COVID-19 Update | June 26, 2020
June 26, 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 June 26, 2020. Notable advancements include:
- Sanofi is accelerating the development timeline for a COVID-19 vaccine that could yield regulatory approval sometime next year.
- Gilead will begin clinical studies of an inhaled form of remdesivir to expand the drug’s use to healthier, non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
- Moderna is partnering with Catalent to prepare an initial 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine for the United States, starting in the third quarter of this year.
- Moderna eyes third quarter for first doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine with Catalent deal
Reuters – June 25, 2020
Moderna Inc will be partnering with Catalent Inc to prepare an initial 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine for the United States, starting in the third quarter of this year.
- Gilead’s remdesivir set to become Europe’s first COVID-19 therapy
Reuters – June 25, 2020
Doctors in Europe will soon be able to treat COVID-19 patients with Gilead’s antiviral drug, remdesivir, after the healthcare regulator’s endorsement put it on track to become the first therapy for the disease on the continent.
- All You Wanted To Know About Coronavirus Vaccine Science But Were Afraid To Ask
NPR – June 24, 2020
Approximately 200 COVID-19 vaccines are being actively developed. All vaccines have one main goal: to prepare a person’s immune system to fight off an invading organism should the body encounter it. There are lots of ways of making that viral “picture,” and COVID-19 vaccine developers are pursuing all of them.
- FDA Approves Phase III Study of Fulcrum’s Losmapimod in COVID-19
Biospace – June 24, 2020
This morning Cambridge, Mass.-based Fulcrum said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an investigational New Drug Application to test losmapimod in a placebo-controlled late-stage study that will 400 hospitalized adults with COVID-19.
- Sanofi Accelerates Its Timeline for Coronavirus Vaccine Development
New York Times – June 23, 2020
After lagging behind its competitors in starting clinical trials, the French drugmaker Sanofi has announced plans to speed a vaccine development timeline that could yield approval from regulatory authorities sometime next year, perhaps in the first half of 2021, the company announced on Tuesday.
- Gilead to Begin Human Testing of Inhaled Version of COVID-19 Drug Remdesivir
Wall Street Journal – June 22, 2020
Gilead Sciences Inc. said it will soon begin clinical studies of an inhaled form of remdesivir to expand the drug’s use to healthier, nonhospitalized COVID-19 patients.
- Efforts at coronavirus vaccines and treatments abound in the Bay Area
San Francisco Chronicle – June 22, 2020
The frenetic search for the miracle that will rid the world of COVID-19 is branching out in a thousand directions, and a large part of the microbial treasure hunt is going on in the Bay Area, where major progress has been made in the 100 days since residents were ordered to shelter in place.
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