How vaccine trials work

Scientists are now testing several vaccines in clinical trials to find out if they are safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. Their goal is to help break the cycle of disease transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. “Large-scale vaccine trials are critically important,” says Lieutenant Colonel Melinda Hamer, director of the Clinical ...
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The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

November 24 Learning good #handwashing technique early is 🔑to stopping disease spread, especially during the #COVID19 pandemic. In #Venezuela , our partner is working to teach children how to stay safe and healthy. pic.twitter.com/mcvdwUhg0a — USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (@USAIDSavesLives) November 24, 2020 November 23 In March 2020, OTI’s #NERI program set out to #StoptheSpread of #COVID19 in #Nigeria by training volunteers to educate their ...
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U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear highly effective

Two U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, a major step in the United States’  historic push to end the global pandemic . Moderna announced November 16 that the Phase 3 clinical trial’s independent data and safety monitoring board had found the Massachusetts-based biotechnology company’s candidate vaccine is up to 94.5% effective in clinical trials. Pfizer, based ...
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Could a teenager’s discovery help treat COVID-19 patients?

A 14-year-old American student’s award-winning science project could offer insights into a potential treatment for COVID-19. Anika Chebrolu, an eighth-grader and aspiring medical researcher from Frisco, Texas, used computer modeling to pinpoint a molecule that can bind to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and inhibit its ability to infect people, according to news reports. Anika ...
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U.S. approves first treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

U.S. innovators have developed an antiviral drug that can be used to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19, part of America’s wide-ranging response to the global pandemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on October 22 approved Gilead Sciences’ antiviral remdesivir for adults and children older than 12 who are under hospital care for COVID-19. Remdesivir ...
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U.S. global vaccine distribution saves lives

The United States’ support for the worldwide distribution of vaccines has saved countless lives and laid the groundwork for distributing a future COVID-19 vaccine. Through international partnerships like the vaccine alliance Gavi and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. ...
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President Trump to the U.N.: ‘We will defeat the virus’

President Trump vows to defeat COVID-19 and urges the United Nations to hold the People’s Republic of China accountable for its role in the early spread of the virus, leading to a global pandemic. In remarks to the United Nations General Assembly on September 22, Trump said that  three potential COVID-19 vaccines  supported by the United States are in the final stages of testing and that the ...
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COVID-19 vaccine research builds on U.S. successes

U.S. leadership in vaccine development and infectious disease treatment is vital to ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 worldwide. U.S. research is responsible for vaccines that protect the world’s citizens from deadly infectious diseases like yellow fever, measles and polio. In addition, the U.S. continues to invest billions worldwide to combat HIV/AIDS. Lessons learned from these ...
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U.S. labs focus on making the indoors safer

The Global Innovation Index ranks the United States as the highest-spending country on research and development. With research and development spending of more than a half-trillion dollars in a recent year, as reported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. labs have turned to the challenges posed by the new coronavirus. Private businesses do the lion’s ...
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U.S. moves closer to safe, effective coronavirus vaccine

The final stage of testing is underway in the United States on three potential vaccines for COVID-19, a major step toward delivering a vaccine to the world in record time. The U.S. National Institutes of Health announced August 31 that AstraZeneca was starting phase 3 clinical testing of a potential vaccine. It was one of ...
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Recognizing America’s resilient workers on Labor Day

On Labor Day, which falls on the first Monday in September in the United States, many workers will take a well-earned rest and all Americans will reflect on the importance of workers’ rights. This year, Labor Day will be an especially fitting time to honor the resilient workers who have helped America stay strong during ...
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U.S. continues to lead global COVID-19 response

The United States has allocated $20.5 billion in aid to the global COVID-19 fight, including $53 million in Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development foreign assistance funding. “The United States continues to lead the world in the fight against COVID-19,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said August 5 while announcing the ...
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Safety is top of mind as U.S. develops coronavirus vaccine

By ShareAmerica America, along with the rest of the world, is working swiftly to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. Many people are pinning their hopes on the development of a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 that can stop the spread of the virus. Through its  Operation Warp Speed initiative , the Trump administration ...
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U.S. private sector helps ASEAN fight COVID-19 (July 22)

U.S. private sector helps ASEAN fight COVID-19 (July 22)   U.S. businesses have donated at least $40 million to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the  fight against COVID-19 . “America’s partnership with ASEAN, now in its 43rd year, is at the heart of our vision for the Indo-Pacific,” said Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary ...
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Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence (July 22)

Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence (July 22) Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a powerful tool for tracking and treating COVID-19 in the U.S. and abroad. Several U.S. institutions are developing new AI technology or using preexisting technology to monitor and treat the new coronavirus. HealthMap, an AI application run by Boston Children’s Hospital, was launched ...
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20 years of aid: America’s ongoing support for Africa’s public health [video] (July 15)

20 years of aid: America’s ongoing support for Africa’s public health (July 15) Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested more than $100 billion in the health of sub-Saharan African nations. This makes the United States the largest donor in the world to sub-Saharan Africa and a  leading partner in fighting COVID-19 . The U.S. has already ...
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15 achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (July 7)

15 achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (July 7)   Fifteen years ago, the pediatric ward at the national hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, overflowed with children suffering from malaria, the leading cause of illness and death in the country. Pediatrician Dr. Lisine Tuyisenge remembers anemic babies doubled up in beds and even sick children on ...
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U.S. researchers map COVID-19 cases to predict future needs (May 15)

U.S. researchers map COVID-19 cases to predict future needs (May 15) Researchers from the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute have won a $10 million, five-year computing grant from the U.S. government’s National Science Foundation in order to map cases of the new coronavirus and anticipate how communities will be affected. The institute’s researchers develop technologies ...
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Scholars from U.S. exchange program fight COVID-19 (May 13)

Scholars from U.S. exchange program fight COVID-19 (May 13)   Scholars around the world who have been part of the  State Department’s Fulbright Program  are using their experience to help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fulbright Program, in partnership with more than 160 countries, gives students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists of all backgrounds the opportunity to ...
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U.S. sends coronavirus aid to Central and South America (May 8)

U.S. sends coronavirus aid to Central and South America (May 8) The U.S. government is providing millions of dollars as well as training and supplies to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to Central and South American countries, with a total of more than $73 million provided to the Western Hemisphere in response to the ...
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Delivering trustworthy health data on COVID-19 (May 7)

Delivering trustworthy health data on COVID-19 (May 7)   When Americans look for data on COVID-19, the U.S. public health system delivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gathers data, monitors shifts in disease patterns, and provides safety guidelines to prevent infection. Its experts also  collaborate with overseas colleagues  to track new cases. “Accurate collection of data ...
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U.S. helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19 (May 6)

U.S. helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19 (May 6)   The United States is  providing nearly $40 million to help Pacific Island nations  prevent and control COVID-19. “I’m especially proud of the  work that we’ve done in the Indo-Pacific region ,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said April 29 while discussing the  U.S. COVID-19 global response . In the Pacific islands, the U.S. funding will help pay for improvements in lab preparation, infection control, and ...
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U.S. is the world’s largest donor to global public health (April 23)

U.S. is the world’s largest donor to global public health (April 23)   The United States is the world’s largest donor to global public health, donating billions of dollars each year to fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, malaria and, now, COVID-19. This commitment to global public health remains steadfast as the U.S. investigates the ...
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Georgian Professionals successfully using the training and equipment provided by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (March 31)

Georgian Professionals successfully using the training and equipment provided by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (March 31) Along with highly skilled medical professionals, Georgia also has chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense teams that have been trained and fully equipped through the U.S.  Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) assistance programs. These same teams are currently using that ...
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America’s ‘citizen soldiers’ aid Coronavirus fight (March 27)

America’s ‘citizen soldiers’ aid Coronavirus fight (March 27)   America’s National Guard is on the front lines of the “whole-of-America” fight against the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These Americans demonstrate the Guard’s dual role to be prepared to respond to domestic emergencies as well as U.S. military missions abroad. A unique element of the U.S. ...
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U.S. company wins first-ever approval of Ebola vaccine (November 26)

U.S. company wins first-ever approval of Ebola vaccine (November 26)   The U.S. pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co. has won the first-ever regulatory approval of a vaccine against the Ebola virus, a major boon in the fight against the deadly disease. The European Commission’s November 10 decision granting a significant step toward full approval of ...
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