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Lamar Alexander says 130,000 New, Rapid COVID-19 Tests Headed to Tennessee

 

Will Build Confidence About Going Back to School and Work

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Donald Trump Administration announced distribution of the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests:

“The Trump Administration announcement that it will send 130,000 new rapid COVID-19 Coronavirus diagnostic tests to Tennessee will build confidence about going back to school, back to work, and out to eat. That number should quickly increase during October and November because the Administration has purchased the entire 150 million initial production of Abbott’s new test that gives more reliable results in 15 minutes.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says National Institutes of Health “Shark Tank” is Doing in Months What Usually Takes Three to Seven Years

 

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the “Shark Tank” initiative at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is “doing in months what usually takes three to seven years,” after the NIH announced funding for seven new COVID-19 Coronavirus diagnostic testing methods.

“Tens of millions of new diagnostic tests with quick results are key to containing the virus and building confidence to go back to school, back to work and out to eat,” Senator Alexander said. “This is the surest path toward normalcy until we have a vaccine.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Senator Lamar Alexander: “Will There Be Enough COVID-19 Tests So We Can Watch Some Football This Fall, Or Basketball This Winter?”

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – At a Senate hearing this past week on COVID-19 Coronavirus, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) asked National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins whether “In the midst of all this depressing news about the virus, will there be enough tests so we can watch some football this fall, or basketball this winter?”

Alexander said the answer may depend upon Dr. Collins’ project to find new ways to produce tens of millions of quick, reliable diagnostic tests. 

Dr. Collins is heading an effort, nicknamed the “shark tank,” to accelerate development of new tests to determine whether an individual has COVID-19 Coronavirus.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: June 19th, 2020

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Silver Spring, MD – On Friday, June 19th, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic:

The FDA issued an updated FDA COVID-19 Response At-A-Glance Summary that provides a quick look at facts, figures, and highlights of the agency’s response efforts.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Publicly Shares Antibody Test Performance Data From Kits as Part of Validation Study

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration publicly posted test performance data from four more antibody, or serology, test kits on open.fda.gov from its independent performance validation study effort with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI).

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Coronavirus

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Lamar Alexander: Accelerating the development of COVID-19 testing technologies

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Thursday, May 7th, 2020, the U.S. Senate health committee I chair will hold a hearing with Dr. Francis Collins at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Dr. Gary Disbrow at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). 

This hearing will be an opportunity for senators to learn how NIH is working to create new technologies to produce the tens of millions of diagnostic tests we will need to contain COVID-19 Coronavirus.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Tennessee hospitals and clinics will receive an additional $179 million in funding made available through the CARES Act

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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President Donald Trump meets with airline CEOs to discuss Coronavirus and travel

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence sat down with airline executives at the White House Wednesday morning, March 4th, 2020, as part of the Administration’s ongoing work to address the Coronavirus and protect the health and safety of Americans.
 
“Mr. President, you said from early on that we were going to have a whole-of-government approach,” Vice President Pence said. “But the truth is, as evidenced by all these great industry leaders, it’s really a whole-of-America approach.”

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

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Senator Lamar Alexander says Vanderbilt’s Dr. Josh Denny to Lead NIH Precision Medicine Initiative

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced Vanderbilt’s Dr. Josh Denny will serve as the new chief executive officer for the All of Us Research Program, the centerpiece of the Precision Medicine Initiative:

“Dr. Josh Denny is an experienced team leader and has precisely the skills needed to finish the important job of collecting health information from 1 million people and using that information in a way that saves lives.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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American Heart Association says Women with Pregnancy Complication may have impaired Heart Function after Delivery

 

American Heart Association Meeting Report

American Heart AssociationSan Francisco, CA – Women who develop preeclampsia earlier in pregnancy are more likely to have thickening in their heart’s left ventricle one month after delivery.

The changes were more severe among women who developed the condition early – before the 34th week of pregnancy, according to research presented today at the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Hypertension, AHA Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions 2017, in San Francisco.

The heart muscle changes were more severe among women who developed preeclampsia before 34 weeks of pregnancy. (American Heart Association)

The heart muscle changes were more severe among women who developed preeclampsia before 34 weeks of pregnancy. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says National Institutes of Health funding dwindles for Cardiac Arrest Research

 

Journal of the American Heart Association Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to conduct cardiac arrest research has dwindled in the last decade and is a fraction of what the government spends to study other leading causes of death, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Study authors cite Institute of Medicine statistics that suggest cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 450,000 lives each year.

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