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Current winners of the Covid-19 vaccine race previewed plans for their windfalls at last week’s 40th J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, which took place virtually for the second consecutive year.

Moderna trumpeted $17.5 billion in 2021 Covid-19 product sales and sounded an optimistic note about the year ahead, claiming $18.5 billion in advance purchase agreements for vaccine or booster doses for delivery in 2022. Also, CEO Stéphane Bancel embraced the goal of bringing to market a “pan…

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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…

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India granted Biological E’s Corbevax—a low-cost, patent-free vaccine—its first regulatory authorization.
  A J&J booster was 85% effective against hospitalization in South Africa during the Omicron wave.
  India authorized molnupiravir but omitted the antiviral from its recommended clinical protocol on safety concerns.

 

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Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin generated “superior antibody responses” in children…

Pfizer and BioNTech will jointly develop a third mRNA-based vaccine using Pfizer’s antigen technology and BioNTech’s mRNA platform—this time against shingles.

Under deal terms announced Wednesday, BioNTech will lock up $75 million in cash and an equity investment of $150 million from Pfizer. The German company could also earn milestone payments worth up to $200 million and a share of the profits, according to a joint press release. Pfizer, meanwhile, will get $25 million upfront from…

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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…

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WHO issued an Emergency Use Listing for Serum Institute of India’s version of Novavax’s vaccine.
  The U.S. CDC recommended mRNA-based vaccines over J&J’s.
  Data on the effectiveness of monoclonal antibody therapies against the Omicron variant began pouring in.

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A U.S. CDC advisory panel recommended mRNA-based vaccines over the J&J jab, citing blood clot side effects stemming from the single-dose…

The African Union and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention convened regional and international stakeholders in Rwanda last week to discuss progress on boosting vaccine manufacturing on the continent.

A joint communiqué underscored successes to date, saying the Partnership for Africa Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM) had struck deals between multinational and local companies and established WHO training and manufacturing “hubs.” However, the session also recognized stiff…

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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 …

The state of the fight: 

A slew of vaccine manufacturers announced plans to tackle the Omicron variant.
  Aspen Pharmacare and J&J neared a deal that would let the South African manufacturer market its own version of the Janssen shot.
  Gavi’s board approved the alliance’s COVAX strategy for 2022.

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New research on the Pfizer/BioNTech shot affirmed its efficacy in younger people and its safety in older people.
 

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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…