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Today in healthcare news: What Apple’s new products tell us about its healthcare ambitions, Pfizer’s execs are feeling confident on vaccine data by the end of October, and an inside look at a men’s health startup that’s become a key testing player.
Plus: We just got some data showing that one of the antibody drugs Eli Lilly’s developing with AbCellera might be able to help patients with COVID-19. In the group that took the medication, hospitalizations occurred in 1.7% of patients, compared to 6% of those who received a placebo. More on the results from Lilly here.
- Apple made clear it’s going deeper into the healthcare industry on Tuesday.
- On Tuesday, the company debuted a new fitness service for Apple Watch as well as a new watch feature that can monitor users’ blood oxygen levels.
- Over the past few years, Apple has pushed deeper into healthcare through research, its devices, and partnerships.
We just got new details on exactly how Pfizer could have definitive coronavirus vaccine data by Halloween
- Top Pfizer executives are standing by the ambitious timeline that the drugmaking giant will have in October conclusive efficacy data for its coronavirus vaccine candidate.
- Albert Bourla, Pfizer’s CEO, and Kathrin Jansen, the company’s head of vaccine research, both said Tuesday they expect data by the end of October.
How a little-known men’s health startup became a key coronavirus testing partner for 61 colleges, SpaceX, and the NBA
- Vault Health, a little-known startup for men’s healthcare, is taking on coronavirus testing.
- It was working with Rutgers University on a male fertility program when the pandemic hit. When Rutgers made a coronavirus test that uses saliva samples, Vault saw itself as a natural distributor.
- Now, it’s landing high-profile clients like the NBA and SpaceX, while helping 61 colleges with testing.
More stories we’re reading:
- “This is third grade maths. I mean, are you kidding?” Bill Gates goes off on the US response to the pandemic (Stat News)
- At least 5 teachers have died from COVID-19 since the school year began. Here are their stories. (Insider)
- Trump’s HHS spokesman is considering taking medical leave after spreading wild conspiracies about armed left-wing ‘hit squads’ attacking Trump’s inauguration (Business Insider)
- HHS chief Alex Azar overrode FDA officials on testing(Politico)
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