FDA approved the first drug to treat Ebola

October 16, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reports that Pfizer could apply for emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine by late November. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla published an open letter to speak directly to the public about the company's plans.In other news, the FDA approved…
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BREAKING NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reports that Pfizer could apply for emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine by late November. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla published an open letter to speak directly to the public about the company's plans.

In other news, the FDA approved the first drug to treat Ebola virus, which is a major breakthrough as Ebola continues to spread. We have details, plus what former VP Joe Biden said about carbon capture and renewable energy, in around 770 words, just under 4 minutes.

 

FDA approved the first drug to treat Ebola—here’s what you need to know

 
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the first approval of a therapeutic specifically to treat Ebola, which is currently spreading in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Here’s why this is an amazing feat—and what it means for COVID-19 treatments.   

BIO member Regeneron’s Inmazeb is an antibody cocktail. The drug was shown to significantly reduce mortality in a 2018-2019 trial during an Ebola outbreak in the DRC, reports STAT News

How it works: “The treatment consists of three monoclonal antibodies of similar structure, atoltivimab, maftivimab, and odesivimab, that bind to different, non-overlapping epitopes on Zaire ebolavirus glycoprotein. The three antibodies help neutralize the Ebola virus by blocking its ability to invade patients’ and/or enlisting other immune cells to target infected cells and remove them from the body,” according to Regeneron

What’s next: In partnership with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Regeneron will supply doses to the Strategic National Stockpile as well as provide the drug for free in response to outbreaks in the DRC.

What FDA’s saying: “Today’s action demonstrates the FDA’s ongoing commitment to responding to public health threats—both domestically and abroad—on the basis of science and data,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn.

What Regeneron’s saying: “Decades of investment in our VelociSuite® rapid response technologies, the dedication of world-class scientists, and the courageous contributions of healthcare providers and patients, together with remarkable cooperation between leading international health organizations and governments, have led to this important moment,” said Dr. George Yancopoulos, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron.

This is no easy feat. Developing a new drug takes a long time—sometimes 10-15 years from discovery to approval—and 9 in 10 drugs that begin clinical testing ultimately fail, making it a risky investment.

Looking ahead: Regeneron’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail—which President Trump received—has so far shown to reduce viral load and alleviate symptoms.

“As we apply the same sophisticated technologies and manufacturing capabilities against COVID-19, we hope this will be one of many demonstrations of how the power of science can be successfully deployed against dangerous infectious diseases,” said Dr. Yancopoulos.

 

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It's carbon capture's moment

 
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Flipping between last night's presidential town halls, our ears pricked up at a mention of “carbon capture.” Here’s what was said, and why it’s important.

During last night’s ABC News town hall, former Vice President Joe Biden said that while he does not want to ban fracking, he does believe “the future rests in renewable energy.” (Here’s the transcript.

“We should be moving toward finding the new technologies that are going to be able to deal with carbon capture,” continued the Democratic nominee. “And I think we're going to be able to move in a direction by the year 2035 [where] we'll be able to have net zero emissions of carbon from the creation of energy.” 

Carbon capture can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also “present new revenue streams for farmers and allow them to be part of the climate solution,” as we’ve explained.

This is why we need the Growing Climate Solutions Act (S. 3894), which would create a voluntary, producer-led carbon capture certification program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provide farmers with technical resources to participate in carbon markets. 

Don’t wait for Election Day. Take action now to support climate solutions. Click here to ask your Members of Congress to support the Growing Climate Solutions Act.


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President Trump’s Friday: If you missed one or both, POLITICO has takeaways from last night’s town halls. Today, Trump’s giving remarks on “protecting America’s seniors” in Fort Myers, FL, then holding campaign rallies in Ocala, FL, and Macon, GA. Meanwhile, a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows Biden has the lead on health care issues

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill: Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he and Speaker Pelosi are STILL working on a coronavirus aid deal. VP contender Sen. Kamala Harris halted travel after her communications director and a flight crew member tested positive for COVID-19.

 
 
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