how researchers can access the data within the portal.

Mapping Out Data Requirements for Phase 1 COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

During the first global regulatory workshop, delegates from 17 countries, representing more than 20 medicines regulatory authorities globally, and experts from the WHO and the European Commission discussed regulatory considerations related to the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates and preclinical data required to support proceeding to first-in-human (FIH) clinical trials.

New Tracker App Allows Anyone To Self-report Coronavirus Symptoms

A new app has been launched that tracks symptoms related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), allowing anyone to self-report daily.


Could Loss of Smell and Taste Be a Symptom of Coronavirus?

Whilst the classic symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, persistent dry cough, shortness of breath – are now drummed into anyone following the spread of this novel coronavirus, a potential new symptom has begun to be reported by medical experts – a loss of smell or taste.

First Patients Enrolled in New Clinical Trial Testing COVID-19 Treatments

Researchers from the University of Oxford have launched a new clinical trial to test the effects of potential drug treatments for patients with COVID-19.

Study Shows How Long Coronavirus Remains Infectious on Cardboard, Metal and Plastic

Scientists discovered that coronavirus is detectable for up to three hours in aerosols, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.

Is There a Role for Lung Ultrasound in Diagnosing COVID-19?

An article published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine features some of the first lung ultrasound images in patients with the Coronavirus, and explores the roles the technique could have during the pandemic.
Industry Insight

Blood Analysis in a COVID-19 Quarantine Lab

Technology Networks spoke with Yossi Pollak, CEO, Sight Diagnostics, to learn more about OLO and how it is being used to minimize the challenges of handling and analyzing blood samples from COVID-19 infected patients.