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    COVID SCIENCE-S. African virus variant may resist antibody drugs; Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine seems to work vs UK variant

    The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. The variant of the new coronavirus identified in South Africa can resist, or "escape," antibodies that neutralize earlier versions of the virus, scientists have found. It "exhibits complete escape" from three classes of monoclonal antibodies manufactured for treating COVID-19 patients, and it shows "substantial or complete" resistance to neutralizing antibodies in blood donated by COVID-19 survivors, the scientists reported on Tuesday on bioRxiv ahead of peer review.

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    Ivory Coast appoints Mars executive to lead cocoa initiative

    Ivory Coast has appointed Alex Assanvo, a corporate director at chocolate maker Mars Wrigley , as the pioneer executive of a West African body aimed at coordinating the actions the world's two top cocoa producers. Ivory Coast and Ghana, who together account for over 60% of global output of cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, created the Ivory Coast and Ghana Cocoa Initiative in August to harmonise their actions as they try to exert more influence in the sector.

  • Charlotte-based Collier’s Signs Deal with HealthySole to Complete Comprehensive UVC Infection Control Product Line
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    Charlotte-based Collier’s Signs Deal with HealthySole to Complete Comprehensive UVC Infection Control Product Line

    Collier’s Medical Equipment, which serves nearly every major healthcare system in the Carolinas, will offer HealthySole UVC light units.