COVID-19 Update | January 15, 2021
January 15, 2021
The California Biotechnology Foundation is committed to keeping you up to date about COVID-19 testing, treatment and prevention advancements. The following resources track what progress has been made as of January 15, 2021. Notable advancements include:
- Early stage trials of Johnson & Johnson‘s experimental COVID-19 vaccine show it generated an immune response in nearly all volunteers, with minimal side-effects, after a single dose.
- Federal public health officials recommend states expand access to COVID-19 vaccines to everyone ages 65 and up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Roche and Sanofi’s arthritis drugs significantly improve survival rates and reduce the amount of time critically ill COVID-19 patients need intensive care, study results showed.
- Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine generates immune response, few side effects, in early trials
CNN – January 13, 2021
Early stage trials of Johnson & Johnson’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine show it generated an immune response in nearly all volunteers, with minimal side-effects, after a single dose. The company expects to report details of more advanced trials later this month and is hoping to apply for authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration soon after.
- An ER Tech and COVID-19 survivor are teaming up to get the word out about vaccines to Latinos across Northern California
ABC 10 – January 13, 2021
Two friends are reaching out to the Latino population across Northern California to share the word about the COVID-19 vaccine, using their personal experiences and their church to boost their message to as many people as possible.
- Vir Biotech, Glaxo to Begin Study on Second COVID-19 Therapy
Yahoo Finance – January 13, 2021
Vir Biotechnology, Inc., along with its partner GlaxoSmithKline announced that the clinical study on their second COVID-19 therapeutic candidate is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021.
- CDC to recommend states give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65 and older
NBC News – January 12, 2021
Federal public health officials recommend states expand access to COVID-19 vaccines to everyone ages 65 and up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The guidelines are intended to widen the pool of people who can receive the vaccine.
- California, Bay Area opening mass COVID-19 vaccination sites
San Francisco Chronicle – January 11, 2021
State and local officials are starting to open mass vaccination centers to speed up coronavirus immunizations and accommodate the millions of additional Californians now eligible for vaccines under the state’s new, looser guidelines. Vaccination sites are opening as soon as this week at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Petco Park in San Diego and Cal Expo in Sacramento, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news briefing.
- Here’s California’s plan to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations. Will it be enough?
San Francisco Chronicle – January 8, 2021
California health officials are loosening the guidelines on who can get vaccinated against COVID-19 now — potentially quickening the pace of vaccinations while also opening the door to ethical and logistical questions about how to do so in a fair and orderly way.
- Bayer partners with CureVac on coronavirus vaccine development
BioPharma Dive – January 7, 2021
CureVac is linking up with German drugmaker Bayer to develop and eventually supply its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, the companies announced.
- How Nine COVID-19 Vaccines Work
New York Times – January 7, 2021
Researchers are testing 64 COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials on humans. Here are explanations about how nine of the leading vaccines work.
- Roche, Sanofi arthritis drugs reduce death rates among sickest COVID-19 patients
Reuters – January 7, 2021
Treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with Roche’s Actemra or Sanofi’s Kevzara arthritis drugs significantly improves survival rates and reduces the amount of time patients need intensive care, study results showed.
- Moderna CEO says COVID-19 vaccine protection may last years
CBS News – January 7, 2021
Moderna’s CEO said the company’s new COVID-19 vaccine might prevent infection for years. “We believe there will be protection potentially for a couple of years,” Bancel said. He explained that the “antibody decay generated by the vaccine in humans goes down very slowly,” Reuters reports.
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