COVID-19 Update | June 5, 2020
June 5, 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 5, 2020. Notable advancements include:
- The federal government has selected Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co Inc and Pfizer Inc, as the five companies most likely to produce a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.
- AstraZeneca announced that it has found partners to manufacture and distribute 2 billion doses of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine created by Oxford University.
- Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc plans to begin human trials of its potential COVID-19 vaccine in South Korea later in June.
- Inovio Plans Human Trials for Potential COVID-19 Vaccine in South Korea in June
Reuters – June 4, 2020
Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Thursday it plans to begin human trials of its potential COVID-19 vaccine in South Korea later in June, with support from Seoul-headquartered partner, non-profit organization International Vaccine Institute.
- AstraZeneca lays out plan for producing 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine, if it works
STAT – June 4, 2020
The drug giant AstraZeneca said Thursday that it has found partners to manufacture and distribute 2 billion doses of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine created by Oxford University, inking a series of deals with non-government organizations and another manufacturer.
- Federal government selects five coronavirus vaccine candidates as finalists
Reuters – June 3, 2020
The federal government has selected five companies: Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co Inc and Pfizer Inc, as the most likely candidates to produce a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing senior officials.
- Fauci: Moderna’s Phase 3 Covid-19 Vaccine Trial Of 30,000 Individuals Will Begin In July
Forbes – June 2, 2020
In an interview Tuesday with the editor of JAMA, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Phase 3 trial of Moderna’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine will begin in July and include a study of 30,000 patients who will be as young as 18 and include elderly Americans as well.
- Heart Drugs Show Promise With COVID-19 Complications
Wall Street Journal – June 2, 2020
Spurred by promising early findings, researchers are investigating whether drugs currently approved to treat heart disease can also prevent or reduce complications from COVID-19 and help hospitalized patients recover sooner.
- Gilead’s remdesivir shows some benefit in patients with moderate COVID-19, new data show
STAT – June 1, 2020
Remdesivir, the drug developed as a treatment for COVID-19 by Gilead Sciences, helped patients with “moderate” disease recover more quickly when they received it for five days, but the benefit was not statistically significant when given for 10 days, the company said Monday.
- Eli Lilly begins first human tests of an antibody drug against COVID-19
STAT – June 1, 2020
Researchers have begun testing what appears to be the first new medicine developed specifically against COVID-19, in a milestone for drug companies aiming to combat the disease, the medicine’s makers said Monday.
- U.S. awards new $628 million contract to boost output of potential COVID-19 vaccine
Reuters – June 1, 2020
The U.S. government on Monday entered into a $628 million contract with drugmaker Emergent BioSolutions to boost manufacturing capacity for a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
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