COVID-19 Update | June 12, 2020
June 12, 2020
The California Biotechnology Foundation is committed to keeping you up to date on COVID-19 testing, treatment and prevention advancements. The following resources track what progress has been made as of June 12, 2020. Notable advancements include:
- Moderna will start a trial of 30,000 volunteers of its much-anticipated coronavirus vaccine in July as the company enters the final stage of testing.
- AstraZeneca has begun repurposing and studying their arsenal of cancer treatments to help COVID-19 patients experiencing extreme immune reactions.
- Eli Lilly and Co COVID-19 treatment could be authorized as early as September if all goes well with antibody therapies it is testing.
- Moderna to start final testing stage of coronavirus vaccine in July|
CNBC – June 11, 2020
Moderna on Thursday confirmed it plans to start a trial of 30,000 volunteers of its much-anticipated coronavirus vaccine in July as the company enters the final stage of testing.
- Regeneron brings first COVID-19 antibody treatment into human tests
BioPharma Dive – June 11, 2020
Regeneron on Thursday began the first human trials of a medicine that’s designed to treat, and possibly prevent coronavirus infection.
- Five Coronavirus Treatments In Development
NPR – June 11, 2020
There’s an urgent need for better therapies to treat COVID-19. The good news is that there are some on the horizon. Some are being tested now, some will begin testing soon, and others are in the beginning of the pipeline.
- SARS antibodies block coronavirus infections, study shows
San Francisco Chronicle – June 11, 2020
Antibodies from people who recovered from SARS — a deadly respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus that emerged nearly 20 years ago — may be critical to fighting COVID-19, according to a study in the journal Nature.
- Polio vaccine could give temporary protection against COVID-19, scientists hope
NBC News – June 11, 2020
As the world waits for a coronavirus vaccine, some scientists are proposing that existing vaccines could give the body’s immune system a much-needed temporary boost to stave off infection.
- Lilly COVID-19 treatment could be authorized for use as soon as September – chief scientist
Reuters – June 10, 2020
Eli Lilly and Co could have a drug specifically designed to treat COVID-19 authorized for use as early as September if all goes well with either of two antibody therapies it is testing, its chief scientist told Reuters on Wednesday.
- AstraZeneca, already a leader in coronavirus vaccine race, steps up antibody drug work
BioPharma Dive – June 9, 2020
AstraZeneca on Tuesday provided the most detailed update yet on its efforts to develop antibody-based coronavirus drugs, which could either treat people who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 or provide short-term protection for people who have been exposed.
- UCSF studying stem cells as possible coronavirus treatment
San Francisco Chronicle – June 8, 2020
UCSF’s Dr. Michael Matthay wasn’t thinking about a pandemic in January when he launched a clinical trial to investigate whether certain stem cells could effectively treat a serious form of respiratory failure.
- AstraZeneca Cancer Drug Shows Early Signs of Promise in COVID-19
Bloomberg – June 5, 2020
A small study in 19 people suggested a drug from AstraZeneca Plc’s arsenal of cancer treatments may be repurposed to help COVID-19 patients experiencing extreme immune reactions.
- Blood pressure drugs linked to lower COVID-19 mortality, study shows
CNBC – June 5, 2020
Widely used drugs to control high blood pressure may help protect against severe COVID-19, a new study found, allaying concerns that they could make the illness caused by the coronavirus worse.
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