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More Than 1,000 CDC Officials Ask: Why Bench the CDC During a Pandemic? – Gizmodo Australia

In an open letter published this week, 1,044 former and current officers of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, a re…

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In an open letter published this week, 1,044 former and current officers of the Centres for Disease Control and Preventions Epidemic Intelligence Service, a renowned fellowship program that focuses on research and emergency response, expressed concern over the diminished role of the public health agency during the coronavirus pandemic. The letter had one clear demand: Take the CDC off the bench.
The letter, published in the journal Epidemiology Monitor, was written by physicians, nurses, scien…

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Covid-19: Are we detecting coronavirus the right way? New researches pose questions – India Today

Covid-19 is no longer considered an exclusive respiratory illness by the scientific community. Intestines have emerged as another major hiding place for SARS-Co…

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Is Covid-19 only a respiratory illness? This was the question that scientists asked months ago. Now, the researchers are wondering: Is Covid-19 primarily a respiratory illness? Are we testing in the right manner to diagnose Covid-19 or understand SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection correctly?
Covid-19 has a gut connection. It is no longer just a respiratory illness for scientists. An emerging volume of research suggests that Covid-19 is a multisystem illness with overlapping symptoms for a host of…

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UK vaccine trials to infect volunteers – Seymour Telegraph

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Britain says it will back “human challenge” trials, where young and healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with COVID-19, to accelerate the development of vaccines for the disease.The government said it would invest STG33.6 million ($A61.4 million) in the studies in partnership with Imperial College London, laboratory and trial services company hVIVO and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
If approved by regulators and an ethics committee, the studies would start in January with r…

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The volunteers lining up for Covid-19 challenge trials – The Guardian

Non-profit organisation 1Day Sooner has attracted over 38,500 willing participants

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Human challenge trials in which young, healthy volunteers are intentionally infected with a virus to allow vaccines and treatments to be tested quickly have been used in the fight against diseases ranging from typhoid and cholera to malaria.
With the announcement on Tuesday of such trials to help develop a vaccine against Covid-19 there is a key difference there are as yet very few proven therapies for the virus and we know little about its long-term effects.
But volunteers are lining up in th…

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