COVID-19 Update | November 13, 2020
November 13, 2020
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 November 13, 2020. Notable advancements include:
- Early data from Pfizer shows its COVID-19 vaccine candidate may be 90% effective at preventing the disease.
- U.S. FDA granted Eli Lilly & Co.’s emergency authorization for its antibody therapy to treatCOVID-19.
- Johnson & Johnson is well on its way to producing 1 billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.
- Pfizer says early data suggest its COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective
Los Angeles Times – November 9, 2020
Pfizer says early data on its COVID-19 vaccine candidate suggest the shots may be 90% effective at preventing the disease, indicating the company is on track later this month to file an emergency-use application with U.S. regulators.
- Johnson & Johnson confident in 1B dose goal for COVID-19 vaccine next year, looking ahead to 2022
FiercePharma – November 12, 2020
While some drugmakers have been set back by the challenge of manufacturing enough doses to keep up with demand, New Jersey’s Johnson & Johnson thought ahead. Leaning on its years of experience, the drugmaker is well on its way to producing 1 billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 and is looking ahead to 2022.
- How Pfizer Plans to Distribute Its Vaccine
New York Times – November 12, 2020
Now Pfizer, the government and the public health community face a new challenge: quickly making millions of doses of the vaccine and getting them to the hospitals, clinics and pharmacies where they will be injected, two separate times, into people’s arms.
- Moderna On Track for Early Data Readout for COVID-19 Vaccine This Month
Biospace – November 12, 2020
Moderna has indicated they are projected to have data to report by the end of the month on their COVID-19 vaccine program. The company said they needed 53 patients in the study to be diagnosed with COVID-19, and the trial has hit that figure.
- Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine: 11 Things You Need to Know
New York Times – November 10, 2020
The news — the first results from any late-stage vaccine trial — buoyed stock markets and spirits as the public saw a glimmer of hope. But it’s worth noting that the news is still preliminary, and there is much that is still not known about how well the vaccine works.
- The Path Forward: Combating COVID-19 with Alexander Hardy, CEO of Genentech
Washington Post – November 10, 2020
Genentech, the American biotechnology company, began trials in March to see if one of its existing medicines could be used to combat COVID-19 as it spread across the U.S. causing hospital overruns and thousands of deaths with a special effort to enroll diverse groups disproportionately impacted by the virus.
- Drug companies deliver a vote of confidence in adaptive trial for COVID-19
STAT – November 10, 2020
A novel clinical trial that uses artificial intelligence to rapidly compare COVID-19 treatments has attracted participation from two major drug companies, Amgen and Eisai, a key milestone in the effort to shake up the way trials are conducted.
- Eli Lilly COVID-19 Antibody Drug Gets FDA Emergency Clearance
Bloomberg – November 9, 2020
Eli Lilly & Co.’s antibody therapy was granted an emergency-use authorization by U.S. drug regulators for treating COVID-19, widening access to a treatment that early data suggest is effective in keeping people infected with the COVID-19 out of the hospital.
- Sanofi has narrowed gap vs competitors in development of COVID-19 vaccine – CEO
Reuters- November 9, 2020
French drugmaker Sanofi has narrowed the gap against its rivals in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, its Chief Executive said.
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