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Hello,

Hope you all had restful weekends. Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer here with your daily dispatch of healthcare news.

Today: A look at how the pandemic changed ALS research, new data on remdesivir suggests it might not improve outcomes in COVID-19 patients, and 9 candidates that are our best short at a coronavirus treatment. 

And in case you missed it: Over the weekend, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma for COVID-19 after feeling pressure from the White House to do so.  


Dr. Merit Cudkowicz

Dr. Merit Cudkowicz is speeding up how treatments for ALS are developed, even during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The coronavirus pandemic disrupted clinical trials. A top ALS researcher explains how that helps the work she’s doing.

Read the full story from Kimberly Leonard here>>


FILE PHOTO: An ampule of drugmaker Gilead's remdesivir, which has won emergency approval as a treatment for COVID-19 in Japan, is pictured during a news conference at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, Germany, April 8, 2020. Ulrich Perrey/Pool via REUTERS

An ampule of drugmaker Gilead’s remdesivir.

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Remdesivir, the only FDA-authorized drug for COVID-19, may not significantly improve outcomes, a study found

Read the full story from Susie Neilson here>>


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The world desperately needs coronavirus treatments, even if we get a vaccine. These 9 candidates are our best hope so far.

Read the full story from Aria Bendix and Andrew Dunn here>>


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What’s on your radar going into the fall when it comes to the race for coronavirus treatments and vaccines? Let me know at lramsey@businessinsider.com.

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– Lydia

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