Intellectual Property Benefits for COVID-19

Currently, the pharmaceutical industry has 133 vaccine candidates under development, 20 pharmaceutical companies are focused on finding a cure or treatment for coronavirus, and there are 35 ongoing clinical studies. In addition, the industry has donated more than USD 25 million in medicines and medical protective equipment, USD 40 million in in-kind donations, and USD…

Integrated care to face diabetes during COVID-19

The public health emergency caused by COVID-19 is as worrying as chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, or epilepsy. By definition, these are long-lasting, slowly progressive diseases and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), responsible for the main causes of global mortality. However, those diseases can be prevented by up to 80 percent. According…

Counterfeited medicines during the pandemic

The battle against COVID-19 currently has two front lines: eradicating the virus and eradicating misinformation around the virus. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), internet searches for updated information about the coronavirus rose from 50 percent to 70 percent in just one month (April-May), and although this may seem good news at first…

Changes in regulatory agencies due to COVID-19

Once the coronavirus vaccine is designed in a laboratory, it must be shipped to every country, and before it reaches patients, it must go through the relevant regulatory agency. They review medications, issue approvals, licenses, and provide the public with medical information. Upon achievement of this process -if the entity approves the medication- patients will…

COVID-19 after reactivation of countries

“We unite in unprecedented ways to crush the virus, today there are no active cases in New Zealand,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on June 8th, making this country the first to lift almost all restrictions to combat coronavirus. Meanwhile, some countries are slowly lifting restrictions and others are preparing to make their first openings…

Coronavirus vaccine is changing science

It is no secret to anyone that science does not have all answers desired by the world and that there is currently a race-against-the-virus scenario. However, this could be favorable for research and medical development. One of the stories to be told in the coming years will be the accelerated scientific development that responded to…