“The only unknown is what the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] and other regulatory agencies would say,” Weissman says. Regulators might say that it’s similar to the flu vaccine, which has to change each year but doesn’t need to go through large trials again. At a recent healthcare conference, Tal Zaks, Moderna’s chief medical officer, said that he would expect a reformulated vaccine to work without needing trials. Still, it’s also possible that regulators might require additional months of testing. … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?
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Still, for now, there’s a need for a new way to track the outbreaks that are happening, both to help limit illness and to prevent massive amounts of food waste. Aanika is now working to get its technology approved for use in food under the “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS designation and expects approval by the end of the year, at which point it will be ready for the market. “What’s fantastic about this is it’s very usable now,” Bhuyan says. “A lot of synthetic biology stuff is very forward, very out there, and so it’ll take a while. Our technology is actually rather simple.” … [Read more...] about These invisible, edible biological tags help track down the cause of E. coli outbreaks
And as we shift into this next phase—amid a vaccination program that has lagged after missing its target goals for last year, and that recent reports suggest had no real strategy to begin with—some essential businesses are employing new policies to help expedite the process, by making it easier and more beneficial for workers to get inoculated. … [Read more...] about Chobani offers workers paid time off to get coronavirus vaccines
On Sunday night, congressional leaders revealed that they finally reached an agreement on another COVID-19 stimulus package—this one totaling $900 billion. The new stimulus package contains the first direct payments to Americans since the spring. However, those waiting for another stimulus check may be a bit disappointed. … [Read more...] about Second stimulus checks will be worth $600: What you need to know
Step outside McGraw also recommends getting outdoors regularly. “Spending 20 minutes a day outside has been shown to have significant health implications in the short and long term,” she says. Some of those benefits include alleviating anxiety and depression and improving blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. “Try creating a commute by walking outside for 10 minutes before or after work, or take a stroll midafternoon when you are feeling tired,” she says. … [Read more...] about Salvage your health resolutions with these 9 simple moves