Joe Palca

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Federal Government To Invest Over $2 Billion Into Coronavirus Vaccine Development

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

The federal government on Tuesday announced grants for the development and manufacture of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 totaling over $2 billion.

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Former NIH Director Calls Trump Administration's Pandemic Response 'Amateur Hour'

Monday, June 29, 2020

Dr. Elias Zerhouni was head of the National Institutes of Health under President George W. Bush. He says the Trump administration's response to the pandemic has not protected the American people.

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A Look At The COVID-19 Vaccine Landscape

Friday, June 26, 2020

Some of the technology behind coronavirus vaccine development dates back to the first vaccines; other techniques are much newer. Here are some of the approaches.

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All You Wanted To Know About Coronavirus Vaccine Science But Were Afraid To Ask

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Some of the technology behind coronavirus vaccine development dates back to the first vaccines; other techniques are much newer. Here are eight top strategies scientists are pursuing.

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Blood Plasma Treatments Could Be Helpful For COVID-19 Patients

Saturday, June 20, 2020

The approach of taking blood plasma from people who have recovered and giving it to patients still suffering from a disease has been used for centuries. Now it's being used on COVID-19 patients.

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Cows Help With COVID-19 Treatment, No Bull

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Cattle may turn out to be of help in the coronavirus pandemic. A South Dakota biotech company is using cows to create antibodies that could then be used for disease prevention or treatment.

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Early Results Show Benefit Of Steroid For Very Sick COVID-19 Patients

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A low-cost anti-inflammatory drug appears to reduce the risk of death in patients with COVID-19. The promising result comes from a large study of therapies being conducted in the U.K.

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Cows' Antibodies May Help Humans During Coronavirus Crisis

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A South Dakota biotech company is using cows to create antibodies that could then be used for disease prevention or treatment. The cows have been given the genes to make a human-like immune system.

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FDA Withdraws Emergency Use Authorization For Hydroxychloroquine

Monday, June 15, 2020

Emergency use authorization makes it easier for doctors to use a drug in a manner not specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA granted these drugs this status in March.

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Five Coronavirus Treatments In Development

Thursday, June 11, 2020

While only remdesivir has been scientifically shown to help treat COVID-19, it is not a particularly effective drug. More drugs like it and fundamentally different ones are in the pipeline.

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Researchers Are Looking Into Alternatives To Remdesivir In The Coronavirus Treatment

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

There is only one drug that researchers say has been scientifically shown to help COVID-19: remdesivir. But it is not proven to reduce mortality. So, researchers keep looking for other treatments.

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Vaccine Makers Hedge Bets On Which One Will Emerge As Effective And Safe

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

To speed vaccine production from years to months, companies must start making a vaccine in large quantities even before it's clear a vaccine works.

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No Evidence Hydroxychloroquine Is Helpful In Preventing COVID-19, Study Finds

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

A study of more than 800 health workers, first responders and others finds that taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19 is no better than a placebo in preventing the illness.

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What Happened Today: Boston Marathon Is Canceled, Vaccine Questions

Thursday, May 28, 2020

NPR's science correspondent answers listener questions about the pace and process needed to develop a viable coronavirus vaccine.

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The Race For A Polio Vaccine Differed From The Quest To Prevent Coronavirus

Friday, May 22, 2020

In the 1950s, as Dr. Jonas Salk and virologist Albert Sabin worked to create a vaccine to prevent infantile paralysis, the threat from polio was already long familiar to Americans.

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What People Can Learn From The Discovery Of A Polio Vaccine

Thursday, May 21, 2020

People in the 1950s anxiously waited for scientists to come up with ways to protect children from polio. The road to a polio vaccine might contain some lessons for today's health crisis.

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New Studies Show That Developing A Coronavirus Vaccine Should Be Possible

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Three studies published Wednesday suggest it should be possible to come up with a coronavirus vaccine — tests performed on animals have shown the right results to prove a vaccine could be possible.

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What Happened Today: House Passes A New Relief Package, Vaccine Questions

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

NPR's science correspondent answers listener questions about the latest in the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine.

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Despite FDA Caution, Trump Says He Is Taking Hydroxychloroquine As A Preventive

Monday, May 18, 2020

The impact of the drug on the virus is being studied, but there is not yet evidence from medical trials — and there have been some warnings about side effects from taking the medicine.

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New Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise In Early, Limited Trial

Monday, May 18, 2020

Cambridge, Mass.-based Moderna, Inc., is reporting preliminary data suggesting its COVID-19 vaccine is safe, and appears to be triggering an immune response in test subjects.

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