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Mammoth Biosciences Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for First CRISPR-based High-Throughput COVID-19 Test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Emergency Use Authorization for Mammoth Biosciences Inc.’s DETECTR BOOST SARS-CoV-2 Reagent Kit, a first of its kind high-throughput solution that combines the power of CRISPR with laboratory automation for SARS-CoV-2 testing.

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Omicron survives longer on plastic, skin than prior variants; nose swabbing found best for rapid tests

The Omicron variant can survive longer than earlier versions of the coronavirus on plastic surfaces and human skin, Japanese researchers found in laboratory tests. Additionally, new research shows users of rapid antigen tests to detect COVID-19 should swab their nostrils as directed by the manufacturer and not swab the throat or cheek instead.

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Sinovac regimen gets strong boost from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or J&J COVID shots – study

A third booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson increases antibody levels significantly in those who have previously received two doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac shot, a study has found.

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Six Companies Hit the Clinic with Innovative Therapeutic Candidates

TScan Therapeutics secured clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the company’s investigational new drug application to assess TSC-100 in treating patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT).

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Do not assume COVID pandemic reaching ‘end game’, warns WHO

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Jan. 24 that it was dangerous to assume the Omicron variant would herald the end of COVID-19’s acutest phase, exhorting nations to stay focused to beat the pandemic.

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1 in 5 Americans Have had COVID-19, Veklury Approved in New Indication

At least 1 in 5 Americans have been infected with COVID-19. In other news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Gilead Sciences’ supplemental New Drug Application for Veklury (remdesivir) for adults and adolescents with COVID-19 who are not hospitalized but are at high risk of progression to severe COVID-19, hospitalization or death.