As China relaxes zero-COVID, tech firms assume a larger role in fighting the virus
China’s abrupt easing of its zero-COVID policy last week has led to a spike in cases and rising fears of the virus. Over the last three years, authorities have used big data to monitor the movem
India is repurposing its COVID-19 contact tracing app and vaccination website
India is repurposing its COVID-19 contact-tracing app and vaccination website to address other health concerns in the South Asian country. A senior official said Sunday that the Indian government is p
Virtual research institute battles Long COVID with backing from Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin
A new nonprofit “startup” is emerging from stealth today with $15 million in funding from Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin, with a focus squarely on studying and treating Long COVID. Wh
It might be time for companies in San Francisco to call employees’ bluff
Spend any amount of time in New York, and you’ll feel it. Manhattan and Brooklyn are teeming with activity. It’s electrifying to be there after years spent relatively locked down. The ques
FDA clears COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized use of the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, and from Moderna, for kids between six months and five years of age. The FDA’s decisio
Tesla closes Shanghai Gigafactory for two days as Covid cases spike in China
Tesla has idled its Shanghai Gigafactory for two days amid a rise in China’s Omicron cases that has prompted the government to tighten restrictions there. The automaker sent a notice to employees an
Travel experiences app Headout survives the Omicron surge, grabs $30M more in funding
Though the COVID-19 pandemic almost immediately devasted the business of travel booking startup Headout, the company has been able to return to growth as domestic travel rebounded in recent months. Th
COVIDTests.gov is accepting orders for free rapid tests a day early
Folks in the US can now order free, at-home COVID-19 tests from a United States Postal Service website, one day earlier than expected.
US residents can order free, at-home COVID-19 tests starting on January 19th
One year, 10 months and eight days after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans will be able to order free, at-home tests from the government.
Merck’s COVID-19 antiviral pill is the second authorized by the FDA
Pfizer's COVID-19 antiviral pill will already have some competition in the US: The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency use authorization for Merck's Molnupiravir pill.
FDA authorizes Pfizer’s Covid antiviral pill for people 12 and older
The FDA has issued an emergency authorization for Pfizer's antiviral pill, making it the first oral method for treating mild to moderate cases of COVID-19. The EUA covers high-risk people 12 and up.
Medable reaches $2.1B valuation as Tiger, Blackstone, GSR pump new capital into clinical trials management company
Medable has grown 300% in the past year and over 800% in the last 18 months, which CEO Michelle Longmire said was proof that a patient-centered approach is taking hold.
Cannabis investment jumps 82% the second half of 2021, 165% over 2020 levels
Cannabis equity fundraising is quickly hitting new highs. An analysis of Crunchbase data reveals cannabis companies are seeing larger checks from equity financing, and the number of rounds is seemingl
Amazon is now selling its own COVID-19 test kits for $39.99 in the U.S.
Amazon announced this morning it would begin to sell its own brand of COVID-19 at-home tests to Amazon shoppers in the U.S. The test retails for $39.99 on the Amazon.com website and is available to an
Messaging social network IRL hits unicorn status with SoftBank-led $170M Series C
Social calendar app IRL has been busy building a messaging-based social network, or what founder and CEO Abraham Shafi calls a “WeChat of the West.” Following its pandemic-fueled growth an
Disease-related risk management is now a thing, and this young startup is at the forefront
Charity Dean has been in the national spotlight lately because she was among a group of doctors, scientists and tech entrepreneurs who sounded the pandemic alarm early last year and who are featured i
Google begins surfacing vaccine centers, hospital beds, oxygen info in India
Google, which reaches more than half a billion people in India, is turning its services into tools to help the world’s second-largest internet market fight the pandemic. Google said on Monday it
Curran Biotech’s new nanocoating could prevent indoor transmission of COVID-19
A new nanocoating from Curran Biotech could dramatically improve air filtration to prevent the spread of COVID-19 indoors. Their Capture Coating technology acts as a supplement to any household or com
Serimmune launches new immune response mapping service for COVID-19
Immune intelligence startup Serimmune hopes to better understand the relationship between antibody epitopes (the parts of antigen molecules that bind to antibodies) and the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The compa
VC Lindy Fishburne on the seemingly sudden democratization of science
Deep science investor Lindy Fishburne cofounded the seed- and early-stage venture firm Breakout Ventures several years ago, after cofounding Breakout Labs within the Thiel Foundation back in 2011, and