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1 month 21 hours ago #47809 by JS
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FDA, under pressure from Trump, expected to authorize blood plasma as Covid-19 treatment

www.statnews.com/2020/08/23/fda-under-pressure-from-trump-expected-to-authorize-blood-plasma-as-covid-19-treatment/

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4 weeks 12 hours ago #47875 by JS
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U.S. Approves Abbott Labs $5 Rapid Covid-19 Test For ‘Mass Scale’ Use

www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2020/08/26/us-approves-abbott-labs-5-mass-scale-covid-19-test/#3197bd972937
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4 weeks 4 hours ago - 3 weeks 6 days ago #47879 by Isamorph
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JS wrote: U.S. Approves Abbott Labs $5 Rapid Covid-19 Test For ‘Mass Scale’ Use

www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2020/08/26/us-approves-abbott-labs-5-mass-scale-covid-19-test/#3197bd972937


This test is certainly a welcome advance for quick testing at offices, schools, and just about any mass gathering place, which will stop the spread and save many lives. But we also need a quick results home test that would give everyone the ability to test themselves before leaving their homes, which would also save an untold number of lives, and would be a test not tied to a specific place such as work, doctors office, etc.

www.vox.com/2020/8/27/21374002/rapid-covid-19-test-3m-abbott

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3 weeks 5 days ago #47894 by Soteria 2.0
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Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidates require ultra-low temperatures, raising questions about storage, distribution
Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 2:39 p.m. ET

www.google.com/amp/s/www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/moderna-and-pfizers-covid-19-vaccine-candidates-require-ultra-low-temperatures-raising-questions-about-storage-distribution-2020-08-27

Executives from Moderna and Pfizer on Wednesday separately told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice on Wednesday that mRNA-1273, which is Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine candidate, requires a storage temperature of negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit. BioNTech and Pfizer’s candidates, BN1162b2 and BNT162b2, need to be stored in negative 94 degrees Fahrenheit.

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“These storage conditions would make traditional office or pharmacy administration very difficult,” SVB Leerink analysts wrote in a note to investors on Thursday.
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3 weeks 5 days ago #47895 by Soteria 2.0
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Another Challenge for Vaccine Makers: Keeping It at Minus-112 Degrees

www.google.com/amp/s/www.bloombergquint.com/amp/onweb/sanofi-partner-takes-on-vaccine-hurdle-minus-112-degree-storage

A little-known biotech is working to surmount a hurdle that may hinder global access to a coronavirus vaccine.

Translate Bio Inc., a 100-person company based outside Boston, has joined forces with French drug giant Sanofi to develop a vaccine based on similar technology being used by Moderna Inc. in its highly anticipated shot. This so-called messenger RNA platform has been lauded as a possible solution for the coronavirus pandemic, but it comes with one significant drawback: The vaccine must be stored at minus-112 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-80 degrees Celsius).

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3 weeks 5 days ago #47902 by KentE
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Soteria 2.0 wrote: Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidates require ultra-low temperatures, raising questions about storage, distribution
Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 2:39 p.m. ET


That does indeed seem a hurdle, and seems especially a problem for the current thought about distribution and vaccination by pharmacists. The links are interesting reading. Thanks, Soteria 2.0!

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3 weeks 3 days ago #47925 by Soteria 2.0
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KentE wrote:

Soteria 2.0 wrote: Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidates require ultra-low temperatures, raising questions about storage, distribution
Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 2:39 p.m. ET


That does indeed seem a hurdle, and seems especially a problem for the current thought about distribution and vaccination by pharmacists. The links are interesting reading. Thanks, Soteria 2.0!


UPS Readies Freezer Farms to Ship Virus Vaccine — If We Get One
www.google.com/amp/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-08-03/ups-readies-freezer-farms-to-ship-virus-vaccine-if-we-get-one

Seems like a logistical nightmare.


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Walk-in vault freezers for mass storage weren’t a practical option, Wheeler said. At -80 Celsius “you could probably survive for five seconds, even with a ski suit on. You’re better off building a farm with stand-up freezers that are mobile.”

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