Aug 4, 2017

“Pharma bro” Shkreli convicted

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Martin Shkreli — the former hedge-fund manager who became infamous after raising the price of a life-saving drug by more than 5,000% — was found guilty Friday of misleading investors, according to the Associated Press. The charges on which Shkreli was convicted Friday are unrelated to his drug-pricing scandal.

The back story: Shkreli rose to national notoriety after he bought the rights to the drug Daraprim, which had been on the market for years, and raised the price from $13.50 per pill to $750. He was hauled before Congress and became an easy target in the national uproar over high drug prices.

Why it doesn't matter: Daraprim still costs $750.

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As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S., Axios is answering readers' questions about the pandemic — how it spreads, who's at risk, and what you can do to stay safe.

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Researchers are racing to develop tests that detect whether someone may have developed immunity to the coronavirus, which could help society return to normal faster.

Why it matters: These tests could help people know if they are able to go back to work, as well as aid researchers in tracking the scale and death rate of the disease — key data for current and future pandemic policies.

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What the U.S. can learn from other countries in the coronavirus fight

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The countries that have most successfully fended off the novel coronavirus have mainly done it with a combination of new technology and old-school principles.

Why it matters: There's a lot the U.S. can learn from the way other countries have handled this global pandemic — although we may not be able to apply those lessons as quickly as we'd like.

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