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Filling of investigational remdesivir vials photo
Courtesy photo / Gilead Sciences

The drug Remdesivir is showing promise as a treatment for COVID-19 patients. In clinical trials, patients recovered several days sooner than patients who got a placebo, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its use several weeks ago. Remdesivir’s maker, Gilead, has released 600,000 doses in America. Michigan got almost 11,000 doses, enough to treat 1,200 patients.

To learn more about Remdesivir, WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with MSU infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Gulick.


portrait: Samuel L. Stanley Jr.
Courtesy / Michigan State University

The MSU Board of Trustees will conduct their first virtual meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began today. An April meeting was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant
General Motors

General Motors expects to resume production at Lansing’s two assembly plants next week.


Brent Ross photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Workers at meat processing plants in the U.S. are increasingly being diagnosed with COVID-19, and the chairman of Tyson Foods, John Tyson, recently referred to the food supply chain as “breaking.”

WKAR’s Scott Pohl asked MSU food supply expert Brent Ross to evaluate the safety and reliability of America’s food distribution system. In general, Ross thinks we have “a lot of food.”


Gotcha scooter photo
Courtesy photo / Gotcha Scooters

Gotcha E-scooters are coming back to the Lansing area.


Groesbeck Golf Course sign and club house.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

COVID-19 restrictions under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders are being eased. Even though the stay home directive remains in place until May 15th, activities like golf and boating are being allowed.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Gulick about Michigan’s approach, which is slower than that of some other states.


MSU Names New Provost

Apr 27, 2020
Teresa Sullivan photo
Courtesy photo / Northwestern University

Michigan State University has named Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff of Northwestern University as MSU’s next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.


Illustration of Virus
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / CDC

A return to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic hinges on an effective vaccine.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Dr. Peter Gulick, an expert in infectious diseases in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, about vaccine development. He says an early key is the detection of the genetic sequence of the virus, something that happened quickly in China.


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The Ingham County Health Department reports that in January, a child in the county died from seasonal influenza.


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Sparrow Hospital in Lansing is moving its collection site for donations of supplies like gloves, masks and sanitizing wipes on Monday.


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