COVAX

The state of the fight: 

Medicines Patent Pool sublicensed Pfizer’s Paxlovid to 35 generics manufacturers.
  Key WTO members reached a tentative agreement to waive some IP rights on Covid-19 vaccines.
  Moderna and Pfizer asked the U.S. FDA to authorize fourth doses of their respective jabs.   AUTHORIZED VACCINES

 
Medigen’s protein subunit vaccine (MVC-COV1901) offered similar safety and immunogenicity for adolescents as it did for adults, the Taipei-based…

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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…

Moderna on Monday unveiled a sweeping global health strategy that includes an mRNA manufacturing facility in Kenya, an expanded pledge not to enforce patents on its Covid-19 shot in certain countries, and a portfolio of 15 vaccine programs targeting emerging or neglected infectious diseases. But the company also made clear it would pursue these objectives on its own terms, brushing aside activist demands that it share intellectual property with the WHO-led mRNA technology transfer hub in…

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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…

The state of the fight: 

Moderna applied for South African patents on its vaccine, potentially jeopardizing the work of the WHO-led mRNA vaccine “hub” operating in the country.
  WHO named five additional African countries that will receive vaccine technology from the hub.
  Laboratorios Farmacéuticos Rovi inked a 10-year mRNA vaccine manufacturing extension with Moderna.   AUTHORIZED VACCINES

                                       
Medigen’s protein subunit…

The state of the fight: 

A Lilly mAb active against Omicron won a U.S. FDA emergency use nod.
  Novavax’s shot proved 80% efficacious in adolescents ages 12-17, according to a Phase 3 readout.
  Vaxxinity’s UB-612 vaccine candidate performed better against Omicron than an mRNA-based comparator jab.

 

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J&J’s single-dose shot was only 53% efficacious against moderate to severe Covid-19 (28 days post-injection) in a final analysis…

The state of the fight: 

Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech launched trials of Omicron-specific vaccine candidates.
  India fully approved SII’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin shots.
  CEPI tapped BioNet to develop a “variant-proof” pan-coronavirus mRNA-based vaccine.

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New data on rates of myocarditis following mRNA-based vaccination trickled in this week, highlighting an increased risk of the heart inflammation side effect in young men…

The state of the fight: 

African vaccine production advanced on multiple fronts, including the opening of a new manufacturing plant in South Africa.
  The COVAX AMC seeks an additional $5.2 billion this year.
  Merck will supply UNICEF with up to 3 million courses of molnupiravir in the first half of 2022.

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The Chilean health ministry released data on the Sinovac jab’s effectiveness in children. In kids ages 6-11, the topline numbers…

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A booster dose of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin increased neutralizing antibodies up to 265-fold.
  WHO added therapies from Eli Lilly and GSK/Vir to its list of recommended Covid-19 treatments.
  Novartis will pay over $162 million to in-license Molecular Partners’ ensovibep antiviral candidate.

 

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Two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine reduced the risk of Covid-19 hospitalization by 94% among adolescents ages 12…

The state of the fight: 

Oral antivirals from Pfizer and Merck notched U.S. FDA authorizations.
  Earlier use of remdesivir cut the risk of death or hospitalization by 87% in a new study.
  The Novavax vaccine secured a second WHO Emergency Use Listing.

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The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine starts waning in protection against serious illness within three months of the second dose, according to cohort studies in Brazil and Scotland published…