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BAT: Latent Covid-19 Vaccine Ready for Human Trials

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British American Tobacco (BAT) said on Friday is ready to test its potential Covid-19 vaccine using proteins from tobacco leaves on humans, after it generated a positive immune response in pre-clinical trials, reports Reuters.

Once it gets approval from the U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) for the vaccine, the company plans to start testing on humans.

In April BAT announced it was developing a Covid-19 vaccine from tobacco leaves and could produce 1 million to 3 million doses per week if it got the support of government agencies and the right manufacturers.

Multiple companies from a variety of sectors have been racing to develop a vaccine for Covid-19, with some of the vaccines already in human trials. Experts have suggested that a Covid-19 vaccine could take 12-18 months to develop.

On Friday, BAT said it had submitted a pre-investigative new drug application to the FDA and that the agency had acknowledged the submission. BAT said it was also talking with other government agencies around the world about the vaccine.

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'Outpatient Is Still Chaos': What We Heard This Week

"We still predominately test if you are being admitted or, now, if you need an elective surgery or admission to a skilled nursing facility. Outpatient is still chaos." -- An anonymous infectious diseases specialist, responding to a MedPage Today benchmark survey about challenges healthcare workers face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"They are a harbinger of what is to come. In several decades, these conditions will start affecting large regions and for longer periods of time." -- Matthew Huber, PhD, of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, about potentially fatal heat and humidity mixtures recorded at weather stations throughout the world.

"Don't buy any fancy cars." -- Andrew Freedman, MD, program director of the urology residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, on his advice to medical trainees in the current uncertain economic climate.

"It's actually incredibly complicated." -- Alysse Wurcel, MD, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, on the logistics of testing prison and jail inmates for coronavirus infection.

"It is an important milestone in the field as it reports on survival of stem cell-derived dopamine neurons in a human brain." -- Malin Parmar, PhD, of Lund University in Sweden, discussing a novel brain cell transplant performed in a Parkinson's disease patient.

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New York’s Ban on Flavored Vapor Products Begins May 18

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Sales of flavored vapor products come to close in the U.S. state of New York at retail stores beginning Monday May 18. Monday also brings a close to the sale of all tobacco products at pharmacies.

“Healthcare-related entities should not be in the business of selling tobacco, the leading cause of preventable death in New York State,” wrote Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a press release. “Ending the sale of tobacco and e-cigarette products in pharmacies will help reduce the availability, visibility and social acceptability of tobacco use, especially to youth.”

The measure also makes it illegal to sell electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) online, by phone and by mail order.

New York became the first state in the country to ban flavored electronic cigarettes in September of last year. Cuomo announced the decision as part of a series of efforts to combat the increase in young people using vape products. Cuomo said in a statement that it was “undeniable” that flavors like bubblegum and cotton candy are deliberately designed to target youths.

 

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