Eli Lilly starts world’s first human trial of potential antibody treatment


People across the U.S. gathered in mass over the weekend and into Monday morning to protest police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, raising concerns of further virus spread through the demonstrations. More than 1.7 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for the virus and more than 104,000 have died due to Covid-19. Black Americans have made up a disproportionate share of the deaths as underlying conditions, income inequality and disparity in access to health care have exacerbated the outbreak in the black community.

Some state and city officials have urged protesters to seek Covid-19

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Antibody testing shows coronavirus is still spreading in low-income, minority communities in NYC, Gov. Cuomo says


Governor Cuomo makes an announcement and holds briefing on COVID-19 response at Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

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The coronavirus is still spreading through New York City’s low-income, predominantly minority communities when compared with the general population, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday. 

Cuomo said that data from approximately 8,000 antibody tests conducted by Northwell Health in New York City found that the Bronx had the highest percentage of positive tests at 34%. New York City overall had a positive rate of nearly 20%. 

The state has partnered with the faith-based

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FDA grants emergency use authorization Abbott Labs second antibody test


President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden after introducing a new point-of-care COVID-19 test kit developed by Abbott Labs at the White House on March 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for Abbott Laboratories’ new coronavirus test that detects Covid-19 antibodies, the company announced Monday.

Abbott plans to ship nearly 30 million tests, which can indicate whether a person has had Covid-19 in the past and was either asymptomatic or recovered, in May and will have the capacity to ship 60 million tests in June, the

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FDA tightens rules on coronavirus antibody tests after accuracy concerns


A Detroit resident is tested for free for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and antibodies at the Sheffield Center in Detroit, Michigan, April 28, 2020.

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The Food and Drug Administration on Monday tightened rules for coronavirus antibody tests, ordering manufacturers to submit emergency use authorization forms and data proving the tests work within 10 days or face possible removal. 

So-called serological, or antibody, tests can indicate whether a person has had Covid-19 in the past and was either asymptomatic or recovered.

So far, 12 antibody tests have been authorized by the FDA for emergency use, and more

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