Coronavirus: Pfizer says vaccine 95% effective in final analysis of clinical trial

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Drugmaker Pfizer said a final analysis has revealed that its COVID-19 vaccine was 95% effective in a clinical trial.

BREAKING: We are proud to announce, along with @BioNTech_Group, that the Phase 3 study of our #COVID19 vaccine candidate has met all primary efficacy endpoints.

— Pfizer Inc. (@pfizer) November 18, 2020

The company, along with partner BioNTech, announced the update in a news release Wednesday.

“After conducting the final efficacy analysis in their ongoing Phase 3 study, their mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate, BNT162b2, met all of the study’s primary efficacy endpoints,” the release said. “Analysis of the data indicates a vaccine efficacy rate of 95% (p<0.0001) in participants without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (first primary objective) and also in participants with and without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (second primary objective), in each case measured from seven days after the second dose.”

In the trial, which enrolled more than 43,000 participants, researchers recorded 170 coronavirus cases, the companies said. Of those cases, 162 occurred among placebo recipients, while just eight occurred in those who received the vaccine, the news release said.

Additionally, efficacy was more than 94% for adults over age 65, the companies said. An independent Data Monitoring Committee also “has not reported any serious safety concerns related to the vaccine,” according to the release.

The companies said they will submit an application “within days” to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization.

The announcement came two days after biotech company Moderna said an early analysis found its COVID-19 vaccine candidate was 94.5% effective in a clinical trial, according to The Associated Press. Pfizer also announced on Nov. 9 that early data suggested its vaccine was more than 90% effective.

We just announced that mRNA-1273, our COVID-19 vaccine candidate, has met its primary efficacy endpoint in the first interim analysis of the Phase 3 COVE study.

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— Moderna (@moderna_tx) November 16, 2020

UPDATE: We are proud to announce, along with @BioNTech_Group, that our mRNA-based #vaccine candidate has, at an interim analysis, demonstrated initial evidence of efficacy against #COVID19 in participants without prior evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

— Pfizer Inc. (@pfizer) November 9, 2020

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How COVID-19 Accelerated a New Frontier of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence

How COVID-19 Accelerated a New Frontier of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence. Photo credit to @max_776, Adobe stock. The year 2020 will …

The year 2020 will forever be known as the year of COVID-19. The virus disrupted people’s lives in ways never envisioned and also claimed over a million lives. But amidst this tragedy, one positive development is that the pandemic has forced individuals, corporations, and governments to become much more adept at analyzing data to make informed decisions.

Most individuals, if asked, could tell you how many new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in their city, province, state, or country in the past 24 hours. They could likely even compare a given day’s case count to that of the previous day and identify trends in the evolution of the virus, a process similar to what a data analyst would do when data mining.

Ultimately, people are looking at data and interpreting it to make decisions at an unprecedented rate

The main purpose of checking the number of cases in one’s region is to make informed decisions. If you see that COVID-19 cases are trending upwards, you might decide to cancel your weekend plans, or you might stock up on food as you anticipate another lockdown. On the other hand, if cases are going down, you may choose to gather with a few friends (with social distancing, of course). Ultimately, people are looking at data and interpreting it to make decisions at an unprecedented rate.

In the early days of the pandemic, McGill University launched a student-run initiative called COVID-QC, led by Professor Juan Serpa. COVID-QC provides approximate real-time information about case counts in different parts of Quebec, as well as graphs depicting the evolution of cases, deaths, and recovery numbers. Such an initiative not only shows that individuals have become more comfortable with manipulating and organizing data, but it also helps others make informed decisions by providing them with user-friendly dashboards.

Corporations have been forced to make huge adjustments to their operations, and while some companies like Amazon and Zoom have benefited from lockdowns, most businesses have found themselves in precarious situations. Just like individuals, companies have made extensive use of data since the start of the pandemic. According to a survey from Sisense, 50 percent of companies are using data analytics “more or much more” than before the pandemic, including over 68 percent of small businesses.

…companies that favour data-driven decision-making are more likely to successfully manage the crisis and to recover faster than businesses who do not make use of data analytics…

The survey found that business intelligence applications are often used in customer relationship management (CRM). For example, a major challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic is ensuring that clients feel safe when visiting brick-and-mortar stores. Thanks to business intelligence tools, CRM systems, and social networking platforms, companies can obtain direct feedback from their customers and put measures in place to guarantee the health and safety of everyone. Business intelligence tools, such as decision support systems (DSS), have also allowed companies to produce sales forecasts and stress-tests, which are especially useful for assessing a company’s ability to operate under challenging economic scenarios.

Using DSS, companies can perform sensitivity analyses to evaluate the impacts that external variables, such as a possible lockdown or employee sickness, have on their operations. A podcast by McKinsey & Company revealed the importance of financial stress-testing, or scenario-based forecasting, to provide “much-needed clarity” for businesses struggling to cope with the pandemic conditions. According to Deloitte, companies that favour data-driven decision-making are more likely to successfully manage the crisis and to recover faster than businesses who do not make use of data analytics, as data-driven organizations manage core business operations in the most cost-effective way.

Governments are also using data extensively as the crisis continues, providing daily updates to the public about the state of COVID-19. When governments make decisions regarding the implementation or removal of lockdown restrictions, they do so by analyzing data and measuring ratios such as the R-number (rate of spread) or the number of infections per one million inhabitants.

The most noticeable use of data by some governments is perhaps the development of contact tracing applications, which alert individuals when they are in proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The government of Canada recently launched its own COVID-19 contact tracing app, COVID Alert, which has been downloaded over five million times so far across eight provinces. Other applications of data analytics in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic include technology companies assisting governments and corporations. An example is Salesforce, a cloud-based software company, which provides free tools to help emergency response teams, as well as safe return-to-work strategies for companies.

There is nothing like a pandemic to make us realize just how impactful data-based decision making is for everyone. In an increasingly complex decision-making environment, sophisticated tools and frameworks for decision making are crucial for individuals to make wise choices, for companies to perform in the marketplace, and for governments to be effective when delivering information and services to the public. We might never master the science of decision-making, but one thing is for certain: we are getting better at it.

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Urgent Plama Donations Continue in South Korea as Global Covid-19 Cases Surge Once More

… of the Testimony (Shincheonji) announced they will be having a third round of convalescent plasma donations beginning on November 16th through …

Plasma donations will take place in the Daegu Athletics Promotion Center from November 16th to December 11th.

Four Thousand Cured Covid-19 Patients from the Shincheonji, Church of Jesus, Give their Plasma in a Third Round of Donations

NEW YORK, NY, USA, November 10, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Shincheonji, the Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (Shincheonji) announced they will be having a third round of convalescent plasma donations beginning on November 16th through December 11th at the Daegu Athletics Promotion Center. Approximately 4,000 members who have fully recovered from Covid-19 plan to donate their plasma in hopes to help develop a viable treatment containing antibodies which may fight against COVID-19.

Last month, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) requested the cooperation of Shincheonji for more plasma donations. The KCDC stated, “With the continuous outbreak of COVID-19 domestically and internationally, with no effective treatments, it is necessary to develop a treatment system through group plasma donations.”

Previously, Shincheonji organized two group plasma donations. The first donation was in July and the second one was in September. Thus far, 2,030 people have donated and approximately 1,700 are members of Shincheonji. There are 312 people who have donated their plasma at least twice.

In a press briefing on November 3, Kwon Joon-Wook, the deputy director of the Central Anti-Disaster Headquarters, stated, “We are grateful for Shincheonji’s active participation and cooperation with the Daegu Metropolitan City and the Korean Red Cross.”

An official of the Shincheonji stated, “I was happy and grateful to hear on the news that the blood plasma was being used on the medical site. This is the most valuable thing we can do. “He also added, “Through the experience of plasma donations, the members realize the power to overcome COVID-19 is built on love and unity. We will do our best to help the Republic of Korea overcome COVID-19.”

The official added, “We understand that there are voices of concern as church facilities are ordered to be closed down by region. Everyone may rest assured as Shincheonji, Church of Jesus, will maintain its online service until COVID-19 is stabilized. Our facilities will remain closed for the protection of our members and the health and safety of the community.”

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    Study finds Hydroxychloroquine does not help patients hospitalized with COVID-19

    As lead investigator of the national Hydroxychloroquine study, he explained, “There was really good reason to believe Hydroxychlorquine could have …

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Hydroxychloroquine became a very commonly used medication for COVID-19 in the spring without strong evidence that it would be beneficial, explained Dr. Wesley Self, Vice President of Clinical Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    “When the COVID pandemic hit we were scrambling, as the whole world was, for the best way to treat patients. The first thing to do is really look at all the medication you already have access to,” said Dr. Self.

    As lead investigator of the national Hydroxychloroquine study, he explained, “There was really good reason to believe Hydroxychlorquine could have been helpful. We know it decreases what we call systemic inflammation and that’s a big part of COVID-19.”

    Thirty-four hospitals across the United States participated in the clinical trial.

    “We studied 479 patients. Half of them had Hydroxychloroquine and half were given a placebo which basically has nothing in it. All of those patients had COVID-19. All were quite sick,” said Dr. Self.

    The findings published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association found patients had the same clinical outcomes.

    “The same number died, which is about ten percent, unfortunately, in both groups,” said Dr. Self. “It took the same length of time to recover and the same amount of oxygen was necessary in both groups.”

    While Dr. Self says this news is disappointing, the team has shifted its focus to investigating the potential benefits of other treatments.

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