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Eli Lilly will invest $1 billion to build a new manufacturing facility for injectable products and devices in North Carolina, creating nearly 600 jobs in the process, the company announced last week.

In other Lilly news, the company on Wednesday announced a commitment of $14.4 million to UNICEF’s work to improve health outcomes in 10 million children and adolescents with noncommunicable diseases in Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe.

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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…

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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.

 

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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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U.S. regulators signed off on boosters for all adults.
  India raised a syringe export limit to allow supplies to reach PAHO and UNICEF.
  Pfizer will let Medicines Patent Pool sublicense its oral antiviral to manufacturers in 95 countries.

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Pfizer/BioNTech’s shot generated stronger antibody responses than three rival vaccines. Comirnaty’s performance bested those of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, the…

The state of the fight: 

Merck will allow Medicines Patent Pool to sublicense its oral antiviral to manufacturers in 105 LMICs.
  The Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator released a new strategic plan and budget through September 2022.
  Antidepressant fluvoxamine reduced the risk of hospitalization for high-risk Covid-19 patients by about 32%. Approved or authorized vaccines

 
Two pediatric doses of Moderna’s mRNA-based vaccine given 28 days apart…

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The U.S. FDA set a September date to discuss Pfizer/BioNTech boosters while E.U. officials saw “no urgent need” for boosters in the already vaccinated.
  Recruitment started in India for a late-stage trial of Serum Institute of India’s Covovax in children, and Biological E won approval to study its Corbevax in children.
  Prehospital antiplatelet therapy (such as aspirin) was associated with significantly lower in-hospital mortality in some…

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Multiple wealthy countries outlined imminent booster dose plans, spurning a WHO plea for patience.
  Novavax pushed back its timeline for seeking U.S. FDA authorization for its vaccine and said the U.S. had paused funding for the shot’s production.
  The African Vaccine Acquisition Trust announced its first shipments of doses.

 

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J&J’s shot offers up to 96.2% protection against death,…

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…

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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.

 

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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…