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Business on the Front Lines

News and perspectives from corporations working to directly impact the COVID-19 public health crisis. Content from this collection may include updates from medical supply or pharmaceutical companies, businesses that have pivoted their production to support the medical response to COVID-19 or hospitals that are navigating many secondary impacts of the pandemic (both economic and human).

Dolly Parton helped fund Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine research

Dolly Parton helped fund Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine research

By: Scottie Andrew
Source: CNN
Date of Publication: November 17th, 2020
In April, less than a month after Covid-19 was officially declared a pandemic, Dolly Parton donated $1 million to coronavirus research at Vanderbilt University.
More than seven months later, it's been revealed that the legendary performer's donation helped fund Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, which this week became the second coronavirus vaccine with a stunningly high success rate.
The origins of COVID-19 are 12 months old and here's what we know about how it started

The origins of COVID-19 are 12 months old and here's what we know about how it started

By: Catherine Taylor
Source: ABC News Australia
Date of Publication: November 16th, 2020
This time last year — as China's perishing winter descended across most of the country — rumours about a strange new flu were beginning to circulate in Wuhan. On China's social media platform WeChat, users had been discussing their coughs and colds for weeks with words like "SARS" and "shortness of breath" spiking from mid-November.
McDonald's and franchisees to make safety checks as 'COVID fatigue' grips

McDonald's and franchisees to make safety checks as 'COVID fatigue' grips

By: Hilary Russ
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: November 13th, 2020
McDonald's Corp MCD.N will inspect all its U.S. restaurants to ensure compliance with safety standards as coronavirus cases surge again and "COVID fatigue" sets in, according to an internal note seen by Reuters on Friday.
Food companies overhauled production to put more toilet paper, pasta sauce in stores

Lockdown 2.0: Food companies overhauled production to put more toilet paper, pasta sauce in stores

By: Richa Naidu, Victoria Waldersee, Siddharth Cavale
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: November 13th, 2020
When rumors first began to circulate that the UK would go back into lockdown, Leanne Barnes despaired as bread and toilet roll flew off the shelves again at her local supermarket. But to her surprise, shelves were back to being fully stocked within a few days.
We can stop COVID-19: Moderna vaccine success gives world more hope

We can stop COVID-19: Moderna vaccine success gives world more hope

By: Julie Steenhuysen, Michael Erman
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: November 16th, 2020
Moderna Inc's MRNA.O experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial, the company said on Monday, becoming the second U.S. drugmaker to report results that far exceed expectations.
How two companies sprinted ahead in extraordinary race for a COVID vaccine

How two companies sprinted ahead in extraordinary race for a COVID vaccine

By: Michael Erman, Julie Steenhuysen
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: November 17th, 2020
Just as the novel coronavirus was gaining a foothold in the United States in mid-March, Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Albert Bourla called on his top vaccine scientists and laid out a clear mission: “He basically said, ‘Your mandate is to get this vaccine made. And if you need resources, you come and you ask for them, and you’re going to get them’,”chief viral vaccine scientist Philip Dormitzer told Reuters.
BioNTech hopes COVID-19 vaccine will immunize for at least a year

BioNTech hopes COVID-19 vaccine will immunize for at least a year

By: Ludwig Burger, Patricia Weiss
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: November 9th, 2020
BioNTech's BNTX.O co-founder and chief executive said he was optimistic that the protective effect of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, co-developed with Pfizer PFE.N, would last for at least a year.
Instant view: Pfizer, BioNTech say their COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective

Instant view: Pfizer, BioNTech say their COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective

Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: November 9th, 2020
Pfizer Inc PFE.N said on Monday its experimental vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on initial data from a large study, a major victory in the fight against the pandemic.
Guidelines for COVID-19 tests for airline passengers could set global bar for reliability, sources say

Guidelines for COVID-19 tests for airline passengers could set global bar for reliability, sources say

By: Allison Lampert, David Shepardson
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: November 1st, 2020
A global aviation manual now under review by a UN body suggests global guidelines calling for the use of highly reliable tests when screening passengers to detect the novel coronavirus ahead of flights, three sources familiar with the matter said.
Sam's Club is putting robot janitors in all of its stores during the pandemic

Sam's Club is putting robot janitors in all of its stores during the pandemic

By: Alexis Benveniste
Source: CNN Business
Date of Publication: October 21st, 2020
Soon every Sam's Club will have a robot to scrub the store floors.
In partnership with Brain Corp, an artificial intelligence company, the membership-only warehouse chain will distribute 372 new autonomous floor scrubbers to its stores this fall.

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