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Moderna pledged permanently to forgo enforcement of its Covid-19 vaccine patents for shots made “in or for” 92 LMICs.
  Aspen Pharmacare will market an Aspen-branded version of J&J’s vaccine in Africa.
  Fluvoxamine reduced the risk of Covid-19 hospitalization and clinical deterioration by 31% in a meta-analysis.   BOOSTERS

A WHO technical advisory group now “strongly supports urgent and broad access” to Covid-19 booster doses…

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Sanofi and GSK’s vaccine candidate demonstrated 58% efficacy against symptomatic Covid-19 in Phase 3.
  Hetero Pharma’s generic version of Merck’s molnupiravir reduced the risk of hospitalization by over 65%.
  Britain and Japan pledged a combined $514 million to CEPI’s pandemic preparedness plan.   AUTHORIZED VACCINES

The U.S. FDA lifted its clinical hold on Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, clearing the way for the inactivated vaccine to…

BioNTech on Wednesday introduced the modular mRNA vaccine manufacturing platform it plans to deploy in Africa. But the fanfare was overshadowed by allegations—published last week in The BMJ—that a consultancy in the pay of the German company has sought to “undermine” a WHO-managed initiative for a multilateral mRNA technology transfer hub in South Africa. According to the BMJ article, the Malta-based Kenup Foundation circulated a report last year to South African government officials arguing…

The African Union and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention convened regional and international stakeholders in Rwanda last week to discuss progress on boosting vaccine manufacturing on the continent.

A joint communiqué underscored successes to date, saying the Partnership for Africa Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM) had struck deals between multinational and local companies and established WHO training and manufacturing “hubs.” However, the session also recognized stiff…

The state of the fight: 

New studies supported heterologous primary regimens and heterologous boosters.
  Serum Institute of India is weighing slashing Covishield production by 50%.
  The U.S. FDA OK’d AstraZeneca’s Evusheld long-acting monoclonal antibody therapy as PrEP for certain groups.



Mixing the AstraZeneca/Oxford or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines with a second dose of Moderna’s shot generated non-inferior immune responses …

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A slew of vaccine manufacturers announced plans to tackle the Omicron variant.
  Aspen Pharmacare and J&J neared a deal that would let the South African manufacturer market its own version of the Janssen shot.
  Gavi’s board approved the alliance’s COVAX strategy for 2022.


New research on the Pfizer/BioNTech shot affirmed its efficacy in younger people and its safety in older people.

The state of the fight: 

WHO issued an Emergency Use Listing for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine.
  Kenya’s Revital Healthcare will more than triple its annual syringe production amid a “looming shortfall” in LMICs.
  Pfizer’s Paxlovid antiviral slashed Covid-19 hospitalizations or death by 89%.



WHO listed Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday, citing 78% efficacy against Covid-19 of any severity…

Following up on its previously announced ambitions to make mRNA vaccines in Africa, Germany’s BioNTech issued a joint communiqué last week with Institut Pasteur de Dakar and Rwanda Biomedical Centre outlining a potential—albeit “pre-contractual”—agreement.

If the deal gets formalized, BioNTech will pursue “end-to-end” manufacturing of mRNA-based malaria and tuberculosis vaccines (pending regulatory approval) in Rwanda and Senegal for supply to African Union member states, while “…

The state of the fight: 

Regeneron and Roche’s REGEN-COV became the first antibody drug to score U.S. FDA clearance for post-exposure prophylaxis of Covid-19.
  Six-month data on Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine showed continuing high efficacy against severe disease.
  Antibody levels induced by Sinovac’s vaccine dropped sharply six months after completion of a two-dose regimen, according to new data.   Approved or authorized vaccines

New, six-month Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine…

Germany’s BioNTech announced Monday that it is “evaluating sustainable mRNA vaccine production capacities in Africa” for a candidate malaria shot and other vaccines.

The company said in a press release it would select promising candidates for clinical development from “multiple vaccines featuring known [m]alaria targets” (such as the circumsporozoite protein) while also evaluating new antigens. First trials are planned for year-end 2022.

In the same press release, BioNTech said…