COVID-19 Update: August 5

On Monday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee called for the Tennessee General Assembly to convene on Monday, August 10, for a special session to address COVID-19 liability protections, telehealth services, and laws governing the Capitol grounds. This comes as the virus is spreading more rapidly in rural counties in Tennessee. According to a report from the Vanderbilt Department of [...]

2020-08-05T16:30:59-06:00August 5th, 2020|COVID-19 News, News|

COVID-19 Update: July 29

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee rejected White House advisor Dr. Deborah Birx's recommendation that bars should close and restaurants should reduce dining capacity to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state, which officials warn is on the precipice of a crisis. Meanwhile, Phase 3 clinical trials began this week for both Pfizer's and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines. Each trial aims to enroll [...]

2020-07-29T16:49:17-06:00July 29th, 2020|COVID-19 News, News|

COVID-19 Update: July 22

Despite the continued spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., researchers are making incredible strides in diagnostics and treatment. Today, we're going to focus on a few efforts from LST members.  First, Pfizer and partner BioNTech released data Monday from a German study of their vaccine BNT162b1 that showed it stimulated a virus-specific response from immune cells as well as [...]

2020-07-22T17:19:50-06:00July 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 News, News|

COVID-19 Update: July 15

Cases of the COVID-19 continue to climb in Tennessee and other hot spots throughout the U.S. with bleak projections from the director of the CDC Dr. Robert Redfield. Still, the innovation and diligence of the life science industry brings treatment and cures closer each day. Moderna announced promising results from their latest vaccine trial and plans to begin a Phase 3 [...]

2020-07-15T16:39:25-06:00July 15th, 2020|COVID-19 News, News|

COVID-19 Update: July 8

Updates about the coronavirus are a balance between terrible, no good news and hopeful developments. Positive cases of the virus continue to grow in the U.S., with Arizona, Florida and South Carolina having the most confirmed new cases of the virus than anywhere else in the world. If you're looking for the latest COVID-19 transmission [...]

2020-07-15T16:39:45-06:00July 8th, 2020|COVID-19 News, News|

COVID-19 Update: July 1

It is clear that the coronavirus still poses great risk with new cases, hospitalization rates, and deaths continuing to rise. But let's share some good news. Today, Pfizer and partner BioNTech announced early positive data from their ongoing study of a mRNA-based vaccine to help prevent COVID-19 infections. The BNT162 vaccine program, dubbed Project Lightspeed, is evaluating at least four experimental [...]

2020-07-01T17:36:47-06:00July 1st, 2020|COVID-19 News, News|

COVID-19 Update: June 24

 While some states continue to see progress, coronavirus cases are surging in parts of the South and West as well as in other countries. This rise comes as more cities and states reopen restaurants and businesses. In Tennessee, reporting shows the virus is worse than at any previous point in the pandemic. According to the Tennessean, "As of [...]

2020-06-24T15:30:23-06:00June 24th, 2020|COVID-19 News, News|

COVID-19 Update: June 17

 A new modeling report from Vanderbilt University Medical Center finds that hospitalization rates in the state have risen since early June and are currently at their highest point in the pandemic. According to the report, "Tennessee has seen increases in hospitalized COVID-19 patients concentrated in particular regions, namely the Memphis Delta and Southeast Tennessee region that includes [...]

2020-06-17T15:48:52-06:00June 17th, 2020|COVID-19 News, News|

COVID-19 Update: June 10

According to a Tennessean report, the number of Tennesseans “actively infected” with coronavirus increased by 42% since a low point last month as hospitalizations also rose. A spokesperson for the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force said they expected to see the increase as businesses reopened, adding, “Thus far the rise is manageable and the rate of [...]

2020-06-10T16:03:30-06:00June 10th, 2020|COVID-19 News, News|

COVID-19 Update: June 3

In the Volunteer State, Governor Bill Lee announced a $200 million relief program for small businesses impacted by the pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created immense economic pain across our state and especially among small businesses that faced temporary closure,” Lee said in a statement Tuesday. “As we responsibly steward our federal stimulus money we have [...]

2020-06-03T16:39:29-06:00June 3rd, 2020|COVID-19 News, News|
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