California Biotech In Brief

The informational resource for legislators and their staff on the vaccine, the fight against COVID-19, and the Life Sciences industry.

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The Vaccine

Pfizer Begins Testing Its Vaccine in Children

The testing of the new vaccine by the drug maker for children under 12 years of age is a significant step in turning back the pandemic. Read more.

The Fight Against COVID

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ antibody treatment significantly reduced the rate of COVID-19 hospitalization or death in a large clinical trial

The treatment appeared to work just as well at half the dose currently in use which could effectively double the available supply. Read more.

Life Sciences Industry

Unemployment remains a major concern across sectors of California’s economy 

The Life Sciences industry supports more than 1.3 million direct and indirect jobs in California. Read more.   

Life Sciences Industry

New study analyzes potential impact of drug pricing policy

If enacted, price setting policies would significantly impede researchers’ ability to bring lifesaving treatments to patients and respond to future health crises — including pandemics. Read more.

The Fight Against COVID

Pfizer Chief Expects ‘Game-Changer’ Oral COVID-19 Drug By Year’s End

The drug would allow patients to treat coronavirus from home, rather than having to travel to the hospital to get injectable therapies. The oral treatment and another injectable therapy could be ready for market by the end of 2021. Read more.