COVID-19 Update | October 23, 2020
October 23, 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 October 23, 2020. Notable advancements include:
- The Food and Drug Administration approved Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir as a treatment for the coronavirus.
- Pfizer Inc said it may file for U.S. authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in late November if the vaccine is effective based on its 40,000 person clinical trial.
- The National Institutes of Health launched a new trial of three companies’ immune modulator drugs to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients: Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb and AbbVie.
- FDA approves Gilead’s remdesivir as coronavirus treatment
NBC News – October 22, 2020
The Food and Drug Administration approved Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir as a treatment for the coronavirus.
- First large-scale US COVID-19 vaccine trial reaches target enrollment of 30,000 participants
CNN – October 22, 2020
Moderna, the first company to start US clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine, finished enrolling all 30,000 of its participants. All 30,000 have received their first shot, and most of them have also received the required second shot.
- How Pfizer Partner BioNTech Became a Leader in COVID-19 Vaccine Race
Wall Street Journal – October 22, 2020
BioNTech has partnered with Pfizer Inc., and the tandem is nearing the end of clinical trials on a vaccine candidate. The companies could file for an emergency authorization in late November, potentially making the shots available then or in December.
- FDA advisory committee assesses COVID-19 vaccine development
PBS News Hour – October 22, 2020
A committee of experts — known as the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, or VRBPAC — met for the first time to consider COVID-19 vaccines.
- Roche joins the COVID-19 antiviral drug race, betting $350M on a startup
BioPharma Dive – October 22, 2020
Roche will pay $350 million in cash for partial rights to an oral antiviral drug that the Boston biotech Atea Pharmaceuticals has been developing to treat COVID-19. The antiviral, known as AT-527, is currently being tested in a Phase 2 study in hospitalized patients with moderate COVID-19.
- AstraZeneca’s U.S. COVID-19 vaccine trial may resume as soon as this week, sources say
CNBC – October 20, 2020
AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trial in the United States is expected to resume as early as this week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed its review of a serious illness, four sources told Reuters.
- Moderna CEO says COVID-19 vaccine emergency approval could come in December
Fox Business – October 20, 2020
Stephane Bancel, chief executive officer of Moderna, said the company could see emergency approval for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in December.
- Plasma therapy manufactured at Takeda in clinical trial as treatment for COVID-19; plasma donations needed
Rockdale Newtown Citizen – October 19, 2020
A plasma therapy manufactured at Takeda in Stanton Springs for treatment of adults at high risk for complications from COVID-19 is now in a Phase 3 clinical trial.
- Pfizer Says Earliest COVID-19 Vaccine Application to US Regulators Would Be After Election
Medscape – October 19, 2020
Pfizer Inc said it may file for U.S. authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with German partner BioNTech in late November if the vaccine is effective based on its 40,000 person clinical trial.
- A ‘Herculean’ effort: States finalize their COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans
USA Today – October 19, 2020
State public health departments say they’re ready to leap into action as soon as a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, but caution so many things are still unknown that exactly what that leap looks like is hard to say right now.
- Michelle McMurry-Heath discusses the latest in COVID-19 Vaccines
CNN – October 17, 2020
Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath joins CNN to discuss the latest in COVID-19 vaccine development.
- An Open Letter From Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla
Pfizer – October 16, 2020
Pfizer CEO and Chairman Albert Bourla authors letter regarding the latest developments on their work towards creating a safe and effective COVID-19 Vaccine.
- NIH launches COVID-19 test of J&J, Bristol Myers and AbbVie anti-inflammatory drugs
Fierce Pharma – October 16, 2020
The search for effective COVID-19 drugs presses on, with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launching a new trial of three immune modulator drugs in hospitalized patients. The phase 3 study will examine Johnson & Johnson’s popular TNF blocker Remicade, Bristol Myers Squibb’s arthritis med Orencia and an experimental drug from AbbVie called ceniciviroc.
- Pfizer Seems To Lead COVID-19 Vaccine Development Race. How Did It Get Ahead?
NPR – October 15, 2020
One company appears to lead the pack for getting a green light for its COVID-19 vaccine – Pfizer. The company’s CEO has hinted that preliminary results from its vaccine trial could be available as soon as the end of this month.
- El Segundo firm to begin Phase 1 clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccine
Los Angeles Times – October 15, 2020
ImmunityBio, an El Segundo biotech company headed by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, said it had received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin preliminary testing of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
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