Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona

May 27, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

Arizona tribes without ties to researchers were left out of vaccine trials. But tribal communities have still found success in controlling the spread of COVID-19 and vaccinating residents, part of the story of rural Arizona’s vaccination achievement. Meanwhile, the push is on to bring the vaccine to more underserved neighborhoods.

Tribes were often overlooked in COVID-19 vaccine trials, frustrating Indigenous leaders / Arizona Republic

A year after first COVID-19 case, San Carlos Apache Tribe has nearly halted virus spread / Arizona Republic

A city-by-city look at COVID-19 vaccination rates in metro Phoenix, and the disparities / Arizona Republic

Pop-up vaccine clinic helps reach underserved in south Phoenix neighborhood /

Arizona No. 1 in getting COVID shots to rural residents / Arizona Daily Star

ASU students dedicate time to statewide COVID-19 vaccination efforts / State Press

Pandemic motivates Arizona engineer to start business that sells UVC lights to kill pathogens / Arizona Republic

Tucson’s NuvOx adds plant to make drugs in-house / Arizona Daily Star

Two Tucson drug developers—NuvOx Pharma and Microvascular Therapeutics—will use a new manufacturing space to test their drugs and eventually produce them for worldwide distribution.

Hospital groups partner to build freestanding pediatric hospital in Glendale / Phoenix Business Journal

Phoenix Children’s Hospital will break ground this summer on a $134.7 million, 180,000-square-foot specialty clinic adjacent to Abrazo Arrowhead Campus.

Venture Madness announces site for October pitch contest, opens to applicants nationwide / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona’s longest-running pitch contest is broadening its reach and moving its event to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in October—coinciding with both Arizona Bioscience Week and the Unmet Conference for startups and investors.

Sonoran Founders Fund looks to invest $10M venture capital in Arizona, regional startups / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona entrepreneurs looking for seed money have a new option in Scottsdale: a venture-capital fund that will focus on technologies in business-to-business software, cybersecurity, and health-care information technology.

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