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Pharmafile.com's weekly COVID-19 news round-up

Published on 27/05/20 at 11:18am
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COVID-19 vaccines and treatments continue to dominate the news, as AstraZeneca is attempting to deliver one billion doses of coronavirus vaccine by September, while a trial investigating the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19 has begun in the UK.

In other coronavirus news, People suffering type 1 diabetes are far more likely to die of coronavirus than those with type 2, while researchers at Harvard have tested macaque monkeys to see if COVID-19 sufferers can contract the virus for a second time.

1. AstraZeneca targets one billion COVID-19 vaccines by September - Published on 21/05/20

AstraZeneca is attempting to deliver one billion doses of coronavirus vaccine by September, which is currently being developed in collaboration with Oxford University.

2. Type 1 diabetics more likely to die from COVID-19 than type 2, according to the NHS - Published on 20/05/20

People suffering type 1 diabetes are far more likely to die of coronavirus than those with type 2, according to new NHS research.

3. Harvard study suggests monkeys develop immunity after receiving COVID-19 vaccines - Published 21/05/20

Researchers at Harvard have tested macaque monkeys to see if COVID-19 sufferers can contract the virus for a second time.

4. MIT-developed algorithm seeks to accelerate drug approvals during COVID-19 pandemic - Published 20/05/20

A study emerging from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and published in the Harvard Data Science Review has detailed strategies for accelerating the regular pace of regulatory approvals in order to create a faster access route to essential treatments and prophylactics during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

5. UK begins hydroxychloroquine trial - Published 21/05/20

A trial investigating the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19 has begun in the UK.

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