The state of the hunt:

Pfizer and BioNTech plan to seek authorization of their vaccine for adolescents age 12-15 after promising Phase 3 results.
  J&J agreed to supply up to 400 million doses of Janssen’s jab to the African Union.
  Serum Institute of India launched clinical trials of its version of the Novavax vaccine candidate.



Approved or authorized vaccines
New data show lower efficacy for Pfizer/BioNTech: The…

The state of the hunt:

The European Union and India made new moves to curtail vaccine exports.
  COVAX warned of delivery delays.
  Pfizer and BioNTech launched a pediatric trial of their vaccine in children as young as 6 months.



Approved or authorized vaccines
New data, new questions for AstraZeneca: If AstraZeneca thought higher-than-expected efficacy results this week from the U.S.-based Phase 3 trial of AZD1222 would…

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) used Wednesday’s World Tuberculosis Day to announce that its candidate six-month, all-oral regimen is superior to locally accepted 9-20-month care standards for multidrug-resistant TB. MSF has now stopped enrollment in the Phase 2/3 trial of the treatment—containing bedaquiline, linezolid, moxifloxacin and pretomanid—based on an independent data safety and monitoring board recommendation, the press release said. MSF said it plans to share its data with WHO “as…

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Save the Children, UNICEF and WHO issued a press release last week welcoming the addition of GSK’s rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix, to their Humanitarian Mechanism, which allows civil society organizations in countries not otherwise eligible for Gavi support to buy shots at manufacturers’ lowest available price for use in emergencies.

Founded in 2017, the Humanitarian Mechanism was previously limited to pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (from GSK and Pfizer).…

A joint press release from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), UNICEF and WHO on Tuesday touted the setup of the global stockpile of Merck’s injectable, single-dose Ebola vaccine, Ervebo.

But the reserve will launch with under 7,000 doses.

Managed by UNICEF and allocated by WHO’s International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision, the Switzerland-based stockpile will take “2 to 3 years” to reach the 500,000…

The Lancet published results last week from a Médecins Sans Frontières-funded study showing that fractional dosing of any of the four yellow fever vaccines prequalified by WHO produces non-inferior seroconversion compared to a standard dose.

A separate 2018 study demonstrated that a one-fifth dose of Sanofi’s 17D-YFV vaccine protected for 10 years after immunization. The new trials add evidence for the products from Brazil’s Bio-Manguinhos, Senegal’s Institut Pasteur de Dakar and…

The state of the hunt:

CEPI expanded its funding for Clover Biopharmaceuticals’ S-Trimer Covid-19 vaccine candidate to $328 million.
  Humanigen touted positive interim Phase 3 results for lenzilumab and announced a cooperative R&D deal with the U.S. government.
  Russia approved a domestic version of Fujifilm’s Avigan for coronavirus outpatients, dubbing the product “the first [f]avipiravir-based drug in the world approved for the treatment of COVID-19.”


The state of the hunt:

Gavi made a preliminary deal with GSK and Sanofi, securing up to 200 million doses of their vaccine candidate for the COVAX Facility.
  British regulators began expedited reviews of vaccines from AstraZeneca and Pfizer, and South Korea also began an initial review of the AstraZeneca candidate.
  A trial of an investigational Lilly mAb failed against advanced Covid-19 cases, and a trial of a Regeneron mAb cocktail in people requiring high-flow…

Two different four-month treatment regimens for tuberculosis proved non-inferior to the standard six-month regimens for their trial populations, according to Phase 3 results presented separately at last week’s Union World Conference on Lung Health.

First, a 13-country, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led trial of over 2,500 participants with drug-susceptible TB found that an abbreviated regimen—which modified the standard treatment (a combination of isoniazid, rifampin…


The state of the hunt:

Moderna’s and Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccines entered 30,000-participant late-stage trials in the United States.
  Britain and the United States entered supply deals for at least 160 million doses of the GSK/Sanofi vaccine candidate.
  Gavi identified 92 LMICs eligible for its COVAX Advance Market Commitment.



Clinical trials:

Moderna reaches Phase 3: The Massachusetts-based company has begun dosing in a study of its…