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December 1, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – North Dakota National Guardsman passes away after contracting Covid-19 – US military in Okinawa reports 72 new Covid-19 cases in one day

By Harry Lye

1 December

A member of the North Dakota National Guard has become the 12th US service member to pass away after contracting the Covid-19 coronavirus. This marks the third death of a National Guardsman and the fourth of a US service member in this month. The total number of Covid-19 cased across the US Department of Defense (DOD) has reached over 117,000.

SAB Biotherapeutics (SAB), a biopharmaceutical company, announced that it had been awarded a $57.5M contract by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) to advance the manufacturing of SAB-185, its Covid-19 therapeutic candidate. SAB-185 is currently being tested in a phase 1 trial among healthy individuals, and a phase Ib trial for patients suffering with mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms.

The US military in Okinawa has reported 72 new Covid-19 cases in a single day. The US Marine Corps Installations Pacific stated that 52 cases were identified at Camp Hansenat at the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan city. It also said that 72 of the personnel had arrived from the US and were all placed in quarantine after having tested positive on arrival.

Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported a further 68 new coronavirus cases on November 30. Among the new infections, 21 had been hospitalised, while 47 have self-isolated, and are undergoing treatment at home as per Covid-19 restrictions and doctors’ supervision.

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