Trump officials promise fair distribution of new covid-19 antibody drug, but limited supply and logistical problems loom

Ella Castle

The federal government Monday granted emergency use authorization for the drug, seen as a powerful tool that could save people from developing the worst symptoms of covid-19 until a vaccine against the novel coronavirus is widely available.

The federal government has more than 80,000 doses ready for allocation and distribution this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a briefing Tuesday. The medication “has the potential to save thousands of lives and significantly reduce the disease’s burden on the health-care system,” he said.

The government has negotiated a contract to buy 300,000 doses through December, with an

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New Cambridge Center to connect AI, medicine and life sciences sector

Ella Castle

A new centre at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with AstraZeneca and GSK, aims to use AI to make medical discoveries, accelerate the development of precision medicine and develop new treatments

On 10 November the University of Cambridge announced a five-year agreement with AstraZeneca and GSK to fund the Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine (CCAIM). For the 5-year duration, AstraZeneca and GSK will support five new PhD studentships per year. This program will enable the best and brightest young minds in machine learning and bioscience to partner with leaders in industry and academia, wherever they may be in

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Zoo Miami animals see the dentist: Pictures

Ella Castle

Getting teeth pulled is never fun.

But it takes more than a needle and numbness to work on a lion. Or a gorilla. Even an otter. We’re talking sleepy time here for the safety of everyone.

This week, several animals at Zoo Miami had dental exams as part of their overall health screenings. Animals including a 27-year-old gorilla, a 26-year-old chimpanzee named Hondo and a 10-year-old lion named Kashifa had to have teeth extracted.

“Dental health is a key component of the Animal Health Department’s preventative medicine program at Zoo Miami,” said Ron Magill in a statement. “A variety of

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