India Death Data Shows Small Jump in 2020 Despite Covid Outbreak

Officials have clashed with the World Health Organization over a yet-to-be-released report that says India’s official Covid death toll is at least 4 million, the highest in the world, the New York Times reported last month. India, which officially acknowledges a little over 523,900 Covid deaths so far, criticized WHO’s method of calculating Covid mortality … Read more

House McKinsey Probe Eyes Risk Process Once Led by Fed’s Barkin

The report, issued by the committee’s Democratic majority, identified what it called “significant conflicts of interest” at the consulting firm. It found at least 22 McKinsey consultants, including senior partners, had worked for the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees the pharmaceuticals industry, and for opioid manufacturers, sometimes at the same time. .

Coronavirus Persisting in Feces Offers Clues to Long Covid Cause

No one knows yet what causes the constellation of post-Covid symptoms, often termed long Covid, that afflict from 5% to 80% of people after a SARS-CoV-2 infection. It’s possible at least four different biological mechanisms lead to distinct conditions or subtypes of long Covid, said Akiko Iwasaki, a professor of immunobiology and molecular, cellular, and … Read more

Bluebird Bio Cuts Expenses and Its Workforce to Navigate Cash Crunch

The cuts will fund the company into the first half of next year, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Bluebird said in a statement. By then, the company anticipates that US regulators will clear two of its gene therapies, one for a rare metabolic ailment and another for the blood disorder beta thalessemia. Bluebird had 518 employees as of … Read more