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How this South Korean company created coronavirus test kits in three weeks.

Seoul (CNN) : Before there were any cases of novel coronavirus confirmed in South Korea, one of the country's biotech firms had begun preparing to make testing kits to identify the disease.

On January 16, Chun Jong-yoon, the chief executive and founder of molecular biotech company Seegene, told his team it was time to start focusing on coronavirus. That was before the virus sweeping China had been named Covid-19 and four days ahead of South Korea confirming its first case. "Even if nobody is asking us to, we are a molecular diagnosis company. We have to prepare in advance," he remembered thinking at the time.

Fast forward two months, and South Korea is among the world's worst affected countries, with more than 7,800 people infected, and more than 60 deaths. But one reason why South Korea might have a higher number of infections than other countries is its aggressive approach to testing.
South Korea has ppassed the peak; of the coronavirus outbreak, health minister hopes South Korea has 'passed the peak' of the coronavirus outbreak, health minister hopes. While some nations have struggled to get enough test kits to diagnose suspected patients, South Korea has provided free and easy access to testing for anyone who a doctor deems needs it. The country's Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) says the country has 118 facilities that can test -- and all report their results to KCDC. To date, the country has tested more than 230,000 people.

It has even rolled out drive-through coronavirus testing facilities, where motorists are met by health workers dressed in hazmat suits. "Detecting patients at an early stage is very important," South Korea's health minister Park Neung-hu told CNN Monday. "South Korea is an open society and would like to protect the freedom of people moving around and traveling.

"That is why we're conducting mass amount of tests." But to roll out tests en masse, a country first needs test kits.

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INSTAGRAM COVID 19 Infection Charts for each State/Province and Country.


Oxford University scientists starting human trials for virus vaccine next week
Over 500 people who have been recruited; this vaccine has been already tested in several different animal species and found very effective in them.

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It may be in your own GENES.!!

Your Risk of Getting Sick From Covid-19 May Lie in Your Genes. A global consortium of scientists is working to unlock the mystery of the disease’s dramatically varying symptoms.

Some people experience this Covid-19 as nothing more than a mild cold, and others exhibit no symptoms at all. Then there are the thousands who sicken and, often, die. Scientists are working hard to understand the underlying reasons for such huge discrepancies in symptoms and outcomes. No one knows the answer yet. One theory: It is locked deep in our genetic makeup.

We know that age and underlying health conditions, such as hypertension, play a large role in determining how people fare once they’ve contracted Covid-19. But these alone don’t explain the wide diversity of symptoms. Studying the genetics of the virus and people who are more susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 could not only help identify and protect those more at risk but also help speed treatment and drug development.

“What is it that makes some people very sick and other people hardly sick at all? There are two major possibilities,” says Kári Stefánsson, head of deCODE Genetics, an Icelandic subsidiary of Amgen Inc. that has conducted some of the most extensive studies of the virus to date. One is the genetic sequence of the virus itself: that some strains make people sicker than others, he says. The other: the unique genetics of each person who catches the disease.

Some people’s genes may simply make them more vulnerable to severe illness, while others’ genetics may confer resistance. It is generally accepted that our genes do play a role in how we respond to viral infections. On the extreme end, one mutation of the gene CCR5, for example, makes those who carry it resistant to human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.

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Originally posted by Garvo Gujarati

The health officials are in the fire-fighting mode - some in treatments, some in searching for vaccine. This might not be a time to analyze but someone really need to think what makes the Asian Countries more robust against COVID-19 as compared to western countries. The South Africa and most of the South American Countries are doing very well.

Food habits? Spices in the food? Relying more on hot drinks and not added ice?
Immunity developed over the time by having frequent malaria, flu etc.?
Immunity just because of pure polution in the air and water and food?

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Vaccine being tested for Covid 19.: by OXFORD.

“We are going into human trials next week. We have tested the vaccine in several different animal species,” says Professor Adrian Hill. “We have taken a fairly cautious approach, but a rapid one to assess the vaccine that we are developing.”

The vaccine may be ready as soon as September, Dr. Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at Oxford from the same team, told The Times on Saturday. She said she was “80 percent confident” that the vaccine being developed by her team of researchers would work and would become available to the general public in about five months.


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PROGRESS MADE IN FINDING A VACCINE.: Please go through all of the links and explore. If it is your cup-o-tea, then, enjoy it. For others who just want to know if any progress is being made in this field, it is sufficient to know that there are 100 companies who are independently conducting their own research and it will be well worth getting to know the process through which they reach the end-point and also who wins in the end.

There are hurdles that each researcher has to overcome and it gets interesting to know what they are and how swiftly they overcome the same. If you watch these links from time to time we will get to know more about the break-through that is taking place and where. When that happens someone will get rewarded handsomely for their work for the cure that they have found.

Good Luck to all of them. May the winner be exposed to the world very soon.


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Excellent research is getting done in all fields of pharmacology and Medicine to find a quick cure for this Invisible Deady Virus that is plaguing all of us and they would like to contain and cure this Disease at the earliest, thereby prevent its spreading. Here is the latest in their discovery.

Antibody blocks infection by the SARS-CoV-2 in cells, scientists have discovered in the last two months.

Researchers report that they have identified a fully human monoclonal antibody that prevents the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus from infecting cultured cells. The discovery is an initial step towards developing a fully human antibody to treat or prevent the respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Researchers at Utrecht University, Erasmus Medical Center and Harbour BioMed (HBM) today reported that they have identified a fully human monoclonal antibody that prevents the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus from infecting cultured cells. The discovery, published online today in Nature Communications, is an initial step towards developing a fully human antibody to treat or prevent the respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly across the globe infecting more than 3.3M people worldwide and killing more than 235,000 people so far. (It has pretty near doubled in numbers since the publishing of this finding.)

"This research builds on the work our groups have done in the past on antibodies targeting the SARS-CoV that emerged in 2002/2003," said Berend-Jan Bosch, Associate Professor, Research leader at Utrecht University, and co-lead author of the Nature Communications study. "Using this collection of SARS-CoV antibodies, we identified an antibody that also neutralizes infection of SARS-CoV-2 in cultured cells. Such a neutralizing antibody has potential to alter the course of infection in the infected host, support virus clearance or protect an uninfected individual that is exposed to the virus."

Dr. Bosch noted that the antibody binds to a domain that is conserved in both SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2, explaining its ability to neutralize both viruses. "This cross-neutralizing feature of the antibody is very interesting and suggests it may have potential in mitigation of diseases caused by future-emerging related coronaviruses."

"This discovery provides a strong foundation for additional research to characterize this antibody and begin development as a potential COVID-19 treatment," said Frank Grosveld, PhD. co-lead author on the study, Academy Professor of Cell Biology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam and Founding Chief Scientific Officer at Harbour BioMed. "The antibody used in this work is 'fully human,' allowing development to proceed more rapidly and reducing the potential for immune-related side effects." Conventional therapeutic antibodies are first developed in other species and then must undergo additional work to 'humanize' them. The antibody was generated using Harbour BioMed's H2L2 transgenic mouse technology.

"This is groundbreaking research," said Dr. Jingsong Wang, Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of HBM. "Much more work is needed to assess whether this antibody can protect or reduce the severity of disease in humans. We expect to advance development of the antibody with partners. We believe our technology can contribute to addressing this most urgent public health need and we are pursuing several other research avenues."

The paper is titled, "A human monoclonal antibody blocking SARS-VoV-2 Infection. In addition to Drs. Bosch and Grosveld, authors on the paper included: Chunyan Wang, Wentao Li and Frank van Kuppeveld of Utrecht University; Nisreen Okba and Bart Haagmans of Erasmus Medical Center (Rotterdam); Dubravka Drabek and Rien van Haperen of Erasmus Medical Center and Harbour Antibodies; and Albert Osterhaus of the University of Veterinary Medicine (Hannover, Germany).

Story Source: Materials provided by Utrecht University. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Journal Reference: Chunyan Wang, Wentao Li, Dubravka Drabek, Nisreen M. A. Okba, Rien van Haperen, Albert D. M. E. Osterhaus, Frank J. M. van Kuppeveld, Bart L. Haagmans, Frank Grosveld, Berend-Jan Bosch. A human monoclonal antibody blocking SARS-CoV-2 infection. Nature Communications, 2020; 11 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-16256-y

Enjoy reading this and researching.


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Please read the link provided and get to know the process of Research and Development and the testing done on Animals prior to our use.
When they are in Research mode and conducting Field Tests, they provide them with a waiver, a leeway of sorts, for the use of its products and when found effective they give the Product Manufacturers a free-hand in its development, usage and production.

Here is a link to an Article that is worth reading to get an idea how it gets done. Further, may help us save a few hundreds more when a few of them become viably successful. It becomes a household name.

A few websites collate all of these and there are a few feed them in RSS mode. This thread has active members who want to be on top of this subject matter as it is of prime importance to the whole community.

Enjoy reading this.



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A SMALL BREAKTHROUGH in a few cases of COVID 19 Treatment.

2 mg. of DEXAMETHASONE, a regular Cortico-Steroid that seniors normally use is found effective in a THIRD of the patients on Ventilators. That gives us all a hope that we currently have a way of saving a few of the patients infected with COVID 19.

Hope to hear more news in the coming few weeks which will help us all breathe a sigh of relief.



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A shot in the arm for the Drug Manufacturers. (Pharmaceutical Companies)

Cipla launches COVID-19 drug Remdesivir in India as disease takes hold. June 22, 2020.

Efforts to get Gilead’s experimental COVID-19 drug Remdesivir to patients in badly-hit areas of India are building after drug maker Cipla announced it had launched the drug in the country.

The launch follows an agreement in May where Gilead extended to a voluntary non-exclusive licence to Cipla to manufacture and market a generic version of Remdesivir.

The Drug Controller General of India has granted Cipla regulatory approval for restricted emergency use as part of a fast-track process, using the brand name Cipremi.

This includes a risk management plan for use of the drug, including patient consent documents, post-marketing surveillance and a phase IV trial in the country.

In May, Gilead signed non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreements with six Indian pharmaceutical companies to boots the supply of Remdesivir.

These companies were Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Zydus Cadila, Biocon, Hetero Labs, Jubilant Lifesciences, and Cipla.

Remdesivir was the first drug to show meaningful clinical activity against COVID-19 in a phase 3 trial, reducing the time to recovery in patients hospitalised with the disease.

It also showed a numerical trend towards reducing mortality rates and has also been approved by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorisation.

Cipla said that it will supply through government and open market channels to ensure fair distribution.

India has become one of the countries worst hit by the disease and recorded 15,413 new cases on Sunday and more than 14,000 cases so far today.

The country’s death toll from the disease is approaching 14,000 and it reported 445 new deaths today.

The disease has become concentrated in hotspots in the country’s poorest districts and the outbreak is centered in the states of Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Remdesivir has competition as a treatment for COVID-19 – a UK clinical trial has shown the cheap steroid dexamethasone can reduce mortality and recovery times in patients hospitalised with the disease.

Then there are other Drug Companies what have their products in clinical trials in China, Great Britain Canada and France also. When the results are announced will post them here for our readers.


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WHAT the big Governments are planning to do to fight COVID 19 virus :

European Commission - Press release :

The ‘Global Goal: Unite For Our Future' campaign launched by the Commission and the international
advocacy organization Global Citizen on 28 May will culminate in a global pledging summit and concert
on Saturday 27 June. The aim is to mobilize additional funding to develop and deploy corona-virus
vaccines, tests and treatments. Access to vaccines everywhere, for everyone who needs them, will
enable the world to overcome this pandemic and avoid another.It will also help rebuild communities
impacted by the pandemic in a fair and just way.

The Concert.:
Global Goal: Unite for our Future - the Concert will air Saturday evening and will be hosted by actor
Dwayne Johnson. It will include performances by Shakira, Coldplay, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Miley
Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Quavo, J Balvin, Chloe x Halle, Yemi Alade, and Christine and the Queens.
Co-hosted by President Ursula von der Leyen, the concert will also include appearances by Chris
Rock, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker, David Beckham, Salma
Hayek Pinault, Billy Porter, Diane Kruger, Antoni Porowski, Ken Jeong, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and
Olivia Colman.

The Pledging Summit. :
Global Goal: Unite for Our Future - the Summit will start at 3pm CET. The summit, hosted by President
von der Leyen, will include interventions by world leaders, as well as international advocates, artists
and activists. Will join the discussion in panels and interviews: Nickolaj Coster-Waldau, Miley Cyrus,
Angelique Kidjo, Ken Jeong, and experts and thought leaders including Melinda Gates, Dr. Vin Gupta,
NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Eddie Ndopu, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Kate Upton and Justin

Where to watch it?
The concertwill air on broadcasters across the globe: on ARD, Canal+ Group, RTVE in Europe, Bell
Media, CBC, Citytv, and Global TV, in Canada, NBC and iHeartMedia in the U.S., Grupo Globo in Brazil,
MultiChoice Group and SABC in Africa, and Fuji TV and Star India in Asia. You can also watch it on the
Coronavirus Global Response's website and on the European Commission's social media accounts:
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The summit will be streamed on Global Goal Unite's website and on
the same social media accounts.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Artists have the power to inspire
change. They use their talents to serve great causes. On 27 June, at the ‘ Global Goal: Unite for our
Future' Summit and Concert, artists, scientists and world leaders will speak with one voice, in a true
and rare moment of global unity. They will commit to helping the world end corona-virus, while leaving
no one behind. The European Union is fully committed to ensuring fair access to an affordable vaccine,
as soon as possible, for everyone that needs it. United, I know we can make the world a safer place.”
Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen, said: “ Global Citizens around the world are calling
for systemic change, change that brings about justice for everyone, everywhere, regardless of where
they were born or the colour of their skin. If we are to end COVID-19 for all, we need our world leaders
to commit the billions of dollars needed to equitably deliver testing, treatments and vaccines, Global
Goal: Unite for Our Future—The Concert' will bring the centuries-old concept of music as a motivator
for change and unity, together with science and data, to honour the problem solvers – including
doctors, scientists, lab workers, essential workers and human rights advocates – who are racing to not
only create the cure for COVID-19, but also to ensure that it's available for everyone who needs it.”
Global Goal: Unite for Our Future - the Concert host Dwayne Johnson said: "I'm proud to join Global
Citizen and the European Commission to host the ‘Global Goal: Unite for Our Future—T he Concert'.
The event will lift up the global community that is tackling equitable access to healthcare, and other
enormous injustices facing our world. This moment in history requires all of us, so let's join together to
chart a better future, for everyone.”

Artist and Activist Miley Cyrus said: "This moment requires all of us to act. As Global Citizens, we are
calling on leaders around the world to combat the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on
marginalized communities by committing funds to develop and deliver tests, treatments, and
therapeutics. Because of this global effort, we will be more able to ensure that everyone, everywhere
has access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, regardless of their income or where they live."

Artist and Activist Shakira said: “Global Citizens around the world are calling on world leaders to help
bring an end to COVID-19 by urging them to commit the billions of dollars needed to deliver testing,
treatments, and vaccines to everyone, everywhere. We need health equity and global justice, and we
know that only by uniting to fight for the world we want can we build back toward a healthier future for

The Global Goal: Unite for our Future campaign was launched on 28 May under the patronage of
President Ursula von der Leyen. The campaign, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation and the Welcome Trust, focuses on addressing the pandemic's impact on the most
vulnerable communities, ensuring equitable access to affordable corona-virus technologies and
strengthening health systems everywhere.

Pledges announced on 27 June will support the following organisations:
- Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
- The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)
- GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance
- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- Therapeutics Accelerator
- WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, powered by the UN Foundation
- The International and Regional Response Network

The Global Goal: Unite for our Future campaign is supported by Foundation Partners Bloomberg
Philanthropies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Welcome Trust, and Corporate Partners Citi, Procter &
Gamble, SAP, Verizon and Vodafone.

The campaign is a milestone under the Corona-virus Global Response, the global action for universal
access to affordable corona-virus vaccination, treatment and testing. It is the Commission's response to
the global call for action launched by the World Health Organization with governments and partners on
24 April 2020, for access to corona-virus vaccines everywhere, for everyone who needs them.
To help protect people everywhere, the Commission has recently presented an EU Vaccines Strategy to
speed up the development, manufacturing and deployment of corona-virus vaccines. With this strategy,
the Commission will support efforts to accelerate the development and availability of safe and effective
vaccines in a time-frame between 12 and 18 months, if not earlier. Delivering on this complex
undertaking requires running clinical trials in parallel with investing in production capacity to be able to
produce millions, or even billions, of doses of a successful vaccine. The Commission is fully mobilized to
support the efforts of vaccine developers in their endeavour.
In addition, as a way to enhance vaccine multi-lateralism and avoid harmful competition between
countries, President von der Leyen has proposed to explore, with our international partners, the
creation of an inclusive international vaccine procurement mechanism. For this to work, a significant
number of high-income countries would need to join an international buyers' group. They would agree
to pool resources for jointly reserving future vaccines from companies, while at the same time enabling
advance reservations for low- and middle-income countries. This would accelerate the development of
vaccines and improve access to them across the world for all who need it.

For more information..... IP/20/1129
Corona-virus Global Response website
Press contacts:
Dana SPINANT (+32 2 299 01 50)
Ana PISONERO-HERNANDEZ (+32 2 295 43 20)
General public inquiries: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 67 89 10 11 or by email
Related media
Press statement by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Hugh
Evans, Co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen, on the next steps in the Corona-virus

If you find the local Broadcasting Station Please enjoy the show. It will be well worth it.


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