• Swiss Re CEO: Mortality Losses Higher Than Expected as COVID-19 Prompts 2020 Net Loss

    8 days ago - By A.M. Best

    Swiss Re Ltd. saw nearly $1 billion in mortality claims from COVID-19 as the group reported $3.9 billion in claims and reserves related to the pandemic, said its chief executive officer.
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  • Color got its start during the consumer DNA testing boom. Now, the CEO of the $1.5 billion startup tells us why he thinks genetics are just one aspect of how the upstart will overhaul healthcare

    Color got its start during the consumer DNA testing boom. Now, the CEO of the $1.5 billion startup tells us why he thinks genetics are just one aspect of how the upstart will overhaul healthcare

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Summary List Placement Othman Laraki, the chief executive of Color, is tired of having his company pigeonholed.
    Often grouped into the broader personal-DNA-testing space with 23andMe and Ancestry, the company formerly known as Color Genomics now prides itself on its efforts in population health that provide software to public health entities and health systems - with genetic screening tests as part of a larger package deal. In January, Color raised $167 million in a Series D round that valued the company at $1.5 billion, giving it "unicorn" status.
    "From our perspective, we have actually...
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  • Can you get fired if you don't get a COVID vaccine? Yes

    8 days ago - By Fast Company

    Most companies will probably stop short of requiring that all employees get vaccinated. But they could, with some exceptions.
    Not having the COVID-19 vaccine in your arm could get you the boot.
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  • The Latest: Pfizer-BioNTech data shows vaccine easier to use

    The Latest: Pfizer-BioNTech data shows vaccine easier to use

    8 days ago - By Stl Today

    NEW YORK - New data indicate the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech could be stored for two weeks without the ultracold storage currently required, potentially making its use a bit easier.
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  • Politicians and doctors are reportedly clawing back COVID-19 vaccine doses from overstocked nursing homes

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    A patient passes down the hall at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence in Massachusetts on August 26, 2020.
    Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
    Millions of vaccine doses have gone unused at long-term care facilities, according to a report from The New York Times.
    Some have left nursing homes, and many have opted to not take the vaccine, leaving shots behind.
    Several states are trying to claim unused doses to provide more to the rest of the population.
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    States are trying to seize stockpiles of COVID-19 vaccines allocated...
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  • COVID-19 Policy Tracker: American Recovery Plan On Its Way

    8 days ago - By Economy

    Singapore's 2021 budget remains expansionary with a SGD11 billion deficit.
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  • 10 investors predict MaaS, on-demand delivery and EVs will dominate mobility's post-pandemic future

    8 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    The COVID-19 pandemic didn't just upend the transportation industry. It laid bare its weaknesses, and conversely, uncovered potential opportunities.
    Electric bikes sales spiked as public transit ridership evaporated. The public, and investors, began to recognize the utility of autonomous sidewalk delivery bots, which had once been viewed as mere novelties; the rising popularity of on-demand delivery prompted major retailers like Walmart to put more resources towards meeting consumers needs and was one of the driving forces behind Uber's decision to dump nearly every business unit and...
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  • Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine just got a lot easier to transport and distribute

    8 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech now has less stringent and extreme transportation requirements than it debuted with. Originally, the mRNA-based vaccine had to be maintained at ultra-low temperatures throughout the transportation chain in order to remain viable - between -76°F and -112°F. New stability data collected by Pfizer and BioNTech, which has been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for review, allow it to be stored at temps between 5°F and -13°F - ranges available in standard medical freezers found in most clinics and care facilities.
    The...
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  • The Latest: Alaska progressing on vaccinations

    The Latest: Alaska progressing on vaccinations

    8 days ago - By Stl Today

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska public health officials say 58% of residents 65 and older have received a COVID-19 vaccination since distribution efforts began.
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  • The first dose of the Pfizer vaccine is 85% effective, Israeli study finds

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Sheba's research suggests an 85% reduction in symptomatic COVID-19 within 15 to 28 days.
    Dado Ruvic/Reuters
    The first dose of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine is 85% effective, Reuters reported.
    The UK government has already prioritized the first dose scheme over the two-shot scheme.
    The European Medicines Agency and the FDA are against delaying the second vaccine dose, however.
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    The first dose of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine is 85% effective at preventing COVID-19, researchers in Israel found, according to a...
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  • Investors poured $18.1 billion into food tech startups in 2020. Here are 6 companies bringing automation, robotics, and more to Domino's, Dunkin', KFC, and other restaurant chains

    Investors poured $18.1 billion into food tech startups in 2020. Here are 6 companies bringing automation, robotics, and more to Domino's, Dunkin', KFC, and other restaurant chains

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Summary List Placement The pandemic upended the restaurant industry forcing brands who had long ignored their digital game to quickly adopt. Customers are looking for faster and more convenient experiences, and behind the scenes, restaurants are turning to startups to get help get their digital game up to speed.
    Many restaurants are facing an uphill battle. In 2020, restaurant traffic plummeted by 7.8 billion visits, according to The NPD Group.
    But even chains that have fared well during the pandemic are increasingly turning to new technologies. Chains like Domino's, Dunkin', White Castle...
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  • Novavax jumps 10% on deal to provide over 1 billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine globally

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Kate Bingham, Chair of the Government's Vaccine Taskforce, with a plaster on her arm after starting her Novavax trial at the Royal Free Hospital, north London.
    Kirsty O'Connor/PA via Getty Images
    Shares of Novavax jumped 10% on Friday after the company announced that it would supply over 1.1 billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.
    The company late Thursday unveiled a memorandum of understanding with GAVI to provide its vaccine in a push to guarantee fair and equitable distribution.
    The company's vaccine was the first to demonstrate clinical efficacy against both the original strain of...
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  • Walgreens To Expand Covid-19 Vaccination To Pharmacies In 23 States

    8 days ago - By Forbes

    Walgreens said it will begin receiving more than 480,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses a week as part of the broader Biden administration effort to increase vaccination at U.S. pharmacies.
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  • 4 design lessons from the disastrous vaccine rollout

    8 days ago - By Fast Company

    The vaccine rollout has frustrated people across the country. But it didn't have to be that way.
    When Lisa deBettencourt helped her 75-year-old father register on New Hampshire's COVID-19 vaccine website, the digital health design expert had low expectations. But even she was alarmed when, after informing the system her father was over 65 years old, it asked if he was currently pregnant. With no alternative, she carefully completed the rest of the process, or so she thought. She had no way of knowing that more frustrations were ahead.
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  • Novavax jumps 10% on deal to provide over 1 billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine globally

    Novavax jumps 10% on deal to provide over 1 billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine globally

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Summary List Placement Shares of Novavax jumped 10% on Friday after the biotech firm announced that it would supply over 1.1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines as part of a global initiative.
    The Gaithersburg, Maryland-based company late Thursday unveiled a memorandum of understanding with GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, to provide its vaccine to the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access initiative in a global push to guarantee fair and equitable vaccine distribution.
    COVAX is a global vaccine initiative led by the GAVI, the World Health Organization, and the Coalition...
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