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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…

The state of the fight: 

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…

The state of the fight: 

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 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…

The state of the fight: 

More European countries cautioned against Moderna’s vaccine for younger people over concerns about side effects.
  Generics companies are preparing to roll out their versions of Merck’s molnupiravir oral antiviral.
  Pfizer is in talks with 90 countries over supply deals for its antiviral candidate.

 

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France and Germany recommended against the Moderna vaccine for people under 30 over concerns about…

After more than 20 years as a shareholder, Novartis has agreed to sell its 33% stake in Roche to its Basel-based cross-town rival for $20.7 billion, the companies separately announced last week.

“We concluded that now is the right time to monetize our investment,” Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan said in a press release. Meanwhile, Roche’s press release claimed the move disentangles the two competitors and enables it to regain “full strategic flexibility.”

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Thirteen leading pharma companies released third-quarter 2021 financial results in October, while one Japanese firm reported first-half 2021 results for the fiscal year ending in March. (Figures exclude exchange rate and portfolio changes where applicable.)

South Korea’s LG Chem saw its third-quarter numbers soar 70.7% over the same period last year, delivering $9.1 billion in sales. However, operating profit tumbled 20%, mainly due to a one-off expense associated with its electric…

The state of the fight: 

A U.S. FDA advisory panel recommended booster shots of the J&J and Moderna vaccines for select groups.
  CureVac will abandon development of its first-generation mRNA-based vaccine candidate.
  Brii Bio has submitted its monoclonal antibody cocktail to the U.S. FDA for Emergency Use Authorization. Approved or authorized vaccines

 
WHO advisory group backs extra dose for immunocompromised: WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (…

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COVAX will overhaul its vaccine allocation methodology.
  An investigational antiviral pill from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics cut the rate of hospitalizations or death some 50% in a Phase 3 trial.
  India plans to resume Covid-19 vaccine exports by the end of October.

 

Approved or authorized vaccines

 
The AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 shot demonstrated 74% efficacy against symptomatic disease 15 days or more after a second…