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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…

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…

Sinovac announced last week that China’s National Medical Products Administration has approved its Sabin-based inactivated polio vaccine (sIPV).

In its press release, the Chinese biotech said that WHO accepted its prequalification materials in early 2020 and completed site inspections this February. If prequalified, Sinovac’s sIPV would become the second Sabin-based product to gain the status after LG Chem’s in January 2021.

The Beijing Institute of Biological Products and…

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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 a…

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…

Advocates for developing countries manufacturing their own pharmaceutical products received another boost after WHO’s annual World Health Assembly (held May 24-31) passed a resolution (led by Ethiopia) calling for strengthening local production of medical technologies.

The resolution urges WHO member states to “develop evidence-based holistic national and regional policies, financing mechanisms, strategies and plans of action and to explore appropriate mechanisms to support the…

WHO released detailed notes last week from the March 22-24 virtual meeting of its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization.

As in the last SAGE meeting in October 2020, the impact of the pandemic on immunization as well as guidance on Covid-19 vaccines dominated the discussion. WHO’s Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) department director compared the scope of Covid-19 to that of the 1918 influenza pandemic. IVB noted, however, “promising signs” of response…

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WHO cleared Sinovac’s vaccine for emergency use.
  Gavi’s COVAX AMC funding summit exceeded its goals, securing $2.4 billion in commitments.
  India ordered 300 million doses of a yet-to-be-authorized Bio E vaccine candidate. Approved or authorized vaccines

Sinovac’s inactivated vaccine notched WHO Emergency Use Listing on Monday, leaving the shot, CoronaVac, eligible for supply through the COVAX Facility. Less-demanding storage requirements…

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Moderna’s vaccine showed high efficacy in adolescents.
  U.S. regulators cleared a monoclonal antibody from GSK and Vir for emergency use.
  Sanofi and GSK launched the Phase 3 trial of their vaccine candidate.   Approved or authorized vaccines

Moderna touts data for teens: Less than two months after Pfizer and BioNTech boasted of their mRNA-based jab’s 100% efficacy in adolescents, Moderna shared almost identical news. The Massachusetts-…

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J&J, Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech pledged to provide 3.5 billion vaccine doses to LMICs at low cost.
  Sanofi touted favorable interim Phase 2 results for its protein-based vaccine candidate.
  Serum Institute of India pushed back its timeline to resume exporting vaccine doses to COVAX.


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India’s review of bleeding and clotting events following immunization found a minuscule risk of those…