Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Banner Alzheimer’s $27.5M grant; BD to build Tucson plant

April 8, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

The Arizona State University Biodesign Institute is finding the more contagious B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the U.K., is continuing its growth in Arizona and is now present in about half of the lab’s samples. The University of Arizona is recruiting college students to study whether vaccinated people can spread COVID-19. And learn how White Mountain Apache tribal members, despite confirmed COVID-19 cases being nearly triple the state’s rate, had a much lower death rate that continues to fall.

Arizona COVID-19 cases are increasing slightly, but vaccinations are helping / KJZZ

COVID-19 cases in Arizona drop 21% from March numbers / AZ Big Media  

As case numbers increase second week in a row, vaccine supply overtakes demand for first time / Arizona Daily Sun

COVID-19 update with Dr. Paul Keim: Variants and vaccines / KNAU

How a local response to COVID-19 helped slow deaths on the White Mountain Apache nation / Arizona Republic

Why have few Black people gotten vaccinated? Lingering mistrust has many hesitant / Arizona Republic

University of Arizona studies if vaccinated people can spread coronavirus / KOLD

Arizona universities encourage COVID-19 vaccination as spring semesters nears end / Arizona Republic

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine proved to be effective for kids 12 to 15 / 12 News

Arizona adds its own variant to the growing list of COVID-19 mutations / Cronkite News

TGen COVID-19 study to collect samples from pets / KJZZ

Pandemic impacting Alzheimer’s treatment at Phoenix institute /

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute gets $27.5M NIH grant for genetic risk study / AZ Big Media

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Mayo Clinic will study healthy people with the major genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease with a $27.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance the understanding, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Medical device giant to open plant in Tucson, creating high-skilled jobs / Arizona Daily Star
Becton, Dickinson and Co.—which makes items ranging from syringes to laboratory instruments—will build a $65 million, 120,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Tucson for the company’s supply chain. Read More: BD will build $65M state-of-the-art facility in Tucson

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