In this episode, Ayesha talks about new research from Australia showing that eating fruit could lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Institute for Nutrition Research in Perth, Australia found that consuming at least two servings of fruit a day was linked to an over one third lower odds of developing the disease. The same benefit was not seen for drinking fruit juice. This isn’t the first study that has found a link between fruit intake and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Fruit is loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that likely work together to offer significant health benefits.
The group also discussed Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing partnerships, including its latest deal with South Korea’s Samsung Biologics. As Moderna’s first authorized product, the company doesn’t have the manufacturing capacities to produce enough doses of its COVID-19 mRNA vaccine to meet global demands. Given this, CDMOs like Lonza and Catalent partnered early on with Moderna to manufacture millions of doses of the vaccine. And now with more manufacturing deals, Moderna has ambitiously pledged to produce up to 1 billion doses of its vaccine this year, and 3 billion by 2022.
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