Former FDA Chief Stephen Hahn Joins Venture Capital Firm Behind Moderna COVID Vaccine

Former FDA Chief Stephen Hahn Joins Venture Capital Firm Behind Moderna COVID Vaccine

Stephen Hahn, MD, who served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from Dec. 17, 2019 through Jan. 20, 2021, has been hired by Flagship Pioneering Co.—the venture capital firm that launched biotechnology Moderna, Inc., maker of the experimental mRNA-1273 COVID-19 biologic currently being distributed in the United States under an emergency […]

South African Variant of SARS-CoV-2 Virus May Evade Vaccines

South African Variant of SARS-CoV-2 Virus May Evade Vaccines

Story Highlights A highly transmissible new strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been identified in South Africa and has now spread to at least eight other countries including the U.K., Switzerland, Finland, Japan, Australia, Zambia, France and South Korea. The mutations of the new strain represent significant changes to key structures involved […]

CDC Shortens COVID-19 Quarantine Period to Seven Days

CDC Shortens COVID-19 Quarantine Period to Seven Days

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its quarantine guidelines for people who may have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.1 Since the COVID-19 pandemic declaration last winter, the agency has recommended a 14-day quarantine period that was based on estimates of the upper range of the incubation period for SARS-CoV-2 […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Will Likely Be Given Multiple Times, Perhaps Annually

COVID-19 Vaccine Will Likely Be Given Multiple Times, Perhaps Annually

In an interview with the JAMA on June 2, 2020, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said that while he was “cautiously optimistic” about the effectiveness of the vaccines being developed for COVID-19, he was concerned that any protection the vaccines may provide might only be temporary. […]

Former FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Joins Pfizer

Former FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Joins Pfizer

Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD has joined the board of directors of Pfizer, Inc.—the world’s largest pharmaceutical company and second largest manufacturer of vaccines. Pfizer, which posted total revenues of $53.7 billion in 2018, announced Dr. Gottlieb’s election to the board on June 27, 2019.1 2 3 4 Dr. Gottlieb, […]