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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…

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South Africa’s Biovac will fill-finish the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
  The U.S. will give $200 million to South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare to boost vaccine capacity.
  CEPI and IVI are backing new vaccine trials in Africa.


Regulatory updates

Sanofi’s “Vidprevtyn” under rolling review: The EMA announced Tuesday it has begun reviewing the recombinant protein Covid-19 vaccine candidate, which uses a GSK adjuvant. Sanofi also expects real…

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Gavi inked a 550-million-dose supply deal with China’s CNBG and Sinovac.
  Bharat Biotech applied for WHO Emergency Use Listing of its inactivated vaccine.
  Cuba authorized BioFarmaCuba’s Abdala vaccine.


Approved or authorized vaccines

The U.S. FDA granted Priority Review to Pfizer/BioNTech’s Comirnaty vaccine in the companies’ bid for full licensure, the companies announced Friday.
While the press release noted a…

Swedish CDMO Recipharm announced Tuesday that it will build a fill-finish facility in Morocco to supply vaccines and biotherapeutics in Africa by 2023. According to the press release, the Moroccan government and local banks will invest around $500 million to support the project.

FiercePharma reported that the facility will have an annual capacity of about 300 million units.

In other Recipharm news, Moderna announced last week that its Monts, France site has begun drug product…

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India authorized Moderna’s shot.
  Zydus Cadila applied for authorization in India of its DNA-based vaccine, which proved 67% effective in Phase 3.
  Five Indian generics manufacturers will conduct a joint trial of Merck’s molnupiravir antiviral.

Editor’s note: The Covid-19 R&D round-up will be on hiatus next week. Please look for our next issue on Friday, July 16.


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Iran granted…

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Gavi plans new terms and conditions for self-financing COVAX participants.
  Cuba’s three-dose Abdala vaccine candidate proved 92.3% effective in Phase 3.
  The U.S. halted distribution of two monoclonal antibodies from Eli Lilly.


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Bharat Biotech submitted final Phase 3 data to Indian regulators showing 77.8% efficacy for its Covaxin vaccine, local media reported Tuesday.
In other news on…

SK Bioscience signed a deal on Monday to invest $132 million by 2024 to boost vaccine production at its L House facility in Andong, according to local media and Reuters. The South Korean company will reportedly use the funds to buy land and equip the site with expanded capabilities for vaccine platforms including mRNA and viral vectors.

The Andong plant currently produces both the AstraZeneca and Novavax Covid-19 vaccines and recently won good manufacturing practice (GMP) certification…

WHO announced Monday that the COVAX partnership’s first Covid-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub will launch with a South African consortium comprising Biovac, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a “network of universities,” and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

A press release quoted WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying Covid-19 had “highlighted the importance of local production to address health emergencies,” while South Africa’s…

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The vaccine candidate from Novavax demonstrated 90.4% overall efficacy in Phase 3—and 93% against “key variants.”
  CureVac’s mRNA vaccine candidate performed poorly, missing the primary endpoint in a Phase 3 trial riddled with variant infections.
  The U.S. launched a $3 billion program to stimulate antiviral drug R&D. Approved or authorized vaccines

European regulators over the past week gave mixed signals on the safety profile of…

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China authorized Sinovac’s vaccine for children as young as age 3.
  The U.S. will reportedly divert $2 billion from COVAX to pay Pfizer/BioNTech for doses it intends to donate.
  Merck entered a $1.2 billion deal to supply an investigational antiviral to the U.S., pending a regulatory nod.   Approved or authorized vaccines

China cleared Sinovac’s CoronaVac jab for youths ages 3 to 17, becoming the first country to offer Covid-19 vaccines to…