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Biden's team has made contact with Dr. Fauci, and the president-elect said he has been 'very, very helpful' in briefings with staff

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on July 30, 2020 in Washington DC. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has reached out to President-elect Joe Biden's transition staff, Bloomberg reported. "I haven't had a chance to speak to Dr. Fauci," Biden said Tuesday, but Fauci himself confirmed to CNN that he has been talking to the president-elect's staff. T...
Tags: Politics, Science, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Cnn, United States, Washington Dc, General Services Administration, Biden, Usa Today, Anthony Fauci, Charles Davis, Trump, GSA


Sidelined by Trump during the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC officials say they can't wait to 'rebuild the agency' under the Biden administration

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media after receiving a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden spoke about how his administration would respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are optimistic the Biden administration will allow them to rebuild and move forward on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CDC w...
Tags: Politics, Science, Cdc, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, General Services Administration, Biden, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Wilmington Delaware, Celine Gounder, Joe Raedle Getty, Nancy Messonnier


Getting a negative coronavirus test isn't a free pass to gather with family for Thanksgiving

New Yorkers wait outside a CityMD urgent care clinic on November 18, 2020. Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo Many Americans are getting coronavirus tests ahead of Thanksgiving. But experts say the tests are not a free pass to gather indoors with others, since they only provide a snapshot of your infectiousness at one point in time. To truly gather safely, a period of isolation is required before a test, and there should be no exposure after, either. Otherwise, when seeing people outside your househ...
Tags: New York, Chris Christie, Science, News, Thanksgiving, Supreme Court, Cdc, White House, Trends, New Jersey, University Of Arizona, Donald Trump, Trump, Brooklyn New York, St Joseph s Hospital, Popescu


How to interpret the 'efficacy' rates of coronavirus vaccines

A volunteer receives an injection for a potential vaccine against COVID-19 at the Baragwanath Hospital on June 28, 2020 in Soweto, South Africa. The vaccine, developed by Oxford University's Jenner Institute, will inoculate 2,000 South Africans. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images Vaccine efficacy measures how well a vaccine works at preventing disease among vaccinated people, when compared to unvaccinated individuals. The vaccine efficacy numbers for coronavirus inj...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Public Health, New York Times, Bill Gates, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Oxford University, Vaccines, Times, Morgan Stanley, Anthony Fauci, Trevor Noah, Gates


6 crucial unanswered questions about AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine results

A lower initial dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, would mean double the number of vaccine doses available, once regulators approve it. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images For the third consecutive Monday, a drugmaker said its coronavirus vaccine candidate was successful in late-stage studies. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford said their two-dose shot was effective at preventing COVID-19, according to preliminary results.  AstraZeneca's news follows similar announcements of suc...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, US, Trends, Getty Images, Analysis, Healthcare, Oxford, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Biotech, Afp, Pollard


Shanghai's airport — the 11th-busiest in the world — ringfenced 17,700 employees for COVID-19 testing after finding 5 positive cases linked to the cargo unit

Airport staff wait for COVID-19 tests at a parking lot at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport on November 23, 2020. AP Photo Shanghai Pudong International Airport ringfenced more than 17,700 staff to test them for COVID-19 after discovering five cases linked to the cargo unit, according to multiple reports. A number of videos appeared to show hundreds of airport workers pushing and shoving, as medical personnel in protective suits tried to keep them in order. The drive began at 3 p.m...
Tags: Transportation, Science, China, Trends, UPS, Beijing, News UK, Shanghai, Airport, The Washington Post, Wuhan, Afp, Agence France Presse, Qingdao, South China Morning Post, Global Times


Millions of people are flying across the US for Thanksgiving, ignoring CDC advice

Travelers wearing protective face masks walking through Concourse D at the Miami International Airport on Sunday, November 22, 2020 in Miami, Florida. David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images More than three million people travelled through US airports this weekend in advance of Thanksgiving, defying advice from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC on Thursday advised people to stay home for Thanksgiving. More than one million people flew the next day....
Tags: Transportation, Science, Thanksgiving, Cdc, New York City, US, Trends, Ap, United States, News UK, Associated Press, Tsa, Getty, Anthony Fauci, AAA, Transportation Security Administration


Moderna's chief medical officer says that vaccine trial results only show that they prevent people from getting sick — not necessarily that recipients won't still be able to transmit the virus

Lab tech Sendy Puerto processes blood samples from Moderna's coronavirus vaccine clinical trials study participants September 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Taimy Alvarez/AP Moderna Chief Medical Officer Tal Zaks told Axios that the public should not "over-interpret" the vaccine trial results to assume life could go back to normal after adults are vaccinated. "They do not show that they prevent you from potentially carrying this virus transiently and infecting others," Zaks told Axios.  Wh...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Fda, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Miami Florida, Zaks, Moderna, Axios, Moncef Slaoui, Coronavirus


Moderna's chief medical officer says that vaccine trial results only show that they prevent people from getting severely sick — not necessarily that recipients won't still be able to transmit the virus

Lab tech Sendy Puerto processes blood samples from Moderna's coronavirus vaccine clinical trials study participants September 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Taimy Alvarez/AP Moderna Chief Medical Officer Tal Zaks told Axios that the public should not "over-interpret" the vaccine trial results to assume life could go back to normal after adults are vaccinated. "They do not show that they prevent you from potentially carrying this virus transiently and infecting others," Zaks told Axios.  Wh...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Fda, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Miami Florida, Zaks, Moderna, Axios, Moncef Slaoui, Coronavirus, COVID


The creator of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine is a mom to triplets. Her children participated in the trial.

Sarah Gilbert (top left), chief investigator of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial, speaks with Prince William (bottom right). AstraZeneca/Reuters AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford announced Monday that their COVID-19 vaccine was 70% effective, on average. The vaccine's creator, Sarah Gilbert, had faith in its efficacy from the start: Her triplets participated in the UK trial. "This vaccine should do what we always wanted it to do," Gilbert said on Monday. "We wanted a vaccine for...
Tags: UK, Science, News, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Bbc, Middle East, Oxford, Food And Drug Administration, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, University of Oxford, William, MERS


Jupiter and Saturn are about to appear closer in the sky than they have for 800 years, aligning as a 'double planet'

A man with a telescope watches the night sky over the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in Los Angeles, California, on July 19, 2020. David McNew/Getty Jupiter and Saturn will align in the night sky on December 21. It'll be the closest they've appeared in 800 years. The two planets move into alignment, or conjunction, every 20 years. But this year, they will be so close that they'll look like a "double planet." The last time Saturn and Jupiter were both this close and visible was in ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Planets, Saturn, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Telescopes, Stellarium, Rice University, Los Angeles California, Houston Texas


China just launched a mission to the moon to collect rock samples — the first time a country will have done so in more than 40 years

A moon rock. Reuters China just launched a mission to the moon that aims to collect lunar rocks and bring them back to Earth. If successful, the mission will be the first time a nation has retrieved moon rocks in over 40 years. Studying the samples could help geologists learn about the moon's age and volcanic activity. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For decades, planetary geologists have studied tiny chunks of lunar rock to unravel the moon's mysteries. The rocks have ...
Tags: Science, News, China, US, Trends, Indiana, Nasa, Earth, New York Times, Moon, Mars, Spaceflight, Wuhan, Soviet Union, Reuters China, Chang


One of Belgium's top virologists offered his family 4 tips for surviving the long COVID-19 winter — read the full letter he wrote them

Guido Vanham and his son Peter Vanham. Peter Vanham Guido Vanham is a virologist, a microbiologist who studies the rapid spreading of viruses, who's been sending letters to his three children throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The text of his most recent letter is printed below with permission from his son, Peter Vanham. In it, Guido Vanham writes that he's optimistic about the latest major vaccine trial updates but warns that if history and previous viruses are any guide, the toughest t...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Holidays, Opinion, Trends, Belgium, Pfizer, Nordic, Peter, World Economic Forum, Don, Geneva Switzerland, Antwerp Belgium, Nele, Moderna


A 3rd coronavirus vaccine works

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,Another Monday, another batch of vaccine results. This time: AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford shared that their coronavirus vaccine was 70% effective on average. That comes on the heels of Pfizer and its partner BioNTech and Moderna both sharing last week that their coronavirus vaccines were 95% and 94.5% effective, respectively. Moncef Slaoui, the scientific head of Operation Warp Speed, is anticipating things will move quickly from here. He s...
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Atlantic, Healthcare, Argentina, Astrazeneca, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Santa, Donald Trump


Bodies of COVID-19 victims are still in NYC freezer trucks 8 months after they died

Refrigerated tractor trailers used to store bodies of deceased people in Brooklyn, New York, in this May 13 2020 image marked up by Business Insider Brendan McDermid/Reuters At least 600 bodies of people who died in the coronavirus' first wave are still in freezer trucks in Brooklyn, according to The Wall Street Journal.  New York City's chief medical examiner is still tracking down families to inform them of deaths earlier this year, the paper reported.  Funeral costs and problems finding...
Tags: New York, Science, New York City, US, Trends, Brooklyn, News UK, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Brooklyn New York, Aden, Johns Hopkins University, Hart Island, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Dave Mosher, Coronavirus


AstraZeneca and Oxford University announced a 3rd working COVID-19 vaccine, which they say is 70% effective

Researchers said the trial of more than 20,000 volunteers showed the vaccine stopped people from developing symptoms about 70% of the time on average. Carol Smiljan/NurPhoto via Getty Images The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca released positive results for their COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. In a statement, they said the vaccine is 70% effective on average. It follows results being released for two other vaccines — developed by Pfizer and Moderna — which are 95% effective. The Oxford/As...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, Science, Trends, Bbc, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Oxford University, European Medicines Agency, EMA, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID-19


People are waiting on long lines for coronavirus tests ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday

People stand in line at a clinic in Long Beach, California offering quick coronavirus testing for a fee, on Monday, June 29, 2020. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images Health officials are asking people to avoid large gatherings this week, but people are lining up to get tested in droves ahead of the holiday. About 40% of people responding to a poll conducted by Ohio State University said they are planning to gather in person with 10 or more people thi...
Tags: Science, News, Thanksgiving, Boston, US, Trends, Features, Washington Dc, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Boston Globe, Ohio State University, Los Angeles California, Salt Lake City Utah, Long Beach California, Fauci


Coronavirus vaccine czar said Moderna will seek an emergency use authorization for its vaccine by the end of November

Moderna will seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month, the coronavirus vaccine czar said Sunday. Moderna; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Moderna, the biotech company that last week announced the results of its COVID-19 vaccine, will apply with the Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use authorization by the end of the month, Moncef Slaoui, the head of the White House Operation "Warp Speed" said Sunday. ...
Tags: Science, News, Abc, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Vaccine, Abc News, Moderna, Slaoui, Moncef Slaoui, Connor Perrett


The German government tells people to be as 'lazy as raccoons' as it deploys humor to control the spread of COVID-19

The German coronavirus ad campaign was released to the public on November 14, 2020 Twitter/Steffen Seibert Official adverts created by the German government last week encouraged the country to be "lazy as raccoons" to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. One of the ads, which was widely shared on social media, shows an old man speaking about how in the "winter of 2020" people became "heroes" after doing "absolutely nothing." Last month, Berlin's tourism authority launched an ad campaign...
Tags: Science, Senate, Germany, Berlin, Marketing, US, International, Trends, News UK, Justin Trudeau, Social Democratic Party, Johns Hopkins University, Steffen Seibert, Der Tagesspiegel, Sawsan Chebli, Rachel Clarke


Americans will hopefully begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as early as December 11, 'Warp Speed' advisor says

Some Americans could "hopefully" receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as December 11 or 12, Moncef Slaoui said Dado Ruvic/Reuters Moncef Slaoui, the head of the White House "Operation Warp Speed" said on Sunday that some Americans will begin receiving the vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as December 11.  A panel of outside experts that advises the FDA is expected to meet on December 10 to discuss Pfizer's application for an emergency use authorization, but it's not clear how quickly FDA wo...
Tags: Science, News, White House, Trends, Cnn, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Jake Tapper, Moderna, Slaoui, Moncef Slaoui, Connor Perrett


We're likely to need coronavirus booster shots after the initial vaccine

A volunteer receives an experimental coronavirus shot from a medical worker at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa, June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko People may need to get booster shots after the initial coronavirus vaccine doses in order to stay protected, experts say. Other vaccines, like the tetanus shot, also require periodic boosters.  That adds further complication to the impending challenge of distributing coronavirus vaccines, which are likely to require two doses. Vi...
Tags: Health, Science, News, New York City, Trends, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Vaccines, Mount Sinai, Chicago Illinois, Soweto South Africa, Icahn School of Medicine, ORENSTEIN, Moderna, Siphiwe Sibeko, Aylin Woodward


Greta Thunberg spoke zero words to anyone outside her family for 3 years before becoming the face of the youth climate movement, a new film reveals

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the 'Friday Strike For Climate' on March 6, 2020, in Brussels, Belgium. Thierry Monasse/Getty Images Greta Thunberg, a teenage activist from Sweden, is the face of the youth climate movement. A new documentary reveals that Thunberg didn't speak to anyone outside her family for three years before her rise to the world stage. Since 2018, Thunberg has addressed the United Nations, US Congress, and UK Parliament, and met with countless po...
Tags: Europe, New York, Science, Movies, News, Sweden, Entertainment, Climate Change, Documentary, Environment, US, Barack Obama, Trends, House Of Representatives, United Nations, European Commission


Texas deployed its National Guard to help with overflowing morgues in El Paso as the coronavirus death toll rises

El Paso County detention inmates, Sheriff officers, and morgue staff move bodies to refrigerated trailers outside the Medical Examiner's Office, November 14, 2020. Texas is sending 36 of its National Guard personnel to El Paso to help process the bodies of dead coronavirus victims. El Paso's county morgue has been so overwhelmed that it is using refrigerated trailers and paying prison inmates to move the bodies. That's just one snapshot in a nationwide surge of coronavirus cases — th...
Tags: Texas, Science, News, Cbs News, Brown University, US, Trends, Deaths, El Paso, Greg Abbott, Afp, National Guard, El Paso County, Medical Examiner, El Paso Texas, Medical Examiner s Office


A new CDC report found that Kansas counties who complied with a mask mandate saw a decrease in cases compared to counties that didn't

President Donald Trump opted against wearing a face mask at a press conference in May, while flanked advisers Drs. Deborah Bird and Anthony Fauci, who wore face masks. Jabin Botsford/Getty Images A Friday report from the Centers for Disease Control found that counties in Kansas that adopted a mask mandate saw a decrease in cases of the disease, while counties that opted out saw an increase by 100%. While experts have long agreed that masks are a key part of limiting the spread of COVID-19,...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, Kansas, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Kelly, Hill, Centers for Disease Control, Kansas Department of Health, Johns Hopkins University


'The cavalry is on the way': Fauci says Americans should 'double down' on COVID-19 precautions as we reach the final stretch before the first vaccines

GRAEME JENNINGS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images This month, Moderna, BioNTech, and Pfizer all announced that their COVID-19 vaccine candidates had passed phase 3 testing.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on COVID-19, said that Americans should take the breakthroughs as more reason to combat "COVID fatigue," at The New York Times DealBook conference Tuesday.  "The cavalry is on the way," Fauci said.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director o...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Thanksgiving, Trends, New York Times, Italy, Fda, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, New York Times Read, The Food and Drug Administration, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Fauci, Cambridge Massachusetts, National Institute of Allergy


Most coronavirus cases spread from people with no symptoms, CDC says in new report

A diner has his temperature checked at Manhattan restaurant Daniel on September 30, 2020, the first day that indoor dining is allowed in New York City since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. People who are infected with the coronavirus but show no symptoms probably account for most coronavirus transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday. That includes people who are asymptomatic and those who have not yet developed symptoms. Anthony Fauci warn...
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China's Xi Jinping pledged to work with other countries to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Noel Celis - Pool/Getty Images At the G20 Summit in Saudi Arabia, President Xi Jinping of China pledged to intensify cooperation on a global effort to develop vaccines for COVID-19, Reuters reported. Pfizer and BioNTech, as well as Moderna, have in the past two weeks announced vaccines that the companies maintain could be more than 90% effective in fighting the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. China is developing three vaccines that are now in Phase II...
Tags: Europe, Science, Saudi Arabia, China, Trends, United States, Xi Jinping, G20 Summit, Pfizer, Vaccines, Reuters, Riyadh, Xi, Matthew DeBord, Moderna, Coronavirus


Russia wants to distribute its questionable coronavirus vaccine to other countries: report

Russian President Vladimir Putin Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to distribute its questionable Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to other countries, Reuters reported Saturday. Russia first approved Sputnik V in August, but experts and health officials were skeptical the vaccine would work since it did not go through necessary phase 3 trials.  The Kremlin also kept important information relevant to the vaccine's success out of the public's eye. This included...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, International, Trends, G20, United States, G20 Summit, Pfizer, Vaccine, Kremlin, Reuters


Werner Herzog criticized Elon Musk's plan to build a city on Mars as a 'mistake' and an 'obscenity'

Left: Werner Herzog. Right: Elon Musk. Regis Duvignau/Reuters ; Bill Pugliano/Getty Images Elon Musk is planning to build a city on Mars, shuttling a million people to the red planet on SpaceX's Starship rocket. Filmmaker Werner Herzog said in an interview with Inverse he thinks that plan is a "mistake" and an "obscenity."  Instead of being "like the locusts," Herzog told the outlet he thinks humans should focus on keeping Earth habitable. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Mars, Musk, Werner Herzog, Herzog, Starship, Settlements, Mars Colonization, Tech Insider, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Elon Musk Regis Duvignau Reuters


Astronaut Soichi Noguchi has now flown on 3 different spaceships. SpaceX's Crew Dragon is 'the best,' he said.

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is a mission specialist for Crew-1, the first operational SpaceX Crew Dragon mission. Sam Friedman/SpaceX SpaceX launched its first long-term astronaut mission for NASA on Sunday, blasting a crew of four into orbit. Soichi Noguchi, one of those astronauts, said Crew Dragon is "the best" spacecraft he's ever flown. Noguchi is only the third person ever to fly on three different spaceships: Crew Dragon, NASA's Space Shuttle, ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, News, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Falcon, Hopkins, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency



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