Industry News: Volume 1, Issue 4

CONGO’s LATEST EBOLA OUTBREAK DECLARED FINISHED

By Agence France-Presse

Nytimes.com—KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The government on Wednesday declared the end of the latest Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, closing the file on an outbreak in the northwestern province of Equateur that killed dozens over six months.

“I am happy to solemnly declare the end of the 11th epidemic of the Ebola virus,” Health Minister Eteni Longondo told journalists.

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EXPERTS DEMAND ACTION TO ADDRESS “ROUTINE AND TRAGIC GAPS” IN HEART FAILURE CARE

By GM Journal

GMJournal.co.uk—A leading European alliance is calling on national governments to make “demonstrable improvement” to reduce hospitalizations in heart failure and to address the “routine and tragic gaps” in the care of this serious but common heart condition.

The call to action, together with a landmark policy analysis of best practice and current performance, is made in a new heart failure handbook published today at the European Parliament, Brussels.

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FDA ALLOWS 1ST RAPID VIRUS TEST THAT RESULTS AT HOME

By Associated Press

ModernHealthcare.com—U.S regulators on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home and delivers results in 30 minutes.

The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents an important step in U.S efforts to expand testing options for COVID-19 beyond health care facilities and testing sites.

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AIRLINES RALLY COLD-CHAIN SUPPLIES TO SHIP PFIZER, MODERNA’S FRIGID COVID-19 SHOTS

By Fraiser Kansteiner

FiercePharma.com—Positive data on Pzifer and Moderna’s mRNA vaccine candidates have been tempered in recent weeks by concerns over shipping hurdles for the shots, both of which require stringent temperature control to remain stable.

Now, as the monumental task of distributing a COVID-19 vaccine looms, airlines are rapidly working to test their shipping acumen and lock down supplies of ultra-cold storage containers, Reuters reports.

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WILL WE STILL BE WEARING MASKS AT THANKSGIVING 2021? HERE’S WHAT FAUCI SAYS

By Tina Reed

FierceHealthcare.com—Thanksgiving will be much different for millions of Americans this year with AAA projecting sharp decreases in the number of people who plan to travel to visit family and friends this holiday due to COVID-19.

Even as Americans were buoyed by news in recent days of two highly-effective vaccine candidates that appear close to starting distribution, new surges in the virus across the country suggest it will be a difficult winter season when it comes to curbing the spread of the pandemic.

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